I am a 3rd generation native of Asheville, with a deep love for my city and the tenacity to influence positive changes for disenfranchised communities. I am passionate about strengthening and empowering the marginalized communities of Asheville and Buncombe County. I am currently the Marketing and Administrative Associate for Self-Help Credit Union, where I have developed several community development programs: Wealth building, Faithful communities, and Successful Transitions. I worked as the Water Quality Educator and Community Engagement Coordinator at Asheville GreenWorks for 4yrs prior to my current job. During my time at Asheville GreenWorks, I developed and managed the Youth Environmental Leadership Program, which is a paid internship for marginalized youth. YELP in its 4th year and had grown from a 5 intern summer program to a 20 intern year around program. I was a major advocate for recycling access for low income communities which resulted in the implementation of recycling in 5 public housing developments within the city. I am the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for Green Opportunities, the Co- founder of Positive Changes Youth Ministries, a member of the COA’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, New Economies Coalition, a member of the Board of Directors for the YMI Cultural Center, and NAACP. I was also the Chair of the COA’s Blue Ribbon Committee that was tasked with the development of the Human Relations Commission.
My vision for Asheville is for this city to become a model for the nation of what “Equity and Inclusion” more specifically “Racial Equity and Inclusion” looks like in every category. A city that lives the definition “A state in which all people in a given society share equal rights and opportunities”, “Inclusion: Authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that shares Power”. The ABCLT is a step in the right direction and I am committed to seeing the vision realized.
This board appointment will enable me to further my work with marginalized communities to address the affordable housing issues that is quickly gentrifying POC out of the city. It will also allow me to strengthen existing relationships and develop new ones to support the vision of the ABCLT. In this position I will be gaining new skills while expanding on existing ones to further empower community. I will be able to continue to work with community on wealth building through housing and improved living standards. All of this goes to helping me to achieve my long-term goal of “Having a positive Impact on a million lives, plus”.
Ms. Kyles is the mother of an eight year old daughter. Libby graduated from Western Carolina University in 2000 and received her bachelors degree in Elementary Education with a minor in psychology. Receiving her National Board Certification in 2011, she graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2013 with a masters degree in Educational Leadership. In August 2014 she became a founding member of YTL Training Programs, Youth Transformed for Life, an organization that has provided summer programming for 12-19 year olds for the past 5 years, after school programming for Middle and high school students for the past two years and began summer programming for girls ages 8-12 this year. Ms Kyles has also been a teacher in Asheville City Schools for the past 14 years.
Rosanna Mulcahy currently works for the City of Asheville as the Asheville Business Inclusion Manager. Before The City of Asheville, Rosanna worked at Mountain BizWorks, a CDFI, as a lender and the Latino Program Coordinator. Additionally, for about nine years, Rosanna worked as an Auditor for Buncombe County’s Department of Health and Human Services. She was also a small business owner. Rosanna Holds a BA in Business and an MBA earned at Montreat College, and she is currently working on her dissertation for her Ph.D. in Human Services.
Born in Lumberton, North Carolina, Bettie has lived in Asheville since the age of 3. She lived in public housing, Lee Walker Heights, attended Livingston Street Elementary School which is now the Eddington Center and Hill Street Middle School, which is now Isaac Dickson. She graduated from South French Broad High School which is at the site of, now, Asheville Middle School. She attended Mars Hill College. She obtained her degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Library Science. She worked as a teacher assistant for four years at Claxton Elementary School. Upon graduation, she immediately got a job at Johnston Elementary School, in the Buncombe County School System. Her tenure at Johnston lasted almost 30 years. She retired in 2000. She is an adjunct instructor at AB Tech.
After learning of the “State” of Black Asheville, attending Building Bridges and attending and becoming involved in bringing the Racial Equity Institute to Asheville, she has developed a deep passion for creating EQUITY in Asheville-Buncombe County and beyond.
Bettie is a visionary, inventor, serial entrepreneur, event planner, graphic designer, website developer, organized, strategic and is meticulous in everything engaged in providing businesses, initiatives and opportunities that will benefit the African American community.
Born and raised in Asheville NC.Graduate of Asheville High School,attended UNCA Asheville.
Employed by Change Healthcare -Pharmacy Enrollment Representative
President of EastEnd Valley Street Neighborhood Association.
City of Asheviile Volunteer of the year 2018
1st Vice Chair of Precinct 1
President of St.James AME Lay Organization.
Steward Board member of St.James AME Church.
Member of Women for Change with Change Healthcare
Former Faith Ambassador Consultant for Democracy NC
Former 2nd Vice Chair for the Democratic Party
Voter registration education Coordinator
Former Western NC District Coordinator Lay Organization
Board member of the Rosa Walker Educational Initiative
Former member of the Stephen’s Lee Advisory Board.
Board Member Asheville Buncombe Community Land Trust
Nicole graduated with a BA in an Art Therapy concentration in 2004 from Eckerd College. Since 2004 Nicole has worked in the nonprofit sector initially within organizations supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. From 2004-2010 Nicole held positions such as Art Teacher, Comprehensive Education Teacher, Community Services Coordinator, and Executive Director. Since 2010 the focus of Nicole’s nonprofit work has shifted toward working with women and families experiencing economic inequities. From 2010 to the present Nicole has held the position of Program Director for two organizations working primarily to support and enact individual, community based, and systems wide change and growth in the realms of health, food security, economic development, housing, and the justice system. Currently Nicole is serving as Program Director for Bountiful Cities, Asheville and Buncombe County’s urban agriculture resource organization.
