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Board of Directors

The HCCA Board of Directors is elected at the annual meeting held every March. The board consists of 12 seats with candidates elected using a staggered term system (either one- or two-year terms) to maintain organizational continuity.

Board Officers

President: Chris Pelly
Vice President: Susan Michael
Secretary: Sarah Hess
Treasurer: Phil Trunnell

Board Members

Jim Brunner* Old Haw Creek Road –

We've resided in Haw Creek since 2014, living previously in Winston Salem and Austin, Texas. I spent 20 years in the safety and health profession, most recently 7 years at Mission Hospital; I'm now operating my own financial planning firm in Asheville (and beyond). I enjoy ultra-marathons and train on the neighboring Mountain-to-Sea-Trail. Our family loves our golden retriever. We've had birthday parties at Haw Creek Park, music jam sessions at the library and are frequent supporters of our vibrant local businesses in 'downtown' Haw Creek. Our commitment is to preserve the natural surroundings of the neighborhood and foster greater connectivity of neighbors and friends in the community as it grows.

Debbie Francis* Trafalgar Circle –

I moved to Haw Creek in 2009 where I rented an apartment. I discovered I really liked the area and purchased a home in Albemarle Reserve off Waters Road in 2010. I love having a country feel with a creek and farm behind my home but am only about 4 miles to downtown. Creating community is important to me as "no man is an island." My professional past is quite diverse as I worked in various industries for 20 years, taught college for 14 years, and have worked in real estate since 2008. I am a member of the Asheville Downtown Association (harass beer drinkers at festivals as a volunteer), the Women for Women Giving Group, and Rotary. I have 3 cats and I love to travel and explore various cultures.

Sarah Hess* Old Haw Creek Road –

I have been a Haw Creek resident for over 12 years and love the mix of larger-size lots with the convenience of being downtown in 10 minutes. While I have followed the activities of the Association for the last few years, I was so impressed with their efforts to bring us together during COVID with the food trucks and the work at Masters Park that I decided to offer some of my time. I work for the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and manage our national veterinary training programs.

Christina Maggi** New Haw Creek Road –

My husband and I moved to Asheville from New York City in 2018, after I retired from a career in the non-profit sector. I spent 30 years working for organizations committed to creating positive change for people—like Planned Parenthood, Amnesty International, ACLU, WaterAid and United Hospital Fund. I also served on the board of our 72-unit co-op for 9 years, most of that time as president. Frank and I love living in our beautiful Haw Creek neighborhood, just steps from Masters Park and minutes to downtown. I’m especially grateful that I can continue to contribute by volunteering for the HCCA.

Barber Melton** Melton Drive –

I am one of the original founding members of the Haw Creek Community Association and of the Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods, which is an umbrella group for many neighborhood associations throughout the city. After 40 years I continue to be an activist. I have served on the Neighborhood Advisory Committee, the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Affordable Housing Committee, and many other diverse committees through the years. I am a native and go back many generations in Haw Creek. I and my adult children are very active at St John’s Episcopal Church, which my great grandfather started. My roots go very deep and I love Haw Creek. I continue to try to be sure we honor this valley and all who have contributed so much.

Susan Michael** Old Haw Creek Road –

My husband and I moved to Asheville about 9 years ago from Durham and have lived in Haw Creek for 5 of those years. I taught classes on facilitation at Lenoir Ryne University. I am a natural organizer one example being, I helped to organize the Yard Sale this Fall. I love Haw Creek for its beauty, people and potential for building community. I love gardening, cooking, playing games and getting to know our neighbors.

Leslie Morris* Old Haw Creek Road –

My husband and I moved to Haw Creek in 2004. We own Stuart Nye Jewelry on Tunnel Road and will be going into our 90th year in 2023. I am a member of Four Seasons Garden Club, The Vetust Study Club, Childrens Welfare League and Daughters of the American Revolution. We have two sons. I enjoy gardening, baking and walking our dogs. Helping make Haw Creek a welcoming neighborhood is very important to me.

Chris Pelly** Cisco Road – – 828-231-3704

As 32-year residents of Haw Creek my wife, Juanita Igo, and I raised our three children on Cisco Road. Professionally, I have served as a real estate broker since 1997 as well as served on Asheville City Council from 2011 to 2015. My personal involvement with the community association began in 1995 when a large apartment complex was proposed on the site of what is today Haw Creek Park. That success proved a united community can make positive change. Although our beautiful valley is Asheville's best kept secret, it's our friendly neighbors who inspire me to serve.

Renate Rikkers* S. Leslie Lane –

I was raised and educated in Germany before coming to the US as a young adventurer in the early 60s. Over the decades, I have been fortunate to have lived and traveled in all five regions of this country, always finding my place in my new community by getting involved and contributing my time and energy to important issues. Haw Creek has been home for 25 years, and my connection to our Community Association has been a consistent part of my life in an ever-changing Asheville.

Pam Seale** Alpine Way –

I moved to Haw Creek two years ago just as Covid was rearing its ugly head. I didn't get to meet many people but everyone was very nice about waving and saying hello from the street! I taught school for many years and was the founding Head of School for seven years before retiring and moving to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I love the beauty of the mountains that now surround me!

Phil Trunnell* Parkview Drive Ext. –

My wife and I moved to Haw Creek in 2004, and we have two sons who are now in high school. My professional experience includes working for several healthcare technology businesses in various roles, and most recently starting up Scriptcycle LLC in 2012, which we sold in 2020. We enjoy our community, and I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the HCCA during my tenure.

*One-year term ending March 2023

**Two-year term ending March 2024

HCCA By-laws

HCCA Board Meeting Minutes

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