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Board of Directors (2012-2013)

Name Board Title Primary Professional Affiliation
Larry Nestler President President Co-Director, Legal Aid of NC in Sylva
Joe Ferrara Vice-President CEO of Meridian Behavioral Health Services in Sylva
Sara Jane Melton Secretary Regional Ombudsmen of North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services
Julia Freeman Treasurer Director of REACH of Haywood County
Michael Bonfoey Board Member District Attorney in Prosecutorial District 30
Norma Brown Board Member Latino Outreach Coordinator of Emma Family Resource Center in Asheville NC
Amber Cloer Board Member Executive Director Hope for Families, Graham County
Ann Van Harlingen Board Member Director of REACH of Macon County
Kathleen Balogh Board Member Regional Director NC Council for Women, Asheville NC
Donna Lupton Board Member Social Work Program Administrator for the Department of Social Services, Haywood County

  • Ten Board Members are currently serving on the Board of Directors.
  • All Board Members contribute their time without financial compensation.
  • There are four quarterly board meetings held annually with 100% quorum in the past 12 months.
  • The length of the Board’s term of service is stipulated in the by-laws for one year with annual re-election at the February meeting.

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