Welcome to the LE Class of 2016

Submitted by Elisabeth on Wed, 08/31/2016 - 3:44pm

Each year, we welcome a new group of people into the ranks of our United Way staff. The LEs (Loaned Executives) are full time, temporary staff who assist with our annual fundraising campaign in area workplaces. Since the program's inception there are more than 300 people that have served our community in this capacity and they all look at their experience as an important part of their life story.

Come meet the team at KICKOFF: Click here to reserve your space

Welcome to the LE Class of 2016

John-Peter Kokkinos
Division: Legal, Business and Consumer Services, Tourism  and Leisure

John-Peter Kokkinos is a new addition to Asheville-Buncombe County and is excited about strengthening the community bonds built by United Way. He has a liberal arts background with work experience in medical research and a passion for helping others.

Savanna Poole
Division: Health Care, Retail, Real Estate

Savanna Poole grew up in Western NC and graduated from Mars Hill University. Currently, she is seeking her Master's Degree in Public Administration from UNC Chapel Hill. She is excited to use her non-profit background to positively impact the community as a Loaned Executive at United Way.

Teddy Maclaurin
Division: Human Services, Media & Technology, Education

Teddy Maclaurin has a background in Education and the Arts. She is passionate about social justice and social change and hopes to use her time as a Loaned Executive to familiarize herself with the needs of the Asheville Buncombe County community at large.

Bob Wardwell
Division: Public Service

Bob is a retired Federal Government Employee with experience in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy and Management. He is excited about working with United Way in order to provide an opportunity for individuals and organizations interested in addressing social issues in our community to contribute, volunteer and advocate.  

Brian McGowan
Division: Health Care, Retail, Real Estate


Andy White
Division: Manufacturing

Andy White comes to United Way from the Health and Wellness industry. He's excited to use his experience and education to positively impact both those served by and those that serve with the United Way as partners and volunteers in Asheville and Buncombe County.

Morgan Padget
Division: Financial Services

Morgan Padget comes with a background in Administration at Wells Fargo the last six years. Since she’s new to the area, she’s looking forward to learning more about the community and building strong relationships here in Asheville.

Olive Wilbur
Division: Education

Before coming to United Way as a Loaned Executive, Olive Wilbur worked as an after school mentor with the YMCA of Western North Carolina, directing a school-based after school program in Buncombe County. She looks forward to positively impacting the community as a Loaned Executive, working on workplace campaigns in the local schools and several colleges in the area.