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Staff Spotlight: Amanda Read, Mother Love Coordinator

22 Jul

Our July Staff Spotlight features Amanda Read, MotherLove Coordinator. Amanda is new to the YWCA and to Asheville, and we couldn’t be more excited to have her part of our YWCA team & community.image1

How long have you lived in Asheville? I moved to Asheville in May, so I’m really new to town. Previously, I lived in Columbia, SC where I completed my Masters in Social Work at the University of South Carolina. I grew up in Greensboro, NC.

How long have you been at the YW? My first day at the YWCA was May 30th, so I have been here for just a little over a month.

Favorite thing(s) about the YWCA? I love the culture here at the YWCA. I am so happy to be a part of an organization that values the community served and its staff members. I like knowing that I am working for a purpose that will benefit peoples’ lives. It is also a perk to come to work every day and see people being active and working out. It motivates me to get moving for my own health and wellness.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I love to spend time with my family and friends. On the weekends, I like to watch live music. I will often drag a family member or friend to see a show with me regardless of the musical genre—I listen to anything from Hip-Hop, Indie, Grunge, R&B, Classical and Turkish music.

People would be surprised if they knew I… Love to watch Chinese and Thai soap operas. I find the acting and storylines more entertaining than American television. If asked, I will shamelessly recommend amazing dramas to watch on a rainy day.

Our Public Safety Officer

24 Mar

The YWCA of Asheville is fortunate to have Charlton Owens on staff as our Public Safety Officer. His main responsibility is to manage traffic in our parking lot during busy times. But Charlton takes it upon himself to help in other ways as well, such as educating YWCA families about child safety seats, or assisting with YWCA special events. Charlton is very passionate about his role at the YWCA and we are grateful for his service.

This post was motivated in part by a YWCA member who let us know that he saw Charlton scoop up and protect a two-year-old who had dashed away from his parents and out in front of a car. Great work, Charlton! When we complimented about his alertness, Charlton simply said, “Aw, shucks, it’s just part of my j-o-b.”