A-B Tech Foundation

The A-B Tech Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible as allowed by law. The Foundation has assets totaling over $7.5 million. This past year we awared 378 scholarships totaling over $480,000.

However, the need is still great. Over 72% of our students need some form of financial aid to complete their studies. The financial support of our Alumni, friends of the college, and the business community is vital to help these individuals earn a credential that can transform not only their lives, but also the lives of their families and our communities.

On behalf of our students, faculty and staff, I want to thank you and honor all of you who so generously give to provide the critical financial support which we need annually to support A-B Tech.

 

Mission

The mission of the Foundation is to support Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in all of its programs and activities to ensure that quality educational opportunities are available to its students, faculty and staff.

Goals

  1. Scholarships: Tuition has increased steadily over the past five years, making the need for financial assistance greater.
  2. Technology: Students, faculty and staff must have access to the industry standard technology and equipment to continue providing quality training.
  3. Professional Development: Professional development activities enhance our instructors’ teaching skills by providing current information on industry trends.
  4. Renovation and Expansion: Our curriculum enrollment has increased 46.3% since 2001, making it necessary to build new facilities and to renovate others to state-of-the-art condition.

Board of Directors

The Foundation's Board of Directors looks forward to six new members joining the Board in 2015.

John Ellis

John Ellis

President, Novus, Bowers, Ellis & Watson Architects, P.A.

Past Chair

Mike Kryzanek

Michael Kryzanek

Associate/Commercial Appraiser

PKF Consulting USA

Province Valuation Group, Inc.

Chair 2015

K. Ray Bailey

K. Ray Bailey

President Emeritus, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Joe Brumit

Joe Brumit

Brumit Restaurant Group

Tracy Buchanan

Tracy Buchanan

Chief Executive Officer, CarePartners

Sandra Byrd

Sandra Byrd

Former Assistant Provost for Graduate & Continuing Education, UNC-Asheville

 

Rhonda Devan

Vice President, Business and Finance,
Chief Financial Officer, A-B Tech
Treasurer of the Foundation

Jack R. Ferguson

Jack R. Ferguson

Retired, Lowe’s

Charles Frederick, TD Bank

Charles Frederick

Market President, Western North Carolina, TD Bank

Darryl Hart

Darryl Hart

Vice President/General Manager, Hart Funeral Service, Inc.

Richard B. Hurley

Richard B. Hurley

Retired, Square D Company

Dennis King

Dr. Dennis King

President, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Thomas Maher

Thomas Maher

Pisgah Investments, LLC

John Oswald

John Oswald

President/CEO, Mills Manufacturing

Mary Ann Rice

Senior Vice President, NC State Employees Credit Union

Dr. Lary Schulhof

Lary Schulhof

Physician

Steve Sizemore

Steven W. Sizemore

Attorney, Morthup, McConnell & Sizemore, PLLC

Ann Skogland

Ann Skoglund

Broker, Beverly-Hanks & Associates

Ray Spells

Ray Spells (Alumnus of A-B Tech)

Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo

 Jason Walls

Jason Walls

District Manager, Duke Energy

John Winkenwerder

John Winkenwerder

Owner, Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites of Asheville

Patricia Wood

Patricia Wood

Vice President, Budweiser of Asheville, Inc.

David Wyatt

David Wyatt

Retired Superintendent, Madison County Schools

Chris Young

Chris Young

Vice President, Clean Environments

Vice Chair 2015

Ex-Officio Members:

 

Sue Olesiuk

Sue Olesiuk

Executive Director, College Advancement; Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

College Advancement Staff

 

 

Jeralie Andrews

Coordinator of Volunteer, Intern, and Alumni Services

Susan Haldane

Susan Haldane

Development/Special Events Coordinator

Chris McGuire

Chris McGuire

Development Specialist

Laura Pennington

Resource Development Coordinator

Liz Atkinson

Liz Atkinson

Lavender Fund Advisor, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Scholarship Staff
 

Leronica Casey

Leronica Casey

Scholarship Coordinator, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College