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 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
Becca Eden
Frank Fischer
Katherine Freeman
Shoshana Fried
Misty Greene
Je’vonne Knox
Thomas Lodwick
Molly Maynard
Jacquelyn Miner
Joe Mouer
Meghan Moran
Jacob Oakes
Madeline McKeller Offen
Justin Pack
Angie Peña
Michael Puterbaugh
Madison Root
Nora Ryan
Cynthia Shawamreh
Casey Steen
Andrew Stevenson
Madison Thornton
Ed Treat
Gabrielle Trott
Kathy Walker
Jenna Walley
Robert Wharton

Client Services and Legal Support Staff

Katie Alexander
Liz Allen
Melissa Arbelius-Poole
Melissa Berryhill
Karla Bongiovanni
Amy Boykin
Rhonda Brown
Perla Bustos
Hannah Campbell
Jewel Clavette
Kirsten Cole
Alejandra Coleman
Flor Corral
Vanessa De Maria
Joan Dennehy
Sandy Devoid
Alicia Díaz
Jeanne DiBella
Mary Dotson
Lauren Eakin
Emily Ermer
Ramiro Flores Diaz
Patricia Furnish
Benito Garcia
Kristianna Gasparjan
Joanne Gaylord
Gabe Gibson
Pamier Hernandez
Ali Houghton
Thalia Hoy
Alicia Jimenez
Mei Li Johnson
Colyn Kilmer
Erin Kinard
Claire Kolberg
Melissa Lacy
Blia Lee
Sarah Lutes
Magda Mendoza
Maxine McLaughlin
Julio Moncada
Ken Nakazawa
Tom Newton
Denise Ochoa
Sam Peck
Araya Ratanaphruks
Christy Rhodes
Carol Rogers
Claire Scanga
Judi Schultze
Dylan Simosko
Savita Skye
Teresa Sosebee
Jeanne Stillson
Jessi Stone
Sheila Tucker
Nathan Zumwalt

Accounting and Human Resources

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

Community Engagement

Janice Baker, Grants Coordinator, 828-341-2501
Keverlee Burchett, Grants Coordinator, 828-210-3419
Daniel Carey, Regional Development Officer, 828-210-3452
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, 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.