Board Listing

Our Board of Directors represent parents, public agencies, private businesses, communities of faith, child care centers, educational institutions, civic organizations, and concerned citizens.

Former and current board members, along with community members, serve on Buncombe Partnership for Children's many committees.

Upcoming Meetings:

Board Meeting

October 18, 2017

12:00-1:30 PM

BPFC Training Room

Executive Committee:

November 29, 2017

12:30-2:00 PM

BPFC Training Room

2016-2017 Officers:

Nelle Gregory, Chair, Chair of Nominating Committee

  • I believe we should #InvestInKids because:  It is good for their health! Their brains depend on it.
  • Favorite activities:  Hiking, gardening, and yoga.
  • Favorite children’s book:  Oh the Places We Will Go!

Richard Caro, Vice-Chair, Chair of Allocations Committee, United Way of Asheville-Buncombe County

  • I believe we should #InvestInKids because:  Children deserve respect:  Our community is only as strong and healthy as the children in it.
  • Favorite activities:  Making quilts, cooking with all four burners, hiking off-trail and visiting big trees.                                       
  • Favorite children’s book:  Leo Lionni:  Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse.
Treasurer Loflin

Dr. William Gene Loflin, Treasurer, Chair of Finance and Audit Committee, AB Tech Community College

  • I believe we should #InvestInKids because:  Children are the only investment that is guaranteed to GROW!
  • Favorite activities:  Playing with the pups, hiking, and reading.
  • Favorite children’s book:  Butternut Bill and the Big Fish, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
BOD Member Stradley

Laurie Stradley, Vice-Chair, Chair of Community Engagement Committee, Mission Health

  • Favorite activities:  Playing in the yard with my family, reading historical fiction, and trying different Asheville restaurants with my husband.
  • I believe we should #InvestInKids because:  Every child should have the chance to live up to their potential.
  • Favorite children’s book:  Someday, by Alison McGhee.

2017-2018 Members at Large:

BOD Member Adwaters

Natasha Adwaters, Chair of Program Planning Committee, Children First / Communities In Schools

  • I believe we should #InvestinKids because they are deserving of every opportunity to reach their fullest potential and their success is ultimately an investment in our future.   
  • Favorite Activities: Enjoy spending time with family and friends, exploring Western North Carolina, reading, dancing and yoga.


    Favorite Children’s Book: Oh the Places You’ll Go!  by Dr. Seuss

Mary Arnold, Community Action Opportunities


Brandon Becker, Johnson Price Sprinkle PA

  • I believe we should #InvestInKids because: I think early childhood is the most important phase of human development, and return on investment in this stage has proven to be extremely high.
  • Favorite activities: Traveling, hiking, reading, playing sports
  • Favorite children’s book:  Phantom Tollbooth
BOD Member Calhoun

Deborah Calhoun, United Way of Asheville-Buncombe County

BOD Member Cash

Stephen Cash, Roberts and Stevens, PA

  • I believe we should #InvestInKids because:  By giving children resources they need to explore, learn, and flourish early in life, we are setting them – and society – up for success. Without that early investment, children don’t have the tools they need to be able to keep up with and be leaders in our rapidly changing world.
  • Favorite activities:  Seeing live music, tending to our small farm, and NASCAR.
  • Favorite children’s book:  Olivia, by Ian Falconer (2000).
Board Chair Eblen

Jennie Eblen, Co-Chair of NC-PreK Program, Eblen Short Stop Stores

  • I believe we should #InvestInKids because:  Children deserve the best opportunities!
  • Favorite activities:  Birding & nature, travel, and reading.
  • Favorite children’s book: Too many! Currently my grandchildren are having me read – The Doorbell Rang, by Pat Hutchins.

Jesse Figuera, Buncombe County Libraries

  • I believe we should #InvestinKidsbe cause: Investing in children is the most concrete way I know to show I care about the world    around me. It is always worth the effort.
  • Favorite activities: Reading, crafting, brainstorming
  • Favorite children's book: A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

Pastor Spencer Hardaway, Rock Hill Missionary Church

Phillip Hardin, Buncombe County HHS

  • Favorite activities: Walking dogs, working in yard, ASU Football games
  • I believe we should #Investinkids because: They are our future
  • Favorite Children’s Book: The Energy Bus for Kids by Jon Gordon

Allison Jordan, Children First / Communities In Schools

  • I believe we should #InvestInKids because:  We know from brain research that 80% of our brain develops by the time we are four. It is our moral responsibility to help all children reach their full potential.
  • Favorite activities:  Yoga, reading, and hanging out with loved ones.
  • Favorite children’s book: So many! Hardy Boys, Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, and Nancy Drew.
BOD Member Kubota

Emi Kubota, i play. Inc.

  • I believe we should #InvestInKids because:  The first three years of life create the foundation for a healthy, happy, and fulfilling life.  Investing in this foundation creates a virtuous cycle for a radiant future.
  • Favorite activities:  Snowboarding, yoga, and getting outside in the woods with friends and family.               
  • Favorite children’s book:  Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey.
BOD Member Meskil

Dawn Meskil, Asheville City Schools Preschool

  • I believe we should #InvestInKids because:  They deserve the best... and they are the future!
  • Favorite activities:  Hiking, time with family and friends, and reading.
  • Favorite children’s book:  The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.
BOD Member Panther

Maggie Panther, Children’s Developmental Services of WNC

  • I believe we should #InvestInKids because:  For each child, we only have one chance to get it right!
  • Favorite activities:  Reading science fiction, gardening, and spending time at home with my husband, 2 tiny dogs and 3 white cats.
  • Favorite children’s book:  Good Dog, Carl, by Alexandra Day.
BOD Member Sherburne

Missy Sherburne, Chair of Fund Development Committee,

  • I believe we should #InvestInKids because:  We can change the health and well-being of our communities and our country if we invest in our young children.
  • Favorite activities:  Swimming, yoga, and chasing after my boys.
  • Favorite children’s book: A tie between Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney and The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt.

Rosario Villarreal, Land of Sky Regional Council

  • I believe we should #investinkids because they deserve a chance in life. 
  • Favorite activities: hiking, walking 
  • Favorite children's book: The Jungle Book 

Michael Weizman, Our Family Doctor

  • I believe we should #Investinkids because children need to be our society's greatest investment. Just as it is critical when building a new house to get the framing and other infrastructure elements correct, it is critical to ensure that our children are nurtured physically and emotionally and "built" well, so that future generations will continue to evolve, succeed, and thrive in our ever-changing world.

  • Favorite children's book: Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
  • What do you like to do in your spare time? What spare time? If I get some, I like to hike, read, cook, travel, and spend time with my family.

BOD Member Wisler

Gwen Wisler, Asheville City Council

  • I believe we should #InvestInKids because:  They are the promise of our future.
  • Favorite activities:  Cycling, jogging, and lacemaking.
  • Favorite children’s book: A journal for them to write their own story.

Scott Workman, Asheville Savings Bank

  • I believe we should #InvestInKids because:  All children deserve an opportunity to develop their full potential.
  • Favorite activities:  Cycling, fishing, and spending time with family & friends outdoors in beautiful WNC.
  • Favorite children’s book: The Jesus Storybook Bible, by Sally Lloyd-Jones.

Carmen Ybarra, Dulce Sweet Kids

  • I believe we should #InvestInKids because:  We need to invest in children because we, as adults, have a responsibility to them, to our world, and to our future. We need to do what we can do today to share our own light and to nurture happy, healthy and successful children.
  • Favorite activities: Photography, writing, hiking with my dog, yoga, and working with children
  • Favorite children’s book: My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss