Resources for Resilience Leadership Team



MC Ellis

MC Ellis

Senior Implementation Specialist

Ashley Putnam

Ashley Putnam

Director of Programs and Partnerships

Katie Goetz

Katie Goetz

Director of Resiliency Education

Ann DuPre Rogers

Ann DuPre Rogers

Executive Director

Katherine Gutschenritter

Katherine Gutschenritter

Program Coordinator

Michelle Tyler

Michelle Tyler

Director of Operations

Catherine Parker

Catherine Parker

Program Development Manager







Na’im K. Akbar
Tarboro, NC





Aysia Graves Allen
Charlotte, NC





Kelly Andrews
Enfield, NC






Mary Lynn Barrett
Asheville, NC





Angela Brooks-Livingston
North Wilkesboro, NC





JB Bell
Charlotte, NC





Johnathan Brunson
Wilson, NC





Melinda Bell
Charlotte, NC





Valerie O. Budd
Wilson County, NC





Rachel M. Berg
Concord, NC




Meredith Campbell
Kannapolis, NC





Stephanie Citron
Asheville, NC





Ginger Clough
Asheville, NC





Wendy Logan Cuellar
Asheville, NC






Bo Dean
Wilmington, NC





Wanda Douglas
Charlotte, NC





Stacey Diaz
Charlotte, NC





Jill Duffy
Hickory, NC





Dionne Dockery
Greenville, NC





Aronda Dunlap-Elder
Cabarrus County, NC





Kyler Daniels
Rocky Mount, NC




Terese Ewing
Pitt County, NC






Amy Fahey
Jackson County, NC





Lindsey Foster
Asheville, NC






La’Trecia Glover
Harrisburg, NC





Chandra Green
Rocky Mount, NC






Byron Hall
Edgecombe County, NC





Leigh Hileman-Steele
Nash County, NC





Andrew Harding
Tarboro, NC





William N. Holden
Bryson City, NC





Michael Hayes
Asheville, NC





Tabatha S. Howard
Mint Hill, NC





Kaci Herrera
Wilmington, NC




Erin Iragg
Asheville & Waynesville, NC






Amy Jewell
Cabarrus County, NC






Megan Keiser
Brevard, NC





Angela King
Edgecombe & Nash Counties, NC





Kristin Keliher
Asheville, NC





Christy M. Klieves
Bryson City & Cherokee, NC





Jeannie H. Kerr
Rocky Mount, NC





Bonnie Jean Kuras
Greenville, NC





Vashti Kittrell
Pitt County, NC






Mary Lloyd
Lenoir, NC






Summer Mack
Moore County, NC





Jody Montrie
Asheville, NC





April Marr
Wilkes County, NC





Lynne Moree
Wilkes County, NC





Nicole McRight
Jackson County, NC





Meredith Baum Mulford
Wilmington, NC





Yrma Lopez Miller
Caldwell County, NC







Lauren Oakes
Hickory, NC






Amber Page
Kannapolois, NC







Yolanda Ray-Henderson
Rocky Mount, NC





Jenny Richardson
Wilkesboro, NC





Yvette Richardson
Rocky Mount, NC






Micah Sedillos
Raleigh, NC

Heather D. Sharp
Marshall, NC





J’vanete Skiba
Wilmington, NC






Eulanda Thorne
Edgecombe & Wilson Counties, NC





Beth Turner
Yancey County, NC








Jenn Wages
Wilkes County, NC





Laysha Williams
Rocky Mount, NC





Susanne Walker Wilson
Asheville, NC





Mysha Wynn
Rocky Mount, NC







Cheryl Yarrell
Rocky Mount, NC



Noreal Armstrong, Board Member

Dr. Noreal Armstrong earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Texas at San Antonio’s CACREP-accredited program; she is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (LMHCS), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), and a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S, TX). Dr. Armstrong has taught secondary and postsecondary students, in addition to owning a private counseling practice; she also has a passion for working with the deaf population. Dr. Armstrong demonstrates her passion through service work, presentations, and workshops on today’s current issues.

Noreal is the Department Chair of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Montreat College. During her time at Montreat, she has been instrumental is attaining CACREP accreditation, restructuring the course delivery format, and creating new master’s programs. Dr. Armstrong has served the counseling profession for eleven years and, in that time, she has over 30 professional presentations at the local, state, and national level. She has three peer-reviewed publications, two book chapters, and numerous newsletter publications. Dr. Armstrong is active in her community, providing mental health training and services to local churches.

