Staff

This strong team of dedicated individuals helps 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

Watershed Outreach Coordinator

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

Hartwell Carson

Hartwell Carson

French Broad Riverkeeper

Hartwell has worked to protect and defend the French Broad River as the Riverkeeper for the last 11 years. He was the first responder to Asheville coal ash problems, and worked to protect the French Broad River and the nearby community by forcing Duke Energy to clean up and close down their coal-burning power plant in Asheville. [more]

phone (828) 258-8737 x 211
envelope hartwell@mountaintrue.org

Bob Gale

Bob Gale

Ecologist and 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

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

Rose Bruce

Rose Bruce

Americorps Forest Keeper Coordinator

Rose grew up on a farm outside of Ferryville, WI and has always had a passion for botany, wildlife, and land stewardship. She pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Ecological Forestry at Warren Wilson College in Swanannoa, NC.  [more]

phone (828) 258-8737 x 206
envelope forestkeeper@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 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

Devon Hathaway

Devon Hathaway

AmeriCorps Outings and Education Coordinator

Devon is excited to pursue her passion for conservation and teaching to the public as the Outings and Education Coordinator. Here she will be organizing volunteer and educational events that support MountainTrue’s mission of fostering a healthy environment and communities. [more]

phone 828.258.8737 x 214
envelope outings@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

Eliza Stokes

Eliza Stokes

Advocacy & Communications Associate

As the new Advocacy & Communications Associate, Eliza works on MountainTrue’s campaign strategies, community organizing, and media. Hailing from Baltimore, MD, Eliza graduated from Warren Wilson College in 2016 with a double major in Global Studies and Creative Writing . [more]

phone (828) 258-8737 x 218
envelope eliza@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 217
envelope scott@creationcarealliance.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

Amy Fuller Finkler

Amy Fuller Finkler

Development and Operations Coordinator

Amy Fuller Finkler grew up enjoying the beauty and power of the mountains of Western North Carolina. Though she periodically spent time away from Asheville, studying at Appalachian State University and living for four years in Portland, Oregon, the draw of the Blue Ridge Mountains always brought her home. She is thrilled to be the Development and Operations Coordinator at MountainTrue, working to protect the mountains, forests, and rivers that she loves. [more]

Gray Jernigan

Gray Jernigan

Southern Regional Director and Green Riverkeeper

Gray developed his passion for the environment at an early age, during summers spent at camp in Henderson County. A native of Raleigh, the mountains and rivers of southwestern North Carolina held a special place in his heart. While studying toward his undergraduate degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gray would return to Henderson County to teach paddle sports during the summers. [more]

phone (828) 692-0385 x1004
envelope gray@mountaintrue.org

 

Jack Henderson

Jack Henderson

AmeriCorps Water Quality Administrator

Jack Henderson is MountainTrue’s Water Quality Administrator, leading volunteer teams to monitor and improve water quality in the upper French Broad river watershed. Jack loves the southern Appalachians and can usually be found exploring the back-country on his mountain bike, paddling his kayak down a steep creek or planning the next big adventure. [more]

phone (828) 692-0385
envelope wqa@mountaintrue.org

Andy Hill

Andy Hill

High Country Regional Director & Watauga Riverkeeper

Andy Hill is proud to join MountainTrue as the High Country Regional Director and Watauga Riverkeeper. Andy has a passion for clean, cold, fishable, drinkable and swimmable water. As a long-time fly fisherman, educator and guide, Andy is intimately familiar with our watershed from the headwaters to the tailwaters, and is passionate about protecting the places we love. [more]

phone (828) 278-9821
envelope andy@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

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

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


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.