Our Board

Nancy McClintonNancy McClinton

Board Chair - Community Volunteer

University of Richmond, B.A. Psychology. Western Carolina University, M.A.Ed. School Counseling
A native South Carolinian, Nancy moved to Asheville after college and worked at Sand Hill Venable Elementary, Brevard Elementary, and owned a stationery store before becoming a full-time mother of 3 girls. When she is not working with OpenDoors, Nancy spends her time chauffeuring daughters to their Asheville elementary, middle, and high schools. Nancy has volunteered for OpenDoors since it’s inception in 2006, providing leadership to Marketing and Fund Development, Strategic Planning, and The Art Affair. Inspired by the courage and growth our OpenDoors kids demonstrate, Nancy is committed to being an advocate for compassion, equality and diversity in our community.

Rob McArthurRob McArthur

CFO - The Asheville School

Virginia Tech, B.S. Industrial Engineering.  Virginia Tech, M.B.A.

For more than 25 years, Rob spent his time working for Fortune 500 companies like Apple and IBM. After moving to Asheville and becoming the Chief Financial Officer for Carolina Day School in 2013, he joined OpenDoors Board in 2016. He recently was hired by Asheville School as the School’s CFO. He strongly believes that we must invest in all our young people to ensure our community and nation’s success with a special focus on children who are trying to rise out of their challenging life situations.

Jasmine MiddletonJasmine Middleton

Secretary - Office of the District Attorney

Jasmine is employed by Corrective Solutions as a case manager for the Buncombe County Courts.  She is also working on an Associate’s degree in office and business administration at AB Technical College. If you have been to Art Affair, you may remember Jasmine as one of our models and art handlers.

Jasmine knows how important OpenDoors of Asheville can be to children growing up in poverty. She began her relationship with OpenDoors as a student who needed additional guidance and encouragement to make sure she finished her education.  Now, she is committed to helping break the cycle of poverty for others. “OpenDoors helped break the cycle in my life by being supportive in every aspect of my life starting at a grassroots level.” Jasmine’s first-hand knowledge of OpenDoors will be an asset to her service as a board member.

Theodore AlbergottieTheodore Albergottie

Verizon Wireless

University of South Carolina, B.S. Electrical Engineering

Originally from Columbia, SC, Theo moved to Asheville in 2013 to continue his career as a Network Engineer for Verizon Wireless.  Theo got involved in OpenDoors because of his interest in showing kids with limited opportunities how much they can achieve given the right tools and support, and he strongly believes in what Open Doors stands for.  Though Theo recently relocated to Charlotte, he continues to serve on the board and provide  support for our young men who are college bound.

Matt BakerMatt Baker

Thermo Fisher Scientific

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.”

Jennifer BockJennifer Bock

Carolina Day School

UNC-Chapel Hill, B.A. Economics

A supporter of OpenDoors of Asheville since its inception, Jennifer Bock has served as chair for three Art Affair fundraisers as well as serving as a committee member for subsequent galas. Her work was essential in establishing Art Affair as one of the premier fundraising events in Asheville.

Jennifer is mother to two sons, one a sophomore at Virginia Tech and the other a high school senior. She joined the staff of Carolina Day School in 2013 as associate director of advancement. In 2015 she received Carolina Day’s prestigious Head of School Award.  She also helps OpenDoors students attending Carolina Day navigate the school and troubleshoot any concerns that may arise for them.

Said Jennifer, “One of my favorite quotes is by Albert Einstein, ‘Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.’” Jennifer believes more people in our community and the world would act if they only knew how.  “OpenDoors sends a clear, concise message about what they do and how to help,” adds Jennifer.

Jay Payne CallowayJay Payne Calloway

Community Volunteer

University of North Texas, B.A. Education, University of Texas, Arlington, M.A.Ed., University of North Texas, Ph.D. Education

For her dissertation Texas native Jay Payne Calloway examined the high school dropout epidemic.  “The ramifications of a young person dropping out of high school are multi-tiered and affect our society as a whole.  The bottom line – there will be fewer educated employees to fill jobs and pay taxes thus more expensive social service needs to help care for these individuals.”

Jay was an adjunct professor in the College of Education and Information at UNTD where she also served on several Boards.  Her board experience includes those in the Arts and with Meals on Wheels. On why she joined the board, “Jen Ramming’s message about making a difference in the life of a young person by changing the way we navigate the multi-generational poverty issue is contagious.”

