Our Board

Nancy McClinton
Board Co-Chair

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.


Shaunda Sanford
Board Co-chair
Shaunda is a native of Asheville and graduated from Mars Hill College with a degree in Social Work. She has 7+ years of experience working in the Asheville City Schools system, over 15 years of experience working in the mental health field, and over 18 years providing respite care for children in foster care.  Shaunda continues to live in Asheville raising her 2 children and working full time as a Qualified Mental Health Professional with Family Preservation Services. She attributes her passion for helping others to her parents,Carolyn and Gary, who adopted 4 children & opened their home to countless children in foster care for over 25 years.


Erika Germer
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
Treasurer

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.


Seeta Kan
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.


Matt Baker

Matt Baker
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.”


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Eric Howard
MSW

Eric earned an Associate’s of Science degree from Georgia Military College, a Bachelors of Social Work from Mars Hill College, a Masters of Social Work from the University of South Carolina, and is currently working toward a Doctorate (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He has worked in all spectrums of the social work field, from early childhood to older adults. His areas of interest are issues of diversity and culturally relevant teaching strategies, with a goal of bringing all communities together by empowering our youth and creating more tolerant and respectful communities. He believes in the power of education and knows that when you have high expectations, culturally relevant teaching strategies, and respect and dignity for all students, then EVERY student has a chance at realizing their dreams.


Photography by Katherine Brooks.

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