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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 Calloway
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.”
Advocacy Committee Chair - 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.
Isaac Dickson Elementary
Western Carolina University, B.A. Elementary Education, East Tennessee University, M.A. Educational Leadership
Libby is a native of Asheville and graduated from Asheville High. Libby serves on the board of OpenDoors because it fits her personal philosophy of nurturing the whole child. In August 2014 she became a founding member of YTL Training Programs, Youth Transformed for Life!
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.
RHA Health Services
Denise and her family moved to Asheville in 2001, after living in Atlanta for 15 years. She is currently 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 AMS, 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, and is grateful for the relationship with her OpenDoors “extended family”.