Dan is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Green Opportunities, an Asheville-based nonprofit dedicated to improving lives, communities and the health of the environment through green collar jobs training and placement programs. Originally from Connecticut, Dan spent most of his adult life in northern California before moving to North Carolina in 2007.
He enjoys riding his bike in the mountains, practicing Tai Chi, and hanging with his wife and two boys, Leif and Kai.
A native of Oregon, Stu has been a resident of the Asheville area since 1998. He is a founder and co-owner of Altamont Environmental, Inc., a 20-person consulting firm focused on assessment and remediation of contaminated properties and restoration of streams and wetlands. Stu’s daughter Lila is a current Evergreen student and his son Will graduated from Evergreen in 2009 and now attends Reynolds High. Stu also serves as the Board Chair for the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretative Association. He lives in Fairview with his wife Nancy, his kids, some goats, dogs, cats, a guinea pig, and a bird.
With a law degree from UNC Law School, James is an attorney with Asheville’s Dungan Law Firm. He spends most of his time in court handling construction and real estate litigation. He is also a panel attorney for Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina, for Federal Criminal matters. Before returning to private practice, James was the first tribal prosecutor for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, receiving national recognition for his efforts on Justice in Indian County.
Graduating from Wofford College with a BA in History and Government while editing the college newspaper, James’ many interests have often been pulled him in many directions at once. For example, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Asheville Lyric Opera and is also a licensed judge for the North Carolina Boxing Authority.
James joined the Board because he believes, “Evergreen and my son's education are extremely important to me. I have always known that there is nothing more important than a good education."
Jennifer is the mother of three Evergreen students. Jennifer graduated from West Virginia University with a BS in Journalism. She worked for three years in Washington DC as a reporter for a news service and then moved to Atlanta where she worked in advertising sales.
She also worked in customer service at REI, attended Cosmetology School and was a hairstylist for several years. Jennifer has also been an active volunteer at Evergreen. She is a member of the PAL committee, where she helped plan and organize the Spelling Bee/Contest and has been a coach for the Odyssey of the Mind teams.
Ingrid grew up in Florence, SC. She later moved to NC and graduated from UNC-Greensboro in 1991 with a BA in Psychology. Ingrid relocated to Boone, NC to work with disabled adults for several years. She then became certified in massage therapy in 1996 from the NC School of Natural Healing and worked as a massage therapist for several years. In 2008 Ingrid received a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University.
Since 2007 she has worked at Family Preservation Services as a school based and family therapist. She works with adolescents in their homes and schools managing mental health issues using systemic and solution focused strategies. Ingrid served on her Fairview Forest Homeowner Association Board for two years as director and secretary. Ingrid has two children at Evergreen.
Laura received a BS in Environmental Studies from UNCA and a Masters in Library Science from Appalachian State University. In addition to being Evergreen's librarian for six years, Laura also co-coaches the middle school Science Olympiad team. During the summer, she serves as a Delegation Leader with People to People, traveling internationally with high school Student Ambassadors from western North Carolina. Before coming to Evergreen Laura spent five years as a wildlife rehabilitator. She is married to Jason Carter and lives with four cats and a dog named Molly.
Murphy and his wife Joele are proud parents of three young children; one current Evergreen student and two future Evergreen students. Murphy is from Chattanooga, Tenn., and went to high school and college in Delaware where he graduated with a B.S. in Geology. After college, Murphy and Joele took jobs with the US National Park Service and California State Parks System, moving between parks in Arizona, Utah and California and working in natural and cultural resources, environmental education, and land management issues in the 1990s.
In 2000 they moved to southern Florida where Murphy continued with the National Park Service as a volunteer but decided to professionally transition into the environmental consulting business, where he has worked since as a geologist performing natural resource and environmental engineering tasks including environmental investigations, contamination assessments, remediation system design, and solid waste engineering. In 2006 they moved to Asheville where Murphy works as an Environmental Project Manager for TRC Environmental Corporation, as well as spending time with his family learning about and enjoying the natural world around them.
Susan C. Gottfried, Executive Director
Susan Gottfried has a B.S. degree in Special Education; an M.Ed. in Special Education, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of NC-Greensboro. Susan has worked as a School Improvement Consultant with the Southern Regional Education Board providing consultation, coaching and professional development to schools across the country implementing the school reform model, High Schools That Work/Making Middle Grades Work. Susan was also the Director of The Piedmont School, an independent school for children with learning disabilities, in High Point, NC.
