About Us

Staff & Board

We work together for the greater good of our local economy.

The only way to do great things every day is with great people who truly enjoy their job, so we make sure to only hire the best.

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Amy Allison, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Amy Allison

MADE X MTNS Program Director


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Brad Bassinger, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Brad Bassinger

Interim Chief Financial Officer


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Faith Bieschke, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Faith Bieschke

Administrative Assistant


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Kareen Boncales, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Kareen Boncales

Director of Entrepreneurship


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Joanna Brown, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Joanna Brown

MADE x MTNS Brand & Communications Manager


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Elena Chu, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Elena Chu

Small Business Lender


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Jenny Forero, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Jenny Forero

Latino Entrepreneurship Program Manager


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Kelly Foster, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Kelly Foster

Asset Quality Manager


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Yaselin Gonzalez, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Yaselin Gonzalez

Small Business Lender


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Chris Grasinger, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Chris Grasinger

High Country Regional Manager


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Ralph Griffith, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Ralph Griffith

Learning Design & Development Specialist


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Nubia Guido, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Nubia Guido

Catalyst Small Business Lender


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Jamie Karolich, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Jamie Karolich

Craft Your Commerce Program Manager


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Jill Kichefski, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Jill Kichefski

Business Coaching Manager


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Michael Lane, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Michael Lane

Director of Lending


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Christine Laucher, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Christine Laucher

Southwestern Regional Manager


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Sybriea Lundy, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Sybriea Lundy

Lending Services Associate


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Christopher Murrey, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Christopher Murrey

Chief Credit Officer


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Lydia Neilsen, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Lydia Neilsen

Portfolio Manager


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Matt Raker, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Matt Raker

Executive Director


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Holly Rivers, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Holly Rivers

Learning Programs Coordinator


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Jeremiah Robinson, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Jeremiah Robinson

Catalyst Program Director


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Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith

Business Growth Specialist


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Abindigo Simmons, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Abindigo Simmons

Foothills Business Lender


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Lindsey Solomon, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Lindsey Solomon

Communications Manager


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Bradley Spiegel, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Bradley Spiegel

Building Outdoor Communities Project Development Specialist


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Bekah Wallace, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Bekah Wallace

Community Investments Manager


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Alan Ward, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Alan Ward

Accountant


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Tiarra Wilkie, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Tiarra Wilkie

Catalyst Program Manager


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Noah Wilson, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Noah Wilson

Director of Sector Development


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Wade Wilson, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Wade Wilson

Finance & Portfolio Associate


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Annie Woods, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Annie Woods

Business Coaching Specialist


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Board of Directors

Chair

Sophia Paulos

Economic Development Director, Graham County, North Carolina

Vice Chair

Tim Herdklotz

President & Co-Owner, Booneshine Brewing Co.

2nd Vice Chair

Zane Adams

Co-CEO, Buchi Kombucha

Treasurer

Leah Mayberry

DMJPS PLLC, Chief Financial Officer

Secretary

Paula Swepson

Executive Director, West Marion Community Forum

Mitzi Reed

Market Manager, Asheville Savings Bank

Jose Infanzon

CHW Program Regional Coordinator, UNETE North Carolina

Stephanie Lee

Assistant Vice President, First Horizon Bank

Chad Halliday

Attorney, McGuire Wood & Bissette

Brandon Wallace

Market President, First National Bank

Duane Adams

Associate Director, A-B Tech Community College

Terry Young

Owner, Sweet Thangs Bakery