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
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.
RICHARD SAUER, Volunteer, Operations Officer
From his start as an Navy journeyman electrician, Richard cut his teeth managing electrical contracting projects for the City of New York and the Port Authority of New York before retiring as VP of an electric and data communications corporation. Richard now painstakingly plans Evergreen's building projects and maintains our historic properties.
ELAINE RAESLY, Director of Education, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 construction improvements to our buildings and caring for our beautiful grounds and surrounding trees.
KAYLA HUGHES, Early Childhood Educator, email@example.com
With experience teaching Pre-K and elementary education, Kayla brings her love of working with younger children to Evergreen's growing early childhood programs. She earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Frostburg State University.
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.
KRISTIN KEHRWALD, Manager of Outreach
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.
MAGGIE PRATT, Director of Art Programs
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.
REBEKAH WILSON, Arts Instructor
A talented artist in a variety of mediums, Rebekah enjoys helping kids channel their energy and creativity. Outside of Evergreen, she teaches gymnastics classes for local youth. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Frostburg State University.
SAUNDRA GRAVES, Instructor
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.