Kayla Hackney


Kayla Hackney is a southwest Virginia native and a senior at ETSU with a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing. She currently serves as an editor for ETSU’s campus newspaper, the East Tennessean. In her spare time she enjoys writing poetry and binge-watching Star Trek. 

Kate Trabalka

Feature Editor/Interactive storytelling
Summer issue "Media and Arts in the Mountains" lead, Copy Co-Editor

 Kate Trabalka is the feature/interactive storytelling editor for Overlooked in Appalachia this semester, as well as the co-editor for the magazine’s "Media and Arts in the Mountains" summer issue. She is from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and loves dance, writing, photography.

Hannah Brooks

Magazine and Layout Editor

Hannah is a senior majoring in Media and Communications with a focus in journalism, minoring in Japanese. She plans to travel after graduating.

Casey Keeley

Lead Copy Editor
Casey Keeley is a Senior in Media and Communications at East Tennessee State University with a concentration in journalism with a double minor in RTVF and Marketing. She currently works as an Editorial Columnist for the East Tennessean, ETSU’S student run newspaper, and an Event Photographer for VIPSeen magazine.

Atlantis Warren

Graphic/Design and Interactive Engagement Editor

Atlantis Warren enjoys being creative in various ways that brings her ideas to life. Atlantis was born and raised in Memphis, TN. She is a senior who is double majoring in Kinesiology and Media and Communication with a concentration of Journalism and is set to graduate May 2021.

Karaline Bailey

Admin Assistant
Karaline Bailey is a junior at ETSU, majoring in Media Communications with a concentration in advertising and public relations, and double minoring in journalism and creative writing. She loves reading, music, and being outdoors in the lovely mountains we call home. After graduation, she plans to work in the public relations field in the music industry.

Sarah Connolly

Visual/Photo Editor and Senior Reporter

Sarah is a senior reporter for Overlooked in Appalachia this spring. She is a journalism major from Belfast in Northern Ireland, and also on the women's soccer team here at ETSU. Aside from writing and sport, she enjoys countryside walks with her dog, and is a lover of coffee and music. 

Ben Gilliam
 Multimedia Editor and Senior Reporter

Benjamin Gilliam is a Tennessee native, outdoors enthusiast, and media all-rounder. A senior at ETSU, Ben spends most of his time reading, drinking tea, petting his cats, or some combination of the three.

Allison Winters

Social Media Editor

Allison Winters loves photography and writing poetry. Originally from Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, she is now a senior studying media and communications with a focus in journalism. She hopes to be able to further her journalism career by writing for a print newspaper after graduation.

Dr. Mimi Perreault 

Publisher and Advisor

Dr. Mimi Perreault is the publisher and advisor to Overlooked in Appalachia. Dr. Perreault is an assistant professor in the Department of Media Communication at East Tennessee State University and teaches the journalism capstone, magazine class, and crisis communication. 

Alisha Lakhani 

Head of Communication, Blue + Gold

Alisha Lakhani is the social media and marketing intern for ETSU Climate Stories. She was born and raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and is now a senior at ETSU majoring in media and communications with a concentration in AD and PR and minoring in psychology. 

Derrick J. Vaz

Graduate Assistant for Blue + Gold = Green

Derrick J. Vaz is a second-semester graduate student in the Brand and Media Strategy program. Derrick is a Content Developer and Media Outreach Lead for the Department of Media and Communications, as well as a professional musician. Derrick is from Boone, NC, and received his undergraduate degrees in Public Relations and Music Performance from the University of South Carolina. 

Lucy Groscost

Lab Student, Contributor

Lucy Groscost is a lover of painting, poetry, and the great outdoors. Originally from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, she is now a junior studying both Radio-TV-Film and Biology at ETSU. After graduating, Lucy intends on starting up her own nature-based magazine, where she can integrate all her passions into one.