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 12 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.
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.
Dianne moved to Asheville from Washington, DC where she worked as communications and volunteer director for a non profit. Currently, Dianne also works part time for Grove Park Financial Management and as a freelance writer. She is a former board member of the Grove Park Sunset Mountain neighborhood association. A native of South Carolina, Dianne visited Western North Carolina frequently as a child enjoying vacations with family. She and her husband Art Williams enjoy hiking and attending the numerous music festivals in the area.
Director of Student Advocacy
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.