Abby Mullen

Abby Mullen is the executive producer of The Green Tunnel. She also produces and hosts Consolation Prize, a podcast about the history of the United States in the world. When she’s not podcasting, she teaches digital, maritime, and military history courses in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. She is an aspirational hiker, which is to say, she thinks hiking is cool, but she doesn’t do it all that much herself. She has hiked approximately .1% of the AT.

Alison Langford

Alison is the Studio Administrative Associate for R2 Studios, the podcast studio that produces The Green Tunnel Podcast. Alison keeps things running smoothly for the Green Tunnel Team, especially in the swag department.

Ashley Palazzo

Ashley Palazzo is a producer on The Green Tunnel podcast. She has a MA in history from George Mason University. Ashley grew up camping in the Great Smokey Mountains with her family and has fond memories hiking portions of the Appalachian Trail.

Bridget Bukovich

Bridget Bukovich is the marketing and social media manager for The Green Tunnel podcast. She has also produced a couple of episodes. She has a MA in History from George Mason University. A self proclaimed “indoor cat” and avid reader, she prefers to find outdoor adventures in the pages of her books. Though she hasn’t stepped foot on the AT (yet) working on this podcast might just get her on trail.

Update: Bridget has officially stepped foot on the AT!

Eleanor Magness

Eleanor Magness is an intern Producer on The Green Tunnel Podcast and an undergraduate student at George Mason, majoring in History. She is a moderately seasoned hiker, and enjoys camping and anything to do with the outdoors.

Hayley Madl

Hayley Madl is a producer on The Green Tunnel Podcast. She is also a PhD student at George Mason University focusing on Indigenous history in Early America and digital history. Her family has long been into all things outdoors, and she had two brothers complete thru-hikes of the AT as part of the Class of 2021. While her own thru-hike is still in the works, Hayley is settling for diving into the history of the trail and disappearing into the woods whenever she can.

Jeanette Patrick

Jeanette is the lead producer of The Green Tunnel Podcast. She is also the producer for R2 Studios, the studio where The Green Tunnel is mixed and made for your listening enjoyment. Jeanette loves spending time outdoors and grew up hiking and camping in the Ozark Mountains.

Mills Kelly

Mills Kelly is the host of The Green Tunnel podcast. Known on the AT by his trail name “Grandaddy Spartan,” he has been hiking on trail since 1971 and researching its history since 2016. Off trail, Mills is a professor of history at George Mason University and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media.

Musicians: Ashlee Watkins and Andrew Small

Ashlee Watkins and Andrew Small are award-winning musicians from Floyd, Virginia. Ashlee is originally from New South Wales, Australia and Andrew is from North Carolina. Specializing in traditional music styles of Southwest Virginia, Ashlee and Andrew have won numerous prizes including the coveted award for First Place Old Time Band at the 2021 Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, VA. Their music is also featured in the PBS documentary film Rock Castle Home. Learn more about their music, performance schedule, and teaching at and on social media as The New Macedon Rangers.

Musician: Scott Miller

Scott Miller is an acclaimed musician from Stanton, Virginia. He was recently inducted to the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame. He resides in his native Virginia, tending to the family farm while also continuing to release and perform new music informed by that rural area, history, and Appalachia. Learn more about his music, performance schedule, and more at


Jess Pritchard-Ritter

Jess is a producer on the Green Tunnel Podcast. She is by no means a seasoned hiker, but she lives near the AT and has hiked local stretches of the trail many times. Outside of this podcast, Jess is also a lead educator at a local museum and runs a consulting business that helps cultural institutions go digital. Most days you’ll find her covered from head to toe in paint and plaster as she renovates her 250-year-old house.