Student Staff

                                   Operations Team

Britney Napier is from Clay County, Kentucky which is found in Central Appalachia and is statistically the hardest place to live. She is currently a graduating Senior majoring in Sociology with a concentration in Appalachian Studies. Her goals after graduating from Berea College include being involved with social movements in Appalachia for the improvement of education, living conditions, and the rights of Appalachian people.

Britney’s involvement at Berea College is being a part of the Berea College Promise Neighborhood Initiatives and volunteering with Berea Buddies. A few interesting facts about Britney: she does traditional, modern, and free form fiber arts, she plays the ukulele, and is learning traditional folk tunes on the banjo.

Britney Napier
Britney Napier: Research & Writing Associate

Ciara Felty is from Boone County, West Virginia. She is a Senior majoring in Appalachian Studies with a minor in English.  After graduation, she hopes to continue her education by studying the interconnections of Appalachia and the places where Appalachians have come from, such as Europe, Africa, South America, etc.

Ciara is a founding member of the Berea College Appalachian Student Union and participates in campus social activism movements and opportunities. Outside of college, she enjoys traditional dancing and music, reading books about and from the Appalachian region, and writing fiction and creative non-fiction.

Ciara Felty: Operations Manager

William E. Harris is from Grundy County, Tennessee. He is a sophomore planning to major in Communications.

William E. Harris: Operations Associate

Emily Masters is from Monteagle, Grundy County, Tennessee (the location of the original Highlander Folk School!). She is a senior majoring in English with concentrations in both literature and creative writing and minoring in Appalachian Studies, History, and Philosophy.  She hopes to one day be a writer and editor.

Emily enjoys knitting, going to concerts, reading, and gardening.  She works with the Appalachian Center because she has found a deep love for her own connection to Appalachia and her research on local history involving the Highlander Folk School.  She enjoys watching people discover, question, and embrace their own diverse Appalachian identities.  Emily also works with Appalachian Heritage.

Emily Masters
Emily Masters: Operations Assistant

Seth Lewis is from Perry County in Southeastern Kentucky. He is a junior double-majoring in Political Science and History. His goals after graduating from Berea College are to attend Georgetown University Law Center to obtain his J.D. and come back to Hazard to pursue a career in politics.

Seth’s involvement at Berea College is as the founding and current President of the Berea College Appalachian Student Union, being a TA in the Political Science department, and a member of the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble. Outside of college, he enjoys fishing, playing board games, and is actively involved in Freemasonry.

Seth Lewis: Operations Associate

                                  Curatorial Team

Kiley Davis is from Hillsboro, Ohio.  She is a graduating senior majoring in History.  Her goals after completing her undergraduate degree include museum curatorial work and/or working with historic preservation.  Kiley joined the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center curatorial team to gain valuable experience handling artifacts and learning about curatorial skills before heading off to graduate school.  She also enjoys watching Netflix, reading, drawing, and spending time outdoors in her free time.

Kiley Davis: Curatorial Collections Associate

Aero Erwin is a sophomore.

Aero Erwin