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

​Saunders Grommesh

Shaw Hipsher

Doug Campen

​Kayla Leed

Summer McCarthy - Camp Counselor

Summer is a rising sophomore student at Brevard High School. She loves to rock climb, mountain bike, swim, and hike. She especially enjoys being around kids and experiencing the outdoors.

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!


Betsy Davis - Program Intern

Betsy is super pumped to be working at Mountain Roots this summer!  In her words, "What could be better than walking alongside kids as they grow in their wonder of the outdoors up in the mountains of Brevard? I’m convinced that it’s not much that’s for sure! "

Toby Huter- Camp Counselor

Toby is a rising freshman at Indiana University. She will be studying East Asian language and culture with a focus on the Koreas. She grew up in Cedar Mountain and attended camps her whole love, so she loves being outside and especially hiking in the mountains. 

Suzanne Bell - Logistical Support

​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.

Kathryn Rice Outdoor Education Lead Instructor & Summer Lead
Kat joined Mountain Roots this spring on the Outdoor Educaiton staff. A newlywed from California originally, Kat has a Master's of Science degree from Clemson and 8 years experience working on both the East & West Coast.

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​​Izzy Moon - Core Group Leader

Izzy joins Mountain Roots for her first summer and is a key component to the positivity and fun around camp! Izzy brings a true joy and excitement to the Camp experience. With several years experience with a range of Outdoor Education programs, Izzy is excited to be moving to the area on a full time basis--working at a Montessori school this fall. 

Madeleine Lefler - Camp Counselor
Madeleine is 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. 

Lauryl Meile- Camp Counselor

Lauryl's been a part of Mountain Roots Day Camp since the beginning. She was our first Roots Crew member for the first two years of Camp, and has been an integral part of our staff team since (the past two summers). Lauryl has a real gift with the campers and we are thankful to have her on our staff team. She is a gifted artist and enjoys travelling with her family. 

​​Kiersten WilberProgram 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.