Our Trustees

Meet the Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway’s Board of Trustees

Nancy Benoit is a new transplant to Asheville – making the move from Massachusetts just four months prior to the pandemic lockdown. She has fallen deeply in love with the Greenway which she and her dog walk daily, feeling blessed to have this natural sanctuary across the street from her magical little home with a green roof–also a reflection of her love of nature. Nancy has a background in the arts and continues to work in a remote position as a digital marketing professional for a large health and human service organization in Massachusetts. She is grateful for the opportunity to support the mission and vision of the FOHCG, utilizing her marketing skills and devotion to this community greenspace.



Yanina “Nina” Salerno is a Transdisciplinary Artist, Naturalist and North Carolina Certified Environmental Educator. She values sacred reciprocity with nature, the universe, and all living beings and is passionate about sharing that message. She creates Pollinator Medicine Wheel Gardens to restore indigenous plant species as well as traditional ecological knowledge and practices. She created the Bee City USA Certified Pollinator Transcultural Medicine Wheel Garden on the Hominy Creek Greenway. In her free time she enjoys exploring eco-spirituality, animism and traditional folk medicine practices. 




Tim Watkins  is a cyclist, climber, runner and all around nature lover. Previously an outdoor recreation instructor, he is enthusiastic about teaching proper trail etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. He is passionate about protecting our existing greenway network, and supporting the expansion pedestrian focused infrastructure. As one of many who transitioned to remote work during the pandemic, Tim knows the value of our urban greenspaces, such as the Hominy Creek Greenway, that provide a much needed escape from the monotony of remote work.



Holland Youngman is a lover of mountains, trees, streams, rocks, clumps of moss and so on.  She enjoys spending time exploring area trails on foot and on bike with her friends and her trusty canine sidekick.  A wildlife biologist by profession, she has a passion for creatures (great and small), ecological conservation, and for learning about and sharing the natural wonders of the world with others.  She is also enthusiastic about supporting walkable and bikeable trail systems as a way to promote healthy lifestyles, community interaction and connection with the living world; thus her love of the Hominy Creek Greenway.




Jack Igelman is a founding trustee of the Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway and a resident of West Asheville since 1999. He rejoined the board in 2022 after serving from 2012 to 2018. He teaches economics at Warren Wilson College and is the lead environmental reporter for Carolina Public Press, covering environmental topics throughout the state of North Carolina. Jack and his wife Elizabeth have two teenage boys.