Jen Adams

Jen Adams: AmeriCorps Habitat Restoration Associate

Jen grew up in a small town in New Hampshire where her love for the environment first developed. She attended Elon University in North Carolina where she received a BS in Environmental and Ecological Science and a BA in International Studies with minors in Statistics and Biology. Her passion for non-profit work began when she joined a humanitarian aid organization at Elon called Periclean Scholars, which focused on youth and community development in Honduras and in the local Latino population. During Jen’s senior year, she worked on a project with the Haw River Trail and Alamance Recreation and Parks to survey exotic invasive plants along the Haw River and develop management plans for park staff.  She looks forward to using her passion and experience to serve as the Habitat Restoration Associate for CMLC this AmeriCorps term.


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. 

Fernando Baruch

Fernando Baruch: Summer of Service Crew Member

Fernando grew up in Hendersonville, North Carolina. He is an East Henderson High School graduate. He enjoys hiking and volunteering for the Latino Advocacy Center (El Centro). Fernando appreciates all of the beauty that North Carolina has to offer. He is in love with the Blue Ridge Parkway and its compelling sights. “I plan to acquire lots of new skills from this program while having an amazing time collaborating with new people.”  He plans to stay in the community for two years and then head off to UNC Charlotte and be a physical therapist. 

Abdul Derios

Abdul Derios: Summer of Service Crew Member

Abdul Derios born in Charlotte, NC, and  moved to Hendersonville in 2008 with his grandma who was his mother figure and he loved her so much. He joined AmeriCorps in 2017 as a newcomer to the Summer of Service with 4 other teens. He is enjoying learning about tool safety and naming plants. Previously, Abdul spent a year and a half working at The Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County. He is excited about this new job for an organization that promotes such a great cause. He is planning on becoming a fashion designer and making his own clothing line. Abdul Derios enjoys dancing, movies, Starbucks Frappuccinos, and drawing himself.

Jordan Kirkland

Jordan Kirkland: Summer of Service Crew Member

Jordan Kirkland is an 18 year old high school graduate. He was born and raised in Hendersonville, NC. Jordan began his adventure with CMLC with his senior graduation project, building bird houses and removing invasive species. Shortly after summer started he decided to return for his love of the outdoors and his disgust for office jobs. At the end of summer he will be continuing his education at Blue Ridge Community College, then transferring to Western Carolina University to obtain a minor in philosophy and sociology with a major in psychology.

Bailey Allen

Bailey Allen : Summer of Service Crew Member

Bailey grew up in Fletcher, North Carolina and just recently graduated from North Henderson High School, in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Her love for the mountains is a direct result of her childhood, as she spent summers going hiking, fishing, and camping with her father in the Smokies. Bailey’s passion for public service first began with volunteering for Alliance of Therapy Dogs – an organization that aims to spread the benefits of pet therapy through local handlers – at the Bryan Center and local hospitals. This interest, along with her passion for environmental science, is what led her to become the first young woman involved in the Summer of Service program. In the fall, she will be trading in the Appalachian Mountains for the Rocky Mountains as she joins the incoming freshman class for the University of Denver. She plans to study molecular biology and astrobiology, and then continue her education into grad school. As for the rest of her life, the only thing she’s set on doing right after college is joining the United States Air Force.

 Jason Brandyburg

Jason Brandyburg: Summer of Service Crew Member

 Jason has lived around the National Parks all of his life and has volunteered at 3 park sites, Moore’s Creek, Carl Sandburg and Big South Fork.  Jason is currently enrolled in the Henderson Early College program at Blue Ridge Community College, where he heard of the Summer of Service program from one the instructors. Ever since he can remember, Jason has had an interest in wildlife and nature which lead to him applying for the program. Jason enjoys hiking and learning about wildlife. He plans to major in wildlife biology when he attends a four year college.


Scotch: Senior Office Dog

Mary Ann Hailey's faithful companion, Scotch started part time with CMLC in 2008 and rose through the ranks quickly, ultimately earning promotion to Senior Office Dog in 2010. He enjoys naps and long walks on the beach. Scotch is not named for his color.

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