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CEO/CMO – Frank Cyzick

Social Media Manager – Chris Bumbalough

Legal – Ron Brazell


Meet Our Contributing Writers

The Got Mountain Life writers hail from all over Appalachia. They have unique, regional insights on the people and places of the Appalachian Mountains, both old and new.

Timothy Burkhardt

Contributing Writer

Timothy Burkhardt is a journalist and blogger from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. His writing interests include local history, science, technology, entertainment and the arts. Check out more of his online work at gravatar.com/burkhardttd

Sarah Smith

Contributing Writer

Sarah is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to travel in her free time. Originally from Northern Virginia, she moved to the mountains of West Virginia 10 years ago where she fell in love with the Appalachian culture. Sarah is a writer, herbalist, artist, and student who created The Yarrow Path, focusing on holistic health.

Greg Chaffins

Contributing Writer

Greg Chaffins grew up on the banks of the Tug River, in a place gently nestled between the Kentucky and West Virginia border. His grandparents raised their own food and lived off the land, and this is where he gets a lot of his Appalachian knowledge. If you talk to Greg, you’ll find that he believes growing up in the Appalachians gave him an unfair advantage when it comes to problem-solving.

Greg is a nerd at heart, having played with electronics since an early age and writing software since personal computers came along. You will often find him writing on his own nerd and financial blogs, but the older he gets, the more he appreciates his roots and likes to share his wonderful Appalachian heritage.

Holly Riddle

Contributing Writer

Holly Riddle is a freelance travel, food and lifestyle writer. When not covering her favorite topics, she’s probably reading about them. She lives in central Pennsylvania, with her husband and two dogs, where she also covers local food, agriculture and entertainment. Learn more about Holly at hollyriddle.org.

David Farthing

Contributing Writer

David grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina on a tobacco farm. His ancestors originally came as indentured servants to the Jamestown Colony in Virginia. He first became interested in writing in high school and later became an editor at a publishing company in Texas. He likes to write about Appalachian mountain culture, history, music, art, and travel.

Emma Taylor

Contributing Writer

Emma Taylor hails from a small goat farm outside of Morgantown, WV. She grew up learning homesteading, exploring the mountains, and absorbing her family’s Appalachian heritage. An avid outdoors enthusiast, you can usually find her traveling through West Virginia, on her stand-up paddleboard, foraging for dinner, or climbing a mountain. Emma lives on a hill just outside of Pittsburgh, PA, with her husband and two dogs. You can follow her adventures and experiments on Instagram.

Jerry Ison

Contributing Writer

Jerry was born in a holler in rural Whitesburg Kentucky and is now living with his wife Jennifer, in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee.  Through the years, Jerry has lived in ten states and worked at dozens of different trades.

While living in South Carolina he became friends with a newspaper columnist who suggested that since he was such a good storyteller, he try his hand at writing. The paper bought the first story, asked for more and, as they say, the rest is history.   Since then he has written for magazines, newsletters, web pages and many newspapers.  Jerry’s primary writing subject is the great outdoors and all that encompasses.  His outdoor articles are sometimes attributed to his alter ego,   ‘Buck Thorn’.

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