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The Mountain Area Workforce Development Board (MAWDB) is created through federal legislation and serves Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties. Over 50% of the Board’s membership is comprised of representatives from private industry. The remaining members represent Economic Development Agencies, Education, Community Based Organizations, Organized Labor and Local Government.

Our budget approaches $2 million annually and we allocate those funds for skill training in the four-county area. All services provided through the NCWorks Career Centers are free of charge unless otherwise noted.


  • Develops a single, comprehensive strategic plan for the four-county area by identifying workforce development issues and the needs of local businesses.
  • Continually evaluates and assesses workforce needs and assures quality programs to meet those needs.
  • Promotes partnerships and maintains active involvement with business, industry and education.
  • The Workforce Development Board allocates funds for NCWorks Career Center operations and a number of job training programs.
  • Selects operators of the NC Works Career Centers and oversees the operation of centers in each county.
  • Advises elected bodies and other interested organizations on workforce development issues upon request.


  • Every individual deserves an opportunity to develop their skills and earn a living wage with benefits.
  • People can successfully be engaged in and advance in the workforce if provided the necessary encouragement, training and support.
  • The Local Area economy depends on having a skilled, diverse, motivated and adaptable workforce.
  • Partnerships and collaborations among government, business, and community-based stakeholders are essential for building and sustaining an effective Workforce Development System.
  • The Workforce Development System must be held accountable and measurement of its overall performance made public.


To provide employers and job seekers a fully integrated system of employment, education, and training services for the purpose of developing the economic strength and global competitiveness of this area.
Graham Fields, Chair
Assistant to the President
Advent Health Hendersonville
Sissy Rogers
VP Human Resources
SELEE Corporation
Bryan Dover
Human Resources Manager
Silver-Line Plastics Corporation
Peter Cook
New Peco, Incorporated
Michael Horvath
Administrative Support
Asheville Hotel Group, LLC
Anna Davis
Human Resources Manager
Omni Grove Park
Steve Newman
Director of Sales and Marketing
IMS Solutions Group, LLC
Tara McCracken
Talent Acquisition Manager
Krista Flores
Employee Human Resources Manager, Rotating Parts
GE Aviation
Sam Hutchins
Member Services Manager
French Board Electric Member Corporation
Travis Fowler
First Victory Inc.
Marsha Justice
Human Resources Business Partner
Dr. John Bryant
VP for Workforce Development & Community Affairs
Pardee UNC Health Care
Dr. Will Hoffman
Madison County Schools
Richard Sluder
Labor Representative
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers #238
Trudy Logan
Economic Development Director
Community Action Opportunities
Eric Watts
HVRP/TEP Case Manager
Robin Paulison
Director Adult Education and Literacy
Blue Ridge Community College
Dr. Laura Leatherwood
Blue Ridge Community College
Dr. John Gossett
AB Tech Community College
Ross Young
Madison County Cooperative Extension
Arleca Chapman Diehl
Transylvania Vocational Services, Inc.
Tony Reid
Unit Manager
NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Samantha Cole
Workforce Partnership Manager
Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
Rodney Embler
DWS-Hosted NCWorks Career Center - Asheville & Buncombe County
Dr. Brian Weaver
Assistant Superintendent
Transylvania County Schools

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339 New Leicester Hwy, Suite 140 Asheville, North Carolina 28806-2088