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 12 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 6 years and is moving into her fourth 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 Affiliates 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. She has worked for the Kessler Collection of Hotels for 10 years, and has been in Asheville since June of 2008. The growing hospitality industry in this city is fascinating to her. She is also a huge SEC College Football fan. Go Gators. Haley has been attending Asheville Affiliate events for six years and has been on the board since 2015. She has been on the board for the past three yeas and is excited to be serving as Vice President of the Affiliates. It’s a great organization to be involved with networking while helping local nonprofits to create Parties with a Purpose!
Brittany Hicks has been living in Asheville, NC for a little over three years. She works in business development for a solid waste and recycling company, Waste Pro USA. She is involved with the Junior League of Asheville, and in her free time likes to go hiking with her dog, Toby. Brittany has been attending Asheville Affiliates events for over two years and is excited to be joining the board for the first year.
John Hornsby, Secretary
John Hornsby has enjoyed a unique career spanning design, art direction, operations and management with a focus on signs and graphics, special events and marketing for over 20 years. He has a long history of making and doing fun and unusual things. He also has a background in live music performance and sound production and is a practicing visual artist. Since moving to Asheville in 2012 he has proudly served as a senior creative consultant and team leader at FASTSIGNS Asheville. John has volunteered with the Asheville Affiliates for several years and is honored to continue serve our area’s diverse nonprofits. 2016 marked his first year on the board. John also enjoys, practicing Tae Kwando and going on hikes with his wife, 2 children and dog.
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.
Mary Ellen Davis is a musician and artist who has been living in the Asheville area since 2002. Her group Ménage enjoyed a wonderful stent as a popular regional band until 2007 when the group dissovled and Davis started a new chapter as a professional graphic designer. She began her career in a then sleepy West Asheville at Blue Barnhouse, and moved on to Sound Mind Media where she learned how to design with computers. In December 2015, Davis accepted a position at Warren Wilson College where she serves as the graphic designer for The Office of Admission. She relishes in working with people plus art to help bring a vision to life, and is passionate about helping non-profits in Buncombe county.
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!
Originally from the Atlanta area, Katelyn first moved to the mountains of WNC to attend Appalachian State University. After graduating with a degree in Social Work, Katelyn moved to Asheville and fell in love with all that the eclectic city has to offer. She currently works for the Asheville Housing Authority as the Training and Outreach Coordinator. 2017 marks Katelyn’s first year on the Asheville Affiliates board and she is eager to help promote Asheville’s non-profits. She also serves as a Community Service co-chair on the board for the Young Professionals of Asheville. Katelyn is an avid crafter, enjoys event planning, and loves to get outside.
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.