Ben HamrickBen Hamrick

Johnson Price Sprinkle PA

Appalachian State University, B.S.B.A. Accounting and Information Systems

Joining OpenDoors Board in 2017, Ben is Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Price Sprinkle PA.  He has over thirty years’ experience with JPS, primarily providing business, estate and tax consulting services to entrepreneurial and privately-held small to middle market companies and their owners.  Volunteering with the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, The University of North Carolina at Asheville, and Asheville Youth Cycling, Ben has a sincere interest and strong connection with our community and the people who live here. When he is not crunching numbers and volunteering, Ben enjoys spending time with his family, working out at the Y, running, hiking, reading and most any outdoor activity.

Eric HowardEric Howard

Buncombe County Courts

Dr. Howard was born in Miami, Florida and spent his childhood moving throughout the Southeastern United States, Europe and the Pacific with his military family. His father retired from the United States Air Force in Sumter, South Carolina where Dr. Howard graduated from high school. He played college football and completed several degrees including a Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina and a Doctorate in Educational Policy and Leadership from East Tennessee State University.  He has a rich background, working in all settings of social work from early childhood to senior populations, finding that his greatest strength was working with high school and middle school students in alternative school settings.  The focus of his Doctoral research was “Perceptions of African American Parents of Public Schools”.  Most recently Dr. Howard has taken on the challenge of building the first Veteran’s Treatment Court in Western North Carolina.

Martin MooreMartin Moore

Assistant Public Defender

Martin Moore, an Assistant Public Defender for Buncombe County, represents juvenile clients in felony and misdemeanor cases. As a courtroom advocate for local youth, Martin works to negotiate creative solutions with the District Attorney’s Office and the Department of Juvenile Justice. His work has introduced him to the advocacy component of OpenDoors.  “My interest in working with OpenDoors stems from the intensive, focused approach the non-profit takes toward helping young men and women combat their socio-economic struggles holistically by addressing the underlying causes of the educational and financial difficulties these young adults face.”

In addition to his work as an attorney, Martin volunteers as a judge for a local non-profit organization’s Teen Court program. This program serves as a non-criminal court diversionary plan for students who find themselves in precarious situations while in school.

Martin received a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from UNC-Chapel Hill where he also received his law degree. While at UNC, he served as Managing Editor of the First Amendment Law Review.  Martin was born in Georgia and raised in Maryland. He was named OpenDoors of Asheville Laureate of the Year for 2016.


Darius RamseyDarius Ramsey

Dixon Hughes Goodman

A recent graduate from Western Carolina’s Master of Accountancy program, Darius also served his time at WCU for his undergraduate studies where he received a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting. Darius will be starting as a staff accountant at Dixon Hughes Goodman’s (DHG) headquarters located in Charlotte, NC where he will serve as an auditor in October of 2017.

Darius first discovered OpenDoors when he moved to Asheville and had a desire to get involved in the community. A close friend introduced Darius to the staff and an immediate warming connection was established. He visited small groups and served as a tutor in helping youngsters prepare for the EOG test.  Darius is originally from Shelby, NC where most of his immediately family resides. Darius has been a long time athlete and still assumes an active lifestyle, as much as possible. He spends time in the gym and believes that spiritual, physical, and mental stability is a great 3-layer cake for life. An outgoing person who never meets a stranger, Darius notes that he is afraid of spiders, is a Dallas Cowboy fan, and likes Polynesian sauce with his #1 from Chick-Fil-a.

Denise TurnerDenise Turner

RHA Health Services

Iowa State University, B.B.A. Business Administration

Denise and her family moved to Asheville in 2001, after living in Atlanta and working in in Human Resources for hi-tech companies for 15 years. She is the Vice President of Human Resources for RHA, a health services company that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health and substance abuse issues.
Denise is a committed volunteer with Asheville City Schools where she has served on the ACS Foundation Board, Positive Behavior Support Team at Asheville Middle School, and various PTO and sports “team Mom” positions. Denise credits her public-educator parents with instilling her desire to help all children succeed and says that she strongly believes in the Mission of OpenDoors.  Denise is especially grateful for the relationship with her OpenDoors “extended family.”

Photography by Katherine Brooks.

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