Evergreen is nothing without our team of dedicated professionals who share a heartfelt love for our community and its history, respect for our agricultural heritage, and an unwavering belief in the power of education to transform lives.

Our main team of volunteers and contractors include:

JANICE KEENE–Volunteer, Founder, & President 301-687-0664, janicekeene@evergreenheritagecenter.org

A computer programmer turned savvy business consultant turned nonprofit leader, Janice grew up on the farm at Evergreen. The visionary behind Evergreen Heritage Center’s activities, she was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record.


MATT DIEHL–Caretaker & Evergreen Property Manager                                                                                  

A talented tradesman, fabricator and mechanical engineer, Matt is responsible for the success of our forestry program as well as the maintenance of our buildings and caring for our beautiful grounds and surrounding trees.


DAWN HEIN–Executive Director, Curator, dawn@evergreenheritagecenter.org

Preservation Specialist Dawn Hein manages the EHC’s Experience Evergreen programs in tourism, hospitality, and outreach.  Ms. Hein has over twenty years of experience in architectural design, historic preservation, and museum studies.  More recently, Ms. Hein was Executive Director of the Garrett County Heritage Area.  She has a B.A. degree in Interior Design from Purdue University and an M.S. degree in Historic Preservation from Ball State University.


HEATHER HARTMAN–Director of Education, heather@evergreenheritagecenter.org

Heather’s love of oceans and water inspired her career in science education.  She is a Master Environmental Educator and currently works teaching and coordinating our education programs. Heather has a background in teaching as a science and special needs educator.  She holds an M.A. in Teaching from Frostburg State University and a B.S. in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University.


MAGGIE PRATT–Director of Arts                                                                                                                       

A successful working artist, Maggie leads occasional arts programs for adults at Evergreen, and she designed Evergreen’s programs for Arts in the Schools & Nature of Art. She holds an M.Ed in Art Education/Studio from Frostburg State University.

SAMANTHA MCCREERY– Manager of Nursery Operations                                                                       

Sam has over 10+ years of experience in mapping, data processing, and project management. She’s owned her own nursery since 2018 where she specializes in garden plants, edible perennials, and native plants. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Geography from West Virginia University.


MALLERY LATGIS–Instructor                                                                                                                    

Mallery has ten years of experience teaching homeschool co-ops as well as experience as a classroom aide. She enjoys working with children, history, and the outdoors. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Frostburg State University and is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Teaching from Shepherd University.


SHARON RYAN–Instructor                                                                                                                         

Sharon teaches EHC field trips, art programs, summer camps, and assists in our gardens. Sharon has several years experience teaching art in the public schools and holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Art & Design.


BETHANY DONALDSON–Instructor                                                               

Bethany has several years of experience working in the public schools, as well as assisting with EHC field trips, after school programs, events, and summer camps. 

NANCY CASTRO–Administrative Support                                                                                                 

Nancy has a love of the outdoors and experience in multiple fields of scientific research. At Evergreen, she assists in program preparations and outreach. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology and a Master’s in Environmental Science.


JOSH MILLER–Craftsman 

Josh assists in all of Evergreen’s on-site builds including the new exhibits in the Coal Camp.