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Appalachian Coal Country Team

Support Office


April Trent -- Executive Director

April serves as the Team Director for the Appalachian Coal Country Team. Hailing from the southern coalfields of Appalachia, April brings the coal country perspective to the Team. April has a Masters Degree in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University and an array of volunteer management experience. 


Erica Calderis-Dunbar -- Program Administrator

Erica began as the Office Manager for the Appalachian Coal Country Team in February 2012. Erica first joined the Team in 2010 as the Summer Programs Coordinator serving organizations throughout the East and West. A native of Beckley, WV, Erica graduated from Mountain State University with degrees in Business Management and Business Marketing. During her studies, Erica was a member of the SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) Team, a Non-profit organization educating people on concepts like market economics, entrepreneurship, and business ethics through educational outreach projects. It is through this Erica’s passion for non-profit work began.


Michael Ann Dulcie -- Outreach Coordinator

Michael Ann Dulcie joined us in early June. She is a native of the Southern West Virginia Coal Fields. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Leadership, with a focus on nonprofit management. Michael will focus on assisting the VISTA Program with outreach. She will gather stories and information from our sites and help us tell our story more effectively and consistently. She'll be sure that our messaging and branding is consistent and will help share VISTA stories. 


Jamie Brackman -- DOI/VISTA Leader

Brackman is a native of Schuylkill County, PA, and is working with the ACCT on the new DOI/VISTA initiative. Brackman graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a BA in Professional Writing in May 2012 and completed his first VISTA term with the ACCT in Brownsville, PA in July 2013. Brackman has experience in fundraising, outreach, public relations, web development, and project management.


Cody Zirkle -- OSMRE/VISTA Leader

In the past 2 years, he has worked with AmeriCorps at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mountain Empire as well as with New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity.  He served as the Social Media Director for the Boys & Girls Club and as a Project Manager and Volunteer Leader for Habitat for Humanity. Cody has a B.S. Degree in Biology from Emory & Henry College.