Molly Bollick is from Northeastern Pennsylvania, in the mountains of the Anthracite coal region. She has a BA in Anthropology from Penn State University and has a background in labor activism, reproductive justice and rights, and most recently working with refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Nic Hartmann: Born and raised in Southern Indiana, Nic Hartmann is a Ph.D. candidate in folklore at Memorial University. He currently serves as the Public Scholarship Coordinator for the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility (ICSR) at Western Kentucky University, where he mentors graduate students in the Hill House program and teaches courses in cultural diversity and public problem-solving.
Audra Butler Hankins is an Arkansas native with deep roots in the Pope County area. She has a BA in History and Political Science from Arkansas Tech University and is completing her masters degree in history. Audra is the executive assistant for ARVAC, Inc, a community action agency serving low income individuals and families in the Arkansas River Valley.
Acadia Roher is a recent graduate of the Clinton School of Public Service, Acadia Roher works as a community organizer to advance environmental justice and anti-racist work in Central Arkansas. She grew up in the Little Rock area and feels strongly that this is the community where she is meant to do the majority of her life’s work. Acadia is active in various community organizations, including The People Tree and Little Rock Collective Liberation. When she’s not organizing, Acadia really likes exploring the Ozark and Ouachita mountains.You can read other pieces by Acadia here.
Rachel Townsend works for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance as a No Kid Hungry field manager. She lives in the northwest corner of Arkansas in Fayetteville where she assists people in setting up summer feeding sites and is active in the community action group Feed Fayetteville. She has also worked on social justice campaigns and advocated for policy change for undocumented immigrants, in particular women who work in the poultry industry.
Marie Williams is s a graduate of Arkansas Tech University’s History program and works with the McElroy House. She studies rural women in Arkansas history with an emphasis on oral history. She is working on the creation of the Garden Book for Pope and Yell Counties.
Jessica Yamane identifies proudly as 100% Chinese, 100% Japanese and 100% American. She spent two months and nine days in Little Rock, Arkansas as an intern at UALR’s Institute on Race and Ethnicity. She studies as a law student at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston.
Meredith Martin-Moats Meredith Martin-Moats is the founder and editor of the Boiled Down Juice. She obtained her Masters degree in Folk Studies from Western Kentucky University in 2008. She has worked with the Ozarks at Large program on northwest Arkansas NPR, the West Kentucky African American Heritage Center in Russellville, Kentucky, the Kentucky Remembers Youth Oral History Project, Rural Heritage Development Initiative, and various publications. She is the founder of the McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History, and Community Action, an action-based organization working together with communities to apply some of the concepts you read about on the Boiled Down Juice on a small scale in central Arkansas.