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, Marshall, 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 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

David Bartholomew
Parris Booker
Patricia Caddell
Brian Dufresne
Becca Eden
Frank Fischer
Katherine Freeman
Shoshana Fried
Leonel Gonzalez
Misty Greene
Ryan Hamady
Dee McEntire Hansberry
Genevieve Holmes
Thomas Lodwick
Molly Maynard
Kate Merlin
Joe Mouer
Meghan Moran
Jacob Oakes
Madeline McKeller Offen
Justin Pack
Angie Peña
Michael Puterbaugh
Nora Ryan
Olivia Scott
Cynthia Shawamreh
Casey Steen
Andrew Stevenson
Madison Thornton
Ed Treat
Gabrielle Trott
Jenna Walley
Robert Wharton

Client Services and Legal Support Staff

Katie Alexander
Naomi Alicea-Rosado
Melissa Arbelius-Poole
Karla Bongiovanni
Rhonda Brown
Perla Bustos
Jennifer Calloway
Hannah Campbell
Patricia Casey
Jewel Clavette
Kirsten Cole
Alejandra Coleman
Chris Collins
Flor Corral
Vanessa De Maria
Sarah DeArmon
Joan Dennehy
Sandy Devoid
Alicia Díaz
Jeanne DiBella
Mary Dotson
Lauren Eakin
Ramiro Flores Diaz
Patricia Furnish
Benito Garcia
Kristianna Gasparjan
Joanne Gaylord
Gabe Gibson
Pamier Hernandez
Ali Houghton
Thalia Hoy
Mei Li Johnson
Colyn Kilmer
Erin Kinard
Claire Kolberg
Melissa Lacy
Sally Levy
Sarah Lutes
Veronica Medina Irizarry
Magda Mendoza
Maxine McLaughlin
Julio Moncada
Tom Newton
Sam Peck
Noel Poindexter
Suzanne Ponder
Andrea Robles-Leon
Christy Rhodes
Carol Rogers
Ivonne Rojo Resendiz
Erin Ryan
Claire Scanga
Judi Schultze
Savita Skye
Jessi Stone
Sheila Tucker

Accounting and Human Resources

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

Community Engagement

Keverlee Burchett, Grants Coordinator, 828-210-3419
Daniel Carey, Regional Development Officer, 828-210-3452
Stefanie Gerber, Grants Coordinator, 828-210-3772
Rebekah Lewis, Communications and Content Manager, 828-210-3405
Rachel Moore, Communications Specialist, 828-210-3436
Lori Nierzwick, Donor Engagement and Events Manager, 828-818-5474
EB Odderstol, Data Administrator, 828-419-1122
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, Chief Development Officer, 828-210-3444 

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

Volunteer Program
Michelle Stevens, Director of Volunteer Engagement, 828-210-3401
Beth Herrman, General Screening Coordinator, 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.