Featured Speakers 2017

Featured Speakers 2017


Lunchtime Keynore Presenters From West Virginia Public Broadcasting and Inside Appalachia: Jessica Lilly and Roxy Todd

Jessica Lilly covers southern West Virginia for West Virginia Public Radio and is the host and producer of Inside Appalachia. A lifelong southern West Virginian, she graduated from Concord University, where she now teaches part time. Jessica is also the faculty advisor to Concord University's radio station, WVCU LPFM, a station she was instrumental in launching.  She lives in Athens, West Virginia.

Roxy Todd is a producer for Inside Appalachia. She's orginally from Tennessee and moved to West Virginia in 2010 to work as an AmeriCorps VISTA, collecting oral histories for a project called Traveling 219. She's worked for West Virginia Public Broadcasting since 2014. She lives in Charleston, West Virginia.

Together, Jessica Lilly and Roxy Todd have won numerous awards for their journalism and storytelling. In particular, one episode they produced in 2015 called "Inside Appalachia: When Strangers Take Our Picture" won the best Documentary from the Regional Associated Press, and a Murrow award for best documentary.


Jessica Lilly Roxy Todd

Pictured above: Jessica Lilly (above) & Roxy Todd (below)



MORNING KEYNOTE PRESENTERS: Kortney Frame & Malak Khader

Kortney Frame is studying Chemistry at West Virginia Wesleyan College with plans to graduate in May before pursuing her doctorate in pharmacy at West Virginia University's School of Pharmacy. Kortney has served as a Wesleyan Service Scholar for four years where she has served at Upshur County Literacy Volunteers and through WE LEAD. During her time in WE LEAD, Kortney was a team leader on the Poverty Reduction team for two years before taking on the role of Coordinator in August of 2016.  In 2015, Kortney was selected as an Oxfam America Change Leader where she traveled to Boston for an extensive social justice training in Boston with more than 30 other college students from across the country. During the school year, Kortney worked extensively on Oxfam's campaigns, focusing on labor rights, hunger, and international poverty issues.  In 2016, Kortney was selected as Oxfam's Change Initiative Intern, where she supported Oxfam America's work and coordinated logistics for the new Change leaders.  As a student in WE LEAD, Kortney has coordinated the Hunger Banquet, Poverty Simulation, CROP Hunger Walk, and several fundraising initiatives.  Kortney has presented during Social Justice Week at West Virginia Wesleyan and at the McDonough Leadership Conference at Marietta University.  She loves all things chemistry, cows, and service and is pleased to be sharing her story at this year's ENGAGE conference!



Malak Khader is a Huntington native who is currently completing her master’s degree in public administration, with a concentration in urban governance, at Marshall University. She plans to attend the University of North Texas this fall, where she will work toward her Ph.D. in Information Science. She currently works at the Huntington Mayor’s Office and at Drinko Library as a graduate research assistant.  Malak actively seeks opportunities to engage with both the campus and greater Huntington community. She serves as a board member for the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia, an advocate for American Muslims, and as a troop leader for a Girl Scouts chapter in her area.

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