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Taysha DeVaughan

A UVA-Wise graduate in communications who has personally been invested in social justice from an early age. Native-born to Southwest Oklahoma she moved to Wise, Virginia 9 years ago with her son.

She is president of Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards, a non-profit environmental organization where they strive to end mountain top removal while addressing current and legacy cost of extraction as well as supporting a just transition in the Appalachian region.

DeVaughan serves on the coordinating committee for the Alliance for Appalachian who is dedicated to ending mountain top removal practices and providing leadership development for the region.

DeVaughan was thrust into social justice work after the DAPL XL pipeline incident at Standing Rock Indian Reservation in the Dakotas. Since then she has dedicated her time and communication skills going forward with non-profit organizations that are dedicated to the liberation of oppressive systems in multiple-facets.