Mountain Roots, Inc.

​​Julia Sidman - AmeriCorps Outdoor Education Instructor

Julia is Mountain Roots new AmeriCorps member! Originally from Massachusetts, Julia has spent time working in the mountains of New Hampshire, Vermont, and Colorado. She is now happy to be in North Carolina sharing her love of the natural world with kids!

Board of Directors
Susan Huter
Frances Bradburn
Emily Crowley Martin
Kristen Diggs

​Saunders Grommesh

Becca Dinsdale

Scott Strickler

​Chris Price

Kathryn Klockenga Outdoor Ed. Lead Instructor & Camp Coordinator
After growing up on the shores of sunny Southern California, Kat never thought she would end up in the mountains of North Carolina! Kat has spent the last 10 years working in Outdoor Education everywhere from the redwoods of California, the cloud forests of Costa Rica, to the marshes of Charleston, SC. She moved to Asheville in 2015 to work for the National Park Service and earned her Masters in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from Clemson. She joined the Mountain Roots team in March 2018 and is excited to start another year of programming and fun.

Lauryl Meile - Camp Counselor

Izzy Moon - Lead Counselor

Ali Holroyd LienExecutive Director and Co-Founder 

It's a dream come true. Venturing into our ninth year of Mountain Roots 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. She's been an experiential educator for over 20 years with wilderness programs, camps, schools, colleges, challenge courses, retreats, and now Mountain Roots!


Toby Huter - Camp Counselor

Toby is a rising sophomore at Indiana University majoring in International Law and Korean. A local Cedar Mountain resident, Toby has fostered a love for the outdoors from growing up running around our beautiful mountains with her siblings. Raised as a camp kid, she has attended camp all her life and is excited to be back at Mountain Roots this year!

Doug Grimm - Lead Counselor

Doug is a rising sophomore Vocal Performance/Arts Administration major at UNC-Greensboro who is most at home among the mountain streams and trails. He is an avid hiker, kayaker, creek-stomper, and an Eagle Scout who is incredibly excited to join the Mountain Roots team and share his knowledge about the natural world with the campers!

Isabelle Lefler - Junior Counselor

Summer McCarthy - Camp Counselor