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Western Region Education Service Alliance

Candie Sellers | WRESA Elementary Coordinator

April Spencer | WRESA Secondary Education Coordinator 

Meetings will be held monthly at the
Asheville Chamber of Commerce

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Western Region Contacts


DPI Regional Education Facilitator | Amy Laughter

Email:  Phone: 828-606-5026

Asheville City Schools

Dr. Mark Dickerson, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

Email:  Phone: 828-350-6123  


Kimberly Dechant, Director of Recruitment and Induction

Email:  Phone: 828-350-6140


Wendy Hensley, Licensure Specialist

Email: Phone:  828-350-6136

Avery County Schools | Thomas Howell, Director of Human Resources


Buncombe County Schools

Kimberly Fisher, Director of Human Resources

Email:  Phone: 828-232-4233

Brian Propst, Assistant Director of HR

Email:  Phone: 828-350-2263


Shonda Haynes, Licensure Specialist

Email:  Phone: 828-255-5898


Angie Elliott, WCA/ADA/Leave Manager

Email:  Phone: 828-255-5897

Catawba RALC Schools | Karoline Fisher

Email:  Phone: 828-464-0036

Cherokee County Schools

Nikki Rhinehart, Bt and Licensue Coordinator

Email:   Phone: 828-554-5122

Elle Bradley, Human Resources Coordinator

Email:   Phone: 828-554-5122

Clay County Schools | Angel Owens, Director of Human Resources

Email:  Phone:828-389-8513

Graham County Schools | Angela Knight, Superintendent

Email:   Phone: 828-479-9820

Haywood County Schools | Jason Heinz, Human Resource Director

Email:  Phone: 828-456-2400

Henderson County Schools | Scott Rhodes, Chief Human Resources Officer

Email:  Phone: 828-697-4733

Jackson County Schools | Teri Walawender, Human Resources Director

Email:  Phone: 828-586-2311 x1925

Sarah Wooldridge, HR Coordinator

Email:  Phone: 828-586-2311 x1943

Macon County Schools

Todd Gibbs, Director of Human Resources

Email:  Phone: 828-524-3314 ext. 1029


Janice Dills, Administrative Assistant

Email:  Phone: 828-524-3314 ext. 1038

Madison County Schools | Lisa Gahugan, Assistant Superintendent


McDowell County Schools

Amy W. Dowdle, Executive Director of Human Resources

Email:  Phone: 828-652-4535 ext. 4123

Vicki White, Licensure/HR Support Specialist

Email:  Phone: 828-652-4535 ext. 4103

Mitchell County Schools | Jennifer Gregory, Assistant Superintendent of HR

Email:  Phone: 828-766-2252


Polk County Schools

Todd Murphy, Director of Human Resources

Email:  Phone: 828-894-3051


Tonya Odel, Administrative Assistant

Email:  Phone: 828-894-1001

Rutherford County Schools

Tammie Ash, Director of Human Resources

Email:  Phone: 828-288-2230

Haley Cobb, Licensure

Email:   Phone: 828 288-2230

Swain County Schools

Thomas Dills, Human Resource Director

Email:  Phone: 828-488-3129 ext.5125

Lavonda Woodring, HR/Licensure Specialist

Email:  828-488-3129 ext. 5128

Transylvania County Schools

Brian Weaver, Director of Human Resources

​Email: Phone: 828-884-6173 

Yancey County Schools

Carla McMahan, Human Resources Coordinator

Email:  Phone: 828-682-6101 ext. 110 

* Located in Buncombe County

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