Graduate Testimonials

Barbara Whitehorn
Barbara Whitehorn – LA 33
Chief Financial Officer, City of Asheville



“Leadership Asheville was a transformative experience! I began this journey expecting to network and learn a little about Asheville with some leadership skills training thrown in. Instead, I learned about myself and gained insight about others that will inform my leadership going forward.”




Mark Collins
Mark Collins – LA 30
President and CEO, Collins & Company



“Having moved to Asheville from Los Angeles, Leadership Asheville provided the in-depth look I needed to understand the culture of local business, government and non-profits. The intensive program was a game-changer, allowing me to tailor my own business to the needs and wants of my community. Between the programming and the cohesiveness of my classmates and post Leadership Asheville events, it weighs in as one of the most valuable learning tools I have available to help me to continue to grow both personally and professionally.”





Maria Roloff
Maria Roloff – LA 25
Vice President, Human Resources
Mission Hospitals




“This program was a great balance of community orientation and leadership development content.  The structure fostered a highly supportive, interactive and inspirational learning environment.”






Terry Bellamy
Terry Bellamy – LA 17
Mayor, City of Asheville




“My decision to run for public office was significantly influenced by my experience in Leadership Asheville 17. As you aspire to higher levels of community service, you can take no better step than participating in this program.”