Ellie Dudding is a Community Coach with Rural Action’s Resilient Communities Program. In this asset-based community development role, she works directly with community leaders and entrepreneurs to develop strategies for communities to support and direct resources to their small businesses. A long time resident of Athens County, she previously worked at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville. She has an MA in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University and a BA in English from Ohio University. She is a former Editorial Assistant of the Appalachian Journal and is an alumna of the Appalachian Teaching Project.