She is an active member in the following organizations: American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), and the North Carolina Counseling Association (NCCA). As member of these organizations, she has served in leadership roles. Dr. Armstrong currently serves as AMCD Vice President of the Women’s Concern Group and was AMCD secretary for the 2019-2020 year. In February of 2020, Noreal was awarded Administrator of the Year by NCCA, recognizing her many accomplishments as Department Chair.

Dr. Armstrong has a strong research agenda in the areas of multiculturalism, deaf populations, substance abuse, adolescent development, and women in the professorate. She is passionate about advocacy, mentoring, and educating future counselors. Noreal believes mentorship is key to her success and the success of those new to the profession. Dr. Armstrong uses her platform to share knowledge, tips, and networks for the next generation of counselors. She is very active in the community, serving as an Advisory Committee Member for the non-profit organization, A Therapist Like Me, and is a Resource for Resilience Board member.

Skeet Ayscue, Board Member





Skeet Ayscue
, 70, is the husband of the Rev. Elizabeth McNair Ayscue (37 years) and father of two adult children: Rebekah and Spencer.  Before retiring in 2020, he earned degrees in a number of disciplines, including a BS in Psychology, an AA in Computer Technology, and an MSW, and worked for 17 years in the electronics field and 19 years in social work and other non-profit endeavors.  During the last 15 years of his career, Skeet assisted in starting numerous non-profit entities and served as the executive director of Homes of Hope, a housing program for folks without homes in Stanly County.


Kerry A. Friedman, Board Chair

Resources for Resilience Board of Directors, Kerry Friedman

Kerry A. Friedman serves as the Resources for Resilience™ Board Chair. An Asheville native, he has practiced law with the firm of Patla Straus Robinson & Moore in Asheville since 1980 and specializes in business and non-profit law.

Kerry has chaired the Boards of a number of prominent organizations, including those of Pisgah Legal Services, Legal Services of NC, United Way of Asheville-Buncombe County, CarePartners Health Services, the CarePartners Foundation, Congregation Beth Ha Tephila, the Jewish Community Center of Asheville, and the WNC Jewish Federation. He also served as the Secretary-Treasurer for the 28th Judicial District Bar from 1984 to 1986.

In addition to his Board leadership experience, Kerry has also served as a Board member for the UNC Asheville Foundation, the Community Foundation of WNC, Meals on Wheels of Asheville/Buncombe County, Caring for Children, Carolina Day School, and the YMCA of Western North Carolina.

Dawa Hitch, Board Treasurer

Resources for Resilience Board of Directors, Dawa Hitch

Dawa Hitch leads the City of Asheville’s award-winning Communication and Public Engagement (CAPE) team where she has the opportunity to put her passion for community decision-making to work. With national and state awards in Citizen Participation, Video Production, Marketing Efforts, the City’s employee website and the City’s external news blog, the CAPE team integrates communication and engagement efforts across the organization.

Prior to joining the City, Dawa facilitated Strategic Planning in the private sector and led communication and community engagement in the fields of Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Communities and Education with a focus on underserved communities.

In addition to the RFR Board, Dawa is also a member of the International Association of Public Participation and the City County Communication and Marketing Association.

Leah Mayo, Board Member





Welcome and introduction coming soon!

Evan Richardson, Board Secretary

Resources for Resilience Board of Directors, Evan Richardson 

Evan Richardson serves currently as the Board Secretary for Resources for Resilience™. She is also the Director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at Mountain Area Health Education Center. Evan has worked in healthcare for more than 25 years as a nurse, midwife, and administrator.  She is passionate about resiliency work and its role in individual and community health and wellbeing.

Susan Robinson, Board Member





Welcome and introduction coming soon!

Aisha Shepherd, Board Member

Resources for Resilience Board of Directors, Aisha Shepherd 

A native of Asheville, NC, Aisha Shepherd is a proud employee of Buncombe County. She serves currently as a team liaison and facilitator and is a member of the Community Engagement Team. Her experience as a social worker spans 13 years, and she continues to use her passion for social work and community advancement to impact the lives of children and families in her community.