Meet our Board

Meetings are held at Evergreen and open to the public. The minutes are available in the Parent Portal.

Dr. Susan Mertz | Executive Director

Dr. Susan has been Evergreen's Executive Director since 2007. She has a B.S. degree in Special Education, an M.Ed. in Special Education, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction. She has worked as a School Improvement Consultant, and served as the Director of The Piedmont School.

Erica Anderson | Board Chair & Parent

Erica holds degrees in Animal Science and Natural Resource Economics; she also has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning. She is currently the Economic and Community Development Director at Land of Sky Regional Council, working with the government & community.

Justin Arnall | Vice Chair & Parent

Justin earned his Bachelor’s degree is in Landscape Architecture and an MBA with a concentration in Real Estate Development. He originally moved to Asheville from California in 2004 as a land planner, where he worked for a year before becoming a mortgage banker.

Alicia Cole | Secretary & Parent

Alicia graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and American Studies. Alicia works in the Contracts division for a defense and aerospace corporation.

Mark DeVerges | Treasurer & Parent

Mark received a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics. He led various sectors of a construction-focused executive search firm and now heads the Construction & Real Estate executive search practice within Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP. Mark serves on the Buncombe County Board of Adjustment.

Laura Branch | Faculty/staff

Laura has a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and a Masters in Library Science. She has worked as Evergreen's Librarian since 2006. Laura is passionate about inspiring a love of reading in students. future for us all. Prior to joining Evergreen, Laura worked as a wildlife rehabilitator.

Kathryn Burleson | Community member

Kathryn earned her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. After teaching psychology at Warren Wilson College for ten years, Kathryn now serves as Program Director for the national hunger relief and youth empowerment nonprofit, Conscious Alliance.

Maggie Carnevale | community member

Maggie has been a member of Padgett & Freeman since 1998 and a Partner since 2009. She has played a critical role in many of the firm’s most challenging and environmentally sustainable projects, and has specialized in education and commercial design.

Jason Carter | faculty/staff

Jason received a B.A. in English with minors in both Math and Women's Studies, as well as a Masters in Liberal Arts and Sciences. He has worked education for 17 years, 13 at Evergreen and served as Associate Director at Evergreen for 5 years.

Jeannie Curtis | parent

Jeannie has a BS from Virginia Tech and an MEd from Marymount University. She is a teacher and professional development consultant. After teaching in the Bay Area and at Evergreen, she has been working with teachers and administrators to strengthen math instruction in elementary schools across the nation.

Kristina Dionne | community member

Kris attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She is a philanthropist who is proud to work as a Development Manager for United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. Her work with United Way keeps her well connected and active within the Asheville community. 

Nina Gunnell | community member

Nina Gunnell received her M.Ed in 2009 and taught for five years overseas before becoming an attorney. She now practices real estate law throughout the Western District of North Carolina and remains passionate about education. In addition to serving on the Board with Evergreen, she coaches BAR students and helps them to prepare to take the BAR.

Marisol Jimenez | parent

Marisol earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, as well as her Master in Social Work. She is the founder and lead consultant for Tepeyac Consulting, which works to advance equity through state and national policy advocacy, grassroots leadership development, community organizing, facilitation and training, and participatory research. She served as the Advocacy Director for El Pueblo and as a steering committee member of the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform National Strategy Council. Marisol served as the Racial Equity Training Director for OpenSource Leadership Strategies, Inc. a national consulting firm committed to amplifying the work of social justice organizations for several years and in 2015 she transitioned into a contract role.

Philip King | community member

Philip King is an MBA and Harvard graduate who is an expert in the field of online fundraising. Philip was President & CEO of for almost a decade, and the VP of Mobile for the Cornerstone Group of Companies. He founded The Donation Funnel Project, a fundraising and marketing agency specializing in increasing online donations.

Brittany Keeler | parent

Brittany Keeler received a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She spent two years teaching and facilitating community outreach programs before joining Evergreen as a 4th grade teacher. In 2010, she traveled to Cambodia and Thailand to conduct workshops for teachers with Teachers Across Borders.


Linnea has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and a MBA from Western Carolina University. She moved to Asheville, NC in April 1995 for her first job out of college and is currently the Vice President Sales, Americas at UPM Raflatac.

Theresa Showman | faculty/staff

Theresa received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. After working for three years as an environmental educator, she decided to pursue a career in the classroom. Theresa  received her teaching license while doing graduate work and has been a teacher at Evergreen since 2007.