Board of Directors
CARL NYBERG, ASHEVILLE NC
AMY KEMP, ASHEVILLE NC
Amy further strengthens the board with numerous skills. Throughout her career, she has held various accounting, IT audit, security, and management positions with companies both large and small. Her exposure to Accounting, Controllership, Audit, Information Systems Security and Compliance, and Operations Management offered the ability to hone skills that solve complex problems while considering the human element of business. In 2017 Amy had the unique opportunity to launch out on her own CPA firm. Throughout her career, Amy has approached challenges with an open, flexible mind and positive attitude. Her unique perspective on technology as a result of her diverse accounting, audit, governance, and security experiences. She is excited about offering her skills and talents to small businesses and non-profits that themselves aspire to make a positive difference in the world around us.
Her education and credentials include: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and BSBA, Accounting, University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL.
Her civic and community activities past and present include: Chair, Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods; Founder and Executive Director, Model Communities Association; Chair, Asheville Tree Commission; Treasurer and Chair, Asheville Mardi Gras; Treasurer, Arts to People, Asheville, NC; and Co-founder & Chair, Madison Farmers Market, Madison, AL. Amy is actively engaged in the Asheville community and its volunteer organizations. She loves trees, values the natural world, enjoys biking, sewing, crafting, and spending time with family and friends. She is an avid yogi with a deep appreciation for the mind-body-spirit connection.
KIM KEIFRIDER, BREVARD, NC
Kim is a Physical Therapist with her own practice. After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies at Louisiana State University, she went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. She has over 25 years of experience as a physical therapist encompassing the areas of acute care, rehab, long term care, outpatient, school/pediatric, and private practice. With over 13 years experience in complementary therapies she is a Diplomate level Certified Craniosacral Therapist, a Certified Teaching Assistant in Craniosacral Therapy, and a Certified Presenter for the Craniosacral Overview and Introductory Workshops through the Upledger Institute.
MARIA PILOS, ASHEVILLE NC
Her love of the outdoors started young. Her father, a Greek immigrant, had a strong love of the outdoors and appreciation of nature which he passed down to Maria. She grew up in the outdoors camping and hiking. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cycling, cooking Greek foods, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
GARRY WHISNANT, ASHEVILLE
Garry brings a well-rounded repertoire to the SERLC board. He has a strong technical background, having spent his career in the utility industry, where he served in several environmental, engineering, and leadership roles. A passionate outdoorsman, Garry enjoys hunting and fly fishing, and is actively engaged with several conservation organizations.
Garry is a graduate of NC State University with degrees in Biology and Chemical Engineering and is also a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina.
JULIA JORDAN YOUNG, MARSHALL NC
Emeritus Board Members
BERNARD ARGHIERE, ASHEVILLE NC
Bernard and his family live in Asheville, NC, where they have resided for over 25 years. He holds a degree in Accounting and Finance, and he is retired from a career that focused on computer software development. He holds a Blue Ridge Naturalist credential from the NC Arboretum.
Bernard is an ardent astronomer – serving as an astronomy instructor and lecturer for people of all ages. He has led the design and construction of 3 observatories in the Western North Carolina region. He is the past president of the Astronomy Club of Asheville and the recipient of the 2010 North Carolina Champion of Science award from the NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center.