Amanda Elledge Finn is a native of McDowell County and graduated from McDowell High School in 2004. After high school, she went on to pursue two bachelor of art degrees from NC State University in History and English. From Raleigh, she moved to New York City and attended New York University, obtaining a masters degree in History. While at NYU, Amanda worked in archives across Great Britain and the US to complete her first thesis. In 2012 she began attendance at Appalachian State University to obtain an advanced English degree and to gain experience teaching at the university level. In 2014 Amanda was awarded a masters in English, was hired to teach as a faculty in the English department, and was hired as a consultant in the Writing Across the Curriculum program which works with faculty across all disciplines in regard to writing instruction. Amanda began work with the Historic Carson House in July 2016 as their executive director. In her off-time, Amanda enjoys playing soccer, reading, and spending time with her husband, Patrick, and son, Atticus.
Debbie Queen has worked at the Historic Carson House as the assistant director and a volunteer for seven years. She successfully managed the Carson House as interim executive director in 2016. Debbie has almost completed the Mountain to Sea Trail and enjoys spending time with her four sons and their families and her dog, Lola.