Dr. Lillvis is a professor of English and Director of Digital Humanities at Marshall University. She is the author of Posthuman Blackness and the Black Female Imagination (University of Georgia Press, 2017) and co-editor of Community Boundaries and Border Crossings: Critical Essays on Ethnic Women Writers (Lexington, 2016).
Dr. Schöberlein is an Assistant Professor of English at Marshall University. He is a contributing editor to the Walt Whitman Archive, the vice president of the Digital Americanists society, and has published on mapping, authorship attribution, and distant reading measures in a number of scholarly venues in the field of Digital Humanities.
Dr. Córdoba is an Assistant Professor of Geography at Marshall University. His research focuses on the spatial organization, association, and interaction of people and their socioeconomic activities.
Tijah Bumgarner (West Virginia, USA) is a filmmaker and professor. She teaches film production and journalism at Marshall University. Bumgarner holds a BFA in film/video from the California Institute of the Arts and an MA in Media Studies from West Virginia State University. As a doctoral candidate at Ohio University, her dissertation “Working Against the Past: De-stabilizing the Appalachian Image” explores how extraction is narrativized. Bumgarner’s experience growing up in West Virginia has inspired much of her work. In 2017, Bumgarner completed her first feature film, Meadow Bridge, a coming-of-age narrative set in rural West Virginia. Currently, she is collaborating with Jena Seiler on a documentary about the opioid epidemic in Appalachia. In both scholarship and practice, Bumgarner seeks to disrupt stereotypes that conform to a single defining narrative of the region.
Jillian Hovatter is a second-year graduate student in the English department at Marshall University. Her research focuses on the development of a digital humanities pedagogy in the first-year composition classroom. With Movable, Jillian is responsible for text encoding and creating social media content.
Kara Jeffrey is a senior at Marshall University; she is studying English and Classics with the hopes of attending law school. She was born in South Korea but grew up in Huntington and has been active within her community from a young age.
Paige Justice is first-year graduate student at Marshall University, where she studies English. Her research focuses on queer and female identities in British Romantic poetry. For Movable, Paige runs writing and art workshops, conducts interviews, and oversees text encoding.
D. J. Price is a second-year graduate student at Marshall University; she is studying English with an emphasis on gender, feminist, and queer theory. When she graduates, her intention is to teach English at the university level, exposing students to the stories of minority communities that are taking back their narrative from the dominant culture. She has been a part of Movable since June of 2019 and enjoys working with the recovery community, helping others to tell their stories. D. J. is responsible for running writing and art workshops, conducting interviews, and overseeing text encoding for Movable.
Laura Rice is a recent graduate from Marshall University with degrees in Literary Studies and Psychology and minors in Spanish and the Digital Humanities. She works on tagging and editing with Movable.
Gavin Grizzle grew up in Ironton, Ohio. In 2017, he moved to Huntington, West Virginia, to attend Marshall University and pursue a major in video production. Working in videography for over two years, his production ranges from writing and directing his own narrative short films to promotional materials, interviews, documentaries, and music videos.
Kadin Tooley is a filmmaker, West Virginia native, and cinephile. He has been working in both filmmaking and photography for almost six years. During his time as a filmmaker at Marshall University, the bulk of Tooley’s film making has been self-directed in freelance commercial work with multiple production companies. He has shot and/or edited over twenty-five individual projects ranging in length from micro-short to feature film. He also travels full time doing social media-marketing and tour videography for Huntington-native band, Render the Hearts.
Brooke Whaley lives in southern Ohio. In 2015, she graduated from Marshall University with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing. She is currently a video production student at Marshall and has worked in videography for a year. She is interested in writing and directing short educational videos and narrative short films.
Emily Birckhead is a person in recovery and the executive director of the West Virginia Alliance of Recovery Residences, which has been tasked with implementing nationally-accepted best practice standards and ethical guidelines for non-treatment recovery homes in the state. She has supported the development of organizations like WVU’s Collegiate Recovery Program and WV Recovers, an integrated, statewide peer recovery network for people with mental health and substance use disorders, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center (KPCC) and the West Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (WVAADC). Emily serves as a member of the Movable advisory board, and she also runs writing and art workshops on the topic of recovery in coordination with Movable.
Terry Collison is the Director of First Steps Wellness and Recovery Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Health from West Virginia State University. She serves on the Cabell-Huntington Adult Drug Court Treatment Team, the Cabell-Huntington Health Department Harm Reduction Advisory Board, and the QRT Team. Terry is also in long-term recovery.
Jamie Menshouse is a person in recovery and a recovery coach with Marshall University's Collegiate Recovery Community. She has been in recovery since 2017, receiving her training as a Youth Peer Support Specialist (YPSS) from Kentucky in 2018. She previously worked as the Youth Coordinator for The Drop, a youth center under the TAYLRD (Transitional Age Youth Launching Realized Dreams) grant. She has since moved to West Virginia and completed Recovery Coach Academy in 2019. Jamie is trained in multiple areas including SMART Recovery facilitation, Motivational Interviewing, and public speaking.
Greg Perry is Director of Recovery Support Services for Recovery Point West Virginia, the state’s largest peer recovery organization. Perry is a person in long-term recovery, who works to help others initiate and sustain their personal recovery.
Amy Saunders is the managing director of the MU Center of Excellence for Recovery at Marshall University, where she oversees health and wellness initiatives on campus and serves as chairwoman for the Marshall University Substance Use Recovery Coalition. She received a master's degree in clinical psychology from Marshall University and has over 20 years of experience working in the fields of mental health, addiction, and public health.
Gin Jackson (research assistant and intern), Daniel Dean (content creator), Victoria Endres (research assistant and intern), Kristin J. Steele (co-founder), Seth Workman (research assistant).
Thanks to the many individuals and teams who have helped make Movable possible, including Kristin J. Steele, Karen Fischer, Kris Schoolcraft, Eryn Roles, Robert Ellison, Kelli Prejean, Kimberly McFall, David Trowbridge, Craig Bantz, Allison Carey and the Marshall University English Department, and Robert Bookwalter and Marshall University's College of Liberal Arts. We also thank the sponsors below.