Staff

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United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County's staff is a dynamic group of leaders passionate about cultivating positive change in the areas of education, income and health.

President/CEO

David Bailey
(828) 236-3769
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Administration

Lisa Ross United Way Asheville Buncombe Lisa Ross
Donor Analytics and Administration Manager
(828) 239-1153
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Karen Billings Karen Billings
Office Manager
(828) 255-0696
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Finance

Layton Hower
Chief Financial Officer
(828) 210-1142
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Karen Vernon United Way Asheville Buncombe Karen Vernon
Finance Associate
(828) 210-1141
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Ray Griffiths
Building Superintendent
(828) 239-1153
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Marketing and Communications

Elisabeth Bocklet United Way Asheville Buncombe Elisabeth Bocklet
Marketing and Communications Director
(828) 239-1031
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  Engagement Manager
(828) 255-0696
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Planning and Community Investment

Lance Edwards
Vice President, Community Investment
(828) 239-1044
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  Deborah Calhoun
Director of Community Partnerships
828-236-9504
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Zachary Goldman 
Community Investment Manager
(828) 239-1045
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Hands On Asheville-Buncombe

Michelle Bennett
Hands On Volunteer Engagement Director 
(828) 239-1033
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Sarah Roth 
Hands On Volunteer Engagement Manager
(828) 239-1032
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Middle School Success

Laura Elliot
Middle School Success Director
(828) 239-1155
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Kyle Garrett
School Partnerships Manager

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Shari Smith
Resource Coordinator
Asheville Middle School
(828) 350-6200
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Linnea Burgevin
Resource Coordinator
Erwin Middle School

(828) 232-4264
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Ginny Spencer
Resource Coordinator
Enka Middle School

(828) 670-5010 ext 1259

  Yet to be named, "Rock Star of the Valley"
Resource Coordinator
Owen Middle School

NC 2-1-1 Asheville Center

Marla Browne
2-1-1 Director
(828) 239-1037
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Amanda Bauman
Resource Manager
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Elizabeth Kelly United Way Asheville Buncombe 2-1-1

Elizabeth Kelly
2-1-1 Manager
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  Toni Goethals
Assistant Manager
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Ana Baranda 
Lead Referral
Specialist

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Kim Hughes
2-1-1 Referral
Specialist

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Gary Lodato
2-1-1 Referral
Specialist

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K’leigh Rathbone
2-1-1 Referral
Specialist
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Ali Riegel
2-1-1 Referral
Specialist
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Dewey Smith
2-1-1 Referral
Specialist
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Monika Wengler
2-1-1 Referral
Specialist

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Karen Wilson
2-1-1 Referral
Specialist

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Resource Development

Kevin Montgomery United Way Asheville Buncombe

Kevin Montgomery
Campaign Director 
(828) 239-1047
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Ben Moser
Director of Major Gifts 
(828) 239-1043
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Elizabeth Allen United Way Asheville Buncombe County Elizabeth Allen
Leadership Giving Manager
(828) 239-1048
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Richard Caro
Resource Development Manager
(828) 239-1046
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Kris Dionne
Resource Development Manager
(828) 239-1049
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Sandi Higgins United Way Asheville Buncombe Sandi Higgins
Donations Processing and
IT Operations Manager
(828) 239-1154
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