by Liz Franks
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Hello! My name is Liz Franks and I am excited to chair Highland Circle’s Project of the Year. Highlands Circle is 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.
Did you know that one in four children in Buncombe County live in poverty? Or...Read More
Dede Rowe is a WellConnect Engagement Specialist at Mission Health. She's also a member of Women's Leadership Council, a network of passionate and influential women focused on supporting the Middle School Success initiative. We get to know her a little better in this month's WLC Spotlight.
What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned during your career? To never settle. There is support from family, friends and community to help us pursue a...Read More
by Neela McDade2-1-1 Referral Specialist
Winter weather may have left you wondering who to call if WNC experiences blizzard conditions like the Northeast. What if ice and winter weather affect your electricity and you have no way to heat your house? Are there any places you can go to warm up?
NC 2-1-1 can help get the answers to those questions and more. We have relationships with the agencies and organizations that assist in times of disasters...Read More
by Adrian VassalloBusiness Development Executive, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
When I moved to Asheville 10 years ago, I came from a community that did not have a United Way presence and one where I really didn’t feel connected. I knew before I moved that Asheville was going to be home for a long time and I wanted to put down roots here. Part of that began with building a house and then starting a family, what many still call the American Dream....Read More
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Elizabeth Kelly, Manager
What is the best advice you have ever gotten? Listen to the wisdom of your heart.What is the best advice you’ve ever given? Listen to the wisdom of your heart.If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? I would love to have dinner with Maya Angelou. When I was a junior in high school my mother took me to hear Maya Angelou speak at USC in Spartanburg. She was electrifying. I remember...Read More
NC 2-1-1 Asheville Center provides information and referrals to nonprofit and governmental health and human service organizations in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford and Transylvania counties. Ten years ago, the Asheville center was the first North Carolina agency (and only fifteenth in the nation) to receive accreditation from the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS), signifying commitment to the highest...Read More
Renee was born and raised in the Asheville area and has always lived in Buncombe County, spending nearly 30 years in Swannanoa. She now lives in Leicester with her husband, Steve. She has a son, two stepdaughters and five grandchildren who all live in the area. She has worked at Padgett & Freeman Architects for 15 years and prior to that, Renee was with Beacon Manufacturing for 11 years.
She's also a member of Women's Leadership Council, a...Read More
Tamaria Kelly is the new Middle School Success Project Coordinator. Tamaria served as an educator for a year at The NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo under the AmeriCorps Builds Lives through Education (ABLE) program. She also was an intern for United Way of Buffalo and Erie County’s Community Ambassador Program (CAP) and an active member of Citigroup’s United Way committee in Buffalo, NY. Tamaria is excited to bring her experiences to...Read More
Liz Britton is a Manager at Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP. She also serves on Highlands Circle's Executive Committee. Highlands Circle is a group of young professionals making an impact in Asheville and Buncombe County. We get to know her in this month's HC Spotlight.
What is the last movie you watched? Friday the 13th…I love watching scary movies this time of year.
What is the last song you listened to? "Taking Chances" by Sharon Van Etten.
What is...Read More
by Neela McDade2-1-1 Referral Specialist
2015 is THE year. THIS year you are going to finish your novel. THIS year you are going to start eating healthier. THIS year you are going to lose weight and up your credit score and...
Some advice from the NC 2-1-1 Asheville Center call room (who has seen many resolutions go down in flames in the last 15 days), take on those resolutions one at a time and get some support from the NC 2-1-1 database....Read More