The new program coordinator for Burke and McDowell counties is Melissa Berryhill. Born and raised in Marion, she says “I know the youth of the counties I serve deserve the best role models possible.” With 22 years of office managerial experience, as well as her own pet novelty business, she is set to graduate from Appalachian State University with a degree in social work. In her free time, she likes hanging out with her grown boys and their wives, her goddaughter Skylar, “my amazing mom,” and the “love of my life,” an 11-year-old Pekingese named Midnight.
Haywood County Program Coordinator Sara Rolfsen-Kohn and husband Greg, along with pups Maximus and Thor, moved to Waynesville last year from the Charlotte area. Sara, who is also a Big, is a farmer who grows flowers commercially on her farm Freckle Twins’ Garden (named after Max and Thor). She loves teaching and consulting about plants and growing practices. In the little bit of free time she has, she enjoys reading, hiking, gardening, watercolor painting, playing cello, and all things food. “Children are the future,” she says, “and trying to make the world a better place starts with them.”