About Us

Dave Cooper is a resident of Lexington, Kentucky. He worked for 20 years as a mechanical engineer in various industries, but left his manufacturing job shortly after seeing a mountaintop removal mine on Kayford Mountain, West Virginia to become a full-time volunteer.

From 2003-2011, he was on a national speaking tour to educate communities across America about mountaintop removal coal mining, speaking over 100 times per year at colleges and universities including Yale, Vanderbilt, and Duke Universities.   www.mountainroadshow.com
He is the founder of the Whippoorwill Festival in Berea, KY, which offers over 60 earth-friendly and Appalachian skills workshops every summer. 

Patty Draus of Lexington, Kentucky is a nurse with over 30 years experience working at the University of Kentucky Hospital.  Patty enjoys hiking, bicycling and gardening and visiting Appalachia.
Patty loves volunteering with student groups and ASB and she is a tireless worker.  She especially enjoys leading the community service trips to plant trees and weatherize low-income homes in the Harlan County area, and she also likes to bake chocolate chip cookies late at night.
Scott Ellis of Knoxville, Tennessee is a chef and volunteers with many organizations. 
Scott enjoys cooking for large groups and makes the best quesadillas you've ever eaten.  He likes old-time bluegrass music and feminist literature.
Scott welcomes volunteers in the kitchen and is happy to accomodate any food preferences including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free, as well as any food allergies.