Community Action Opportunities
25 Gaston Street
Asheville, NC 28801
P 828.252.2495
F 828.253.6319

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Board of Directors

Like all CAAs, and as a requirement of our Community Service Block Grant funding, Community Action Opportunities has a unique tripartite board structure.

Our 21-member Board represents three distinct community elements:

  • one-third are democratically elected customer representatives, i.e., citizens who live on limited incomes,
  • one-third are local public officials or their designees, and
  • one third represent private sector functions such as business, education, non-profit, etc.

The Board composition also includes a minimum of one (1) Director from each of the following professions:

  • fiscal management and accounting,
  • early childhood education and development, and a
  • licensed attorney, familiar with issues that come before the governing body.

All Directors reside in either, Buncombe, Madison or McDowell County.

Ed Schell, Chair
Linda Brown, Vice-Chair, Planning & Programs
Max Haner, Vice-Chair, Finance
Willie Mae Brown, Secretary
Edgar Bryant
Bill Clark
Karen Cragnolin
FiFi DeGroot
Jane Hatley
Cheryl Lane
Vickie Lester
Laura Martin
Linda McDaniel
Boyd Phillips
Zia Rifkin
Elizabeth Russell
Britta Spencer
Tammy Stackable
Harriett Thomas
Sarah Thornburg
Ann Von Brock

Meeting Schedule

The public is welcome to attend the Board of Directors meetings, which are scheduled on the fourth Tuesday of every other month.  Contact Joyce Smith at (828) 252-2495 for more information.

When: February, April, June, August, October, (annual meeting) and December

12 Noon – Lunch Provided

Where: Training Room
25 Gaston Street
Asheville, NC 28801


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