C. Lee Smith
With more than 25 years experience in public media & television production, Chris has written, edited, shot & produced programming for sports, news magazines, commercials & documentaries; PBS, FOX, ESPN, CBS, NBC and HGTV.
Research, Education & Support
William Isom II
William Isom is a East Tennessee native & the director of Black in Appalachia. He coordinates the project's research, community data base development, documentary film & photography production, oral history collection and educational events with residents.
A native of Elizabethton, Tennessee & graduate of Berea College. She received a Masters in Information Science at UNC Chapel Hill. Alona manages the digital community archive and is an expert in equitable community-based archival processes.
Misha is a cartographer & environmentalist from the Shenandoah Valley of WV. Since attaining her bachelor' degree from Vassar College, Misha has focused on education, community development, & Afro-Asian relations in China & Japan. Her current work for Black in Appalachia documents migrations of Black & POC communities through Appalachia & beyond.
Kathleen received a Bachelor's in History at the University of Tennessee. She works with Black in Appalachia to chronicle African American families through Census data, narrative research and writing.
Kelle is an ukulele-playing performer of traditional African American music. She earned a B.S. in Music Education from South Carolina State University. She is the founder of Ukesphere of Knoxville ukulele club & the annual Women in Jazz Jam Festival. Kelle is the host of Jazz Jam on Knoxville’s WUOT 91.9FM.