Alyssa Pasternak Post earned her bachelors degree in Theology from Wheeling Jesuit University and her Masters in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton. During her graduate work Alyssa loved thinking and writing about theology in the context of her native Appalachia. Alyssa’s Master’s thesis – “Dare to Speak:” This Land Is Home to Me from Idea to Proclamation (May 1973 – February 1975) and Beyond – studies the history and theology of the first pastoral letter from the Catholic Committee of Appalachia (CCA) as Appalachian liberation theology. She served on the committee for the writing of the CCA’s most recent pastoral letter The Telling Takes Us Home (2015). Her professional life has included several years as a theology teacher and nearly a decade in parish ministry.