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

Chad Pauley

Chad Pauley, President

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!


Beth Hesse, vice president

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.

Salley Williamson

Salley Williamson, secretary

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.


Julie Barber, treasurer

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!

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. 

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.