Board of Directors

2021 Executive Committee

  • Chair - Susanne Swanger, Buncombe County Schools
  • Chair-Elect - Himanshu Karvir, Virtelle Hospitality  
  • Vice-Chair - Heather Goldstein, The Van Winkle Law Firm
  • Treasurer - Cheryl Atkins, Mills Manufacturing Corporation
  • Secretary - Andy Gmitter
  • Past Chair - Jennie Eblen, Eblen Short Stop      Kit Cramer, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Director - JoAnn Yoder, Brumit Restaurant Group
  • President & CEO - Dan Leroy, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County

Standing Committee Chairs

  • Community School Strategic Leadership - Debra Campbell, City of Asheville
  • Equity Change Team - Angélica R. Wind
  • Finance & Operations - Robert McArthur, Asheville School
  • Resource Development - JoAnn Yoder, Brumit Restaurant Group


  • Amy Bibby, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
  • Shelia Christofalos, Edward Jones
  • Michael Cortes, TD Bank
  • Chip Craig, GreyBeard Realty
  • Kit Cramer, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Jamye Davis, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC
  • Dionne Greenlee-Jones, NCCARE360
  • Dr. William R. Hathaway, Mission Health
  • Melissa N. Hedt, Asheville City Schools
  • Chris Hoffman
  • Tyshaun Johnson, Asheville Parks and Recreation
  • Kevin McDonald, Eaton
  • Zo Mpofu
  • Emma Olson, NC Center for Health and Wellness
  • Ann Ray 
  • Ashley Smith, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
  • Julie Smith, Beverly-Hanks & Associates
  • John Sutton, The Sutton Firm PA
  • Jason Walls, Duke Energy Progress
  • Glenn Wilcox, Wilcox World Travel and Tours/Tower Associates, Inc.

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