Board & Volunteers

Common Ground is grateful for the leadership of our Board of Directors, and the countless hours logged each month by our awesome team of volunteer professionals:

Board of Directors:

Lilly Bechtel – Board Vice President, Body Song Yoga, owner & founder

Cathy Boyd – Southern Environmental Law Center

Rose Brown – Board President, Massage Therapist & founder of The Zero Garbage Challenge

Mary Burruss – Writer and Yoga Instructor

Max DiStefano – Treasurer, Controller, Red Light Management

Ken Horne – MSW, LCSW, Licensed Psychotherapist at Horne Psychotherapy

Collean Laney – Marketing at Lockn’ Festival

Melissa Meece – Board SecretaryRethreads, Firefly, owner

LD Perry – Community Activist

Sarabeth Whedbee – Acupuncturist, Common Ground Healing Arts & Sober Dragon


Advisory Board:

Kate Hallahan Zuckerman –  Founder, Common Ground Healing Arts and Co-Owner of Barefoot Bucha

Vivi Rogers – The Mind and Life Institute, Director of Administration and Finance


Staff Members:

Elliott Brown, Executive Director,

Kayde Deardorff, Customer Service Associate,

Sam Pierceall, Customer Service Associate,

Paige Ryan, Marketing & Outreach Director,

Anna Slezak, Customer Service Associate,

Lydia Wilson,  Customer Service Associate,



Outreach Massage Therapists and Yoga Teachers

Cate Caldwell, massage therapist

JoAnn Christy, massage therapist

Jay DeMaio, massage therapist

Courtenay Evans, yoga teacher

Kelsey Gillan, yoga teacher

Jessie Tosto, massage therapist

Patty Gray, yoga teacher

Sarah Handley, massage therapist

Susanna Nicholson, Duke Integrative Health Coach

Lauri Ross, massage therapist

Julia J. von Briesen, yoga teacher

Ann Wachtel, massage therapist