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, Burnsville, Hendersonville, Highlands/Cashiers, Franklin, Marshall, Morganton, Newland, Rutherfordton, Spruce Pine and Waynesville.

Contact us via email or call (828) 253-0406 or toll-free: 1-800-489-6144.


Executive Director
Jim Barrett, 828-210-3408

Chief Operations Officer
Jaclyn Kiger, 828-210-3415


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


Managing Attorneys and Directors

James Gorsuch, Managing Attorney: Legal Intake Systems & Client Access
Julia Horrocks, Managing Attorney: Domestic Violence and Immigration
Mike McDonald, Managing Director of WNC Health and Economic Opportunity Program
Robin Merrell, Managing Attorney: Generalist and Housing
Katie Russell MillerManaging Director of Community Engagement

Staff Attorneys

David Bartholomew
Parris Booker
Patricia Caddell
Brian Dufresne
Becca Eden
Frank Fischer
Katherine Freeman
Shoshana Fried
Leonel Gonzalez
Misty Greene
Ryan Hamady
Jaclyn Helton
Genevieve Holmes
Thomas Lodwick
Molly Maynard
Kate Merlin
Megan O’Dell
Jacob Oakes
Madeline McKeller Offen
Justin Pack
Angie Peña
Michael Puterbaugh
Chris Reed
John Rogers
Nora Ryan
Casey Steen
Andrew Stevenson
Ed Treat
Gabrielle Trott
Jenna Walley
Robert Wharton

Client Services and Legal Support Staff

Yeltsin Aguilar
Katie Alexander
Naomi Alicea-Rosado
Melissa Arbelius-Poole
Karla Bongiovanni
Rhonda Brown
Perla Bustos
Jennifer Calloway
Hannah Campbell
Chase Cantrell
Cristhian Carvajal Murcia
Patricia Casey Mondor
Vannesa Castorena
Jewel Clavette
Alejandra Coleman
Chris Collins
Kortney Conner
Flor Corral
Vanessa De Maria
Sarah DeArmon
Joan Dennehy
Alicia Díaz
Jeanne DiBella
Lakeisha Dula
Donna Etter
Lanna Evans
Ramiro Flores Diaz
Patricia Furnish
Benito Garcia
Kristianna Gasparjan
Joanne Gaylord
Pamier Hernandez
Ali Houghton
Thalia Hoy
Mei Li Johnson
Colyn Kilmer
Erin Kinard
Claire Kolberg
Melissa Lacy
Sally Levy
Sandra Leyva Chavez
Stefani Maldonado
Maxine McLaughlin
Kelly McNeirney
Veronica Medina Irizarry
Julio Moncada
Sam Peck
Noel Poindexter
Suzanne Ponder
Andrea Robles-Leon
Christy Rhodes
Carol Rogers
Ivonne Rojo Resendiz
Jean Rowe
Bow Rudolph
Erin Ryan
Hector Salgado
Claire Scanga
Jessi Stone
Sheila Tucker

Accounting and Human Resources

Shannon Adams, CFO/Controller
Franchesca Figaro, Accountant
Samantha Winn Galloway, Director of Human Resources & Facilities
Stuart Johnson-Kwochka, IT Specialist
Katie Latino, HR and Facilities Coordinator
Georgia Lawrence, Bookkeeper
Craig Shapley, HR and Facilities Assistant

Community Engagement

Keverlee Burchett, Grants Coordinator, 828-210-3419
Daniel Carey, Regional Development Officer, 828-210-3452
Kyle Cole, Grants Coordinator
Stefanie Gerber, Grants Coordinator, 828-210-3772
Tracey Gruver, Leadership and Legacy Giving Officer, 828-210-3403
Barbara Guffy, Donor Relations Coordinator, 828-229-2525
Rebekah Lewis, Communications and Content Manager, 828-210-3405
Leslie Manning, Regional Development Officer, 828-575-1353
Lori Nierzwick, Donor Engagement and Events Manager, 828-818-5474
Michelle SpiegelDonor Relations Assistant, 828-210-3773
Valerie True, Grants Manager, 828-210-3410
Evie Sandlin White, Communications Director, 828-210-3430
Ally Wilson, Chief Development Officer, 828-210-3444 

Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer Program
Max Gibbons, Director of Pro Bono Services, 828-463-3105

Volunteer Program
Alison Conroy, WNC HEOP Volunteer Coordinator
Beth Herrman, General Screening Coordinator, 828-210-3787
Jennifer Collier Wilson, Director of Volunteer Engagement, 828-435-2031

Jim-Barrett-PLSJim Barrett has been the Executive Director of Pisgah Legal Services since 1993 and has worked with the organization since 1983.

Under his leadership Pisgah Legal 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.