marti's Bio:

 I am Florida born with a mountain soul, and have had the privilege of calling North Carolina home since 2016. My husband and I vacationed in Ashe County in May of 2016 and loved it so much we moved six month later. We are in the process of developing a homestead that currently includes chicken and goats. I have a passion for canning and spent most of my free time in the kitchen. 


I have a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Belmont University and 10 years of experience in homeless services and the non-profit sector. 


Why I Joined RISE:


Develop a homestead with goats, chickens, and other livestock.

I joined RISE as the Program Coordinator shortly after moving to Boone. It was the perfect opportunity to continue my work with individuals experiencing poverty and connect to others in my new community. 

Continue to build the RISE Community through new partnerships and participants

Finish my Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management

Finish the renovations on our house! 

what i have learned

RISE has taught me about the power of vulnerability. It is the foundation for life's most meaningful relationships. Previous to RISE, I attributed vulnerability to weakness. Over the course of the last few years, I've learned that vulnerability is one of the deepest demonstrations of courage. 

future plans

My life aspiration are to write a book and find a way to can full time. Until then, I look forward to remaining as an active member of my community through RISE and other initiatives.