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2013 - 2014 BOARD MEMBERS

Mr. Bob Rhinehart
Chairman, Enka District Representative
31 Challedon Drive, Candler, NC 28715
828.273.1789 Email Mr. Rhinehart

Self employed and a 1989 graduate of Wake Forest University, Bob Rhinehart has served the Board of Education as the Enka District representative since December 2006. Attending Buncombe County Schools, Bob is a 1985 graduate of Enka High School, along with his wife Leslie who graduated in 1986. The Rhinehart's have two children – Madison and Robert who both attend Enka district schools. Bob is very active in his church, Pole Creek Baptist and is also a board member for Upper Room Ministries – Honduras Missions and the Fields of Hope in Candler. In his spare time, Bob enjoys playing sports, traveling and competing in triathlon events.

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Mr. Chip Craig
Vice Chairman, Owen District Representative
204 E. State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
(828) 669-1072 Email Mr. Craig

Chip Craig was appointed on December 4, 2008 to fill the vacant seat for the Owen District. He is the owner of Greybeard Realty in Black Mountain, and he and his wife have two children in the Buncombe County School System, grades 3 and 6. Chip received a BA from Davidson College and earned a Masters of Management (MBA) from Northwestern University. He previously served as director of marketing at the North Carolina Outward Bound School and also has more than six years of commercial and consumer banking experience. His community involvement includes coaching, youth, basketball and past Town Commissioner for the Town of Montreat. Chip enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, trail running, skiing and backpacking.

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Ms. Amy Churchill
Roberson District Representative
15 Spring Cove Court, Arden, NC  28704
828.687.0858 Email Ms. Churchill

Elected to the board in November 2012, Amy lives in Arden with her husband, Ben and their daughter Madelyn, who is a student at Koontz Intermediate school.  She is a graduate of Columbus State University and is a respiratory therapist at Mission Hospital.  In her spare time, Amy enjoys volunteering in the schools and her church, running, and hiking in the beautiful mountains she now calls home.

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Mr. Dusty Pless
At-large Representative
1921 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803
828.684.4385 Email Mr. Pless

Dusty Pless has served since December 2000 as a member of the Buncombe County School Board. Born and raised in Asheville, he attended the former Biltmore School and graduated high school from T. C. Roberson. Mr. Pless completed his degree in Special Education and went on to get his Masters in Public School Administration at Western Carolina University. He taught special needs students for 3 years at Lucy Herring School before joining his father in the family business. In addition to his school board duties, Mr. Pless serves on the Eblen Foundation Board, Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC) Board, Optimist Club of Asheville Board, and the Pastor Parish Relations Committee of Groce United Methodist Church, where he is a faithful attender.

Mr. Pless has three grown children all who attended schools in Buncombe County.


Ms. Lisa Baldwin
Reynolds District Representative

828-628-9537 Email Ms. Baldwin

Elected to the board in November 2010, Lisa Baldwin has resided in Fairview for the past 12 years with her husband, Richard, a computer programmer at the National Climatic Data Center. They have two children at A.C. Reynolds High School, one at Cane Creek Middle School, and one in college. Lisa is the Vice-president of the A.C. Reynolds H.S. PTSO, a 4-H Leader, and Family Ministry Coordinator at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Asheville. She was educated in North Carolina public schools and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. from UNCG. She also received an M.S. in Textiles and Consumer Economics (coursework in economics, policy and law) from the University of Maryland, where she was a graduate teaching assistant. She is a former employee of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture where her team research was instrumental in the development of the original food pyramid, a widely used educational tool. Lisa enjoys reading, gardening and hiking with her family.  She is currently serving as a member of MENSA, the WNC Robotics Opportunities Committee and the BCS STEM High School Committee.
   Ms. Baldwin recently received the 2012 Pacesetter Alumni Award from the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences. This award honors outstanding alumni who have attained local, state or regional recognition through their achievements in scholarship, leadership and service, during their career or through civic involvement.

    As a member of the Buncombe County School Board, she has been recognized on the state level for her work, receiving the 2012 James Knox Polk Award for Leadership in Public Service. She was the first school board member in North Carolina to be so honored.


Mr. Pat Bryant
Erwin District Representative
12 Westmont Drive, Asheville, NC 28806
828.215.8765 Email Mr. Bryant

Serving on the board since December 2006, Pat Bryant, works as a realtor with Beverly-Hanks and Associates in Weaverville. Working for over 19 years in higher education, Pat most recently served the last seven at UNCA as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physical Education from West Georgia College. Pat has two children who attend in the Erwin School District and his wife is also an employee of Buncombe County Schools. He volunteers as an area youth baseball and basketball coach. Pat also is an active member of the Asheville Optimist Club. He enjoys golfing, jogging and is also an avid rose grower.

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Ms. Ann Franklin
North Buncombe District Representative
PO Box 14, Weaverville, NC 28787
828.645.9325 Email: Ms. Franklin

Beginning her service to the board in December of 2008, Ann Franklin is a retired 36-year veteran teacher of the Buncombe County School System. Ann taught at Haw Creek and Flat Creek Elementary Schools and served as a homebound teacher for seriously ill children throughout the county.  She has worked for the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) serving educators in Asheville City and eight western counties. Ann attended schools in the North Buncombe District graduating from North Buncombe High School. She has a BA degree from Mars Hill College and a MAEd degree from Western Carolina University. Ann is currently serving on the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee, the Planning and Zoning Committee for the Town of Weaverville and is a member of Weaverville United Methodist Church.

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