Appalachia Keynote Speaker
Amy Adams, North Carolina Campaign Coordinator, Appalachian Voices
Amy Adams, a Tar Heel State native, holds a Masters in Environmental Education and a Bachelors in Biology from ECU. She spent the past decade working for NCDENR, most recently as a Regional Supervisor in the Surface Water Protection Section. As Supervisor Ms. Adams oversaw multiple program areas including stormwater, waste water and wetland programs as well as others.
Adams left her post in state government in protest in the fall of 2013. She joined
the multi-state environmental advocacy group Appalachian Voices as the NC Campaign
Coordinator providing leadership and oversight to the organization's work in the state.
She has been featured on Rachel Maddow, Democracy Now!, North Carolina Public Radio,
Living on Earth, and has been a speaker for health and the environment at Moral Mondays.
Native Keynote Speaker
Pat Moss (Oklahoma Cherokee)
Pat Moss was born in 1955 to mixed-blood parents. Raised in Eastern Oklahoma, he was immersed in Cherokee culture for the majority of his young life. Literally walking in two worlds, he was afforded an educational opportunity that young people in other parts of the country would not even be aware of. The Western Ozarks provided a diverse classroom for Pat and relatives from Cherokee and non-Indian backgrounds both provided lots of training in the use of natural elements for healing and survival.
Pat has a natural gift for communication which has facilitated his gaining favor with oral historians as well as leading his lifelong work in activism and music performance. For Pat, the three are related and interdependent. This is how he perceives his own life as a segment of the "Big Story" or history of the world/reality.
Pat currently resides with his family in Eldon ,Oklahoma and is a performing musician and songwriter. He is frequently consulted for his knowledge of herbs and ancient traditions and he continues to encourage those involved in social justice struggles. Pat has shown artwork (Institute of Man and Science, Rensselaerville, NY), been keynote speaker in dozens of conferences, and recorded an album of original songs with members of Al Green's recording band (The Hi Rhythm) in Memphis, TN (Royal Studio).