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 in 1988 from Emory University, 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 worked on coastal conservation issues in Georgia. A native of East Tennessee, Tom began working for CMLC in 2004 as an AmeriCorps member. 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 in January of 2012 as Development Director. Her recent background includes positions as Director of Development for Pavillon in Mill Spring, NC, and Executive Director of Park Ridge Hospital Foundation in Fletcher. She received 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 Trustee, 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 4 peaks in 4 days thru-hike on the Inca Trail from Cusco, Peru 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, Colorado. After five years working in human resources in Denver, she spent some time living and traveling between Oregon and Washington state. Julianne relocated to the mountains of North Carolina in the fall of 2009 to join CMLC as an AmeriCorps Project Conserve member. She brought volunteer coordination experience from her role as an Oxfam America Action Corps Leader in Denver where she worked to develop a regional volunteer corps for the organization. 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 has 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 firms and represented community organizations as part of Tulane's Environmental Law Clinic. After briefly practicing in Raleigh, Rebekah was eager to return to the non-profit world and joined CMLC in 2009 as an AmeriCorps member. When not at work she enjoys exploring the mountains and rivers of North Carolina and the rest of the world, 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 the upstate of 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 summer camp in Transylvania County and later as a student at Appalachian State University in Boone. She and her husband Matt completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and settled in Asheville in 2005.

Amy Stout

Amy Stout: AmeriCorps Project Conserve Program Director

After completing her 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 doing education outreach for the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire. As VISTA Leader for the Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team, she coordinated a team of thirty AmeriCorps VISTAs serving with community watershed associations throughout Appalachia. Most recently, she attended graduate school at Clark University, where she studied environmental science and policy and completed her thesis on collaboration between environmental nonprofit organizations. Amy also holds a Duke Certificate in Non-Profit Management.

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, NC, 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, Peter has completed all 900 miles of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and climbed every southern Appalachian peak above 5,000 feet of elevation. In 2010, he completed a thru-hike of the 2,181 mile Appalachian Trail. Peter and his wife Allison live in Asheville.

Mary Ann Hailey

Mary Ann Hailey: Administrative/IT Coordinator

Mary Ann joined Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy the summer of 2008. A newcomer to the non-profit world, she learned about the conservancy and their good works from fellow dog walkers at the local park in Lake Lure where she makes her home. Prior to moving to the area, 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. In her spare time, Mary Ann enjoys reading, movies and spending time with her dog Scotch.

Brenna McColl

Brenna McColl: AmeriCorps Project Conserve Program Coordinator

Brenna received her BA in Sociology and International Studies from UNC-Asheville in 2008. Her experience with AmeriCorps began in 2009 when she served two years with AmeriCorps Project POWER. After living in Spain for a year--and spending some time hiking the Camino de Santiago--Brenna returned to her beloved WNC mountains to join CMLC and Project Conserve in 2013. Brenna resides in Asheville and spends her free time hiking, swimming, dancing, and doing yoga. She also assists many local non-profits and organizations with outreach and volunteer opportunities.

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