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.
ELAINE RAESLY, Director of Education, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
ALLISON BOYD, Educator/Agroecology
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 MA in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.
SAUNDRA GRAVES, Educator
When she's not at Evergreen assisting with fall and spring field trips, summer camps or arts in the schools programs, Saundra works as a talented artist, creative designer, and sought-after costume seamstress. She has experience working in both elementary and art education.
MARTA FISCUS, Arts Educator
A multi-talented artist, actress and pianist, Marta enjoys sharing her love of the arts, music, dance, and yoga as part of Evergreen's Arts in the Schools and Open House programs. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts and Teaching Certification from Frostburg State University as well a BS in Psychology from Kenyon College.
IAN CHEEK, Agroecologist/Grounds Maintenance
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.
HANA YODER, Agroecology
From organizing in-school markets to mentoring local 4-H members, Hana was the force behind our healthy living & agriculture programs for many, many years. A successful farmer and owner of Savage River Farm & Co-op, she continues to provide guidance for our programs. She holds a B.S. in Community Development and Agro-ecology from Appalachian State University.
MAGGIE PRATT, Arts Education Director
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.
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.