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Our Team.

ATLAS is a non-profit based out of Boone, North Carolina. Our team is made up fully of volunteers who are passionate about supporting and empowering the next generation to create the future they want. 

Marjon Ames Zimmerman, PhD ​   ​

Executive Director


As Executive Director of Achievement Through Liberal Arts & Sciences (ATLAS), Marjon brings more than 16 years of experience in higher education.  As an undergraduate, she studied history and philosophy at the University of Missouri, earned Masters of Arts in History from Sussex University in England and the University of Missouri - Kansas City,  and completed her PhD  in History from the University of Mississippi in 2009. 


 She has taught at a variety of colleges and universities and has worked with first-generation students of varying levels of preparedness for college-level work.​

Katlyn Arnold  ​

MSW Intern


Katlyn is a first year Master of Social Work student at Appalachian State University and received her undergraduate degree in sociology and political science at ASU in 2019. Katlyn has worked with many different populations in social work positions through out the years and, as an intern for ATLAS, is excited to have the special opportunity to provide support for kids and young adults as they plan for their futures.

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Board of Directors

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Evan Duff is the Provost and Sr. Vice President of Academic Affairs at North Carolina Wesleyan College.  He has been working in higher education for the last 12 years; prior to that he worked in private industry for a global call center, as well as for a credit union. Evan obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration, a master’s degree in general administration and his Doctor of Education in organizational leadership. Prior to that he was the Dean of Extended Education at the University of Mount Olive.  He has taught at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level and has experience working in the NC community college system. 

Kate Greenberg (Board President) is the Executive Director for the Midwest for CARE USA, and is based in Chicago, IL.  Kate received her Bachelors of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri.  

Marc Lerner is Associate Professor of History at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. His research and teaching focus on European history during the Enlightenment and Age of Revolutions.  Originally from New York City, Marc attended the University of Chicago for his undergraduate studies and received his PhD from Columbia University. 


Jennifer Poersch (Board Chief Financial Officer) is a Lobbyist and Partner at Hannegan Landau Poersch Rosenbaum Advocacy in Washington D.C.  Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts from Baker University in Kansas and lives in Alexandria, VA. 

Nina Rifkind is an attorney with a background in general litigation and non-profit formation and administration.  Nina grew up in New York City, attended Yale University for her undergraduate degree, and went to New York University for her law degree.  Nina currently lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

Fred Sandborn (Vice President) is a Professor of Psychology and Assistant Director of the Honors Program at North Carolina Wesleyan College. Fred was a first-generation college student at Kansas Wesleyan University and received his doctorate at Kansas State University.

David Singleton is the Transfer and Articulation Ombudsperson at Nevada System of Higher Education.  Originally from New York City, Dave attended the University of Missouri where he studied Communications and received a Masters in Higher Education Administration from Illinois State University.  He lives in Las Vegas and has worked extensively in higher education as an academic advisor and success coach.

Paul Zimmerman is a Physician and Business Owner of Boone Podiatry in Boone, NC.  In addition to receiving his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine at Barry University in Miami, FL, he has a Masters of Health Administration from the Gillings School of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill where he focused on health care organization, economics, and strategic marketing.