Ohio Valley Allies is a committed Environmental Conservation Organization dedicated to empowering and mobilizing Appalachian communities to preserve and restore the earth and the integrity of their homelands.
Our team of experienced advocates are passionate about protecting the environment and creating a more sustainable future for generations to come.
Jill Antares Hunkler is a mother, teacher, artist, grassroots organizer, and environmental advocate. She is a seventh generation Ohio Valley resident in Belmont County, Ohio the most heavily fracked in the state. She considers herself a fracking refugee. Due to the vast oil and gas infrastructure that polluted her country home in the Slope Creek Valley, she experienced negative health impacts, and was forced to relocate. She educates the public about the threats we face due to the polluting and destructive oil and gas and petrochemical industries. She has helped empower people in her community and beyond to stand up for their rights for a healthy environment. Together they had some success in their protective campaigns. Her mission is to promote peace, clean energy solutions, and a healthy and protected Mother Earth for current and future generations.
Mary Aguilera was led to the work she is currently doing for Ohio Valley Allies through organizing for the Ohio Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. She is a native of NH and lived in Cincinnati, OH for 20 years. She has a degree in Organizational Leadership. She has been working to address the interlocking systemic issues of poverty, racism, militarism, environmental devastation and threats from the Oil and Gas Industry in the Ohio Valley and beyond since 2017. Building capacity everyday for a Global Beloved Community is her goal. Forward Together!