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, Brevard, Burnsville, Hendersonville, Highlands/Cashiers, Marshall, Newland, Rutherfordton, and Spruce Pine. 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 Screening, Case Acceptance, & Client Access
Julia Horrocks, Managing Attorney: Domestic Violence and ImmigrationMike McDonald, Managing Director of WNC Economic Recovery Program
Robin Merrell, Managing Attorney: Generalist and Housing
Katie Russell MillerManaging Director of Community Engagement
Anne Salter, Managing Attorney: Health and Income


Staff Attorneys

KaDeidra Baker
David Bartholomew
Parris Booker
Patricia Caddell
Isabel Carson
John Cashion
Becca Eden
Justin Edge
Frank Fischer
Katherine Freeman
Shoshana Fried
Daniel Heyman
Je’vonne Knox
Thomas Lodwick
Molly Maynard
Joe Mouer
Meghan Moran
Jacob Oakes
Madeline McKeller Offen
Justin Pack
Angie Peña
Nora Ryan
Cynthia Shawamreh
Casey Steen
Andrew Stevenson
Madison Thornton
Ed Treat
Kathy Walker
Jenna Walley
Robert Wharton

Client Services and Legal Support Staff

Katie Alexander
Liz Allen
Cindy Benitez
Billie Bradley
Rhonda Brown
Perla Bustos
Patricia Casey
Kirsten Cole
Shannon Cornelius
Flor Corral
Ruby Daybranch
Vanessa De Maria
Joan Dennehy
Sandy Devoid
Nancy Díaz
Jeanne DiBella
Mary Dotson
Lauren Eakin
Emily Ermer
Patricia Furnish
Joanne Gaylord
Gabe Gibson
Ali Houghton
Thalia Hoy
Ty Johnson
Colyn Kilmer
Erin Kinard
Claire Kolberg
Ivan Melchor
Magda Mendoza
Ken Nakazawa
Tom Newton
Yadira Ortiz-Castillo
Sam Peck
Hollis Rhinelander
Christy Rhodes
Carol Rogers
Judi Schultze
Dylan Simosko
Jeanne Stillson
Tracey Walker
Victoria Wasserman

Accounting and Human Resources

Shannon Adams, CFO/Controller
Rocio Borghini, HR Officer
Franchesca Figaro, Accountant
Samantha Winn Galloway, Director of Facilities & Human Resources, 828-210-3425
Katie Latino, HR and Facilities Coordinator
Alex Sewell,  Senior Accountant

Community Engagement

Keverlee Burchett, Grants Coordinator, 828-210-3419
Ben Fehsenfeld, Development Coordinator, 828-210-3405
Deborah Holt, Regional Major Gifts Officer, 828-210-3449
EB Odderstol, Data Administrator
Megan Quattlebaum, Highlands/ Cashiers Community Engagement Manager,
Michelle SpiegelDonor Relations Assistant, 828-210-3773
Valerie True, Grants Manager, 828-210-3410
Karen Wallace-Meigs, Leadership and Legacy Gifts Officer, 828-210-3403
Evie Sandlin White, Communications Director, 828-210-3430
Ally Wilson, Development Director, 828-210-3444 

Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer Program
Suzanne Ponder, MAVL Coordinator, 828-407-4468

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 37 years.

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.