Executive Director Joe Lovett, a founder of Appalachian Mountain Advocates, has been a catalyst for focusing local and national attention on the devastation caused by mountaintop removal coal mining. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School Of Law in 1995 and served as a law clerk to the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.  He has served as a lawyer in many precedent-setting cases against polluters and the agencies that purport to regulate them. Lovett has been presented with several significant awards for his work on behalf of the environment and citizens of central Appalachia.  304.645.9006

Derek Teaney, Senior Staff Attorney, is a ninth generation West Virginian. Derek graduated at the head of his class from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2004, where he was Editor in Chief of Environmental Law. He also received the 2004 Bernard O’Rourke Award for Outstanding Writing. After law school, Derek clerked for the Honorable Rex E. Armstrong of the Oregon Court of Appeals. He then joined Appalachian Mountain Advocates as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in 2006. At the end of his two year fellowship, Derek became a permanent staff member. When not litigating complex environmental cases, Derek enjoys skiing, running, acting and home brewing.  304.793.9007

Mike Becher joined Appalachian Mountain Advocates in August of 2010 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by the Philip M. Stern Family Foundation. Prior to lawschool, Mike worked for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection as the Stream Partners Program Coordinator for two years, serving as both a community organizer and grant administrator. He then attended law school at the University of Cincinnati where he was an editor for both the U.C. Law Review and the Human Rights Quarterly. Mike spent three years as law clerk to the Honorable Robert C. Chambers of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia before joining Appalmad. In his spare time Mike enjoys biking, hiking, kayaking, fishing and, most of all, being dad to the coolest 4-year old in the greater Culloden area.  304.382.4798.

Isak Howell joined Appalachian Mountain Advocates in August of 2010.  He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2007 and clerked for one year for the Honorable Samuel G. Wilson of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.  He then worked at a private law practice in Virginia for two years.  He also worked as a reporter for the The Roanoke Times for five years prior to attending law school. 540.998.7744

Ben Luckett joined Appalachian Mountain Advocates in September of 2010.  Ben graduated in 2010 from Lewis and Clark Law School, where he served as a student director of the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, on the executive board of the Public Interest Law Project, and as an associate editor of the journal, Environmental Law.  After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky, Ben pursued a number of opportunities including working for the National Park Service in northern California, skiing in Big Sky, Montana, and community organizing in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. 304.645.0125

Evan Johns joined Appalachian Mountain Advocates as a staff attorney in August of 2015. Evan graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2014 with distinctions as both Order of the Coif and Order of Barristers. While in law school, he worked as a summer law clerk for the Honorable Irene M. Keeley of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia before joining Appalmad as a Bill Worthington Fellow for Law and the Public Interest. He also worked as a student attorney in West Virginia University’s Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic as well as its Supreme Court Clinic. After law school, Evan clerked for the Honorable Michael John Aloi of West Virginia’s Sixteenth Judicial Circuit. 304.439.0303

Kate Asquith joined Appalachian Mountain Advocates as the Director of Programs and Strategic Outreach in August 2015. Kate graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 2011, where she was a managing editor of the Washington Law Review and a member of the National Environmental Moot Court team. Following law school, Kate clerked for Justice Daniel Winfree on the Alaska Supreme Court. Before joining Appalmad, Kate spent nearly three years as an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, advocating for smart transportation solutions in the Southeast. In her free time, Kate enjoys hiking and botany. 256.466.1188

Dan Radmacher has been working with Appalachian Mountain Advocates since 2011. He produces content for the website, oversees Appalmad’s social media and communications efforts and works on development. Dan had a 20-plus year career as an opinion writer, serving as editorial page editor for The Charleston Gazette and The Roanoke Times. 540.798.6683

Liz Bower joined Appalachian Mountain Advocates as a staff attorney in September of 2019. She graduated cum laude from Vermont Law School in 2018, where she was a head note editor for the Vermont Law Review and president of the Moot Court Advisory Board. While in law school, Liz interned with the Southern Environmental Law Center, where she primarily worked challenging a proposed natural gas pipeline. She also spent a semester as a judicial extern for the Honorable Geoffrey Crawford of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont. Before joining Appalachian Mountain Advocates, Liz spent a year clerking for Justice Susan M. Carney on the Alaska Supreme Court. 434.996.0802