Under her leadership TPS developed a Full Day program, significantly increased student enrollment, acquired numerous grants for the scholarship fund, held a successful $1.2 million capital campaign, and constructed a new facility. In her role of Executive Director at Evergreen, she provides forward-thinking leadership with strong organizational development skills.
She has led the school in aligning the many initiatives, programs and partnerships and creating a collaborative leadership team structure. Susan also led the school through the AdvancEd accreditation process, resulting in full accreditation. She has worked in partnership with board members and Samsel Architects through the master planning process. Susan strives to create structures and processes within which her highly skilled and passionate faculty and staff can create magical learning opportunities for children.
Eben received his BA in Cultural Anthropology from Connecticut College, which included a semester abroad in northern India with a focus on Buddhist studies. He spent several seasons providing backcountry service and education for the Appalachian Mountain Club in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and then ‘thru-hiked’ the length of the Appalachian Trail in 1995. After moving to North Carolina in 1996, he worked as an innkeeper, a house framer, and as a private tutor, before becoming a teacher at Evergreen in 2003, where he has happily remained ever since. Eben is married to Dawn Miller and they have two sons, Perrin and Rylan, who currently attend Evergreen.
Lori Hilliard moved to Western NC in high school and attended UNC-Asheville. She received a BA in Acting and Directing, and after a few years touring in a children’s theatre company she returned to Asheville to become a certified Theatre Arts teacher. Lori has taught high school and middle school drama and directed many community theatres and summer arts camps. A proud mother of two Evergreen students and wife to McRae, Lori continues to teach, direct and perform voice-overs. She plays many roles in her community on and off the stage as an actress, past President of the Junior League of Asheville, a graduate of Leadership Asheville, volunteer and Smart Start Champion for Children.
Eric “Big E” Howard, MSW
I have earned an Associate’s of Science degree from Georgia Military College, a Bachelors of Social Work from Mars Hill College, a Masters of Social Work from the University of South Carolina, and am currently working toward a Doctorate (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. I have worked in all spectrums of the social work field, from early childhood to older adults. My areas of interest are issues of diversity and culturally relevant teaching strategies, with a goal of bringing all communities together by empowering our youth and creating more tolerant and respectful communities. I believe in the power of education and know that when you have high expectations, culturally relevant teaching strategies, and respect and dignity for all students, then EVERY student has a chance at realizing their dreams.
Annie is chair of the Education Department at Warren Wilson College where she has taught for the last eight years. Her undergraduate courses focus on exploring and engaging in experiential methodology including a strong partnership with Evergreen for fieldwork and service-learning as part of an Educational Psychology course. Annie’s previous work teaching History in public high schools, leading international service projects and directing non-profit youth programs was consistently grounded in experiential methodology gained through years of work at Outward Bound. As an Instructor and Course Director for Outward Bound, Annie led wilderness trips in NC, Florida, Costa Rica, Texas and Mexico.
Annie holds a Doctorate in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from Western Carolina University, an M.Ed. from Harvard University and a B.S in Psychology from Guilford College. Annie is an active community member; she is the founding board member of Asheville non-profit, GO TO GOAL!, a graduate of Leadership Asheville, and a licensed foster mom. Annie enjoys hiking, running and just about any sport imaginable. Annie and her partner, Stacey, live in Asheville with their son, Gabriel, and dog, Bogey.
Ron Kelley was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Georgetown College with a BS in Business and Economics and later earned an MBA from Xavier University in 1975. For 35 years he worked in the Medical Device Industry in various Marketing and Product Development positions. Ron has been very involved in the More than Just a Gym Campaign and the Building Task Force that oversees the gym renovation. He believes a sound education is fundamental to children becoming well rounded, successful adults. His goal on the Board is to continue the success of Evergreen. Ron has been married to Penny Kelley for 44 years and is the proud grandfather of a student at Evergreen.
Stuart Miles is a native of Greenwood, South Carolina. Stuart graduated from the SC Governors School of Science and Mathematics and the University of Charleston. He is an alumni of Teach for America and completed his Masters Degree in Science Education from Montana State University in 2010. Stuart hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in 2005, and moved to Asheville in 2006.
Stuart was named the 2010-2011 North Carolina Charter School Teacher of the Year, and is a 2011 recipient of the Career Award in Science and Mathematics teachers from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. In his free time he enjoys hiking, whitewater kayaking, reading, and Duke basketball.
Tyson Miller is the proud parent of two Evergreen children and a social entrepreneur and leader in the environmental movement who has been developing new organizations and initiatives since 1993. Starting at age 20, he has focused his efforts on increasing public awareness, spreading success models, and catalyzing sustainability in markets.
