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Leadership Transition at ASAP

Founder and longtime executive director of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, Charlie Jackson, will retire at the end of April 2022.

After more than two decades serving farmers and the local food community, Jackson will shift to a strategic advisor role and Molly Nicholie will step in as executive director effective Jan. 1.

Jackson will continue to work part time to assist in transition and planning.

Jackson is a founder of what would become ASAP in the mid-1990s. Anticipating dramatic changes coming to agriculture with the end of tobacco as a dominant crop, a group of farmers, agricultural support professionals, and community stakeholders formed to address these challenges. They launched a local food campaign in 2000 to raise awareness about agriculture, educate consumers about the benefits of buying local food, and create viable market alternatives for farmers in the region.

ASAP officially incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2002.

Brian Asbill, president of ASAP’s board of directors, said, “Charlie is a pioneer in developing a local food economy — first in his far-sighted response to changes in agriculture, but also in his vision for local food as integral to healthy communities and his quick and innovative responses to crises like COVID-19.”

In 2017, Jackson was inducted into the Western North Carolina Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Nicholie has worked at ASAP for 16 years and was named co-director with Jackson in January 2021. She began her tenure with ASAP as part of Growing Minds, and in 2013, became program director for the Local Food Campaign. Her experience at ASAP and in the farming community ensures continuity of organizational culture, agency services, and institutional knowledge.

“We couldn’t be more excited for the future of ASAP under Molly’s continued leadership,” said Carrie Keller, who will serve as president of the board beginning in 2022. “Molly has firsthand, boots-on-the-ground experience in each of ASAP’s programs—as well as experience as a farmer and classroom teacher. I couldn’t imagine someone better suited for the job.”

New Physician Joins Laurel Park Office

Dr. Wesley Jones, M.D., FHM is the newest physician to be added to AdventHealth Medical Group Multispecialty at Laurel Park.

Jones is board-certified in internal medicine and is a fellow in hospital medicine. He has experience in Pediatrics and Intensive Care Unit management.

Jones earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. He went on to complete his internal medicine and pediatrics residency program in Greenville, S.C.

Jones most recently served as Director of Hospitalists and Chief of Staff at Transylvania Regional Hospital. He is excited to make the move from the hospital setting to the primary care setting where he can establish long-term health and wellness relationships with patients.

“It is very simple, I want to help my patients live healthy lives,” said Jones. I strive for simplicity in medical advice, and I’m a big proponent of healthy diet and regular movement.”

AdventHealth’s commitment to providing whole-person care — mind, body and spirit is part of what drew Jones to the position.

“I strive to work within a system where we as a healthcare community approach the patient as a whole,” he said. “Each bringing our own individual strengths in the interest of the best overall care possible.”

“Dr. Jones offers a special balance of evidence-based, science-driven medicine with compassionate, patient-centered care,” said Christy Sneller, AdventHealth Hendersonville vice president of physician services and chief practice officer. “This balance drives his approach to whole-person care to meet the needs of his patients — body, mind and spirit.”

Jones and his wife have four children. Together they enjoy spending time together, sports, good food and a good, old-fashioned board game night with the entire family.

To learn more, or schedule an appointment, visit AdventHealthNC.com or call 828-532-2470.

Justice Services Welcomes Natalie Ivey

Buncombe County’s Pretrial Services program provides a valuable resource for the County’s Strategic Plan goals toward reducing the jail population and enhancing public safety.

Justice Services is proud to announce Natalie Ivey will lead and support the Pretrial Services team.

In this role Ivey will provide program management, oversee the county’s pretrial services division designed to support jail population management efforts, and assist the courts in making release and detention decisions that preserve public safety and defendants’ civil rights.

Most recently, Ivey served as executive director of the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

“Natalie’s astute understanding of pretrial justice through her work in the Courts, and her experience as an executive leader for those impacted by our justice system, makes her well-positioned to lead and support the Pretrial Services team,” said Justice Services Director Tiffany Iheanacho.

After graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law, Ivey began her career as an assistant district attorney in the 13th Judicial District of Tennessee, prosecuting crimes of domestic and sexual violence. She then shifted her professional focus to work in the nonprofit sector, specifically victim advocacy.

She looks forward to the opportunity to promote positive change in her new community in Asheville.

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