Board of Directors


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

Vice-Chair, Moriah Heaney
Community Investments Manager, Mountain BizWorks | 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

George Austin
Accountant, Austin CPA, PC | Buncombe County

Ameena Batada
Associate Professor of Health and Wellness, UNCA | 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

Maria Rusafova
Architect, Rusafova Markulis Architects | Buncombe County

Zoe Schumaker
Artist/ President, Asheville Gallery of Art

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

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.