Steering Team

Meet the team

Steering Team Members

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

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
Council on Aging of Buncombe County Executive Director

Debra Campbell
Community Sales Director Arbor Terrace

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

Kitty Hancock
RN, Retired Nurse Educator

Cathy Hebert
Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist, VAMC

Pat Hilgendorf
Land of Sky Area Agency on Aging Resource Coordinator

Telle King
MS Gerontology – retired Long Term Care Ombudsman

Kathleen Marshall
Physician at Golden Oak Medicine, Member at Large

Elizabeth Williams
MountainCare Executive Director

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 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.  We develop relationships with community partners to collaborate on programming that is inclusive of people living with dementia.  We advocate for the rights and wellbeing of people living with dementia and their care partners. 

Finance Committee

This committee maintains financial accounting and reporting including working with the steering team to create 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: the Dementia Friendly WNC brochure: creation (updates) and distribution and continued development and maintenance of a 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 orientation.

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