Willa johnson, Interim Director

Willa Johnson is a multimedia producer and youth organizer.  She was raised in McRoberts, KY.  When she was in High School at Fleming Neon, Appalshop offered an after school media club where she was the only student to attend regularly and fell in love with video.  She went on to be an AMI intern in 2007, co founded the Stay Together Appalachian Youth Project in 2008, and general AMI fan girl every year since.  She has worked with the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative as the founder of their youth media program FIREshare, and as an online Content Creator for The Holler.  She now works to organize with young media producers as Fellows for the All Access EKY Project to help tell the stories and help young people gain access to birth control and family planning resources in the region.  She is a foster mom and foster advocate, active member of her church, and amateur baker.


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Oakley Fugate, Open Society Foundation Fellow at AMI 

Oakley Fugate is filmmaker from Whitesburg, Kentucky who is currently an Open Society Foundation Fellow based at the Appalachian Media Institute.

Oakley has been with the Appalachian Media Institute, having made films about culture in art, veterans from eastern Kentucky, and LGBT rights in the mountains. Oakley is currently hosting a safe space in the Boone Building, where all are welcome and respected.