4 weeks ago
We are excited to welcome three new members to the Appalshop board!
Joshua Outsey is an actor, a dedicated community organizer, and a hip-hop artist. A cofounder of Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development in Knoxville, TN, Joshua has worked as an advocate for racial equality and economic and environmental justice in and around urban and rural Appalachia. In 2014, he served as a fellow in the Appalachian Transition Fellowship at the Highlander Center for Education and Research. Currently, Joshua is project documentation coordinator at Appalshop’s Archive. He has been researching and documenting the history of Black churches throughout Central and South Central Appalachia. When he is not writing music and poetry, Joshua enjoys being outdoors. Currently, he lives in Big Stone Gap, VA, with his wife, Terran Young, and their daughter, Eden.
Quintissa S. Peake lives in Neon, KY. Quintissa was born with sickle cell anemia and is a community health worker, patient advocate/advisor, and a health educator. Through her experiences, she has become a guest speaker for sickle cell disease and Type 2 diabetes and serves as a patient advisor to several pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Locally, Quintissa helps plan the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast and has led other programs with the Cowan Community Action Group. Quintissa also participates with Bridge4Unity, a dialogue and cultural exchange project with diverse participants from Letcher County, KY; Leverett, MA; and Beaufort County, SC. The group's focus is on coming together beyond racial, cultural, political, and class divides to act with determined hope and engagement for equality, compassion, advocacy, and healing.
Tiffany Turner is a Florida-born, Mississippi-raised Southern girl. In her former career, she was a healthcare professional for 13 years. Her expertise spanned home healthcare, pediatrics, and geriatrics. She is a community activist in Columbus, MS, where she and her husband have spent a decade leading a youth-based nonprofit focused on growing the community through fun and festivals. Tiffany is a voting rights advocate and has assisted with voting rights restoration in both Mississippi and Alabama. She is currently lead organizer of Performing Our Future, a national coalition of four delegations (Alabama, Kentucky, Maryland, and Wisconsin) that co-create and share knowledge to collectively own what they make. She enjoys singing, dancing, and changing the world one day at a time.