About the Asheville Affiliates

Founded in 1999 as a social networking group for young professionals to benefit area non-profits, the Asheville Affiliates has grown to a community network of over 3,000 members.

Non-profits interested in working with the Asheville Affiliates should submit their applications in January each year. The Affiliates board of directors selects non-profit partners based on community need, organization size and viability, then schedules a fundraising event for each one. Affiliates board members assist in every step of the event planning process including budgeting, venue selection, securing sponsorships and marketing.

All Affiliates events follow a similar format–Thursday evening, $25 ticket covers food,beer, wine and entertainment. A raffle and silent auction raise additional funds.

ALL proceeds from fundraising events go directly to the non-profit partner.

The goal is to provide an affordable opportunity to support local non-profits, have fun and network. All events are open to the public, and membership is free.

In the past 17 years,The Asheville Affiliates have raised over $500,000 for 65 non-profits.

Meet the Board


Amanda Holland, Co-President

Amanda is the owner and head designer at  m+j events – she and her husband’s event planning business .  She is also a Realtor with Carolina Mountain Sales.  Amanda has lived in Asheville for 10 years.  She enjoys the outdoors, playing with her two dogs- Sadie Mae and Dude; hiking, rafting and camping, here in beautiful Western North Carolina.  

Amanda has attended Asheville Affiliates events for over 5 years and is moving into her third year on the board serving as co-President.


Alvin Malesky, Co-President

Alvin has lived in Asheville for the past nine years.  He is currently the head of the Psychology Department at Western Carolina University and a licensed psychologist in North Carolina. He has two dogs (brother and sister) that he adopted from the Humane Society in Asheville.  

Alvin has been attending Asheville Affiliate events for over eight years and has been on the board for the past two years. He is currently serving as co-president of the Affiliates for this coming year.  


Haley Batsel, Vice President

Haley is the Director of Sales and Catering for the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village. She has worked for the Kessler Collection of Hotels for 12 years, and been in Asheville since June of 2008. The growing hospitality industry in this city is fascinating to her. She is also a huge NCAA Sports Fan. Go Gators.

She has been attending Asheville Affiliate events since 2012 and has been on the board since 2015, served as the Secretary in the past and is excited to be serving as Vice President of the Affiliates for the third year.   It’s a great organization to be involved with networking while helping local nonprofits to create Parties with a Purpose!


John Hornsby, Secretary

John Hornsby is the owner and lead creative at Hornsby Creative, producing authentic graphic design, illustration and outsourced marketing for solutions oriented businesses, nonprofits and other creatives. He has enjoyed a unique career in the realm of signs, graphics, special events and marketing for over 20 years. He also has a background in live music performance and sound production.

He also enjoys drawing and painting, music, practicing Tae Kwando and going on hikes with his wife, 2 children and dog. John has been honored to serve on the board since 2016.


Kati Ahearn

Kati was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. She moved to Asheville in 2011 after she graduated from the University of South Carolina where she received a Bachelor of Science degree with a focus in Marketing and Management. She works as the Catering Sales Manager at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville. Volunteering and being involved in the community is something that has always been a passion of hers. After following the Asheville Affiliates for the past couple of years, she decided that she wanted to get more involved and make a bigger difference by joining the board. She is very excited to be a part of the A2 board and is looking forward to collaborating with different non-profits in the WNC area!


Sara Early, Treasurer

Sara is a North Carolina native who relishes all the charm our state has to offer. She loves life in Asheville with her husband Dawson and their two rescue dogs, Boo and Maggie. They met at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where Sara graduated with her degree in Marketing. She is a Mortgage Manager with PlumDog Financial, where she loves to help first-time home buyers navigate the home-buying experience. She loves meeting new people and is super excited to continue doing that in her second year with the Asheville Affiliates!


Julie Barber

Julie Barber is an accountant for Pine Gate Renewables, LLC, which originates, develops, finances and operates utility-scale solar farms. Besides her dream of a world of limitless energy, she has always been passionate about the non-profit sector. Julie started her career and worked in the non-profit sector for years before leaving to help the solar industry. She enjoys spending her free time in aid of the non-profit organizations that are close to her heart.

