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.
Watershed Outreach CoordinatorAs MountainTrue’s Watershed Outreach Coordinator, Anna facilitates volunteer water quality monitoring and restoration programs in the French Broad River watershed. After earning a B.A. in Global Studies, she spent 2010-2012 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Senegal. As a preventative health and environmental education volunteer, she spent much time promoting water conservation and sanitation practices within her village. After her time abroad she continued her studies, again at the University of Tennessee, where she earned an M.S. in Geography with a minor in Watersheds. Anna loves spending time outdoors, whether by the river or on the trail. [more]
Community Engagement ManagerSusan 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]
Development DirectorAdam is honored to bring his years of non-profit experience to MountainTrue. He was born and raised in Durham, NC where he spent untold days swimming, boating, and hiking along the Eno River. Although raised in the Piedmont, Western North Carolina has felt like Adam’s true home since his youth. [more]
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AmeriCorps Forest Keeper CoordinatorRhys is a native of North Carolina, where her best memories were formed on trips to the mountains. She received a chemistry degree from Warren Wilson College, but perhaps took more pride in serving as the shepherd on the school farm. In that position she learned to enjoy working outside and carried her passion for food by working on several small farms in Western North Carolina and out west. Rhys is now thrilled to discover even more of this region while serving as MountainTrue’s Forest Keeper Coordinator. In this role she works to improve public lands through education, volunteer engagement and direct treatment. [more]
David moved to the Broad River watershed in 1987 after receiving an Engineering degree from Clemson University. He worked in manufacturing for several years in Shelby, and has been fishing, paddling, and exploring the watershed’s rivers and tributaries for over three decades now.
In 2015, David became the Coordinator for the Broad River Alliance, a Waterkeeper Affiliate and program of MountainTrue. [more]
French Broad RiverkeeperHartwell has worked to protect the French Broad River for the past 11 years. He was the first responder to Asheville’s coal ash pollution, working to protect the French Broad River and the nearby community by forcing Duke Energy to clean up and close down Asheville’s coal-burning power plant. Hartwell also implemented his idea for the French Broad River Paddle Trail by building new campsites and access points, which now link over 140 miles of the French Broad River. [more]
Development and Operations CoordinatorAmy 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]
Ecologist and Public Lands DirectorBob is the Ecologist and Public Lands Director for MountainTrue, where he has worked since 1998 providing scientific input on issues related to environmental protection of Southern Appalachian mountain forest communities. Bob’s work involves national forests and national parks, air and water quality, and rural lands protection. He heads MountainTrue’s non-native invasive species program. [more]
AmeriCorps Water Quality AdministratorExploring new natural areas has always been one of Regina’s biggest passions, and lucky for her the Midwest offers a perfect launching point for travel. Her first AmeriCorps term was a summer spent in Northern California interning with the Student Conservation Association and Forest Service on the Klamath River. Other summers have been spent working out east in New River Gorge as a raft guide and video boater. Regina is beyond stoked to serve with AmeriCorps again, this time for her second year as the Water Quality Administrator for MountainTrue. If she’s not in the office, you will find her clambering up rocks big and small (or boofing off them in a boat) and asking to pet your dog as soon as she catches her breath. [more]
Director of Creation Care Alliance of WNCScott is an ordained pastor with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has served as a pastor in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Fort Collins, CO as well as in Spring and Houston, TX. Scott has a degree in Business Management from Texas A&M University and holds a Master of Divinity and a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Scott continues to be reminded of his true self most clearly in the forests, oceans and deserts and seeks to invite others, particularly faith communities, into conversations regarding creation. He is most alive when playing outside with his partner Rebecca and their two children. [more]
AmeriCorps Outings and Education CoordinatorCatie serves as MountainTrue’s Outings and Education Coordinator, where she is tasked with creating ways to connect communities in Western NC to their local environment. Originally from Waxhaw, North Carolina, Catie graduated from Davidson College in 2017 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies. During her first semester in college, she took a wilderness leadership skills course on a whim and discovered a love of the outdoors, particularly as a space to connect with people, teach leadership and build community. She expanded this interest into her studies, and has conducted research on the impacts of land use on stream ecosystem health in NC and on the socioeconomic impacts of national park closures on local communities in Costa Rica. [more]
High Country Regional Director & Watauga RiverkeeperAndy Hill is proud to serve 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, he is intimately familiar with our watershed from the headwaters to the tailwater and is passionate about protecting the places we love. [more]
Southern Regional Director and Green RiverkeeperGray 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]
Asheville Design Center DirectorChris has served as director of the Asheville Design Center (ADC) since 2009. The ADC, which merged with MountainTrue in 2017, connects volunteer designers—architects, engineers, landscape architects, planners, and graphic designers—with projects that promote healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities. Prior to his arrival in Western North Carolina, Chris worked with the Nature Conservancy, Connecticut River Watershed Council, and League of Conservation Voters. Chris is an attorney with degrees from Yale University and University of Connecticut School of Law. [more]
Public Lands Field BiologistJosh 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]
Co-DirectorJulie feels 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 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]
Communications DirectorKarim 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]
Non-native Invasive Species Project CoordinatorLauren 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]
Advocacy & Communications AssociateWith a background in writing and a deep interest in environmental and social equity, Eliza loves that her work at MountainTrue speaks to many of her passions. As Advocacy & Communications Associate, Eliza writes and edits MountainTrue’s traditional and social media and helps build and implement advocacy campaigns regarding public transit access, forest planning and clean energy. She serves as the coordinator for the Asheville Regional Transit Coalition (ARTC) and has organized for MountainTrue around energy rate hikes, the Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Management Plan and coal ash pollution in Western North Carolina. [more]
Co-DirectorBob joined the MountainTrue team as Co-Director in 2013. He holds a business degree from Wake Forest University, has 12 years of experience overseeing house-building programs in Africa with Habitat for Humanity and spent the last nine years working for the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina to strengthen nonprofits in our region. Bob grew up in Maryland near the Chesapeake Bay, where he enjoyed fishing and crabbing and developed a deep appreciation for the environment. His interests include spending time with his wife and two boys, hiking, most sports, videography, coaching, and travel. [more]