Since that time, he has completed a documentary on success models in environmental education and founded or co-founded multiple organizations and initiatives (SEE Innovation, Green Press Initiative, Dream of a Nation, Recycled Products Cooperative).
He and/or his programs have received awards from the U.S. EPA and have been featured on NPR, ABC news, BBC Radio, the New York Times, and others.
Judith Pohl-Zaretsky is a proud parent of two boys who have attended Evergreen. She is committed to finding ways to help engage children in critical thinking and learning skills and values the diversity and complexity of childhood development. She works as a clinical psychologist in private practice with children, teens and adults. In her spare time, she and her family have an alpaca farm and are usually found busily scooping poop.
Diane Silver moved to Asheville in 2003, as the result of an intentional process of seeking THE community to which she wanted to contribute her time and energy as a resident. With no job lined up and no family connections in the area, she chose Asheville for its natural beauty, mecca of both folk arts and outdoor recreation, sense of creativity, and spirit of entrepreneurship. She brought with her her expertise in Environmental Education, with an MS in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan, and 15 years of professional experience in residential EE, zoo education, water quality education, and international youth diplomacy programs.
Soon after moving to Western NC, she joined the Cooperative Extension Service (part of NC State University), as the Coordinator of the Mud Creek Watershed Restoration Project, in Henderson County, where she has worked for the last seven years. The watershed project involves broad education and behavioral marketing efforts aimed at landowners, local officials, businesses, and institutions. But her passion for K-12 EE drove her to develop a school-based component, which continues to thrive as the popular Kids-in-the-Creek program in Henderson County. Diane served for 6 years on the Board of Directors of Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC), the state professional organization for environmental educators, including service as Treasurer, Conference Chair, President, and Past President, and she is active on the national level with the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).
Diane brings strong skills in grant writing and management, curriculum design, and project coordination, as well as content expertise in water quality and general ecosystem management, and 20 years of experience in non-formal education and teaching. She lives in the Haw Creek neighborhood.
Aaron grew up in Cramerton, NC and graduated from Mars Hill College in 2004 with a B.S. in Business Administration and minor in Music. Since 2007 he has worked for BB&T, where he currently serves as a Business Services Officer, and works with businesses throughout the Asheville area. Aaron is a member of the Zebulon Vance debate society here in Asheville and is active in his church at North Asheville Baptist. In his spare time he enjoys playing the piano, cheering on Duke basketball and spending time with his wife Casey and daughter Abigail.
Anna-Marie was born and raised in Asheville, NC, one of eight children, third oldest. She graduated from Asheville High School, and attended AB Tech in photography. After graduating high school she joined the Asheville-based AmeriCorps, Project POWER. While in AmeriCorps she served as a fifth grade teacher's assistant at Ira B. Jones Elementary School, and as an enrichment specialist in a local after-school with grades K-5.
She is currently a co-coordinator with the Green Opportunities Training Team. The Green Opportunities Training Team is a paid training and placement “pre-apprenticeship” program designed to prepare low-income, unemployed young adults (ages 18-24) for living wage jobs in the rapidly expanding green economy. The hands-on curriculum combines service projects, life skills training, case management, and on-the-job experience in promising fields like green construction, clean energy, recycling, ecological landscaping and restoration, and sustainable agriculture.
Ira Starr was born and raised in Washington, and spent close to 10 years living in Phoenix, before he and his wife Alissa moved to Asheville in 2003. He earned a BS in Business from the University of Maryland where he participated in one of the first university level financial planning course curriculum offered. Ira earned the designation of Financial Consultant from the IARFC, received a Life Underwriting Training Council Fellowship from NALU (NAIFA) and is endorsed as an Educator/Education Center from the Wealth and Wisdom Institute in Detroit. Ira enjoys traveling, hiking adventures and spending time with his wife Alissa and two boys Issak and Teo as well as their two Blue Heeler dogs Tumbleweed and Opal.
Kelly Stephenson moved to Asheville with her husband in 1996 and they are currently raising their two children in Black Mountain. She received her BA from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. Kelly currently serves as the Parish Administrator of St. James Episcopal Church in Black Mountain, and also as the Administrative Assistant of the Ministry of Hope Chaplaincy Committee of Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women. She is passionate about devoting her time to organizations such as Evergreen, which make a difference in her community. In the fall of 2013, she will begin her tenth year as an Evergreen parent, her eldest son having graduated from the school in 2013 as an "EverLaster.”