Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

Student Staff

Operations Team



Research & Writing Associate

Lizbeth Saucedo is from Cicero, Illinois, but in the last 6 years she has lived in Birmingham, Alabama. She is currently a Sophomore with a double major in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in Health. Lizbeth is undecided on what she wants to do after graduating from Berea College. In the future she is hoping to become a psychologist and help adolescents fighting the battle with cancer and/or be a director of a woman’s center. Currently, Lizbeth volunteers with Berea Buddies, is Vice President of the Latin American Student Association, Deep Green House Council Secretary, as well as a member of several clubs. An interesting thing about Lizbeth is that she has been in remission for Leukemia for 3 years and she enjoys writing poetry.




Program & Events Associate

Maggie Smith is from Mount Sterling, Kentucky. She is now a Sophomore with a major in Agriculture Natural Resources with a double minor in Communications and Appalachian Studies. Maggie’s plans after graduation include obtaining a job in extension, write a book, and promote local agriculture through each aspect of her career. She eventually wants to run for the Commissioner of Agriculture for Kentucky. Maggie’s extracurricular activities include: Student Leader – Berea Ambassadors, Student Leader – Berea Patrons,  Talcott House Council Vice President, SGA Student Judiciary, Mountaineer Club Member, and Student Judiciary Board Member. A few interesting things about Maggie are that she loves cattle, Loretta and Conway, Tractors, books about Appalachia, a good cup of coffee, a cold glass of Sweet Tea and cooking.



Operations Assistant

Jonita Horn was raised in Inez, Kentucky and has lived in Berea, KY for about 12 years now. She is currently a Senior with a Women & Gender Studies major and a minor in Appalachian Studies. Her plans for the future include working for a non-profit organization in eastern Kentucky. Ideally after leaving Berea, she will be pursing a doctorate of nursing midwifery and help to provide women’s healthcare in the area. Jonita is a member of several clubs which includes Bereans for Appalachia. An interesting thing about Jonita is that her greatest goal in life is to be a genuine Mamaw. She wants to wear house dresses, fry chicken, quilt, and care for youngin’s, both blood and neighbor.




Library Associate

Nicole Reynolds is from London, Kentucky. She is now a Senior with a major in Women & Gender Studies and a double minor in History and Appalachian Studies. After graduating from Berea College she plans to pursue a Masters degree in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archival Science and a Masters degree in Historic Preservation. She hopes to obtain a position in cemetery preservation after graduate school. An interesting thing about Nicole is that her life goal is to have a pet pig.



Teaching Assistant for Silas House & Operations Associate

Sam Gleaves is from Wythville, Virginia. He is a Senior with an independent major in Folklore. Regarding the future, it includes his passion for preserving mountain culture in performance and documentary media. He also plans to pursue graduate studies in Folklore. Sam is very involved around campus and his extracurricular activities include cooking, singing old time country songs, participatory music making with fiddles and banjos. http://samgleaves.com
An interesting thing about Sam is that he is a former spelling bee champion, a Down Home Diva, and Fabu-lachian (http://downhomedivas.yolasite.com)




Curatorial Team



Collection Manager

Matt Heil is from Louisville, Kentucky and he is a Junior Non-Trad student who is majoring in History. Matt wants to write history books after graduating from Berea and he is even thinking about possibly teaching history. He is involved in Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, Bereans For Appalachia, and Secular Students of Berea College when he is not doing school assignments or working. Matt likes to hunt and shoot. He reads history stuff compulsively (hence the History major). He was once a look out for a graffiti artist. Lastly if his life were translated into literature he would be one of Philip K. Dick’s early novels. Someday he is going to learn to play the harmonica, maybe not soon, but it will happen.



Curatorial Assistant

Caroline Hughes is from Burnsville, North Carolina. She is a sophomore majoring in English with a minor in Music. Caroline wishes to travel and write in the future. She is also a part of the Berea College Folk Ensemble. An interesting thing about Caroline is that while studying abroad in Ireland in the summer 2013, she met some of her relatives who live near Dublin. She apprenticed at The Parkway Playhouse theater in Burnsville for two summers while she was in high school. And she can play four different instruments: piano, guitar, ukulele, and mandolin.

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