New Programming for people on the Autism Spectrum/Neurodiversity

Barry Merluzzo

Barry Merluzzo, BS

Residential Director

“I’m inspired by the opportunity to help those in recovery reimagine their life goals and purpose.”

Barry most recently served valiantly as Recreation Coordinator at CooperRiis at Asheville and now brings his skills to the residential team at the Farm Campus.

Before joining Cooper Riis, Barry served as a Park Ranger, Arborist, and Program Director promoting urban farming, horticultural therapy, and environmental education initiatives for several nonprofit organizations.

Barry attended Salem State University in Massachusetts and obtained an AAS degree in Forestry and a BS degree in Criminal Justice.

Barry spends his free time exploring and photographing the natural world and its diverse landscapes. He also enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, and gardening.