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 68% 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.

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 24% since 2001, making it necessary to build new facilities and to renovate others to state-of-the-art condition.

Board of Directors

John Ellis

John Ellis

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

Chair

Mike Kryzanek

Mike Kryzanek

Appraiser, Province Valuation Group, Inc.

Vice Chair

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

Kay Crews

Kay Crews

Community Volunteer

 


 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Evans

Executive Director, Business Services
Interim Chief Financial Officer
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

Interim 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

Bob Roberts

Bob Roberts

Executive Vice President, First Citizens Bank

Robby Russell

Robby Russell

Market President, Wells Fargo

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

Nancy Thompson

Nancy Thompson

Owner, Thompson Properties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Ex-Officio Members:

 

Sue Olesiuk

Sue Olesiuk

Executive Director, Foundation; Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

 

 

 

Staff:

 

Susan Haldane

Susan Haldane

Special Events Coordinator, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Chris McGuire

Christopher McGuire

Administrative Assistant, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Mark Newman

Mark Newman

Alumni Relations and Resource Development Coordinator, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Pennington

Grants Writer, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

 

 

 

 

 


Traci Wright

Foundation Accountant Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

 

 

Scholarship Staff: 

Liz Atkinson

Liz Atkinson

Lavender Fund Advisor, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Leronica Casey

Leronica Casey

Resource Development Coordinator, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

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