Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa (FANS) recently welcomed two new board members:
Joshua Wells – Joshua received his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from North Carolina State University in 2010, and moved to Asheville later that year. He completed his Masters of Social Work degree from Western Carolina University in 2017. Joshua has been involved with the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County in various ways over the past three years. He took the position of Community School Coordinator at Owen Middle School in February 2018. He and his wife are looking forward to settling in Swannanoa and want to get more involved in this community. He sees FANS as a way to help build his knowledge of the Swannanoa Valley, and to find new ways to connect and support the community. Joshua enjoys cooking, catering, and sharing meals with friends.
Kara Dillow – Kara has lived in the Swannanoa Valley since 1988. She is a graduate of Owen High School and Appalachian State University. She spent some of her adult years living in NH, NY, and PA, pursuing landscaping, writing, and ultimately Pilates training. Kara currently works as a Pilates instructor, Pilates teacher trainer, and massage therapist at Happy Body Fitness and Wellness in South Asheville. Her other major passion is growing flowers at the Swannanoa Community Garden, where she helps manage the operations. It is her hope that people, and especially children, will develop a greater appreciation of their connection to the natural world. She is excited about growing flowers for the third year to donate to the nonprofit Power Flower Project. Kara is a proud mother of two energetic boys that she and her husband are raising in Swannanoa.
The FANS board meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Swannanoa Library community meeting room. All are welcome!