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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. 


Amy Showalter -- OSMRE Site Coordinator 

Amy Showalter is the OSMRE Site Coordinator, and brings energy for effective communication and administration, holistic approaches, and service learning. Her previous experience includes managing home repair projects as an AmeriCorps member in Tucson, Arizona and providing support for adults with intellectual disabilities in Harrisonburg, VA. She has also taught environmental education through hiking-based programs in New Hampshire’s White Mountains with the Appalachian Mountain Club. 


Dave Meyer -- VISTA Program Administrator 

Dave joined Conservation Legacy’s VISTA Program in January 2015. Originally from Upstate NY, he developed a passion for Environmental Conservation working with the Adirondack 46ers organization on trail and habitat restoration projects in the Adirondack Mountains. After graduating from The University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Management and Policy he headed out to Colorado where he has worked in the Ski Industry in varying Administrative roles involving marketing, accounting, and customer service. As the new VISTA Program Administrator, Dave will be the “face” of the VISTA Program in Conservation Legacy’s Durango, CO office and is very excited to be part of the crew. When not supporting the VISTA Team in varying administrative roles, you can find him out on the trail hiking or biking, or down by the river fly fishing.


Jamie Brackman -- DOI Site Coordinator

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.