Boards & Commissions

Health & Human Services Board

Info About Members

  • 18 total
  • All appointed by the County Commissioners


3 & 4 years


This Board was created by NCGS 153A-77. “Except as otherwise provided by this section and subject to any limitations that may be imposed by the board of county commissioners under G.S. 153A-77, a consolidated health and human services board created pursuant to G.S. 153A-77(b) shall have the responsibility and authority to carry out the programs established in this Chapter in conformity with the rules and regulations of the Social Work Services Commission and under the supervision of the Department of Health & Human Services in the same manner as a county Social Work Services board.”


Professionals Required by Statute

Name Title Term
Dr. Candrice Thul Psychologist 3 years
Stephanie Kiser Pharmacist 4 years
Ken Putnam Engineer 4 Years
Ed Coryell Dentist 4 Years
Dr. Paul Endry Optometrist 3 years
Jennifer Wehe Social Worker 4 years
Winnie Ziegler Registered Nurse 3 years
Dr. David McClain Physician 3 years
Dr. Rick Weigel Psychiatrist 4 years
Dr. Richard Oliver Veterinarian 3 years
Miranda DeBruhl County Commissioner N/A

Public/Consumer Advocates/Representatives

Name Title Term
Bill McElrath, Emeritus County Liaison 3 years
Susanne Swanger, Vice Chair Associate Superintendent/BC Schools 3 years
Sonya Greck, Senior VP Behavioral Health & Safety Net Services – Mission Health  
Sharon West Veteran's Program Manager 4 years
Frank Castelblanco Director of Regional Services MAHEC 4 years
Rick Elingburg Employment Security Commission 3 years
Don Locke, Chair Retired Director Asheville Graduation Center 4 years
Terry VanDuyn Community Advisory Member 4 years

March 27, 2015 Meeting Documents

Archived Minutes

Economic and Work Support Strategies Committee

Meets monthly on the third Friday of every other month beginning in January at 8:30 a.m. at the County Administration Building, 200 College St., Asheville, NC 28801. (More Info)


  1. Provide input and recommendations to the Board regarding the administration of public assistance programming (Food Nutrition Services, Work First Family Assistance, Medicaid, Emergency Assistance, Child Support, etc.)
  2. Recommend strategies to enhance access to services
  3. Identify and recommend strategies to improve our community partnerships to increase access, streamline processes, education, etc.
  4. Advise the Board on identified strategies to expand services to meet the identified needs of the community
  5. Recommend enhanced education strategies to reach potential consumers of our various services and to inform the public at large, community leaders and community partners
  6. Ensure the Board has information to develop and/or advocate for work support strategies
  7. Serve as conduit to the HHS Board for budget, policy, fee setting and program recommendations.


Name Organization
Dana Harrell-Stansbury Land of Sky Council
Jim Barrett Pisgah Legal Services
Phil Monk Workforce Development Board
Sara Smith A-B Technical Community College
Crystal Miller Child Support Enforcement
Bill Murdock or Designee Eblen Foundation
Rick Elingburg Employment Security Commission
Josh Pierce Goodwill
Leigh Pettus Manna Foodbank
Miriam Schwarz Medical Society or MAHEC
Rachael Nygaard United Way of Asheville/Bunc. Co.
Scott Rogers or Designee ABCCM
Jeff Staudinger or Designee Asheville Regional Housing Consortium
Ben Watts Community Action Opportunities
Charles Schoenheit Western Highlands LME
Allison Jordan Children First/Communities in School
Josh O'Conner Buncombe County Planning Department
Sheila Hoyle South Western Child Care Development
Ron Bradford Smart Start of Buncombe County
Susan Grosvenor CCWNC
Becky Kessel Buncombe County HHS Parks & Recreation
Dawn Warren Buncombe County HHS Children's Services
Eddie Shook Buncombe County HHS Health
Patricia Wallin Buncombe County HHS Public Assistance
Micky Corn Buncombe County HHS Public Assistance
Marty Phillips Buncombe County HHS Public Assistance
Rob Morrell Buncombe County HHS HSPE

Other Boards & Committees

Asheville-Buncombe Drug Commission

Description: To provide forum for community leaders and stakeholders to identify and illuminate local issues regarding drug and alcohol abuse.

Downloads: P.A.G.E. 1 (Prevent, Act, Grow, Engage): Asheville-Buncombe Drug Commission Annual Report (PDF)

Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee

Description: Oversees the 10-Year Plan implementation process, which will end chronic homelessness and reduce all types of homelessness over the next decade by investing resources in a coordinated, sustained effort that addresses the underlying causes of homelessness. (More Info)

Meeting Date: 3rd Monday of every month


Hard to House Summit

Buncombe County hosted a Hard to House Summit on November 16, 2012, sponsored by the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee. Forty-two community stakeholders and leaders in housing from the community attended. The Hard to House population consists of chronically homeless persons, who typically suffer from mental illness and/or addiction and have failed in existing housing options. Participants reviewed the accomplishments to date and heard from State and National experts. The afternoon focused on a problem-solving discussion to identify possible next steps for our community. Conference handouts and presentations are posted here: