Staff

Kieran Roe

Kieran Roe : Executive Director

Kieran has been Executive Director of the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy since 1999. Before coming to CMLC, Kieran gained experience at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, the Land Trust Alliance in Washington, DC, and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville. He received his BA in Anthropology and his MLS in Information Science from Rutgers University. He lives in Asheville with his wife Miriam and son Conor and loves exploring western North Carolina's many marvelous places whenever he has the chance.

Tom Fanslow

Tom Fanslow: Land Protection Director

After earning his BA in History from Emory Universityin 1988, Tom served for three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa working in agricultural education and reforestation. Tom received his JD from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1996 and then worked on coastal conservation issues in Georgia. A native of East Tennessee, Tom began working for CMLC in 2004 as an AmeriCorps member in the charter year of Project Conserve. Tom also serves on the board of the Friends of DuPont State Forest and the Henderson County Bird Club.

Lynn Killian, CFRE

Lynn Killian, CFRE: Development Director

Lynn joined CMLC as Development Director in 2012. Her background includes positions as Director of Development for Pavillon in Mill Spring and Executive Director of Park Ridge Hospital Foundation in Fletcher. She earned her BA from Wake Forest University, her MBA from Clemson, and has earned the professional designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Lynn has two grown sons and makes her home in Hendersonville where she has served on numerous non-profit boards. She is currently active with CooperRiis, Wake Forest University, Hendersonville Symphony, Carolina Village, and First United Methodist Church. An accomplished musician, she plays violin in several area orchestras, and is an avid tennis player and hiker. Her most recent hiking highlight was the completion of the four peaks in four day on a thru-hike of the Inca Trail to the ruins of Machu Picchu.

Julianne Johnson

Julianne Johnson: Administrative Director

Julianne grew up in the mountains of Colorado and earned her BA in Political Science from Fort Lewis College in Durango. After five years working in human resources in Denver, she spent some time living and traveling between Oregon and Washington state. Julianne relocated to western North Carolina in 2009 to join CMLC as an AmeriCorps Project Conserve member, serving as the Volunteer Program Associate. She has since fulfilled multiple roles at CMLC including human resources, finance, volunteer coordination, and administration. Julianne is a Whole Communities 2042 Today Fellow and holds a Duke Certificate in Non-Profit Management. She enjoys exploring North Carolina and surrounding states, hiking, and gardening.

Rebekah Robinson

Rebekah Robinson: Administrative Director

Rebekah grew up in Alabama and earned a BA in Anthropology from Auburn University and a JD from Tulane Law School with a certificate in Environmental Law. She first fell in love with the mountains of western North Carolina at a summer camp in the Asheville area. As a law student she interned with the southeast’s leading non-profit environmental law firm and represented community organizations as part of Tulane's Environmental Law Clinic. After briefly practicing law in Raleigh, Rebekah returned to the non-profit world when she joined CMLC in 2009 with AmeriCorps Project Conserve. She now fufills roles of grant administration and land protection, particularly projects with public recreation access. Rebekah enjoys exploring the mountains and rivers of North Carolina and beyond, kickball, reading, and cooking.

Sarah Fraser

Sarah Fraser: Stewardship Director

Sarah joined CMLC in 2012 after gaining experience as a Land Steward at The Nature Conservancy in upstate South Carolina. She spent several seasons on the Blue Ridge Parkway as a Biological Science Technician and has worked to protect hemlocks from the hemlock woolly adelgid in North and South Carolina since 2007. A native of north Florida, Sarah began exploring the southern Appalachians as a child attending Eagle's Nest Camp in Transylvania County and later as a student at Appalachian State University. She and her husband Matt completed a thru-hike of the 2,181 mile Appalachian Trail in 2005 and moved to Asheville afterward.

Kathryn Godbold

Kathryn Godbold: Finance Director

Kathryn’s love of western NC grew from family excursions in the Appalachian foothills of her native state of Alabama and vacations in the Hickory Nut Gorge in WNC. She earned a BA in Mathematics from Converse College and an MBA from the University of South Carolina. Kathryn joined CMLC im 2014 following professional experience in accounting roles with non-profits in the healthcare and camping/conference industries as well as manufacturing and real estate fields. A resident of Pisgah Forest, she has made community investments through volunteering in scouting, civic gardening/horticultural organizations, and at the Brevard Music Center. Kathryn enjoys culinary adventures, gardening, the fiber arts, water sports, hiking, exploring Transylvania County, and sharing her love of the natural world with her two daughters and their families.

Amy Stout

Amy Stout: AmeriCorps Project Conserve Program Director

After earning a degree in Biology and Environmental Science from the College of William and Mary, Amy served as an AmeriCorps member for three years, including one term perforing education and outreach for the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire. As VISTA Leader for the Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team, she coordinated a team of 30 AmeriCorps members serving with community watershed associations throughout Appalachia. She attended graduate school at Clark University, where she earn a Master's degree in Environmental Science and Policy, completing her thesis on collaboration between environmental nonprofit organizations. Amy also holds a Duke Certificate in Non-Profit Management. She joined CMLC as Director of AmeriCorps Project Conserve in 2008.

Peter Barr

Peter Barr: Trails & Outreach Coordinator

Peter holds a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A native of Charlotte, he has authored two books: Hiking North Carolina’s Lookout Towers and the forthcoming Hiking the Southeast’s Highest Peaks. Peter initiated the NC chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association, an organization working to restore and preserve historic fire lookout towers in western NC. An accomplished hiker, he has completed all 900 miles of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, reached the highest point in 37 US States and 93 NC counties, and climbed every southern Appalachian peak above 5,000 feet of elevation. Immediately prior to joining CMLC in 2010 as an AmeriCorps Project Conserve member, he completed a thru-hike of the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail. Peter is passionate about developing a public trail network on conserved lands in the Hickory Nut Gorge as well as sharing his enthusiasm for CMLC's land conservation projects through writing and public speaking. Peter and his wife Allison live in Asheville.

 

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.

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