Staff

Mary Ann Hailey

Mary Ann Hailey: Administrative/IT Coordinator

Mary Ann joined CMLC in 2008 as a newcomer to the non-profit world. She learned about CMLC's good works from fellow dog walkers at the local park in Lake Lure where she makes her home. Prior to moving to WNC, she spent 26 years in the Carolinas working in the IT field for Duke Power before retiring early. She is excited about this new vocation working for an organization that promotes such a great cause. Mary Ann enjoys reading, movies, Starbucks iced coffee, and spending time with her dog Scotch.

David Lee

David Lee: Natural Resources Manager

David lived most of his life in Florida but he spent many vacations camping, hiking, and enjoying nature in the southern Appalachians. These experiences instilled in him a sense of appreciation for the environment that led to a strong commitment to conserve it. After earning a BS in Environmental Science from the University of West Florida, David relocated to Asheville where he worked as a Bog Steward for The Nature Conservancy. He then served two consecutive terms with AmeriCorps Project Conserve with CMLC's Weed Action Coalition of the Hickory Nut Gorge (WAC-HNG) where he preserved the natural habitats and scenic beauty of the Gorge through management of non-native invasive plants. He joined CMLC's staff in 2014 and splits time between land trust stewardship and invasive species management at WAC-HNG. David and his wife, fellow CMLC staff Kristen Lee, live in Mill Spring where they raise goats utilized for invasive plant control.

Kristen Lee

Kristen Lee: AmeriCorps Project Conserve Program Coordinator

Kristen grew up in the mountains of Colorado where she developed her passion for the outdoors. She earned a BS in Environmental Science and a Certificate in GIS from the University of West Florida. After moving to Asheville, Kristen served for a year through AmeriCorps Project Conserve as CMLC’s Volunteer Program Associate. In the role, she gained invaluable experience managing more than 400 individual volunteers while also developing a volunteer program policy, a new volunteer handbook, monthly volunteer information sessions, non-native invasive plant workshops, and CMLC’s Adopt-a-Preserve Volunteer Corps. Kristen enjoys spending time with her many animals, hiking, running, plant identification, and visiting new places. Kristen and her husband, fellow CMLC staff David Lee, live in Mill Spring where they raise goats utilized for invasive plant control.

Jenn Tutor

Jenn Tutor: Administrative Coordinator

A native of Greenville, SC, Jenn earned BA in Environmental Studies from Warren Wilson College where she worked on the Forestry Crew. Prior to joining staff in 2014, she served two consecutive terms through AmeriCorps Project Conserve as CMLC's Land Protection Associate. Through her service, Jenn discovered her interest in Geographic Information Systems and technology that supports land protection. To pursue this interest, Jenn is currently enrolled in a GIS graduate certification program through North Carolina State University and aims to complete the program in 2015. In her new staff role, Jenn will support CMLC’s mission through donor database management and GIS data management. When not at work or in school, you might find her running on a CMLC trail, sharpening a chainsaw, or dancing in a drum circle.

Bonnie Millar

Bonnie Millar: Monitoring Coordinator

Bonnie holds a BS in Biology from Davidson College and Masters degrees in Environmental Management and Forestry from the Nicholas School at Duke University. She joined staff in 2004  after serving as CMLC's stewardship intern as well as non-timber forest product field work with the US Forest Service. Bonnie lives in West Asheville with her husband Jake and children Nate and Evie. She enjoys knitting, yoga, hiking, reading, and music. In a previous life she was a Washington, DC paralegal.

 

Tony Beurskens

Tony Beurskens: Summer of Service AmeriCorps Program Coordinator

Tony comes to CMLC with a dynamic mix of life and professional experiences throughout North America and beyond. When asked what he was going to be when he grew up, he would say, “I am going to get paid to be me." Tony has served as an AmeriCorps member on Whidbey Island, WA, interned with the US Fish and Wildlife Service on the NC coast, and worked in alternative education and therapeutic recreation in many locales. In addition, he worked in social and environmental justice efforts as a founding team member of Green Opportunities in Asheville, NC. Tony is passionate, he is all about working to create a world he can be proud of! Tony holds a degree in Park and Natural Resources Management from the University of Illinois, a Permaculture Professional Design Certificate, and has attended Racial Equity Institute (REI) training. He is a resident of Gerton, NC, along with his partner Julia and sons Noah and Ethan. Tony is at home with his family in Western North Carolina. 

Jonathan Feldman

Jonathan Feldman: AmeriCorps Trails Associate

Jonathan was born in Florida, but has lived in many other states throughout his life. He spent the last four years in North Carolina earning his bachelor’s degree from UNC-Greensboro in Recreation & Parks Management with minors in political science and geography. Since living in North Carolina he has fallen in the love with these old rugged mountains, spending many a day hiking and backpacking throughout western NC. He started his environmental stewardship career working with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Green Mountain Club, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks before coming to the CMLC. Jonathan hopes to put many miles of trail on the ground and inspire more people to get outside. Also, his dog is awesome. 

Madison Olle

Madison Olle: AmeriCorps Volunteer & Community Engagement Associate

Madison grew up in Charlotte, NC, but was ready for a change of scenery and ventured off to the Blue Ridge Mountains to attend the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She knew she wanted to save animals and the environment, but wasn’t sure how to do so. The road to her major changed constantly – Photojournalism, Creative Writing, Environmental Studies, New Media... She finally decided to take advantage of UNC Asheville’s option to create your own major. Through the Interdisciplinary Studies program option she received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with an Individual Degree Concentration in Environmental Non-Profit Communications. During her senior year of college, she joined Brother Wolf Animal Rescue as their Operations and Outreach Intern. Madison is passionate about protecting animals, but she also wants to adventure further into the natural world as a whole. She is excited to serve as the Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate with CMLC and hopes to experience more of Western North Carolina with the great people she will meet. 

Adrienne Brown

Adrienne Brown: AmeriCorps Community Outreach & Education Associate

Adrienne had a diverse childhood filled with experiences that cultivated a love of nature within her. Her combined interests in environmental protection and cultural studies brought her to Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where she received a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in German Studies. Her childhood spent exploring WNC drew her to service with AmeriCorps Project Conserve. As Community Outreach & Education Associate, she is looking forward to using her experience in outreach to grow the local connection to CMLC and the work our organization does. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her family and spending time on her family’s conservation easement in Pisgah Forest with her cat Uwharrie. When she is not here in WNC, she is most likely to be found in Germany. 

 

Kate Lis

Kate Lis: AmeriCorps Stewardship Associate

Kate Lis was born and raised in central Massachusetts. She moved to Boone, NC after high school where she realized an appetite for the great outdoors. Unsure of what to study, she decided to leave Boone as a freshman at Appalachian State University and live, work, and climb the wild Midwest of Wyoming and Colorado. There she studied a little graphic design and realized that commercialized art was not for her. In Colorado, Kate first experienced conservation work with long days on the Great Thompson River removing Russian olive trees. Recognizing her love for the more welcoming western NC Mountains, and overwhelmed by the greatness of the west, Kate returned to Boone with an interest in biology and finished her studies in Ecology, some biochemistry, and GIS. In the midst of her university education Kate worked in the outskirts of the Amazon in Ecuador for a cacao pollination study, volunteered for the Blue Ridge Parkway, and spent time in both the ASU Cliff Ecology and Plant-Insect Interactions labs helping in the field, rearing plants, genetic analysis, and chemistry work. 

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