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.


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.


  1. Scholarships: Tuition has increased steadily over the past 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.  With state budget cuts, contributions are important to support this annual need.
  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.
  5. New needs:  The College experiences unexpected needs for which your contributions to "area of greatest need" gives the Foundation to be there to meet these new needs.

Board of Directors

Chris Young

Chris Young

2015 Board Chair

Young Office

Clean Environments

Mary Ann Rice

2015 Board Vice Chair

Senior Vice President, NC State Employees Credit Union


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

Pat Carver

Area Executive, First Citizens Bank


Adam Charnack

Adam Charnack

Co-Owner, Hi Wire Brewing

She Cline

Shea Cline

General Manager, Omni Grove Park Inn

Marcus Cox

Asheville Market President, Bank of America

John Ellis

John Ellis

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

Jack R. Ferguson

Jack R. Ferguson

Retired, Lowe’s

Charles Frederick, TD Bank

Charles Frederick

Market President, Western North Carolina, TD Bank

Allan Gerson

Retired, Palm Beach State College

Tate Groome

Tate Groome

Vice President, Colton Groome and Company

Darryl Hart

Darryl Hart

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

Richard B. Hurley

Richard B. Hurley

Retired, Square D Company

Anthony Johnson

Aspen Realty Advisors

Dennis King

Dr. Dennis King

President, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College




Mike Kryzanek

Michael Kryzanek

Past Board Chair (2015)

Associate/Commercial Appraiser, CBRE Hotels

Province Valuation Group, Inc.

Thomas Maher

Thomas Maher

Pisgah Investments, LLC


Michael Meguiar

Asheville Plant Leader, GE Aviation


Bill Murdock

CEO, Eblen Charities

John Oswald

John Oswald

President/CEO, Mills Manufacturing

Ray Rapp

Retired, Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies, Mars Hill University

Dr. Lary Schulhof

Lary Schulhof

Retired, Physician

O'Neal Shelton

Owner, Your Source

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)

Retired, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo

Ron Storto

Vice President of Hospitality, Biltmore Farms


Patricia Wood

Patricia Wood

Vice President, Budweiser of Asheville, Inc.

Ex-Officio Members:


Sue Olesiuk

Sue Olesiuk

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









College Advancement Staff


Liz Atkinson

Liz Atkinson

Lavender Fund Advisor

Amanda Bryan

Development Specialist


Patti Cameron

Volunteer Coordinator

Kristabell Certain

Grants and Foundation Accountant

Susan Haldane

Susan Haldane

Development/Special Events Coordinator

Laura Pennington

Director, Resource Development

Scholarship Staff

Leronica Casey

Leronica Casey

Scholarship Coordinator, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College