Board of Directors


Chair, JéWana Grier-McEachin
Executive Director, Asheville-Buncombe Institute for Parity Achievement (ABIPA) | Buncombe County

Vice-Chair, Moriah Heaney
Impact Associate, Dogwood Health Trust | Polk County

Treasurer, Grady Nance
Retired, Business & Engineering | Henderson County

Secretary, Tanya-Marie Pender
President, Pathways to Parks | Henderson County

At-Large Executive Committee Member, Mary Jo Deck
Staurolite Resource Group | Clay County

Deke Arndt
Chief of the Monitoring Branch of the National Centers for Environmental Information | Buncombe County

Ameena Batada
Associate Professor of Health and Wellness, UNCA | Buncombe County

Jane Margaret Bell
Environmental Designer/Planner, Wildlands Engineering | Buncombe County

Marco Fonseca
Assistant Director of Intercultural Student Affairs, Appalachian State University | Watauga County

Kimberly Hunter
Entrepreneur, Cooperative Developer and Realtor at EXIT Realty Vistas | Buncombe County

Jesse Miller
Insurance Agent, First Security Insurance | Watauga County

Joshua Perkins
Environmental Education Specialist, NC Arboretum | Buncombe County

Sonya Rikhye
Attorney | Buncombe County

Erica Shanks
Events Coordinator, ASAP | Henderson County

Zoe Schumaker
Artist/President, Asheville Art Gallery | Buncombe County

Katherine Taafe
Owner, All Creatures Short and Tall | Union County