Our Staff

Jen RammingJen Ramming

Executive Director

Jen has been a part of OpenDoors since it’s inception in 2006 and was one of the founding members of our 501(c)3 in 2009. Her passion is providing opportunities for all children so that they may meet their potential and become inspired learners. Jen currently acts as OpenDoors’ Executive Director and strengthens our programs using her 15 years of experience as a parent and student advocate in Asheville City Schools to help coordinate our diverse educational offerings. She also works diligently as our lead fund-developer using her background as a Marketing Executive and Development Director, providing connections to many other local agencies, businesses, and community members.

Courtney HamnerCourtney Hamner

Program Director

After graduating from the University of Florida, Courtney spent 15 years working in Advertising and Marketing in Atlanta and New York. She moved to Asheville with her family in 2007 where she refocused her lifework toward helping children achieve success in school. Prior to joining OpenDoors of Ashville, she served on the School Planning and Management Team at Isaac Dickson Elementary, was an officer of the school’s PTO, and a mentor in the “Together We Read” Program. She has worked with OpenDoors of Asheville since 2012.

John SteeleJohn Steele

Education Program Liaison

College of William and Mary, M.Ed.

John has experience in a variety of educational settings: outdoor experiential activities, public school, therapeutic boarding school, and Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Language Instruction tutoring. He is committed to providing equitable access to educational support and opportunity. A Virginia native, John has lived in the Asheville area since 2006. He enjoyed a previous career as a novelist and short-story writer. Currently he most looks forward to spending time with his wife and their animals, and playing ultimate frisbee.

Dianne LewisDianne Lewis

Volunteer and Development Associate

University of South Carolina, B.A. Journalism

Dianne moved to Asheville from Washington, DC where she was Communications and Volunteer Director for a non-profit. She is a former board member of the Grove Park-Sunset Mountain Neighborhood Association in North Asheville. A South Carolina native, Dianne developed a love for the mountains on frequent visits to Western North Carolina for family vacations.  She always has a book, or two, in progress and is a member of a local book club. Dianne and her husband, Art Williams, can commonly be found hiking the numerous trails throughout the area. Their favorite hike is from Newfound Gap to Charlie’s Bunion in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Photography by Katherine Brooks.

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