Children First/Communities In Schools’ Board of Directors is a vital component of our organization and instrumental to our success.

2022-2023 Board of Directors

Machelle Cathey, President

Western Carolina University


Dr. Patrick Bahls, President Elect



Jonathan Thompson, CPA, Treasurer

Austin CPA


Carla Trull, Assistant Treasurer

First Citizens Bank


Adarrell Gadsden, Secretary

Loyola Marymount University


Elizabeth Underwood, Ph.D.,

Past President

New River Conservancy


Mark Dickerson, Ed. D

Asheville City Schools


Shataura Dudley

Community Volunteer


Kathleen Hargrove

Roberts & Stevens, P.A.


Corry Hyde

United Way Asheville-Buncombe


Mike Knepshield

Home Trust Bank


Jean Lawler

Community Volunteer


Lee Anne Mangone



Thomas Priester

Housing Authority City of Asheville


Jennifer Reed

Buncombe County Schools


Anya Robyak

Buncombe Partnership for Children


Dustin Schlabach

Edward Jones Financial Advisor


Chris Campbell – Ex Officio*

Campbell Shatley PLLC