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Leslie Anderson

Leslie AndersonLeslie Anderson is principal of Leslie Anderson Consulting, an organizational development and support firm serving the public, nonprofit and private sectors since 1995. Prior to that time, Anderson served in multiple leadership positions with government and nonprofit organizations. In all of these roles, she helped oversee board development and other leadership-related work.

Dr. Daniel Barron

Dr. Daniel BarronDan Barron is a seventh generation mountaineer who spent 30 years as Professor and Director of the School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina, returned home and now is the Director of the AMY Regional Library. He is a successful grantwriter, member of several nonprofit boards, and Coordinator of the Cooperative Collection of the Foundation Center which serves AveryMitchell, Yancey and surrounding counties located in the Spruce Pine Library.

Sarah Benoit

Sarah BenoitSarah Benoit is owner of Creative Original Online Marketing and Director of SEO and Training at JB Media Group, LLC in downtown Asheville. Ms. Benoit began teaching Internet marketing seminars in 2006 and continues to develop classes on topics such as keyword research and analysis, web audio and video, Internet marketing, referral marketing, web site analytics, writing for the web, social media and more for both advanced and beginner students. Ms. Benoit plays an active role in Asheville's vibrant local business community and is especially dedicated to helping business owners, organizations, marketing professionals and entrepreneurs understand the role of web sites and the Internet in business, marketing, sales, and communications.

Mary Ellen Boelhower

Mary Ellen BoelhowerMary Ellen Boelhower is director of development for the Bryan School of Business and Economics at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a position she has held for six years. She led the Bryan School’s efforts in UNCG’s Students First Campaign, surpassing th$10M campaign goal by over $3M. Prior to joining UNCG, she wadirector of stewardship at the University of New Hampshire and director of research and education for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. An avid hiker, Mary Ellen loves the North Carolina mountains!

Linda Carter

Linda CarterLinda Carter has more than 20 years of experience in alumni relationsat academic institutions and is now the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations and Executive Director of the UNCG Alumni Association at UNCG, where she previously served as director of development for the UNCG School of Nursing. She has also worked in benefactor relations at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and in alumni relations at MIT and the University of Chicago.

Laura A. Collins

Laura A. CollinsLaura A. Collins is a Tax Senior Manager in KPMG's Southeast Exempt Organization Tax Practice and has exclusively served tax-exempt clients since the early 1990's. Laura joined KPMG in October 1998 from another Big 4 firm. She has assisted clients in IRS Coordinated Examination Program Audits and has participated in the negotiation, appeals and resolution process. Additionally, he has authored numerous exemption applications, reclassification requests, and private letter rulings, two of which have been published by the IRS. Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Salem College. Prior to entering the tax exempt field, Laura worked as a corporate lending officer. In search of a new challenge, Laura entered the field of Taxation by earning a MSA degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and her CPA. She has also taught in the Duke Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management. Laura's parents live in Spruce Pine, thus creating a very special connection for her to Mitchell County and the surrounding area.

Georgann Eubanks

Leslie AndersonGeorgann Eubanks is a writer and communications consultant with more than 25 years of progressive experience in the nonprofit sector, particularly in higher education and the arts. She has been involved in market assessment, strategic planning, case writing, and communications planning for organizations ranging from DuUnlimited International to Duke University. She is also an independent producer of documentaries for public television and the author of Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains, published by UNC Press.

Chuck Fink

Chuck FinkChuck Fink moved to Asheville from Cincinnati in 2008. He has helped countless organizations achieve their goals for more than 25 years. His expertise includes: Management and Supervisory Training, Leadership Skills Training, Organization Development, Board Development, and Executive Coaching. Through his work with the consulting firm Ascent Leadership, Fink continues to facilitate training, retreats, small groups, and strategic planning for corporate, nonprofit, and government clients. He also has recently taught for the NC Center for Creative Retirement. Fink is a published author who has been featured in the HR Journal, Training Magazine, The Business Courier, and The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Althea Gonzalez

Althea GonzalezAlthea Gonzalez is a dynamic workshop facilitator and presenter specializing in public speaking. She has conducted training for numerous organizations including Mission Hospitals, MAHEC, the Buncombe County Women’s Commission, and the Buncombe County Library System. She is past president of the Blue Ridge Toastmasters, the 2002 Asheville Area International Speech contest winner, and the champion of the 2006 North Carolina District Evaluation contest.

Clare Jordan

Clare JordanClare Jordan is Marketing Director at Capital Development Services. As a student at NCSU she founded the first Habitat for Humanity chapter on campus. Her first fundraising job was as the first Director of Development for Appalachian State University’s Belk Library. Then, she was the Marketing Director of three North Carolina retirement communities over 12 years. In 2008 she was named to the Triad Business Journal’s list of “40 Leaders Under 40.”

Tracy Kunkler

Tracy KunklerTracy Kunkler, MSW, is the Director of Grant Services at Sims & Steele Consulting, a multi-state fundraising and planning firm based in Asheville. She comes with several years experience consulting as a grant writer with small to mid-sized non-profits and 20 years of non-profit experience in program and grants management, fundraising, volunteer management, community organizing, and outcomes-based evaluation.

Greg Ledford

Greg LedfordGreg Ledford has over 20 years of experience with technology and has been teaching computer software education at Mayland Community College for 17 years.




Beth Maczda

Beth MaczdaBeth Maczda is the Executive Director of the YWCA of Asheville. She has served as an attorney with Pisgah Legal Services in Asheville, as Executive Director of the Affordable Housing Coalition of Asheville and Buncombe County, as the Western Branch Director of the Self-Help Credit Union, and as a Program Officer with the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. A recipient of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, Beth traveled extensively in India to study women's religious communities.

Kim McGuire

Kim McGuireKim McGuire serves as WNC Nonprofit Pathways’ Director. McGuire supervised grantmaking at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina from 1991-2002 and has over 20 years of experience in both staff and volunteer leadership roles within the nonprofit sector. She can be contacted via email: mcguire@nonprofitpathways.org.


David Pike

David PikeDavid Pike’s career includes teaching positions at the University of Florida and the University of Tennessee. He taught courses in the College of Engineering and the Business College. He has a PhD degree in engineering from the University of Florida. He has previously taught Excel at Mayland Community College. He retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2002 and moved to Mitchell County. In 2004, he assumed the position of Executive Director of SafePlace of Spruce Pine, NC. In seeking this position, he was looking for an opportunity to utilize his management experience in the benefit of the community. He retired from SafePlace in December of 2011 and now divides his time between Mitchell County and South Carolina.

Michelle Schneider

Michelle SchneiderMichelle Schneider is Senior Counsel at Capital Development Services. She has successfully raised funds for a range of nonprofits including United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and UNCG, where she was manager of a campaign for $100 million.



Beth Trigg

Beth TriggBeth Trigg, of Taproot Consulting, has 15 years experience in annual campaign fundraising, major gifts, and fund development. She is a former Instructor (2005-2008) for Duke University's Nonprofit Management Program "Creating a Development Plan," facilitator and instructor of numerous workshops on nonprofit financial sustainability, fundraising strategies, and development planning for western North Carolina nonprofit organizations, and has had proven results raising money for organizations with annual budgets ranging from less than $50,000 to $1.6 million. She can be contacted via email: beth.trigg@gmail.com.

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