About Us

The Center for Rural Strategies is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 2001. Our headquarters are in Whitesburg, Kentucky, in the Central Appalachian coalfields.


The Center for Rural Strategies seeks to improve economic and social conditions for communities in the countryside and around the world through the creative and innovative use of media and communications. By presenting accurate and compelling portraits of rural lives and cultures, we hope to deepen public debate and create a national environment in which positive change for rural communities can occur.

Rural Strategies helps communities and nonprofit organizations incorporate media and communications into their work in support of strategic goals. We also design and implement information campaigns that educate the public about the problems and opportunities that exist in contemporary rural communities.

Rural Strategies publishes information about rural issues, works with press to assist them in the coverage of rural topics, and works with a wide range of partners to build a stronger voice on behalf of rural communities.

We believe that rural America's fate is interrelated to those of metropolitan and urban America. Building stronger rural communities helps the nation as a whole.



Kentucky Office:
46 East Main Street
Whitesburg, KY 41858
Phone: (606) 632-3244
Fax: (606) 632-3243

East Tennessee Office:
919 N. Central St.
Knoxville, TN 37917
Phone: (865) 688-9546
Fax: (865) 688-9596

Staff Directory
(for full bios of each staff member, please visit the Staff Page)

Dee Davis, President, (606) 632-3244

Teresa Collins, Operations Coordinator, (606) 632-3244

Marty Newell, Chief Operating Officer, (859) 351-8719

Tim Marema, Vice President, (865) 688-9546

Shawn Poynter, Communications Associate and Photographer, (865) 688-9546

Whitney Kimball Coe, Director, National Programs, (865) 688-9546



Katharine Pearson Criss, Senior Fellow, (865) 688-9546

Edyael Casaperalta, Internet Rights Fellow

Roberto Gallardo E., Fellow