Ann League

Ann LeagueAnn joined the SOCM staff as Executive Director in January 2015.  Ann originally joined SOCM as a member in 2001 fighting the destructive MTR site on Zeb Mountain. She served a term as Vice-President of the SOCM Board before becoming a SOCM organizer in 2009, where she staffed a number of chapters  and committees.  She was born in Seneca, S.C., and moved to Tennessee when she was seventeen, and holds an Associate's degree in AutoCAD Technology.  She lives in Knoxville and enjoys spending time with her spouse equivalent, Jeff, and their rescued dogs. Email:



 Mike Cannon

Mike joined the SOCM staff in July 2014 as SOCM's Middle Tennessee organizer after serving as an at-large rep on SOCM's Board for nearly a year. He brings about 10 years of organizing experience with him including work on electoral campaigns, housing rights, and with unions. He grew up in Smyrna, Tenn., and earned a B.A. in philosophy and sociology from Middle Tennessee State University where, as a student activist, he was active in efforts to fight against budget cuts to higher education. After working in Cincinnati for three years, Mike moved back to Tennessee in 2012 and currently lives in Nashville. He enjoys hiking, playing guitar, and travelling. Email:


Linda Cowan

Linda joined the SOCM staff in 1993 as the Finance and Office Manager. In 2014, she served as SOCM's interim Executive Director until our new Executive Director came on board in January 2014. Linda is now serving as our Director of Finance, Development and Operations. The passion of SOCM’s incredible members keeps her motivated. Linda grew up a Navy brat, the oldest of seven children, and moved to East Tennessee when her father retired in 1974. She is the proud aunt of six nieces and four nephews who work really hard to keep her young.



Heather Davis

Heather DavisHeather joined the SOCM staff in December 2014 as our new Communications Coordinator.Heather has worked in communications and fundraising for the past 20 years, particularly in the areas of health inequalities, social justice and disadvantaged youth, as well as working in the areas of asylum seekers / refugees, disability rights, gender-based violence, and union stewardship. Originally from Knoxville, Heather received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her M.A. in Contemporary Communications from Notre Dame University of Maryland (Baltimore).  Heather has spent the last 9 years living and working in Scotland, where she was Corporate Communications Manager, leading on Public Affairs, for a Scottish national health board (NHS). Email:


Adam Hughes

Adam HughesAdam Hughes joined the SOCM staff in November 2014 as the East Tennessee Organizer.  He currently lives in Knoxville, where he serves on the board of the Birdhouse Neighborhood Center.  Prior to joining SOCM, he was active in organizing against strip-mining, opposing the funding of mountaintop removal with Hands off Appalachia and training new organizers on the Mountain Justice camp planning collective.  Adam studied economics and music at Brandeis University, where he was elected a Student Representative to the Board of Trustees.  While at Brandeis, he co-founded Innermost Labs, LLC to design mobile applications for non-profit groups. Email:



Micah-Sage Bolden 

Micah-Sage BoldenMicah-Sage joined the SOCM staff as a Communications intern in January 2015. He recently moved back to his hometown of Knoxville, TN with his fiancé, Shelby, after deciding to exit the Michigan State University Ph.D. program in Criminal Justice, where he specialized in terrorism and cybersecurity. He received his degree in Political Science/History, with minors in security and intelligence studies and philosophy from King University in 2013. While completing his B.A., he served on the board of directors of the Appalachian Peace Education Center (APEC), a long-standing peace and justice nonprofit centered in Abingdon, VA. During his time with APEC he confronted issues such as the prevalence of hate groups in central Appalachia, mountaintop removal, the dangers of depleted uranium, and international conflict. He is particularly passionate about the potential of social media, and loves to train people in the utilization of social media. Email:


Shelby Wright

Shelby Wright

Shelby joined the SOCM staff as a Development intern in April 2015. Although she recently moved to Knoxville with her fiancé, Micah-Sage, she is a native of Jackson, TN, and has lived throughout Middle and East Tennessee. Shelby was certified as an EMT after completing the technical program at Northeast State Community College in Bristol, TN. While living in Bristol, Shelby was an active member of the Appalachian Peace Education Center (APEC), assisting in several events, including Abingdon’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade and Celebration. Shelby currently serves as the Fundraising Chair for the Knoxville Chapter of SOCM, and has volunteered as a photographer for SOCM at numerous events, with her photographs being featured in the SOCM blog and The Sentinel. She and her fiancé also work part-time as social media consultants, specializing in nonprofit implementation of the medium. Email: