Our Board

Rob McArthur, TreasurerRob McArthur, Treasurer

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 Middleton, SecretaryJasmine 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.

Ben Hamrick, Board ChairBen Hamrick, Board Chair

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.

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.

 

Marissa GreenMarissa Green

Coming soon!

 

Sean Vervain

Director of Student Support Services, IC Imagine Charter School

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, B.A.  Mary Baldwin College, M.A. in Teaching.

I am passionate about education and justice.  I have worked in education as a mentor, youth counselor, consultant, parent advocate, and teacher over the past 15 years.  I am committed to initiatives, organizations, and movements that consider an intersectional analysis that considers the ways race, class, gender, and the natural environment impact human relationships and cultural power.  I believe education is a process which alleviates social injustices and empowers marginalized communities to make autonomous movement towards freedom.  

Over the years, I have developed strong collaborative and networking skills. In my current professional role as Director of Student Support Services, at IC Imagine Public (non-profit) Charter School, I prepare appropriate educational programming to meet the diverse needs of children with a  broad category of disabilities for children in grades K-12. My position requires me to recognize and ensure an appropriate opportunity for education with students who demonstrate a wide range of disabilities and special needs, which deals with issues related to special education law, child advocacy, specially designed instruction, related services, community advocates, and broader resources in the area to provide specific services or supports for all students.

Photography by Katherine Brooks.