The High Rocks Youth Advisory Board, or YAB, is a group of dedicated young women who act as a liaison between the staff and participants of High Rocks and the variety of programs High Rocks offers. The YAB is composed of 6 members and 3 interns who each contribute their own skills in leadership, organization, marketing, community outreach, creative thinking, and most importantly; being the middle woman for High Rocks participants to express their ideas and feedback to the staff! The members get to experience building professional relationships with businesses while also building casual relationships with coworkers to promote a workplace that values both integrity and fun. The YAB includes traditional board positions such as: President, Vice President, and Treasurer, but adds a little flare with new positions such as: Reacher (Communications Expert) and Stenogritarian (A Ninja Secretary). Within the board there are three devoted committees, each with a chairwoman: Participant Outreach, Social Media and Marketing, and Fundraising and Finance.
The Youth Advisory Board is an important feature of the High Rocks community. Not only is it an employment opportunity for young women, but it helps allow such a crucial non-profit organization stay well-ordered and run smoothly.
“If High Rocks is like the human body, the YAB is like the heart! And we take pride in that.”
Mabel Eisenbeiss, President
Mabel Eisenbeiss has been apart of High Rocks since 2013 and is the current president of the Youth Advisory Board. She is a senior at Greenbrier East High School and hopes to further her education at a college in either Pennsylvania or West Virginia, either majoring in journalism, anthropology, or environmental studies. Since joining High Rocks, Mabel has fulfilled the roles of a Junior Counselor, a barista at the Hub, and a member of the YAB. Mabel is captivated by Appalachia and all the stories hidden in each holler and behind every mountain. She has written about and photographed this region for many years of her life and hopes to continue telling the stories of the people of Appalachia. Her heart is in the mountains and she is apart of them as much as they are apart of her. She knows she will eventually come full circle back to her home in West Virginia, but in the meantime will travel the globe achieving her bucket list of seeing a live SNL show, learning to play the banjo, and meeting Harry Styles.
Jacqualyn D’Angelo, Vice president
Jacqualyn D’Angelo is the Vice President, or “Vice OG” on the Youth Advisory Board. She is originally from the state of Mississippi, but she packed everything she had and moved here to West Virginia in 2012. She joined High Rocks in 2013 and has been apart of this amazing group of people ever since. She is a senior at Nicholas County High School, and plans to go to college to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and further her education to later become a Registered Nurse (RN). Jacqualyn loves exploring and hopes to one day travel to all 50 states in America, and maybe a few countries. She has many goals in her life that she hopes to fulfill. She loves to be in the kitchen cooking all the comfort foods your heart desires. Jacqualyn loves High Rocks, and all the opportunities they have given her. Without this organization, she would be lost. She will be leaving this summer to go to college, but she’s still looking for the right one to take on her skills & achievements.
Faith Johnson, Treasurer
Faith Johnson is the Treasurer, or, “Book Keeper” on the Youth Advisory Board from August 2017 to present day. She is a sophomore scholar enrolled at Pocahontas County High School with the sharp thinking of an intellectual and the wisdom of a philosopher. Faith hopes to pursue a degree in a whirlpool of subjects ranging from the fine sciences, to Renaissance studies, to anthropology. She plans on studying abroad in Germany and falling in love with the rest of Europe and Scandinavian countries. Ultimately, her heart rests in West Virginia. Faith hopes to one day build a small “Hobbit Hole” and live there until she “croaks.” Until then, she plans to take on the world day by day with her timid sense of humor and quest for what makes her happy.
Shayna Hammons, SECRETARY
Shayna Hammons is 15 years old and is a sophomore at Pocahontas County High School in Dunmore, West Virginia. She is the secretary of the Youth Advisory Board for High Rocks. When Shayna graduates in 2020, she hopes to attend Virginia Tech and go into social work to help the youth of West Virginia. As a fourth year participant of High rocks, Shayna enjoys being active in leadership opportunities that High Rocks has had to offer over the years. Her favorite hobbies are picking wild flowers and enjoying the little things in life.
Grace Harbert, Outreach Organizer
Born and raised in the rolling hills of West Virginia, Grace, our outreach organizer, is a lover of all things happy and yellow. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors or with her friends and family and hopes to one day become a psychiatrist in an effort to help people reach their full potential and overcome their obstacles. As a fifth-year High Rocks participant, Grace has enjoyed taking advantage of every opportunity the organization has provided her with, including leadership roles such as Junior Counseling and holding a seat on the Youth Advisory Board.
Nicole Hall, PARLIAMENTARIAN
Nicole, who also goes by the nickname Nickel, has been raised in West Virginia. As a senior, she attends Richwood High School and Nicholas County Career and Technical Center. Nicole thrives on everything STEM related and enjoys overcoming obstacles while having adventures. She spends her free time outdoors, playing sports, binge watching cartoons, and with loved ones. She is currently plotting the course of her future. Nicole hopes to attend Davis and Elkins, but is still pondering her career choice. Through the many opportunities High Rocks offers, Nicole has become an avid public speaker and emerged from her shell to reveal a leader. She has taken advantage of as many opportunities as possible such as college trips which helped her discover Davis and Elkins, being a big sister and leader in the role of a Junior Counselor, and being apart of the Youth Advisory Board for 2 years. She is currently holding the position of Parliamentarian.
Becca O’Dell, Intern
Becca O’Dell is an intern on the Youth Advisory Board and has been since October 2017 to present. She is a member of the Fundraising committee and the Participant Outreach committee. Becca is a sophomore enrolled at Nicholas County High School. She is the student body vice president of her class and is involved in the student council. Becca is part of the Varsity basketball team at NCHS and is a softball player in the city league. Becca is also involved in Gear-up and is a HERO (Higher Education Readiness Officer) at her school. Becca plans to go to medical school to become a plastic surgeon or go to a trade school and get a degree in cosmetology. She does not plan to live in West Virginia after college, but does think she will move back when she is retired. She also hopes to travel the world and study abroad during college.
Jordan Harper, Intern
Gillie Kelly, Intern
Gillian Snyder, Intern
Gillian has been a High Rocks girl since 2014 and is now an intern for the YAB. She was born and raised in West Virginia and lives on a small cattle farm and apiary nestled in the hills. Her love for Appalachian flora and fauna started from a young age and is a passion she has kept with her. From braiding daisy chains to sketching wild life, Gillian is a lover of art and the natural world. Music is another passion of her’s. Gillian’s car radio is always set to Alt-Nation and she has seen five concerts so far, ranging from Green Day to Dead and Company. She is enrolled as a sophomore at Greenbrier East High School and hopes to continue her education in college. Although Gillian is unsure of when and where she wants to settle down, she plans to travel the world. While on her adventures, Gillian hopes to accomplish at least one thing: take a Polaroid beside a desert cactus while wearing a really cool pair of shades.