Ali Holroyd Lien--Executive Director and co-Founder of Mountain Roots--it's a dream come true. Venturing into a sixth year of programming and camps, Ali is excited to help provide opportunities for hundreds / thousands of kids to get outside and involved in both the community and the natural world all year long. 

Eric Shope--Program Intern

Eric is currently finishing up his senior year at Warren Wilson College where he studies Outdoor Leadership. He is originally from Valley Forge, PA but has been living in western North Carolina for the past 4 years. He hopes to connect our youth deeper to themselves, others, and the natural environment.

Suzanne Bell--Maples Counselor

Suzanne has lived in the North Carolina mountains for about twenty years, raising two daughters on the trails and waters of Pisgah National Forest. Teaching toddlers at Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church preschool for eight years, Suzanne shares with preschoolers a wonder for the natural world, and loves to experience its lessons with young children.

The  Mountain Roots Team

Mountain Roots Staff

Ali Holroyd Lien--Executive Director

Kiersten Wilber--Program Coordinator    

​Seasonal Staff--varied--see below

Our Board of Directors

Clyde Carter

Frances Bradburn

Corey Gafnea

Susan Huter

Barbara Grimm

Our Community Partners

At Mountain Roots, we believe in the value of working together to reach out to local community members offering experiential programs for growth.

Our community partners (past and present) include:

Pisgah Forest Elementary School

FernLeaf Community Charter School

Brevard Academy

Brevard Community Church

Transylvania Youth Association (Camp scholarships)

Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County

Transylvania County Cooperative Extension & 4-H

Transylvania Community Arts Center

Eight Owls Farmstead

Brevard College

Brevard & Pisgah Forest Rotary Clubs

Laughing Waters Retreat Center

Mud Dabbers Pottery

Bimbur Books

M's School of Art

Blue Ridge Outdoor Education Network

Lake Toxaway Charities

The Purpose of Mountain Roots

Mountain Roots is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing discovery and outdoor learning experiences with a focus on environmentally responsible (i.e. sustainable) and community centered living. Offering outdoor education, day camp, group retreats /workshops and more--we love taking folks outside to explore and make connections! Join us for an adventurous learning experience!​ Interested in keeping up with Mountain Roots? Like us on Facebook and Send A Message (below) to join our mailing list.

Contact Us:

Mountain Roots, Inc.

PO Box 248

Cedar Mountain, NC 28718

(828) 384-4629

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And a big thanks to all our other part-time crew including:

Whitney Mebane

Toby Huter

Lauryl Meile

Becca Woofter

Isaiah Lefler

Alyssa Lefler

Madeleine Lefler--Oaks Counselor

Madeleine just finished her freshman year as a classical voice major at Belmont University in Nashville, TN and hopes to pursue a Masters in speech pathology after she graduates. She grew up in Brevard, and enjoys hiking and climbing in the national forest. She has four energetic dogs and a guinea pig at home, and loves crafty projects. 

Meet Our Team:

Emily Martin--Core Group Leader

Emily Martin is originally from Dallas, NC and currently attends UNC Chapel Hill. She's entering her second year there and pursuing a major in Human Development and Family Studies. She enjoys working with children of all ages and looks forward to meeting all of the great campers this summer.

Mountain Roots is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  

Help us GROW our programs to even more kids by donating to our

Annual Fund Raising Drive. 

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Kiersten Wilber--Program Coordinator

Kiersten formed a connection with the natural world from a young age growing up in the mountains of Alaska. She has taught for experiential and environmental education programs in her home state, the Rockies, the desert Southwest, and the Peruvian Andes. She is excited to now be sharing her love of the natural world with kids in the Appalachians of western North Carolina.