MAEd in School Counseling
Nancy moved to Asheville in 1994 after graduating from The University of Richmond with a B.A. in Psychology. In 1997 she completed her graduate work with a M.A.Ed. in School Counseling. Following an internship at Sand Hill Venable Elementary and 3 years working as a school counselor at Brevard Elementary, Nancy changed careers by buying The Baggie Goose, a paper and stationery store in Biltmore Village. Ten years later Nancy left the paper store and is currently active as a full time mom to her 3 daughters and as an OpenDoors volunteer.
As a social worker with Community Action Opportunities in the Life Works program, she helps adults set goals and take steps to improve their lives and strengthen their families.
Board Vice Chair
BS Magazine Journalism/Political Science, Master’s of Public Policy
Erika is the founding director of the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy (CAYLA), a nationally-recognized program that places local high school students in prestigious summer internships and provides year-round leadership development through community service. Since its inception in 2007, Erika has worked with more than 100 Asheville High School students, the vast majority of whom will be the first in their families to attend college. Erika is a graduate of the Georgetown University Institute of Public Policy, and credits her mother Polly – who recently retired from a 40-year-career as a child advocate – as her lifelong role model.
Monica Koerschner is a long time resident of WNC and a graduate of UNC-Asheville. Monica is a real estate broker with Preferred Properties. She is a long-time YMCA basketball coach and volunteers for the Asheville City Schools Foundation, Jones Elementary, and Asheville Middle School. For fun Monica enjoys cycling, running, and tennis. She lives with her husband, Michael, and 3 sons in North Asheville.
Bachelors in Education
11 years experience teaching Math and Chemistry in public schools in Jamaica and England. Presently teaching Math at Asheville High. Awarded “Teacher of the Year” in 2010 by Godfrey Stewart High School, Jamaica.
B.S. University of Tennessee
Matt has worked for both small and large companies in the areas of business development, marketing, and sales. He has served on several private company boards focused on biotechnology and life science research. Matt strongly believes in OpenDoors and that the secret to a better life for children is through better education and more opportunity. Too many of our kids are left behind and are not provided the appropriate tools to succeed in life. If we can meet these needs, we will have an everlasting impact.