Our Board

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.

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.”

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.

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.

Marissa Green

Coming soon!

 

Photography by Katherine Brooks.