Bradford D. Burlingham: Co-Chair
Brad has lived in Asheville over 20 years and I work professionally as a CPA. He has enjoyed serving with several non-profits in the area, including:
President of Dominican Crossroads USA. Partnering with others in Asheville and Atlanta, I have led and helped to administer annual mission trips to the Dominican Republic since 2005. In addition, I have helped other organizations and donors to participate in work with the poor in the DR, including feeding programs, medical ministries, construction ministries, prison ministry, and a scholarship program.
Treasurer of Western North Carolina Medical Society Foundation, which seeks to improve access to healthcare in the counties of western North Carolina. (current)
Asheville Christian Academy – served as Board Member and sometime Treasurer from 2013-2015 and 2006-2012.
Bethany Christian Services (Adoption and family services) – Board member, 2009-2010.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Tulane University and an MBA from Emory University. He attends Trinity Presbyterian Church, and is married to his wife of 31 years and has two children and one grandchild.
Lesli Hollowell: Co-Chair, Treasurer
Lesli moved to Asheville in 1990. She studied at DePauw University and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Communications.
As a member of Central United Methodist Church in Asheville, Lesli has served as Chair of the Administrative Board, Chair of Central’s United Methodist Women and co-chair of the Missions Council. For over 16 years she has been delivering hot meals for Meals On Wheels. Two months each summer, she and her husband open their home to six college students who come to Asheville to serve as Carolina Cross Connection mission project team leaders. Lesli has participated on medical and construction mission projects in the U. S., Dominican Republic and Sri Lanka.
Lesli works part time as a bookkeeper for Haywood Street Congregation.
Justin O'Rourke: Secretary
Justin lives in Asheville, North Carolina and has a passion for mission work. He has worked with Haitian refugees in the Dominican Republic from 2010-2013, Orphans in Rwanda in 2012 and built homes in Sri Lanka in 2014. He also has volunteered locally to help homeless families and enjoyed working with children on various church activities.
Justin served on the mission council of Central United Methodist Church from 2011-2014. During that time he participated in the planning and funding of mission trips. He is currently employed at Lowe’s Home Improvement and has been with the company since 2005.
He graduated from Granite Bay High School in 2003 with a media arts honor. He is also a member of the National Technical Honor Society.
Blake Wagner is one of the founders of JESUS missions, an international mission service organization dedicated to providing mission service opportunities for youth and families . He has organized and led multiple service trips to the Dominican Republic since 2003, with the latest in 2016.
Blake currently serves on the board of Dominican Republic U.S.A.
He has worked with a multitude of local community organizations including ABCCM and Homeward Bound.
Blake has been an International flight attendant for American Airlines since 1978 and is the managing director of Living H2O Holdings which owns and develops residential neighborhoods in Asheville and the US Virgin Islands. He also is the managing director of Atlantic Wave which owns and manages low income housing providing a path to permanent housing for the homeless here in Asheville. Blake has lived in Fairview since 1997.
Elizabeth Bowers is a native of Asheville North Carolina. She is a graduate of Salem College with a degree in sociology. In 2010 Elizabeth took her first mission trip to the Dominican Republic to work with Haitian refugees. From then on, she has devoted much of her time to serving those in need.
Elizabeth worked at the Haywood Street Congregation organizing the weekly Welcome Table meal and leading the volunteers. She also served Central United Methodist Church working with children and family ministries and missions. While serving the Haywood Street congregation, she developed a deep love for helping the homeless and low income families. This love also guided her work at Central UMC as she taught in the children’s ministry program and helped integrate low income families into various activities going on at the church. She also served 2 1/2 years on the board at Bethany Christian Services.
Shelley received a BA in American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with special emphasis in sociology and history. She worked 27 years as a sales account manager for McKesson Medical Surgical until retiring in 2011. Besides comprehensive territory management responsibility, Shelley led national sales training classes for newly hired representatives. She is a Girl Scout leader and has been a Junior Achievement volunteer in Buncombe County Schools for 6 years. She has chaired a range of committees in her church including co-chairing the 2010 Mission Auction.
Shelley is active in the community and involved in local mission and service projects. She is excited about the opportunity to further serve children and youth through Serve To LEAD.
Lisa graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Sociology. While at UT she met her husband Bob Klepper. They have 4 children ranging in age from 10 to 23. Lisa and her family have lived abroad in Bermuda, England, and most recently Singapore. She and her family have recently returned to Asheville. In addition to her role with Serve To LEAD Lisa serves on the board of both Casa de Esperanza and Kory Wawanaca Children’s homes in Bolivia and spends time serving with other charities in Asheville, NC.
Lisa has a passion for serving others and feels blessed to have grown up with parents who modeled Christian service. She believes fully in the ministry of presence and has experienced the power of walking hand in hand with others to transform situations of material and spiritual poverty for God’s glory.
Scott has lived in Asheville over 30 years and owns his optometry practice, a financial planning firm, as well as several real estate businesses. He is married to Tammie and they have 2 grown children who have also served in local and international mission projects.
Scott Graduated from Arkansas State University with a degree in Biology and then earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from The University of Houston College of Optometry.
Scott has served on the boards of WNC Low Vision Center, the West Asheville Rotary Club, and served 8 years on the Buncombe County Board of Health. He has been the chair of his church’s missions committee and has led or participated in multiple mission trips to Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Russia, and Ukraine.
Scott’s experience in global missions has greatly impacted his life and nurtured his spirit of compassion and service. He wants to encourage others toward investing themselves in the lives of others so that they will grow as servant leaders who are concerned with the well being of all people.
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