The Community Foundation is pleased to announce the following new board members who have been elected to serve a three-year term. These individuals began their terms on July 1 and are carefully selected for a variety of strengths and experience that will help guide the direction and growth of the Foundation.
Joanne Badr is an attorney whose law practice emphasizes the representation of banks and other financial institutions in commercial loan transactions involving asset-based and real estate secured loans. She also represents real estate developers and business owners in connection with acquisition, disposition, planning, financing, construction and leasing negotiations. Joanne's representation extends to the representation of developers and housing authorities in connection with tax credit developments of multi-family and affordable housing. Badr is a Leadership Asheville Alumna, a member of the Advisory Council for Buncombe County Boys & Girls Club and board member for CFWNC's Western North Carolina Real Estate Foundation.
Connie Haire retired as Vice President of Southwestern Community College Macon Campus where she provided leadership and administrative management, working with the community, public schools and businesses. She is currently chairperson of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area board of directors and serves on the board of directors of the following organizations: Angel Medical Center, Cashiers Historical Society, Mainspring Conservation Trust; and she is vice chairperson of the board of directors of public radio station WCQS. Dr. Haire serves on the Development Council for the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Western Carolina University. She was recently appointed to the Jackson County Historic Preservation Commission, and she and her husband Phil are recipients of Preservation NC's Carroway Award.