Meet the Board - 2017-2018

The 2016-17 Buncombe County Schools Board of Education (Photo: 12/1/2016)

Franklin  Ms. Ann B. Franklin

  Madam Chair, North Buncombe District Representative
  PO Box 14, Weaverville, NC 28787
  (828) 645-9325 Email Ms. Franklin


Beginning her service to the board in December of 2008, Ann Franklin is a retired 36-year veteran teacher of the Buncombe County School System. Ann taught at Haw Creek and Flat Creek Elementary Schools and served as a homebound teacher for seriously ill children throughout the county.  She has worked for the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) serving educators in Asheville City and eight western counties. Ann attended schools in the North Buncombe District graduating from North Buncombe High School. She has a BA degree from Mars Hill College and a MAEd degree from Western Carolina University. Ann is currently serving on the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee, the Planning and Zoning Committee for the Town of Weaverville and is a member of Weaverville United Methodist Church.

Bryant  Mr. Pat Bryant

   Erwin District Representative
  12 Westmont Drive, Asheville, NC 28806
  (828) 215-8765 Email Mr. Bryant 

Serving on the Board since December 2006, Pat Bryant works as a realtor with Beverly-Hanks and Associates in Asheville at the Merrimon Avenue location. Pat began his professional career and worked for 20 years in higher education in the field of college athletics. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physical Education from the University of West Georgia. Pat has two children who graduated from Clyde A. Erwin High School. His wife, Debbie, and daughter, Caitlin, are employees of Buncombe County Schools. Pat volunteers in many capacities throughout the community and believes in service to this area. His favorite sports include baseball, basketball, and golf.  Pat also enjoys walking/jogging and gardening (and is an avid rose grower).
 Churchill Ms. Amy Churchill

  Roberson District Representative
  15 Spring Cove Court, Arden, NC  28704
  (828) 687-0858 Email Ms. Churchill

Elected to the board in November 2012, Amy lives in Arden with her husband, Ben and their daughter Madelyn, who is a student at Koontz Intermediate school.  She is a graduate of Columbus State University and is a respiratory therapist at Mission Hospital.  In her spare time, Amy enjoys volunteering in the schools and her church, running, and hiking in the beautiful mountains she now calls home.

Queen  Mr. Max Queen

  Enka District Representative
  767 N. Morgan Branch Road, Candler, NC 28715
  (828) 776-3954 Email Mr. Queen

Max Queen, a lifelong Enka resident was elected to the Board in November 2014. Max, his wife Janie and three children, are all successful graduates of Enka District public schools. The entire Queen family all have post-secondary degrees and work in either the education or health fields.  Max has an M.A.Ed. Educational Administration in the Two Year College and a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management from Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, N.C. In addition, he received two Associate degrees; one in Nursing (R.N.) and the second in Emergency Medical Science (Paramedic) from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Max also completed the Emergency Medical Services Management Institute at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He dedicated his career to education serving Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College for 37 years in a variety of roles from Department Chair of Emergency Medical Science, Dean of Allied Health and Public Service Programs, and Vice President of Administrative Services. Additionally, Max served as a Paramedic for Buncombe County EMS and a lifetime firefighter and board member of Enka Candler Fire and Rescue.

Ms. Cindy McMahon  Ms. Cindy McMahon

   Vice-Chair, Reynolds District Representative

  405 Old Haw Creek Road, Asheville, NC  28805
  (828) 279-3423 Email Ms. McMahon

Cindy McMahon, elected to the Board of Education in November 2014, has 20+ years of management experience in nonprofits and small businesses. She currently directs WNC Nonprofit Pathways, helping charitable organizations across the mountains develop their boards, strengthen finances, and plan for the future. Cindy graduated from Mountain Heritage High School in Burnsville and earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy from Guilford College and a Master’s degree in English from UNC-Chapel Hill. Cindy and her husband, John, have a daughter at A. C. Reynolds High School. Their son graduated from Reynolds in 2014 and attends Appalachian State University. For fun, Cindy enjoys hiking, knitting, writing, and sitting around the supper table having interesting conversations. Her memoir, Fresh Water from Old Wells, will be published by Mercer University Press in the spring of 2015.

BuchananMargaret (Peggy) Buchanan

Owen District Representative
67 Wagon Trail, Black Mountain, NC 28711
(828) 669-6191Email Mrs. Buchanan 

Peggy Buchanan was born and raised in upper state New York and moved to North Carolina in 1964. After graduating from Asheville High, she joined the work force, married, and had four children- three by adoption and one naturally. In 1979, Mrs. Buchanan attended A-B Tech and obtained an Associate Degree in Nursing, leading her toward work in nursing, hospital nursing, in a doctor's office and with Head Start. In 1995, she was ordained as a Vocational Deacon in the Episcopal Church. She served at St. James in Black Mountain for five years and has served at Trinity Episcopal for the past 16 years, focusing her ministry in three primary areas: a) teaching Education for Ministry- a 4-year course at the University of the South, b) Senior Citizen Group, and c) Church of the Advocate- a ministry for the homeless. Within the homeless ministry, she established a nurse's station and meets weekly with the congregation to provide solutions for critical health needs and education. Mr. John Buchanan, Peggy's husband, is a retired principal who worked for over 30 years at the Juvenile Evaluation Center in Swannanoa. Together, they have five grandchildren- natural, step, and adopted, and live in Black Mountain with their "four legged children": Phoebe, a border collie, and a "very opinionated" cat.

PateDonna Pate

At-Large Representative

24 Sutton Knob, Candler, NC 28715
(828) 665-6900 Email Ms. Pate

Donna Pate is a retired 34-year veteran teacher, counselor, and school-based therapist with the North Carolina Public Schools. Donna taught English at Owen High School. Upon earning her masters degree in school counseling, she worked at Community High School before assuming a counseling position at St. Stephens High School (Catawba County).  Upon returning to Buncombe County Schools, she served as chairperson of the counseling department at Erwin High School until she retired in 2011.  Also a licensed professional counselor, she then served as a Universal Mental Health school-based therapist at Erwin High School. Donna attends The Cathedral of All Souls, serving as the chairperson of the hospitality committee. She also volunteers with the Asheville Poverty Initiative.  She enjoys kayaking, playing tennis and golf, hiking, biking, and spending time with her "not-so-opinionated" miniature schnauzers.
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