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Lucy Rountree was born in Cullowhee and spent a lot of time in Asheville while growing up. She went to college at Auburn University, but after spending her summers out west, she missed the mountains and decided to transfer to the University of North Carolina Asheville. Lucy graduated in 2009 and started her career as a food rep with Sysco Foods in Atlanta. In 2013, Lucy returned to Asheville and began work at Galaxy Digital. She's also a member... Read More
“Middle school students really do like books. They like them so much, we found they would even steal them when we used to hold a book fair around the holidays in the past.” That statement from Cynthia Sellinger really hits home for me. She’s the principal of Asheville Middle School—a job only the most dedicated of teaching veterans would want to take on. (Luckily, Cynthia LOVES middle school and thinks there’s no better age to work with.)... Read More
by Wendy Logan Cuellar, MA.Ed., LPCSchool Counselor, Enka Middle School Growing up, my family didn't have a lot of money, but we always had food on the table and a consistent, stable home to live in. Unfortunately, as a school counselor for Enka Middle School, I see far too many students in my school and across Buncombe County who are not as fortunate. Straight-A Students with No Place to Sleep Recent reports indicate Buncombe County has over... Read More
Winter officially starts December 21, but here in WNC we have already experienced the first chills of the season. With The Old Farmer's Almanac predicting snow flurries as early as the end of October, NC 2-1-1 is organizing our resources to best serve callers affected by the cold. Programs we often refer callers to include winter clothing resources, or places that pay for or provide new or secondhand coats, gloves, hats, scarfs and other winter... Read More
Although he is originally from Pittsburgh, Andy Gmitter started his career as an AmeriCorps*VISTA at a nascent community health organization in Spartanburg, SC. There, he helped to develop the agency’s foundation before spending a year as VISTA Leader at United Way of the Piedmont. After leaving Spartanburg, he became Director of Training and Customer Success and then Head of Product, Get Connected for Galaxy Digital, a local web-development... Read More
Annie Burton is Executive Director of School and Community Engagement at the University of North Carolina Asheville. 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 is your background? "I grew up in Boston, attended Harvard University and spent 12 years working at... Read More
by David Presley Recently, a local branch of Wells Fargo had its employees participated in the Forever Friend Pet Toys portable project, a volunteer opportunity managed by Hands On Asheville-Buncombe. Hands On is the volunteer center of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. District Manager Crystol Jones had this to say, “Completing the portable project  is a great way to give back to the community while building a culture of team work.... Read More
We heard about, and wanted to share, this piece by Wayne Drummond, AIG Specialist at Black Mountain Elementary & Owen Middle. He shared this at the start of the school year, but the point is timeless. What Can I Do? Meet The Teacher or Open House events are upon us. Once again we teachers will roll out the red carpet and treat the parents of our pupils to an evening of Q & A. The first question is always: “How is my child doing?” Our... Read More
Audrey Johnson is an Employee Engagement Consultant at Mission Health. She also serves on the Executive Committee of Highlands Circle, a network of passionate young professionals looking to change the odds for families and Buncombe County communities through positive, lasting change. We get to know her a little better in this month's HC Spotlight. What is the last movie you watched? I’m not sure. I’ve been too involved in Shark Week and X-Files... Read More
On Friday, September 26, Buncombe County folks will be celebrating! The celebration is for our Culture of Health. Come to Kimmel Arena at UNC Asheville at 4 p.m. to not only celebrate, but learn more about what many individuals and groups are doing collectively to improve the health of all our residents. TO RSVP FOR THE CELEBRATION, VISIT BUNCOMBE COUNTY'S WEBSITE> Placing a Priority on Health The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture... Read More

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