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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 awarded 409 scholarships totaling over $480,000.  Other important support was provided for:  New OTA Faculty Salary, Hot Food Team Competition Support for our Culinary Arts Students, and our very crucial Student Emergency Fund. Thank you!

However, the need is still great. Over 72% of our students need some form of financial aid to complete their studies. The financial support from 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, we 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.

Please call 828-398-7177 to talk with a staff member about your interest in supporting "our community's college"--A-B Tech.  The ROI--Return on Investment--is very high!  Let's talk about how you can make a true difference for our community!


Special note to our donors and supporters:  you may expect to hear about the recipients in late June/early July!  Students have received notification from the Scholarship Coordinator and we're awaiting the list of those who have accepted the offer of a scholarship award.  Your support is appreciated and you can know that your scholarship will  make a difference--thank you!


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

2017 Board Chair

Young Office

Clean Environments

Mary Ann Rice

2017 Board Vice Chair

Senior Vice President, NC State Employees Credit Union


K. Ray Bailey

President Emeritus, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Joe Brumit

Brumit Restaurant Group

Sandra Byrd

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

Pat Carver

Area Executive, First Citizens Bank

Adam Charnack

Co-Owner, Hi Wire Brewing

Shea Cline

General Manager, Omni Grove Park Inn

Marcus Cox

Asheville Market President, Bank of America

John Ellis

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

Shelia Elingburg

Owner, Downing Place Management, LLC

Jack R. Ferguson

Retired, Lowe’s

Charles Frederick

Market President, Western North Carolina, TD Bank

Allan Gerson

Legal Studies Department Chair, South College

Tate Groome

Vice President, Colton Groome and Company

Darryl Hart

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

Richard B. Hurley

Retired, Square D Company

Dr. Dennis King

President, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Michael Kryzanek

Past Board Chair (2015)

Associate/Commercial Appraiser, CBRE Hotels

Province Valuation Group, Inc.

Thomas Maher

Pisgah Investments, LLC

Michael Meguiar

Asheville Plant Leader, GE Aviation

Anita Metcalf

Retired, A-B Tech Foundation

Bill Murdock

CEO, Eblen Charities

George Pfeiffer, Jr.

Vice-President, Insurance Service of Asheville

Lary Schulhof

Retired, Physician

O'Neal Shelton

Owner, Your Source

Steven W. Sizemore

Attorney, Northup, McConnell & Sizemore, PLLC

Ann Skoglund

Broker, Beverly-Hanks & Associates

Ray Spells (Alumnus of A-B Tech)

Retired, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo

Ron Storto

Vice President of Hospitality, Biltmore Farms

Jonathan Szucs

General Manager, Advanced Superbrasives, Inc

Patricia Wood

Vice President, Budweiser of Asheville, Inc.

Board Emeritus Members:


Kay Crews

Board Emeritus

Nancy B. Miller

Board Emeritus

College Advancement Staff:


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Amanda Edwards, CFRE

Executive Director









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Liz Atkinson

Lavender Fund Advisor

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Amanda Bryan

Development Specialist

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Patti Cameron

Volunteer Coordinator

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Gretchen Camp

Grant and Foundation Accountant

Susan Haldane

Susan Haldane

Development/Events Coordinator

Picture of Coryn HarrisCoryn Harris

Director, Resource Development

Scholarship Staff

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Leronica Casey

Scholarship Coordinator, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College