pathways coordinating consultants

Jeannette Butterworth
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Jeannette Butterworth has spent the past 20 years in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and is proud to call the mountains of Western North Carolina her forever home. She has been a Senior Consultant with WNC Nonprofit Pathways since July of 2015, and has worked in the nonprofit sector since her career began with service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, South America, in 1998. Jeannette has continued working for social justice, as a grassroots organizer, in management and administration, resource development, grant writing, program coordination, board service, and strategic consulting. Jeannette is proficient in Spanish and has served as staff and on boards of large and small organizations and for established and fledgling nonprofits.

Currently, Jeannette serves on the board of The Mountain Community School, a public charter school in Hendersonville. She relishes life in Hendersonville with her husband Milton and their two daughters, Celia (studying Music Education at UNCC) and Samantha (a rising high school freshman studying all things fun and horse-related).

Niconda Garcia
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Niconda Garcia is an Asheville native that has worked in a social justice capacity for almost  20 years. She has served as the Pretrial Release Manager of Buncombe County, as well as, the Director of Administration, Customer Services Supervisor, and Referral Coordinator in the non-profit health care sector serving 18 counties in Western North Carolina. As an avid volunteer in various local organizations she is committed to continued personal growth and service to the community.

The humanitarian aspects of Niconda’s work, coupled with lived experiences, have reinforced functional skills to navigate systems from a vantage point that fosters the intersection of socioeconomic, human rights, and anti-racist practices in organizational operations. The opportunity ​to support individuals and teams as they challenge themselves to up-level their lives professionally, personally, and within their area of gifting is her most honorable privilege.

Debbie Haeger
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Debbie offers her experience in human resources, management, and extensive customer service to her role as Senior Administrative Consultant.  Since joining Pathways in March 2016, she has used her varied background to coordinate our signature events and workshops, as well as utilizing her experience implementing communication processes, marketing, data and evaluation collection management, and providing services in financial tracking and reporting.

Debbie, along with her husband and daughter, moved to Asheville in 2008.  She enjoys being outdoors as much as possible and spends most of her time gardening and exploring all the wonderful hiking spots in the area.

Taylor Zarate
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Originally from Greensboro and a graduate of Appalachian State University, Taylor Zarate is an Administrative Consultant at WNC Nonprofit Pathways. After graduating with a Bachelor of Sciences in Advertising and Marketing in 2020, she continued her journey in the mountains with a move to Asheville, where she felt drawn to working with local organizations. After quickly falling in love with the city, she began to expand her efforts to find her place in the nonprofit community and is glad to have landed at Pathways in May 2022.

In her free time, Taylor enjoys live music, spending time with her pets, trying out new recipes, and exploring Asheville’s many restaurants and breweries.​

other consultants

WNC Nonprofit Pathways contracts with a wide variety of experienced nonprofit consultants from our region to provide workshops and other services. If you are interested in opportunities to work with Pathways as a consultant, please contact us at [email protected].

steering committee

WNC Nonprofit Pathways is led by a Steering Committee of the following members:

  • Julie Klipp, COO, Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
  • Lezette Parks, Scholarship Officer, Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
  • Dan Leroy (PATHWAYS CHAIR), President/CEO, United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County
  • Jo Jamison, Equity & Network Development Specialist, United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County
  • Ashley Walkingstick (PATHWAYS TREASURER), Finance & Benefits Officer, Cherokee Preservation Foundation
  • Bobby Raines, Executive Director, Cherokee Preservation Foundation
  • Scott Buchanan, President & CEO, WNC Bridge Foundation
  • Sara Coplai, Special Initiatives Officer, WNC Bridge Foundation
  • Angela Anderson, Officer – Sustainable Organizations, Dogwood Health Trust

advisory committee

Our Advisory Committee of nonprofit and community leaders provides input and feedback.
They help us make sure that our programs and content are relevant and useful.

Advisory Committee members include:

  • Natasha Adwaters, Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County
  • Tonya Carroll, Cherokee Boys Club – Ray Kinsland Leadership
  • Jacqueline Gottlieb, Hinton Rural Life Center
  • J Hackett, Jordan Peer Recovery & Black Wall Street
  • Schell McCall, Partners Aligned Toward Health
  • JeWana Grier-McEachin, ABIPA
  • Heather Rimes, Western Carolina University
  • Simone Adams, Color My Outdoors
  • Amanda North, Center for Rural Health Innovation
  • Pauline Carpenter, Community member


Western North Carolina Nonprofit Pathways
P.O. Box 7667
Asheville, NC 28802

Phone: 828-242-9028

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