Julie has lived in Asheville since 2015 and feels lucky to call this place home. She enjoys being outdoors, hiking, going on adventures with her dogs, live music, and playing sports. This is Julie’s first year on the board for the Asheville Affiliates and is looking forward to making a difference!


Will Jamison

Attorney.  Father.  Military leader.  Will grew up in Western North Carolina, and after graduating from law school he commissioned in the United States Air Force as a Judge Advocate.  For the Air Force, Will litigated cases and negotiated issues across the world, from Bagram, Afghanistan to Tokyo, Japan.  Now, Will is back in WNC with his wife and daughters working as an attorney, advocate, and volunteer to serve and enrich the community in which he was raised.


Beth Hesse

Beth was born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania. She moved to Asheville in 2002 to attend Montreat College, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies in 2005. In 2008, Beth moved back to Pennsylvania to attend Duquesne University, where she received a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Management. Beth currently works as an environmental consultant, focusing on providing due diligence services and managing remediation sites across the country. In her spare time, Beth enjoys gardening, attending concerts, and being outside. 

Upon learning about the Asheville Affiliates at one its 2017 parties, Beth decided to actively contribute to its mission by serving on the Asheville Affiliates Board. She is excited to serve the Asheville community through this board.

 Katie Rotanz

Katie Rotanz

Katie is graphic designer that owns Rotanz Design and specializes in logo, web and print design for small businesses, entrepreneurs and creatives in Western North Carolina. She moved to Asheville in 2012 after graduating from Virginia Tech and loves hiking and camping with her boyfriend and two pups. She also enjoys YouTube yoga, traveling and all things football.

Katie has enjoyed attending Asheville Affiliates parties over the years and joined the board in 2018. 

 Salley Williamson

Salley Williamson

Salley Williamson is the Development and Communications Manager at Open Hearts Art Center, a 501(c)(3) supportive studio and gallery for people with disabilities with the mission to empower people to reach their full potential through the arts. She has lived in Asheville since 2008 and loves being part of the vibrant community. Salley enjoys working on her farm, playing music, hiking, and being on the water.

She attended past Asheville Affiliates events and decided to become a board member this year after getting to know the Affiliates when they hosted a fabulous party for her nonprofit in 2017.

 Andrew Fletcher

Andrew Fletcher

Andrew Fletcher is a full-time professional jazz pianist, specializing in the styles of pre-war America. In addition to frequently performing solo, he has performed with the Firecracker Jazz Band, The Roaring Lions, Pokey LaFarge, Hank West & The Smokin’ Hots and many others. For the past four years Fletcher has served as an activist with the Asheville Buskers Collective, advocating for city policies that acknowledge and support the rights of street performers. He is a current Commissioner on the City of Asheville’s Public Arts and Cultural Commission as well as the Downtown Commission. He is a current board member with Asheville Music Professionals. He hails from Tryon, NC.

 Chad Pauley

Chad Pauley

Chad is the Senior Recruitment Specialist for the American Red Cross where he has worked for the past 4 years.  He is also on the Rainbow Flag LGBT Steering committee of the Red Cross, where he advocates for LGBT fairness and rights.  He has lived in Asheville for just over one year and has fallen in love with the people, culture, and mountains of WNC.

He recently joined the board of the Asheville Affiliates after attending several events last year. He is excited about the opportunities to help local nonprofits and meet new people!

 Chris Bubenik

Chris Bubenik

When people come together to support a shared cause, they create communities that are happier, healthier, and filled with better human beings. Chris moved to Asheville as a teenager and has seen the power of a strong, caring community that finds innovative solutions to difficult problems while enjoying all that comes with living in the mountains of North Carolina. Following five years with WNC magazine, Chris transitioned into nonprofit marketing for NPR and United Way for several years before joining Diamond
Brand Outdoors and Frugal Backpacker as Marketing Manager in 2015. He is a 2006 graduate of UNC Asheville and was named to the Asheville Forty Under 40 Class of 2017.