Steering Team

Meet the team

Steering Team Members

Steering Team members meet monthly (currently via Zoom) to brainstorm, plan, budget, and oversee initiatives to meet our mission and vision. The atmosphere is welcoming and open. 

Kathey Avery, RN, BSN
Community Health Nurse & founder of the Institute for Preventive Healthcare & Advocacy (IFPHA) and of Avery Health – Education and Counseling (AHEC)

Denise Baker
Retired, potter; person living with dementia

Heather Bauer
Aging Advocate

Billie Breeden
Age-Friendly Coordinator/Buncombe County Health and Human Services

Debra Campbell
Community Sales Director at Arbor Terrace

Mary Donnelly
Memory Caregivers Network Coordinator & Teepa Snow Consultant, educator & support group leader

Woodie Dyches
Support Group Leader, Brevard

Jennipher Francis
Health Insurance Sales Rep

Kitty Hancock
RN, Retired Nurse Educator

Kathe Harris
Support Group Leader, Brevard

Cathy Hebert
Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist, VAMC

Telle King
MS Gerontology – retired Long Term Care Ombudsman

Kathleen Marshall
Physician at Golden Oak Medicine, member at large

Jan Nickerson
MBA, CCRC resident and former caregiver for 100 year old mother with dementia

Focus areas


Education/Awareness Programs 

The purpose of this committee is to develop and provide educational/awareness events related to living well with dementia. No prior teaching experience is needed as we have well developed presentations. 

Engagement and Advocacy Committee

This committee focuses on designing programming for engagement of people living with dementia in everyday activities, special events, and DFWNC development.  Our main focus is Memory Cafes and we collaborate with community partners to provide programming.  We also advocate for the rights and well-being of people living with dementia and their care partners. 

Finance Committee

This committee maintains financial accounting and reporting including creating long range financial plans and projections to increase funding proposals, grants, investments, community partnerships, and special gifts. 

Communications Committee

This committee focuses on sharing our mission throughout the community.  Current strategies include: distribution of the Dementia Friendly WNC brochure, maintenance of the Dementia Friendly WNC website, and press releases/ interviews with the press.

Membership Development Committee

This committee shares the DFWNC mission to recruit new members and conducts member orientations.

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