The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina 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.
Michael Fields is a retired private investor, with more than two decades of experience in foreign exchange and commodities trading. Michael is the former chair of the Duke Cancer Institute Board of Advisors where he has been a member for 25 years. He served four years on the Board of Visitors of Duke University Medical Center. He is currently the Vice President of Finance of the board at the JCC of Asheville. He graduated from Duke University in 1979 and received an MBA from Columbia University in 1981. In 2008, Michael completed an MA degree in American Studies at Columbia University.
Chris Smith is Vice-President at Beverly-Grant Inc., a leading local construction firm. He joined Beverly-Grant in 2004 and has successfully served as project manager for more than 100 construction projects in North and South Carolina. He is a 2002 graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management. Chris is a lifelong resident of Buncombe County. His commitment to the community is reflected through his service on the Development Committee for The Community Foundation and on the Board of Trustees for Central United Methodist Church.