Barry Merluzzo (he/him) attended Salem State University in Massachusetts and obtained an AAS degree in Forestry and a BS degree in Criminal Justice.
Prior to joining RHA, Barry served as a park ranger, program coordinator and as a director promoting recovery, wellness, horticultural therapy, and environmental education initiatives for several nonprofit organizations and agencies.
Barry spends his free time exploring and photographing the natural world and its diverse landscapes. He also enjoys hiking, caving, beekeeping, and gardening.
Barry relocated to Asheville 3 years ago and currently lives in Arden NC with his partner Camille, two cats (Tammy and Bucky) and many, many plants.
Bri Plummer (she/her) is the new Prevention Specialist II at RHA Prevention Resource Centers in Asheville. She was born and raised in Western North Carolina and currently lives in Waynesville.
This past August she obtained her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Emory University. Before that, she got her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Public Health.
Substance use prevention has always been her passion and focus since she was in middle school, where she participated and co-founded the Western North Carolina branch of Teen Institute. She looks forward to learning more about this field and she is excited to be a part of RHA and the Partnership for Substance Free Youth.
Some fun facts about Bri are that her favorite animal is the manatee, she collects stickers, loves coffee, and has two beautiful pets (Kuma the Akita and Traffy the Calico).