B.S. in Geography with a minor in Anthropology, Western Carolina University
Scott is an AMS alumnus from 1981, and his son, Isaac, is a 2013 alumnus. Scott is the Archaeologist & Cultural Resource Program Manager for the National Forest Service. He works from the Pisgah National Forest, but is often traveling to other National Forest locations.
Paige has lived in these mountains since she was 19, beginning at Penland School of Crafts, treating it like college. She has owned her metalsmithing business here for many years, and raised two sons who had the privilege of going to AMS for their middle school years.We love this part of the world. paigehamiltondavis.space
B.S. in Industrial Supervision, Northern Illinois University
M.Ed in Education, DePaul University
Ric is the parent of two AMS alumni and has taught since 1993 in public schools. He, his wife Susan and son Leif live in the South Toe area very near AMS. Ric is also a soccer coach for the public schools and Leif is an amazing player. While their daughters were at AMS, Susan, a certified nurse, updated many of the medical protocols for the school.
B.A. in Math, Oberlin College
M.A., Ph.D. in Folklore & Ethnomusicology, Indiana University
Mary is recently retired from her position at George School in Pennsylvania. Prior to working at George School Mary was a full-time teacher at Arthur Morgan School for 10 years. Her daughter attended the school as a student. Looking back Mary sees those years an important time in her life and her daughter’s. “At AMS I felt like I was doing good in the world without using too many of the world’s resources. I am happy to be associated with the school once again.”
Yancey is an AMS alumnus from 2003. Introduced to arts and crafts at AMS, Yancey has worked with craftsmen in the community since high school making custom architectural millwork and working on projects for conceptual visual artist Mel Chin. He is currently building a sustainable apiary, gardening and landscaping. “AMS made a positive impact on my life. I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board.”
B.S., M.P.H., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lynda is a retired public health professional that worked for the Toe River Health District for many years as a nutritionist, health educator and health director. She works hard at creating communities where being healthy is easy. She also gardens, runs, reads , hikes, cooks and has a small crossword puzzle addiction. Her son, Andrew Kaluzynski, attended AMS and counts it as one of the best decisions he ever made.
B.A., Education, UNC-Chapel Hill
M.A., English, UNC-Chapel Hill
M.A., Folklore, UNC-Chapel Hill
Catherine was on the AMS staff from 1983-85. Upon leaving AMS, her career was primarily in non-profit adminstration and education. She was on the AMS Board from 2006-2009 and is pleased to be on the board again, especially since she retired and living in the South Toe Valley again.
B.A. in English and Philosophy, Haverford College
M.S., Professional School Counseling, Appalachian State University
Jessica is a former AMS staff member from 1999-2003 and parent to two AMS alumni, Isaac and Micah Galton. Since 2004 she has worked as a teacher and counselor in local public schools. Living in Celo Community Jess is not far away and helps conduct clearnesses at AMS when needed.
New York University
Dave is an AMS alumnus of 1976. He and his wife Lisa have three children that they home-schooled and combined with extensive travel in the US, Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Viet Nam, North Africa, the Mediterranean, Turkey, etc. He is retired from Ryan Inc. Central, a family-owned earth moving and site preparation contractor.
“I joined the board because of all the educational institutions I’ve attended, from kindergarten to graduate school, AMS is the most memorable, and the one with the strongest pull on my heart. I’m hoping to help in any way I can.”
B.A. English, University of New Hampshire
J.D., Lewis and Clark Law School
Bill served as an attorney, administrative law judge and mediator in Portland, Oregon before coming to North Carolina in the early 2000’s and serving as a teacher and houseparent at Arthur Morgan School. While here in Yancey County Bill has also served as a Guardian Ad Litem for youth in the court system and as a board member for MY Neighbors, an all volunteer elder care network.
B.A. Creative Writing, Warren Wilson College
Elliot is an AMS alumnus from 2005 and served as an intern in 2008. He has been involved in outdoor leadership programs, restorative agriculture/farm management, as well as project manager in web development, online marketing and community development..
B.A., Forensic Anthropology and German, Indiana University Bloomington
Lisa Swaim is a former staff member of AMS from 1986. She home-schooled her three children using many of the educational concepts she learned while working at AMS. More recently, she’s worked in healthcare as a lactation consultant, a pediatric intensive care nurse and in geriatrics. Currently Lisa is a Nurse Care Coordinator. She and her partner, Joe, enjoy hiking and their four dogs and have begun breeding Australian Labradoodles.
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