Evergreen is nothing without our team of dedicated professionals who share a heartfelt love for our community, 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 & Director
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.

ELAINE RAESLY, Director of Education, elaine@evergreenheritagecenter.org
Elaine is the backbone of our experiential learning programs and teacher trainings. She is the recipient of the 2017 Maryland Outdoor Educator of the Year award. Named the 2016 Project WILD’s 2016 Maryland Facilitator of the Year, she was honored with a 2015 Women Leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) award from Allegany College of Maryland. Elaine earned a M.A. in Teaching and B.S. in Wildlife Studies from Frostburg State University, and a M.S. in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

HANA YODER, Manager of Agroecology, hana66@gmail.com
From organizing in-school markets to mentoring local 4-H members, Hana is the leader behind our healthy living & agriculture programs. She's also the force behind Evergreen's emerging native plants cultivation program, Hoop House, and experimental passive solar greenhouse. Hana is also a successful farmer as owner of Savage River Farm & Co-op. She holds a B.S. in Community Development and Agro-ecology from Appalachian State University.

MATT DIEHL, Manager of Grounds Maintenance & Saw Mill Operations
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.

SUSAN KELLER, Instructor
With a background in administration and program management, her leadership role within the Maryland Municipal League and years of service as Frostburg's Commissioner of Public Works, Susan brings her dedication to community improvement to her work at Evergreen. Susan holds a Masters in Social Work from Boston University.

MAGGIE PRATT, Director of Arts Education
A successful working artist, Maggie leads art workshops for adults at Evergreen and designed Evergreen's programs for Arts in the Schools. She holds an M.Ed in Art Education/Studio from Frostburg State University.

When she's not at Evergreen assisting with field trips, summer camps or arts programs, Saundra works as a talented artist, creative designer, and sought-after costume seamstress. She has experience working in both elementary and art education.

IAN CHEEK, Agroecologist & Grounds Team Member
With his love of the outdoors, Ian lives on a local farm while he helps maintain Evergreen's gardens and native plants and medicinal herb collections. He has conducted research on Black Cohosh at Evergreen, and holds a B.S. in Ethnobotany from Frostburg State University.

KRISTIN KEHRWALD, Outreach Consultant
A story-weaver at heart, Kristin enjoys connecting people with one another and sharing Evergreen with our community. From recruiting volunteers to staging events, she's happiest behind the scenes. She holds a M.Ed from Frostburg State University.