Leah Ferguson
On Purpose Consulting
34 Oakwood Street
Asheville, NC 28806
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I founded Chrysalis Consulting with Kate Pett. About four years into our work we were asked to become the co-directors of the Asheville City Schools Foundation. I left the Foundation to work as the lead for a regional public health project funded by the Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention. At the completion of that funding, I was recruited to join the team at Rural Support Partners. I am currently a consultant working with Rural Support Partners to support Kate B. Reynold’s Healthy Places work in the West. I am adept at executive coaching, community-based participatory research, large and small group facilitation, strategic planning and process development, change theory development, program and project evaluation, change management, and communications.


Board Governance/Development

Asheville City Board of Education
Leadership Development/Community Engagement
Peggy Dalman
Peggy is my colleague on the Asheville City Board of Education. The board's role is policy development. She can speak to my ability to support leadership development and community engagement in organizational decision making.

Organizational Development/Change

Asheville Grown Business Alliance
Organizational Development
Franzi Charen
Franzi and I have worked together to create the Go Local Campaign to support public schools and highlight the interdependency between local economic development and urban schools.
Judy Futch Consulting
Organizational Develoment/Change
Judy Futch
Judy and I have worked together for many years first when I was Co-Director of the Asheville City Schools Foundation and then when I was the lead regional coordinator for the Community Transformation Grant Project in the eleven counties of WNC.
Sparrow Research Associates
Organizational Development/Change
Jill Fromewick
Jill and I worked together on a change theory for policy, systems, and environmental change in public health. Co-presenter at the state-wide SOPHE conference on policy and systems change in public health.
Corpening YMCA
Organizational Development
Meghan Merritt
Meghan is the Chair of the McDowell Health Coalition. I support their organizational development. Meghan is also the Director of the Corpening YMCA in McDowell County. I'm providing support to a Youth Leadership project that is using qualitative methodologies to engage youth in learning about youth needs across the county.
Asheville City Schools Foundation
Organizational Development
Kate Pett
I'm an ex-officio member of the ACS Foundation Board of Directors and have worked with Kate as a Co-Director of the Foundation in charge of organizational development, fundraising, and communications.
Asheville on Bikes
Organizational Development
Mike Sule
I have worked with Mike as a thought partner and have supported the development of Asheville on Bikes through developing a strategic plan and thinking through community engagement strategies.
Rural Support Partners
Organizational Development
Thomas Watson
Thomas Waston is the founder and owner of Rural Support Partners. They act as the Regional Support Organization for the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Foundation's Healthy Places Counties in the Western Region. I support McDowell County with leadership development, small "p" and big "P" policy change, participatory research; and large and small group facilitation.


McDowell Health Coalition
Amy is the executive director of the McDowell Health Coalition. I support her as an executive coach and strategic though partner.