Board Members


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Nian Avery

Avery was appointed by the Buncombe County Commissioners on October 5, 2020. A native of Asheville, Avery graduated from Asheville High and went to NC A&T State University, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He then attended the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA. He founded and operates Avery’s Memorial Chapel. Avery has served the Asheville and surrounding communities in the field of mortuary science since March 1997.

 

 

 

Wayne Brigman

Wayne Brigman

Brigman was appointed by the Madison County Commissioners on February 20, 2013. A native of Madison County, Brigman is a graduate of A-B Tech. Brigman services as the board chair of the Madison County Commissioners, board member for Land of Sky Regional Council, and board member of A-B Tech’s Board of Trustees. Brigman is a self-employed trucking safety consultant and owner of I-26 Truck and Equipment. He also works with JKS motorsports in the NASCAR field and is a member of Bald Creek Masonic Lodge and Paint Gap Baptist Church.

 

 

 

Joe Brumit

Joe Brumit

Brumit was appointed by the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners on February 7, 2011. He is the Owner/President and CEO of Brumit Restaurant Group and served three terms as chair of the A-B Tech Board of Trustees. Brumit has also been a member of the A-B Tech Foundation Board of Directors since 2002 and served as chair for two terms starting in 2007. During that time, the Foundation set records for funds raised, scholarships awarded and grants received. He attended the University of Tennessee and sits on the Eblen Charities board, as well as three corporate Boards.

 

 

Ron Edgerton

Ron Edgerton

Edgerton was appointed by the Governor on July 13, 2017. He was more than four decades of leadership experience in high tech industries. Edgerton has turned struggling companies into success stories with a focus on customer driven strategies and highly effective management of superior R&D teams, worldwide sales, global marketing and operational organizations. He is currently a board member of Tempo Semiconductor. Edgerton holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Summa Cum Laude) and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from Western Michigan University. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Asheville Art Museum and serving on the Audit Committee and Marketing Committee. He is on the Board of the Manna Foodbank where he serves on their Audit Committee and Chairs the Advocacy Committee.

 

 

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Himanshu Karvir

Karvir was appointed by the Buncombe County Commissioners in 2020. He is President and CEO of Virtelle Hospitality in Asheville and was General Manager of Holiday Inn Asheville -- Biltmore West for more than 16 years. He also serves as chair of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority Board of Directors, vice chair of the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County Board of Directors, and on the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Karvir previously was on the UNC Asheville Foundation Board and has volunteered for YMCA Annual Campaigns. He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

 

 

Matt Kern

Matt Kern

Kern was appointed by the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners on June 12, 2107. Born in Greensboro, NC and then moved at a young age to Erwin, Tennessee, he was raised on a 30-acre farm deep in the Appalachian Mountains. Growing acres of burley tobacco, corn and potatoes, as well as picking up many hay bales taught Matt the value of hard work and respect for the land. Kern attended Western Carolina University and received a BS in Environmental Health and a Masters of Public Administration(MPA). He started his own residential construction company, M.C Kern Contracting, Inc, in 2003. Matt has also been a Co-Organizer of the very successful French Broad River Festival, Inc. since 1997.

 

 

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Libby Kyles

Libby Kyles, Educator/Facilitator, was appointed by the Governor on November 2, 2020. She was the CEO of the YWCA of Asheville and the Executive Director of the Youth Transformed for Life Training Programs. From 2004 until 2019, Kyles was a teacher at Isaac Dickson Elementary School. She was named Teacher of the Year for 2005-06. She is passionate about improving conditions in her community and empowering women and youth.

 

 

 

Judy Lewis

Judy Lewis

Lewis was appointed by the Boards of Education on June 1, 2020. She is a retired educator, who began her career as a secretary for Buncombe County Schools. She taught English for more than 20 years and served as Assistant Principal at Enka High. She has taught classes at A-B Tech and coordinated the Beginning Teacher programs for both Buncombe County and Asheville City Schools. She is a member of the Advisory Council at Enka High.

 

 

 

Roger Metcalf

Roger Metcalf

Metcalf was appointed by the Boards of Education on June 15, 2015. He is currently serving as Vice-Chair. A life-long resident of the Enka Community, Roger received a BS degree from Appalachian State University, a MA degree from Western Carolina University and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Forty-two years in public education included service as a teacher, coach, principal, and assistant superintendent in the Asheville City and Buncombe County Schools. The last 17 years were spent as director of the Western Region Education Service Alliance. He received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest honor. In 2008, Roger retired to the family farm in Candler where he helps his wife, Anita, with her gardens, and she helps him with his bees. He spends as much time as possible with his granddaughters, Meredith and Elizabeth, and occasionally plays a round of golf.

 

Dr. John Parha

John Parham Jr., MD

Dr. Parham was appointed by the Boards of Education on November 7, 2011. He currently is serving as Chair. He received his M.D. from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and did post-graduate training in anesthesiology from Duke University. He was a captain in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medical in 1983. He is a primary care physician at the Charles George VA Medical Center, where he has practiced since 1986. Dr. Parham is a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church, elder, and treasurer, a lifetime member of NAACP, Blue Ridge Mental Health board of directors 1991 to 2003, board chairman 1998 to 2003, a lifetime member of the YMI, lifetime member of Trout Unlimited and North American Fishing and Hunters Clubs.

 

 

Max Queen

Max Queen

Queen was appointed by the Buncombe County Commissioners on October 5, 2020. He began his association with A-B Tech in 1975, first as a student, then as an adjunct instructor and finally, in 1982, he became a full-time faculty member. He served as the Dean of Allied Health and Public Service and Vice President, Continuing Education and Workforce Development. He was Vice President, Administrative Services until his retirement in 2012. Currently, Queen serves in an elected position as Buncombe County Schools Enka District Representative.

 

 

 

Frances Ramsey

Frances Ramsey

Ramsey was appointed by the Madison County Commissioners on June 2, 2014. A life-long resident of Madison County, Ramsey earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Western Carolina University. She taught 30 plus years for Madison County Schools and finished out her educational career as an adjunct faculty member for A-B Tech’s Madison Site. Ramsey currently serves on the Board of Trustees at A-B Tech, the Advisory Board for Madison County’s Cooperative Extension agency, Board and Executive Board for the Smith-McDowell House, and volunteers with Madison County Schools helping develop volunteer programs for the school system.