David is a native of Waynesville, NC and currently works as an Attorney for Pisgah Legal Services. Before returning home to WNC, he worked with the Georgia Legal Services Program and Atlanta Legal Aid. David’s work focuses on housing law, administrative law, and community economic development. David has a Juris Doctorate, graduating Cum Laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he served as Executive Director of the UGA Law Public Interest Conference and clerked for the Honorable Steve C. Jones. David was appointed to the Citizens Transit Board in Richmond County and was a member of the Georgia Prison Re-Entry Initiative. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Western Carolina University and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Georgia Institute for Nonprofit Organizations.
Sasha Vrtunski is an Urban Planner with the City of Asheville. In her position she works in both long range and current planning and serves on the city owned property team. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she has lived in West Asheville for 19 years with her husband. They have a son who is currently at Asheville High.
Terry Bellamy is a native of Asheville, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and received a Master of Arts degree in Public Affairs from Western Carolina University and is currently working on her Doctorate in Education Leadership there.
Terry Bellamy has a wealth of experience in workforce development, business recruitment and retention, infrastructure planning, affordable housing, and community and regional collaboration. She currently serves as Madison County’s new Director of Community and Economic Development. Mrs. Bellamy also serves as the Administrative Coordinator for the E. W. Pearson Project Collaborative. The E. W. Pearson Project Collaborative is a multi-generational network of Asheville’s African American Neighborhoods that have come together to address issues within their communities – collectively.
During her time as Councilmember, Vice-Mayor, and then Mayor, for the City of Asheville, Mrs. Bellamy served as a member of the Land of Sky Regional Council, and was actively involved in various regional issues pertaining to planning and economic development in Western North Carolina. As Mayor, Terry she worked collaboratively with the Asheville-Buncombe Economic Development Coalition to recruit manufacturing companies to the region. At AB-Tech, Terry led Buncombe County’s efforts to become an ACT certified Work Ready Community, and assisted with community outreach and marketing of the National Career Readiness Certificate program to Buncombe County businesses. Terry has served as Marketing Director for Mountain Housing Opportunities and as the Director of Communication for the Asheville Housing Authority, and has a strong awareness of the challenges our region faces with affordable housing and the available resources to aid in solutions to those challenges.
Additionally, she is married to Lamont Bellamy, and is mother to two amazing students, Seth and Imani.
Catherine Mitchell is the Executive Director at River Front Development Group, a North Carolina tax-exempt Community Development Corporation with responsibility for day-to-day operations. She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a B.S. Degree and Rutgers University School of Law with a Juris Doctor Degree. She has also served as a Rutgers Law School – Visiting Professor of Law in Urban Legal Practice.
She formulates strategies and initiatives for River Front including facilitating stakeholder relations, project development, working with government, agencies and community. A primary function of her job is to lead teams and collaborations as part of interdisciplinary groups to devise and execute strategies that result in favorable outcomes in heritage tourism, affordable housing, nonprofit business services, community resources and youth development.
She and her husband are former operators of the Asheville – Mountain Smokehouse Restaurant and Music Hall, specializing in BBQ, Bluegrass Music, and Clogging. The restaurant was featured on the TV show “The Food Network” and “Our State” the Tourism Magazine.
She lives in Asheville with husband Marcell Proctor, an Asheville native.
Kieran has lived in Asheville and been executive director of the nonprofit Hendersonville-based conservation organization Conserving Carolina, and its predecessor the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC), since 1999. As the CMLC’s first full-time staff person, Kieran helped grow the organization into a strong force for conservation in the region, one which prior to its consolidation with Pacolet Area Conservancy in July 2017 had protected over 34,000 acres in Henderson, Transylvania and parts of neighboring counties and had partnered with public agencies to create and expand places such as DuPont State Recreational Forest, Chimney Rock State Park and Pisgah National Forest. Kieran has a BA in Anthropology and MLS in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. He serves on the board of the Transylvania County Community Land Trust, the Mills River Partnership and the Buncombe County Land Conservation Advisory Board. He is also leading a partnership with the nonprofit Housing Assistance Corporation to create a conservation-friendly 40-unit workforce housing development in Polk County adjacent to a 300-acre nature park.
Born in Smithfield, NC, Ms. Wilder was the first African-American Child born in the Johnston County Hospital System.
Education: The District of Columbia, and Asheville City School Systems. Attended UNC-Asheville
Family: Three Daughters, One Granddaughter, two Grandsons, Two Great-grand sons, Zion and Carson. One Great-Granddaughter, Sanai
Service in the AME Zion Church:
Assistant Church Secretary
Sunday School Teacher
District Director-Christian Education
Board Chair-Blue Ridge Christian Education
Blue Ridge Conference Board of Examiners Member
Pastor of Mt Zion-Cullowhee for ten years, where she helped develop, and is listed as a Founder of the DIVAS for Jesus, and GQ Ministry of Western Carolina University.
April 2003: Recipient of the Western Carolina University’s Service Award for outstanding service, dedication and commitment to Africa America Students.
To date, Pastor Wilder has been the only Non-Faculty/Staff, Non-Student to ever receive this award.
Member and Officer: Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance
Currently serving as Pastor of Varick Chapel AME Zion Church Asheville