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 & 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.
MATT DIEHL, Caretaker and Manager Evergreen Property
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, Experience Evergreen Manager
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. Ms. Hein has a B.A. degree in Interior Design from Purdue University and an M.S. degree in Historic Preservation from Ball State University.
ALLISON BOYD, Manager of Agriculture
Allison works with both the education and agriculture programs at Evergreen. She is an experienced environmental educator, with several years of experience creating and managing garden, nutrition and STEM education programs for K-12 students. She also has nearly a decade of experience growing vegetables both as a market farmer, and for youth-led experiential educational programs. In addition to her strong background in non-profit management and agricultural and food systems policy, Alison holds a M.A. in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.
HEATHER KATZ, Manager of Science Education
Heather’s love of oceans and water inspired her career in science education. She currently works teaching and coordinating several of our science education programs. Heather has a background of teaching as a science and special needs educator. She holds an MA in Teaching from Frostburg State University and a B.S. in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University.
IAN CHEEK, Agroecologist
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.
MATT DALGETTY, Ethnobotanist
Matt graduated from Frostburg State University with a B.S. in Ethnobotany and has been developing his expertise with native plants for the last several years. Matt teaches EHC garden and native plant workshops.
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. She holds an M.Ed in Art Education/Studio from Frostburg State University.
AMANDA KELLER, Instructor
Amanda conducts science field trips, after school and early childhood programs including Elementary Edibles. Amanda has over 20 years experience in early childhood education and has an AA degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Allegany College of Maryland.
SHARON RYAN, Instructor
Sharon teaches EHC field trips, art programs, and summer camps. Sharon has several years experience in education and art and holds a B.F.A. in Art & Design.
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.
SANDRA BUCKEL, Instructor
Instructor Sandra Buckel teaches EHC field trips, summer camps and arts programs. Sharon joined the EHC team in 2013 and has over 12 years experience in elementary education and farm management. Her academic background includes elementary education, art, and agriculture.
MARTA FISCUS, Instructor
Marta focuses on art education, teaching EHC interdisciplinary art programs at the EHC and in the schools. She incorporates motion as well as painting sketching, sculpture, and poetry into her programs. She has a B.F.A. as well as a B.S in Psychology and Music.