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.
Honorable Norris Gentry
Chief Elected Official
Chair, Madison County Board of Commissioners
Terry Bellamy
Director, Madison County Community & Economic Development
Madison County
Dr. Brian Weaver
Senior Director for Human Resources
Transylvania County Schools
Rick Elingburg
DWS-Hosted NCWorks Career Center - Asheville & Buncombe County
Dr. Laura Leatherwood
Blue Ridge Community College
Dr. Dennis King
AB Tech Community College
Autumn Weil
Blue Ridge Literacy Council
Becky Alderman
Chief Operations Officer
Transylvania Vocational Services, Inc.
Kristie Reisig
Assistant Director of Training and Employment, Veteran Services of the Carolinas
Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry
April Brown
Economic Development Project Manager
Asheville Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development Coalition of Asheville - Buncombe
Tony Reid
Unit Manager
NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Sarah Hall
Human Resources Director
GE Aviation
Daniel Hein
Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Director
Pardee UNC Health Care
Dr. Abraham Pallas, Chair
Owner and Manager
The Bromfield Inn
Sam Hutchins
Member Services Manager
Jonathan Szucs
General Manager
Dr. Will Hoffman
Lisa Richmond
Human Resources Leader
Beth McCann
Human Resources Business Partner
Tommasanne Davis
Director of Talen Acquisition and Career Exploration
Trudy Logan
Economic Development Director
Eric Oelschlaeger, Vice Chair
Jason Simmons
Labor Representative
Scott McLean
Director of Talent Management
Graham Fields
Assistant to the President
Peter Cook
Tony Carter
Director of Sales
Bryan Dover
Human Resources Manager

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