Meet Our Team

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

Watershed Outreach Coordinator

phone (828) 258-8737 x 212

About Anna

Susan Bean

Adam Bowers

David Caldwell

Hartwell Carson

Mara Chamlee

AmeriCorps Water Quality Administrator

About Mara

Nancy Diaz

Amy Finkler

Development and Operations Coordinator

phone 828.258.8737 x 209

About Amy

Bob Gale

Ecologist and Public Lands Director

phone (828) 258-8737 x 204

About Bob

Andy Hill

High Country Regional Director and Watauga Riverkeeper

phone (828) 278-9821

About Andy

Gray Jernigan

Central Regional Director 

phone 828-423-0578

About Gray

Chris Joyell

Healthy Communities Director

phone 828.258.8737 x 205

About Chris

Josh Kelly

Public Lands Field Biologist

phone (828) 258-8737 x 204

About Josh

Callie Moore

Sarah Ogletree

Creation Care Alliance Director

About Sarah

Karim Olaechea

Erica Shanks

Green Riverkeeper and Watershed Outreach Coordinator

About Erica

Darby Stipe

AmeriCorps Western Region Water Quality and Habitat Restoration Associate

About Darby

Sydney Swafford

AmeriCorps Outings, Education, and Forest Stewardship Coordinator

phone(828) 258-8737 x 218

About Sydney

Tony Ward

Western Region Program Coordinator

phone(828) 837-5414

About Tony

Maddy Watson

Communications Associate


About Maddy

Hannah Woodburn

High Country Watershed Outreach Coordinator


About Hannah

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

Zoe Schumaker
Artist | Towns County, GA

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