Board of Directors
2017 – 2018 Board of Directors
Dan Poeta, President
Amy Laughter, Vice President
Amy Laughter, Regional Education Facilitator with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, joined the board in 2016. She is a native of Henderson County and proud graduate of Henderson County Public Schools. Amy has worked in public education for 24 years as a teacher, instructional coach, and in her current role in recruitment and retention of teachers. Amy has been married for 25 years to BJ Laughter, a school principal, and has one daughter, Emma, who is a junior at Hendersonville High School.
Sara Bagwell, Secretary
Curtis H. Marker, Treasurer
Sharon Ashe, Voting Member
Jennifer Balkcom, Voting Member
Jessica Collins, Voting Member
Jessica Collins joined the Board of Directors in 2017 and is a native of Hendersonville. After graduating from West Henderson High School, she attended Appalachian State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science and High Point University for her Master of Science. Jessica is currently employed with Pardee Hospital as the Physician Liaison.
Jessica is a graduate of Vision Henderson County class of 2017 and the United Way Rising Leaders Program. She is also an active member in Junior Welfare Club of Hendersonville and participants in numerous volunteer activities including the Appalachian State University Wilson Scholarship Review Committee, Pardee Hospital Foundation Cornhole Tournament, and Boys and Girls Club: Girls Night Out.
Judy Scott Edwards, Voting Member
Anderson Ellis, Voting Member
Anderson Ellis is an attorney in Hendersonville with Prince, Youngblood & Massagee, PLLC. He was raised in Hendersonville, and attended Wake Forest University (undergraduate) and University of Mississippi (law school). He has served as President of the Kiwanis Club, President of the Henderson County Bar Association since 2013, and Vice-President of the Children and Family Resource Center. He and his wife Brittany live and work in Hendersonville with their rescue dog, Tipper.
Josh English, Voting Member
Graham Fields, Voting Member
Amy Jones, Voting Member
Rebecca Lebowitz, Voting Member
Rebecca is retired and is a full time resident of Hendersonville since 2011.
She has thirty seven years of experience in education in New York City (NYC) and New York State (NYS) as a NYC public school teacher, the Education Director of a NYS Office of Mental Health Psychiatric Center, the NYS Education Department liaison to citywide and statewide interagency projects, a NYS and NYC Fiscal and Program Manager, an Adjunct Professor for Graduate Education Administration at Brooklyn College and the Assistant Superintendent for Funded Programs, Compliance and School Improvement in a Long Island school district.
In the aftermath of 9/11, she was appointed to serve as a member of Community Board 1 (CB #1) in Manhattan for nine years and served as the Co-Chair and subsequently the Chair of the Youth & Education Committee.
She was a Governor’s appointee to the Board of Visitors of Queens Children’s Psychiatric Center and served as a Board member of Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center.
She continues her commitment to youth and families through Board appointments to the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and the Children and Family Resource Center. She is presently serving her second appointment cycles with both organizations.
Darla Lindeman, Voting Member
Katherine Mansfield, Voting Member
Jimmie Lynn Whitmire, Voting Member
Jimmie Lynn Whitmire joined the Board of Directors in 2016. She is a graduate of the Henderson County Public Schools and Greenville Technical College. A registered Dental Hygienist, Jimmie Lynn has practiced in Henderson County for 44 years. Jimmie Lynn was actively involved as a past president of PTO, Academic Boosters and Henderson County Parent Advisory Committee. She was the co-founder of PAGE (Parents for the Advancement of Gifted Education). She is married to former coach/educator John Whitmire, whose family has deep roots in Henderson County Education. She has one son, John, Jr. who with his wife, Heather, have 2 granddaughters. When she is not working part-time she enjoys spending time with her granddaughters and scrapbooking. Jimmie Lynn looks forward to working to support the needs of Henderson County children.