Staff

This strong team of dedicated individuals help to protect and preserve our natural land, water and air resources through education and public participation in policy decisions at all levels of business and government.


Anna Alsobrook

Anna Alsobrook

AmeriCorps Assistant French Broad Riverkeeper

Anna’s passion for water really started during her semester abroad in South Africa when she became sick after a big rainstorm. She did not realize then the connections between water quality and health. Her interest in the topic began to take shape when she came back to the U.S. and took an “Intro to Water Resources” class at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. [more]

phone 828.258.8737 x 212
envelope anna@mountaintrue.org

Susan Bean

Susan Bean

Community Engagement Manager

Susan is thrilled to serve as the Community Engagement Manager for MountainTrue where she is charged with connecting people all across the WNC region who are committed to protecting our natural resources.She is actively involved in the community serving as a Co-Chair of the Building Bridges Board and a regular volunteer for the Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP). In her free time, she loves trail running with her dog Mossy, road biking, and gardening. [more]

phone 828.258.8737 x 216
envelope susan@mountaintrue.org

Hartwell Carson

Hartwell Carson

French Broad Riverkeeper

“The beauty of rivers is that we all own the water and no one has the right to take away our right for clean healthy water.” ~ Hartwell Carson

Hartwell has worked to protect and defend the French Broad River as the Riverkeeper for the last six years. He has played a key role in reducing sediment pollution, starting and expanding bacteria, sediment, and coal ash monitoring programs,  … [more]

phone 828.258.8737 x 211
envelope hartwell@mountaintrue.org

Holly Demuth

Holly Demuth

Development Director

“Giving back to who or what we care deeply about is one of the most gratifying experiences we can have,” claims Holly Demuth.  “Helping people do that and helping our forests, water, and communities is a true privilege.” Holly has long been acquainted with the work of MountainTrue through its predecessors.  She rolled up her sleeves, and pants, collecting water quality data back in the day with ECO, as well as chairing the Buncombe County Chapter of WNCA. [more]

phone 828.258.8737 x 201
envelope holly@mountaintrue.org

Bob Gale

Bob Gale

Ecologist & Public Lands Director

“Not only does my job allow me to use many aspects of my education, I also get to work with creative like-minded folks daily.” ~ Bob Gale

Bob is the ecologist for MountainTrue, where he has worked since 1998 providing scientific input on issues related to environmental protection of Southern Appalachian mountain forest communities. Bob was educated at the University of South Carolina … [more]

phone 828.258.8737 x 204
envelope bob@mountaintrue.org

Scott Hardin-Nieri

Scott Hardin-Nieri

Director of Creation Care Alliance of WNC

“The complexity, beauty and connectivity of creation are often inviting us to respond. First with a hike, a paddle, a tilt of our ear to the bird song, a climb of a tree or with a hammock embraced rest.  Second with the words ‘wow,’ ‘thank you,’ and, perhaps, ‘I am sorry.’ Third with creatively inspired action intentionally designed to preserve and amplify all of life.”~Scott Hardin-Nieri

Scott Hardin-Nieri is a newcomer to these beautiful mountains … [more]

phone 828.258.8737 x 214
envelope scott@creationcarealliance.org

Andy Hayslip

Andy Hayslip

High Country Director and Watauga Riverkeeper

Andy brings a diverse background in land use planning, conservation, and water resources science and policy to MountainTrue, as well as a passion for the High Country of Western North Carolina. He completed his B.S. in Geography and Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University and his M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of South Florida where he focused on river ecology and watershed management, particularly within the South. [more]

phone 828.719.7624
envelope andy@mountaintrue.org

Josh Kelly

Josh Kelly

Public Lands Field Biologist

Josh was born in Madison County, N.C., and went to school at UNC Asheville, earning a degree in biology. He then worked for the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition, where he focused on identifying remnant old-growth forests on public land, and at WildLaw, where he worked to promote ecological restoration as the new paradigm of National Forest management. [more]

phone 828.258.8737 x 210
envelope josh@mountaintrue.org

Julie Mayfield

Julie Mayfield

Co-Director

“I am so fortunate to be living in Western North Carolina and working to protect one of the most beautiful and ecologically diverse regions in our country.” ~ Julie Mayfield

Julie came to MountainTrue in June 2008 from Atlanta. In 2015, she was elected to Asheville’s City Council after serving for many years on the City’s Multi-Modal Commission and Transit Committee. In 2011, she was appointed by Governor Bev Perdue to … [more]

phone 828.258.8737 x 202
envelope julie@mountaintrue.org

Amanda McManaway

Amanda McManaway

AmeriCorps Forest Keeper Coordinator

A native of north Florida, Amanda graduated from Florida State University with her B.S. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Chemistry. A summer abroad in Ecuador sparked her interest in environmental conservation. Upon returning to FSU, she changed her focus from pre-med to plant sciences. [more]

phone 828.258.8737 x 206
envelope amanda@mountaintrue.org

Karim Olaechea

Karim Olaechea

Communications Director

Karim brings more than fifteen years of experience across a variety of settings to the role of Communications Director at MountainTrue. Karim cut his teeth at The Campaign Group, an industry-leading political advertising firm, where he helped to elect candidates including U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez of California and Governors Bill Richardson of New Mexico and Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania. [more]

phone 828.258.8737 x 215
envelope karim@mountaintrue.org

Evan Parker

Evan Parker

Water Quality Administrator AmeriCorps Project Conserve

Evan grew up in West Palm Beach, Fla. He attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando and received a B.S. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Sociology. After spending his entire life in Florida, he is excited to be living in beautiful Western North Carolina and have the opportunity to protect the environment in this amazing area of the country. [more]

phone 828.692.0385 x 1001
envelope evan@mountaintrue.org

Lauren Reker

Lauren Reker

Non-native Invasive Species Project Coordinator

Lauren Reker joined the MountainTrue team in 2009 and has since contributed to the success of numerous invasive species control projects and monitoring initiatives which have been integral to the restoration of national forest and conservation properties comprising the habitat of federally listed or rare species. [more]

phone 828.279.7454
envelope lauren@mountaintrue.org

Bob Wagner

Bob Wagner

Co-director

“People may disagree about the role of government, which religion has the truth, and who is going to win March Madness, however, I think we all agree that we want to enjoy clean and spectacular rivers, to hike in healthy forests, and to live in vibrant communities.” ~ Bob Wagner

With a business degree from Wake Forest University, 12 years overseeing house building programs in Africa with Habitat for Humanity … [more]

phone 828.258.8737 x 213
envelope wagner@mountaintrue.org

Joan Walker

Joan Walker

Campaign Director and Interim Southern Regional Director

As MountainTrue’s Campaign Director Joan primarily supports and coordinates grassroots organizing and advocacy campaigns and is the lead staff on energy issues. Joan is currently serving as interim director of MountainTrue’s Southern Regional Office, supporting the organization’s activities in Henderson, Transylvania and Polk counties. [more]

phone 828.258.8737 x 205
envelope joan@mountaintrue.org


We value mountain communities that are vibrant, livable, and respectful of their connection to and dependence on the region’s natural environment.
We value the integrity of natural systems – air, land, water, and native plants and animals – and believe in protecting and restoring them for the benefit of all generations.