Board of Directors

2019 Executive Committee

  • Chair - Paul McDowell, Mission Health
  • Chair-Elect -  Susanne Swanger, Buncombe County Schools 
  • Treasurer - Cheryl Atkins, Mills Manufacturing Corporation
  • Secretary - Jennie Eblen, Eblen Short Stop
  • Past Chair - Kit Cramer, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Director - Lakesha McDay, Dogwood Health Trust
  • Director - Heather Goldstein, The Van Winkle Law Firm
  • Director - JoAnn Yoder, Brumit Restaurant Group
  • President & CEO - Dan Leroy, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County

Standing Committee Chairs

  • Annual Campaign- JoAnn Yoder, Brumit Restaurant Group
  • Community Investment - Jennie Eblen, Eblen Short Stop
  • Finance/Operations - Cheryl Atkins, Mills Manufacturing Corporation 
  • Nominating/Governance - Paul McDowell, Mission Health
  • Resource Development- JoAnn Yoder, Brumit Restaurant Group
  • Strategic Planning - Susanne Swanger, Buncombe County Schools 
  • Member Emeritus - Glenn Wilcox, Wilcox World Travel and Tours/Tower Associates, Inc.
  • At-Large Member - Suzanne DeFerie, First Bank, Dr. Leon Elliston, Allergy Partners of WNC, Taylor Foss
  • Ex Officio Member - Jamye Davis, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC 


  • Derek Allen, Ward and Smith, P.A.
  • Amy Barry, Buncombe Partnership for Children
  • Amy Bibby, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
  • Debra Campbell, City of Asheville
  • Shelia Christofalos, Edward Jones
  • Michael Cortes, TD Bank
  • Chip Craig, GreyBeard Realty
  • Norma Duran Brown, Buncombe County Schools 
  • Andy Gmitter, Galaxy Digital
  • Chris Hoffman, Asheville Radio Group
  • Laurel Jernigan
  • Himanshu Karvir, Virtelle Hospitality
  • Dave Mannebach, Eaton
  • Robert McArthur, Asheville School
  • Rasheeda McDaniels, Buncombe County Health and Human Services
  • Kevin McDonald, Eaton
  • LaVie Montgomery, AB Tech
  • Emma Olson, NC Center for Health and Wellness
  • Ann Ray, Mission Health 
  • Ashley Smith, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
  • Julie Smith, Beverly-Hanks & Associates
  • John Sutton, The Sutton Firm PA
  • Ben Teague, Biltmore Farms 
  • Jason Walls, Duke Energy Progress
  • Dr. Darin Waters, UNC Asheville

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