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.

Joseph JamisonJoseph Jamison

Director of Operations and Program Excellence

Joseph grew up in Indianapolis, IN but has spent the last 10 years in North Carolina. After serving as staff and logistics coordinator at a therapeutic boarding school, Joseph returned to school himself in 2012. While there, Joseph coordinated children’s programming for a local conference and spent a summer working wilderness therapy. A proud graduate of AB Tech, he then completed a Bachelor’s degree while working with court involved teens in Transylvania County’s alternative high school. He recently completed his Master’s in Public Affairs at Western Carolina. Joseph’s passion for developing quality and effective programming for youth to fulfill their potential is the by-product of his broad experiences, both personally and professionally.

Nancy McClinton AbernethyNancy McClinton Abernethy

Education Liaison

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.

Dosty QuarrierDosty Quarrier

Development Associate

Photography by Katherine Brooks.