The Henderson County Education Foundation (HCEF) welcomes five new members to its Board of Directors: Lauren Bollen, Katie Rogers, Graham Fields, Dan Poeta, and Claudia Dalton.
HCEF Board President, Jessica Collins, says, “We are thrilled to have each of these community members joining our board. They each bring a unique set of talents and skills to the board to help us further our mission of serving Henderson County Public Schools.”
Lauren Bollen is currently a busy stay-at-home mom while also working part-time at Old-Lab Designs. She has a Master’s of Education Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and seven years of experience as a licensed speech-language pathologist in NC Public Education, including three years with HCPS. She is also the daughter of an educator.
A Chicago native, Katie Rogers is happy to call Hendersonville home with her husband, Josh, and three children, Holden, Sawyer, and Miriam. Katie is an educator in the Henderson County Public Schools system and serves as the Media Coordinator at East Henderson High School. Before this, Katie served as an English teacher here in Henderson County, North Augusta, SC, and Walterboro, SC. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education (English) at Arizona State University and her Master’s degree in Library & Information Science (School Library Media) at the University of South Carolina. Katie has a passion for leadership, equity, and branding through social media and hopes to allow those passions to serve HCEF and our community well in the coming years.
Graham Fields serves has served as Assistant to the President at AdventHealth Hendersonville since 2009. Focused on community outreach, business development, and strategic planning, his role is to represent AdventHealth and engage numerous constituencies throughout the region to better understand and serve the area’s unique health care needs.
Fields joined AdventHealth from the United States Senate. In 2003, US Senator Elizabeth Dole appointed him as her Western State Director, serving approximately 1 million constituents in North Carolina’s 33 western counties. The federal position was responsible for legislative policy, constituent services, and managing relationships with the region’s elected officials, federal agencies, state departments, local governments, non-profit organizations, businesses, and community groups.
He is active in the community and serves on numerous area boards and committees including Henderson County Board of Public Health, Mountain Area Workforce Development Board, Henderson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Henderson County Partnership for Health Board of Directors, and the Fletcher Fire and Rescue Board of Directors. A native of Asheville, Fields graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the highest honors and distinction with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication. His honors thesis, “Oak Trees Among Bushes: A Study of Appalachian Stereotypes in the Beverly Hillbillies,” reflects his passion for the people of Western North Carolina. He lives in Fletcher and is married to Leslie Fields, a native of North Wilkesboro, who is an educator with Henderson County Public Schools. They are members of Biltmore Church and enjoy traveling, hiking, and music. They have a son named Alexander who is 11 years old and has been to all 50 states and almost all the national parks.
Dan Poeta served in the United States Air Force from 1989-1993 as an Aerospace Ground Equipment Mechanic. Dan and his wife Katrina relocated to Hendersonville in 1997 from Texas. Katrina is a Math III teacher at North Henderson High School. They have two children, Gabrielle (22), who is currently working for the University of Texas, and Brendan (18), Class of 2022 HHS. Brendan has entered the U.S. Air Force. Dan is the owner of Horizon Heating & A/C, established in 2010. Horizon currently employs 53 people, serving WNC and the Upstate. He is a licensed contractor for HVAC and Electrical in both NC and SC. Dan is a past President of the Henderson County Education Foundation and serves on the Henderson County
He graduated from Vision Henderson County’s Class of 2013.
Claudia Dalton is a native of Chile and has been a permanent resident of Henderson County since 2003. Before that, she came to Hendersonville as an exchange student in 1994-1995 and graduated from North Henderson High School. She holds an MBA from Universidad de Concepcion. She graduated in 2000. She also has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Montreat college. Claudia works with Full Circle Community Wellness as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. She is married to Matt Dalton; they have a son (15) and a daughter (12). She is passionate about mental health, supporting public education, family life, and serving those in need.