Meet Our Team!
Amanda Holland, Co-President
Amanda is the owner and head designer at m+j events – she and her husband’s event planning business . She is also a Realtor with Carolina Mountain Sales. Amanda has lived in Asheville for 10 years. She enjoys the outdoors, playing with her two dogs- Sadie Mae and Dude; hiking, rafting and camping, here in beautiful Western North Carolina.
Amanda has attended Asheville Affiliates events for over 5 years and is moving into her third year on the board serving as co-President.
Alvin Malesky, Co-President
Alvin has lived in Asheville for the past nine years. He is currently the head of the Psychology Department at Western Carolina University and a licensed psychologist in North Carolina. He has two dogs (brother and sister) that he adopted from the Humane Society in Asheville.
Alvin has been attending Asheville Affiliate events for over eight years and has been on the board for the past two years. He is currently serving as co-president of the Affiliates for this coming year.
Haley Batsel, Vice President
Haley is the Director of Sales and Catering for the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village. She has worked for the Kessler Collection of Hotels for 12 years, and been in Asheville since June of 2008. The growing hospitality industry in this city is fascinating to her. She is also a huge NCAA Sports Fan. Go Gators.
She has been attending Asheville Affiliate events since 2012 and has been on the board since 2015, served as the Secretary in the past and is excited to be serving as Vice President of the Affiliates for the third year. It’s a great organization to be involved with networking while helping local nonprofits to create Parties with a Purpose!
John Hornsby, Secretary
John Hornsby is the owner and lead creative at Hornsby Creative, producing authentic graphic design, illustration and outsourced marketing for solutions oriented businesses, nonprofits and other creatives. He has enjoyed a unique career in the realm of signs, graphics, special events and marketing for over 20 years. He also has a background in live music performance and sound production.
He also enjoys drawing and painting, music, practicing Tae Kwando and going on hikes with his wife, 2 children and dog. John has been honored to serve on the board since 2016.
Kati was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. She moved to Asheville in 2011 after she graduated from the University of South Carolina where she received a Bachelor of Science degree with a focus in Marketing and Management. She works as the Catering Sales Manager at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville. Volunteering and being involved in the community is something that has always been a passion of hers. After following the Asheville Affiliates for the past couple of years, she decided that she wanted to get more involved and make a bigger difference by joining the board. She is very excited to be a part of the A2 board and is looking forward to collaborating with different non-profits in the WNC area!
Kristie Quinn is a native of Asheville. Community service and volunteerism is very important to her, giving back and keeping Asheville a strong and great community. She is a small business owner in downtown Asheville. The Asheville Affiliates has always been a favorite, and is now a cause she is involved in and will continue to work with for many years.
Sara Early, Treasurer
Sara is a North Carolina native who relishes all the charm our state has to offer. She loves life in Asheville with her husband Dawson and their two rescue dogs, Boo and Maggie. They met at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where Sara graduated with her degree in Marketing. She is a Mortgage Manager with PlumDog Financial, where she loves to help first-time home buyers navigate the home-buying experience. She loves meeting new people and is super excited to continue doing that in her second year with the Asheville Affiliates!
Julie Barber is an accountant for Pine Gate Renewables, LLC, which originates, develops, finances and operates utility-scale solar farms. Besides her dream of a world of limitless energy, she has always been passionate about the non-profit sector. Julie started her career and worked in the non-profit sector for years before leaving to help the solar industry. She enjoys spending her free time in aid of the non-profit organizations that are close to her heart.
Julie has lived in Asheville since 2015 and feels lucky to call this place home. She enjoys being outdoors, hiking, going on adventures with her dogs, live music, and playing sports. This is Julie’s first year on the board for the Asheville Affiliates and is looking forward to making a difference!
Attorney. Father. Military leader. Will grew up in Western North Carolina, and after graduating from law school he commissioned in the United States Air Force as a Judge Advocate. For the Air Force, Will litigated cases and negotiated issues across the world, from Bagram, Afghanistan to Tokyo, Japan. Now, Will is back in WNC with his wife and daughters working as an attorney, advocate, and volunteer to serve and enrich the community in which he was raised.
Beth was born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania. She moved to Asheville in 2002 to attend Montreat College, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies in 2005. In 2008, Beth moved back to Pennsylvania to attend Duquesne University, where she received a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Management. Beth currently works as an environmental consultant, focusing on providing due diligence services and managing remediation sites across the country. In her spare time, Beth enjoys gardening, attending concerts, and being outside.
Upon learning about the Asheville Affiliates at one its 2017 parties, Beth decided to actively contribute to its mission by serving on the Asheville Affiliates Board. She is excited to serve the Asheville community through this board.
Katie is freelance graphic designer that owns Rotanz Design and specializes in logo, web and print design for small businesses, entrepreneurs and creatives in Western North Carolina. She moved to Asheville in 2012 after graduating from Virginia Tech and loves hiking and camping with her boyfriend and two pups. She also enjoys YouTube yoga, traveling and all things football.
Katie has enjoyed attending Asheville Affiliates parties over the years and joined the board in 2018.
Salley Williamson is the Development and Communications Manager at Open Hearts Art Center, a 501(c)(3) supportive studio and gallery for people with disabilities with the mission to empower people to reach their full potential through the arts. She has lived in Asheville since 2008 and loves being part of the vibrant community. Salley enjoys working on her farm, playing music, hiking, and being on the water.
She attended past Asheville Affiliates events and decided to become a board member this year after getting to know the Affiliates when they hosted a fabulous party for her nonprofit in 2017.