Our Staff

Carolyn Ward

Chief Executive Officer

Carolyn Ward, Ph.D. serves as the CEO of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the primary philanthropic partner to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Willa Coffey Mays

Chief Development Officer

Willa has an MBA/ MHA and extensive experience in non-profit management.

Ashley Edwards

Director of Finance

Ashley’s love for the Parkway comes from a lifetime of traveling the motor road, hiking, and camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Jordan Calaway

Office Administrator

Jordan has worked for museums and historic sites in North Carolina and Virginia. A graduate of Wake Forest University, she has a Masters in History and a certificate in nonprofit management.

Richard Emmett

Program Director, Blue Ridge Music Center

Richard Emmett is Program Director for the Blue Ridge Music Center.

Jason Urroz

Director, Kids In Parks

Jason came to the Foundation in 2008 to assist in running the Kids In Parks program for which he now serves as Project Director.

Adam Roades

Interpretive Graphic Designer, Kids in Parks

Adam came to the Foundation team with an eclectic resume.

Amy Heald

Data Control Specialist, Kids in Parks

Originally from a small town in Michigan, Amy moved to Asheville on a hunch. Prior to landing in Western North Carolina, Amy spent many summers leading outdoor adventures at a kids' camp in Maine.

Rita Larkin

Communications Specialist

Communications Specialist Rita Larkin graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism and went on to serve as a photographer, editor, and designer at community newspapers in Ge

Mandy Gee

Development & Communications Associate

Mandy joins the Foundation staff with over 11 years of experience in nonprofit organizations, including the Atlanta International School and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, both in her home