PLS Staff

Pisgah Legal Services employs attorneys, client advocates, fundraisers and legal support staff who are committed to providing free legal help to thousands of local people each year.

Our offices are located in Asheville, Hendersonville and Spindale. Contact us via email or call (828) 253-0406 or toll-free: 1-800-489-6144.


Executive Director

Jim Barrett, 828-210-3408


To Contact Staff Attorneys, call 828-253-0406 or 1-800-489-6144.


Managing Attorneys

Jaclyn Kiger
Robin Merrell


Staff Attorneys

Justin Edge
Shoshana Fried
Tom Gallagher
James Gorsuch
S.J. Hightower
Julia Horrocks
Eric Johnson
Javan Lapp
Ben Many
Molly Maynard
Yallana McGee
Madeline McKeller Offen
Sara Player
Anne Salter
Casey Steen
Parker Smith
Ginny Thompson
Bill Whalen


Client Services and Legal Support Staff

Noele Aabye
Mitchell Albers
Liz Allen
Pablo Averza
Rhonda Brown
Shannon Cornelius
Flor Corral
Christine Culbreth
Sammy Cunningham
Joan Dennehy
Nora Frank
Sioux Free
Joanne Gaylord
Thalia Hoy
Sandra Johnson
Nitiki Kilgore
Ken Kiser
Sam Peck
Ashley Porter
Annie Reid
Nelson Reyes
Carol Rogers
Chris Waters
Elba Willette



Bryan Klinge, Chief Financial Officer, 828-210-3426
Rupa Dave, Accounting Associate


Community Engagement

Eleanor Ashton, Senior Development Officer (Henderson County), 828-210-3443
Betsy Ellis, Director of Annual and Major Giving, 828-210-3444
Brent McKnight, Development and Events Coordinator, 828-210-3405
Michelle Spiegel, Donor Relations Assistant (part-time), 828-210-3773
Katie Russell Miller, Director of Community Engagement (part-time), 828-210-3420
Valerie True, Grants Writer and Administrator, 828-210-3410
Evie Sandlin White, Communications Manager, (part-time), 828-210-3430


Human Resources

Sam Galloway, Human Resources Director, Office Administrator, 828-210-3425


Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer Program

Annie Reid, MAVL Coordinator, 828-210-3418
Kristianna Bartow, MAVL Legal Screener and Clinic Coordinator


Volunteer Program

Beth Herrman, 828-210-3787

Jim-Barrett-PLSJim Barrett has been the executive director of Pisgah Legal Services since 1993 and has served on the staff for more than 30 years. 

Under his leadership PLS has grown to become a leader in the nonprofit field, not only providing legal services to clients but improving public policies across NC and leveraging millions of dollars to improve life in WNC.