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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, Marshall, Hendersonville, Spruce Pine and Rutherfordton. 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

Julia Horrocks
Robin Merrell


Staff Attorneys

David Bartholomew
Parris Booker
Justin Edge
Katherine Freeman
Shoshana Fried
James Gorsuch
Thomas Lodwick
Ben Many
Molly Maynard
Alicia Merrill
Nikki Mitchell
Jacob Oakes
Madeline McKeller Offen
Anne Salter
Casey Steen
Andrew Stevenson
Parker Smith
Kathy Walker
Jenna Walley
Bill Whalen
Olivia Williams

Client Services and Legal Support Staff

Noele Aabye
Liz Allen
Cindy Benitez
Rhonda Brown
Tara Carr
Shannon Cornelius
Flor Corral
Joan Dennehy
Sandy Devoid
Emily Elmer
Sioux Free
Patricia Furnish
Latoya Gardner
Joanne Gaylord
Thalia Hoy
Tom Newton
Sam Peck
Kelley Pierce
Nelson Reyes
Carol Rogers
Dianna Simosko
Jeanne Stillson
Tracey Whitehouse
Leah Yetter



Bryan Klinge, Chief Financial Officer, 828-210-3426
Veronica Burke, CFO in training, 828-575-1351
Franchesca Figaro, Accountant

Community Engagement

Keverlee Burchett, Grants Coordinator, 828-210-3419
Ben Fehsenfeld, Development Coordinator, 828-210-3405
Jodi Ford, Marketing and Events Coordinator, 828-210-3774
Deborah Holt, Regional Major Gifts Officer, 828-210-3449
Katie Russell Miller, Director of Community Engagement (part-time), 828-210-3420
Michelle Spiegel, Donor Relations Assistant, 828-210-3773
Valerie True, Grants Manager, 828-210-3410
Evie Sandlin White, Communications Director (part-time), 828-210-3430
Ally Wilson, Development Director, 828-210-3444


Human Resources

Samantha Winn Galloway, Director of Facilites & Human Resources, 828-210-3425

Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer Program

Tara Carr, 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.