Julia Kell joined the center in October 2019 and is a graduate from Radford University with a degree in English and Professional Writing.
During her junior year of college, Julia and a classmate participated in an oral history collection project in Dante, VA - once a bustling coal town – where they each interviewed six seniors in the community. After transcribing their interviews, they traveled to the Appalachian Teaching Project conference in Washington D.C. and the Appalachian Studies Association conference in Cincinnati, Ohio to help present Dante's stories and suggest revitalization plans for the town. From the project, Julia learned the importance of providing individuals a space in which to share their memories and perspectives.
As Communications Specialist, Julia develops articles, newsletters, an annual magazine, and website and social media content to promote the center's work. She loves getting to learn from a wide array of people around the state of Virginia and having the opportunity to help tell their stories.
In her free time, Julia enjoys drawing, listening to music, going to theater performances, and spending time with family, friends, and pets.