Spotlight: Heather Nuckols

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We believe that the people in our community, the people who Give, Advocate and Volunteer, are pretty spectacular people and they deserve a bright light shone upon them.

Heather Nuckols is one of those people. She is a member of Highlands Circle, a network of passionate young professionals who are actively seeking ways to give, advocate and volunteer to make positive and long-lasting change in Asheville and Buncombe County. Through professional development, educational opportunities, volunteerism and networking events, Highlands Circle helps connect members to United Way and their community. The end goal is to change the odds for families and communities by focusing on advancing education, income and health.

Read more about Heather here! 


About Heather 

I am a California native, but have lived all over the United States since adulthood. I really enjoy getting to know the people and culture of each new city and state I've lived in. I love to laugh and try to find some humor in even the bleakest of situations. I do not take myself or life too seriously. I have been truly blessed with the greatest friends a girl could ever ask for. I'm married and have three, beautiful four-legged hairy children. I'm a fairly sunny individual and try my best to take in beauty in all its forms. I definitely acknowledge the bad in the world, but focus my energy on the good. I guess you could say I'm a realistic optimist. 

How are you involved with United Way and why?

I believe in charity. I have been so fortunate in my life. I came from very little, and I was able to change my life for the better due to good timing and good luck. I know things could have turned out much worse and I never lose sight of that. I Live United to pay tribute to the grace that has been given to me. My way to paying back the universe for being kind to me. I think United Way always does a great job of helping the direct community they are a part of. They also offer many ways to be charitable, be it your time, your financial contributions, and/or your ideas and intellectual input. I also love the variety of their volunteer opportunities. United Way is also a truly wonderful way to network. 

What small act of kindness were you once shown that you will never forget?

I was a kid, maybe 9 or 10 years old, and my family and I went to get ice cream. I stepped outside of the ice cream shoppe and upon my first lick, the entire scoop fell right off of the cone and splatted onto the pavement. I'm pretty sure I cried. Upon my mom's urging, I went back into the shoppe and told them my sad story. They plopped a fresh scoop onto my cone at no charge and I was on my happy way. I remember how fast my emotions changed. From happy, to sad, to embarrassed, to happy again... in about 1 minute. I think that has stuck with me all these years because it taught me a few lessons about perceived problems, humility, and kindness.

What's something new you recently learned about yourself? 

That I can love more deeply than I ever imagined possible and that life still has to ability to surprise me.

What activities make you lose track of time?

Reading a really good book. Spending time with friends. Basking in the sunshine while sipping on an Arnold Palmer made with Firefly sweet tea bourbon. 

Favorite Motivational Quote? 

"What one man can do, another can do. If you could give one piece of advice to a large group, what would it be? "just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming".

What lessons learned from Highlands Circle that have benefited your career? 

Affirms my belief that it takes all types to get the best possible result. I think Highlands Circle offers a nice diversity of young business professionals who have many different views and outlooks. I love it when someone can change my opinion by voicing a view I've never considered. This betters me as a person and that includes my work life. 

What three questions do you wish you had the answers to?

  1. Why do some beings suffer so much more than others?
  2. What happens after we die?
  3. And just how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood???

Is there one area of United Way's work that you are most excited by/proud of?

I think middle school success is the most exciting.

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