Aurora Lights Past Staff & Interns Bios

Past Staff Members

Courtney Altice

Community Education & Outreach

Courtney is a mountain enthusiast. Raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southern Virginia, she moved to West Virginia for college and became passionate about figuring out ways in which communities of Appalachia can thrive. She seeks to bring


Bethany Boback

Mountain SOL Summer Instructor

Bethany recently graduated from Morgantown High School and is currently pursuing a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources from West Virginia University.


Cathy Kunkel

Scholar-Activist Alliance volunteer

Cathy is helping to develop Aurora Lights' Scholar-Activist Alliance, which seeks to engage students in research that is relevant and timely for community organizations working in the Appalachian coalfields. As part of this effort, she is


Jeff Bosley

Technical director

Jeff Bosley is the technical director for our second MTR benefit CD, Still Moving Mountains: The Journey Home. Jeff and Jen worked closely together since 2002 to produce the first Moving Mountains CD and have collaborated on community concerts as


Jimmy Tobias

Honest Appalachia Co-coordinator

Honest Appalachia is Aurora Lights’ whistleblower website project. Jimmy received a B.A. in Urban Studies with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. Jimmy is a freelance journalist, and has written for a variety of news.


Past Interns

Bill Faria

Bill Faria was a junior at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, when he did his internship. Majoring in Behavioral Biology, he was interested in studying the effects of synthetic hormone mimics from agricultural pollution on human and


Jen Barton

A former English instructor at Virginia Tech, Jen Barton is now working on a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies through Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is working with Aurora Lights to develop multi-disciplinary college-level curricula


Brittany Kelley

Community Outreach Specialist

Brittany is a West Virginia native with a passion for outdoor education and adventure sports. This fall she will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources with an emphasis in Adventure Recreation from WVU.



Emily received her B.S. in Journalism with Honors from West Virginia University and is currently pursuing her masters in Geography focusing on Space, Place and Development. Emily hopes to begin her thesis research in medical geography with a focus


Kathy Sterbank

Mountain SOL Program Design Specialist

Kathy brings a wealth of experience in outdoor and science education and curriculum design to the Mt. Sol team. A credentialed teacher with a Masters in Science Education, and a Master Gardener, she is excited about returning to outdoor education.


Matt Finck

Matt Finck obtained a BA in History and a BAin Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University in 2008. Matt enjoys gardening, reading, biking, and generally being outside. Matt wrote the Coal River 101 theme, contributed a lot of hard


Will Wickham

Will is a young man who wound up in the Coal River Valley by accident and decided to stay. Will grew up in Vermont where he graduated high school last year. He spent last fall and winter in Ladakh, India organizing for the 350 campaign (