Meet LCE

Staff

  • Anita Melton
    Anita Melton
  • Carol Blake
    Carol Blake

    A Georgia born native, Carol moved to the Asheville area in 1978. She quickly discovered a love and passion for supporting persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her dream was to locate an agency where individuals were encouraged and supported to pursue attainable dreams of living, working and enjoying the benefits of community living, too often denied to persons with disabilities. She found this at Liberty Corner Enterprises in 1991 when hired to work with an individual with ASD in a workshop day program. Carol later became production manager until it’s closing in 2002. For the past 14 years she has been an employment specialist and coordinator assisting persons find viable, meaningful work in their community. For her, the best day at work is being with someone who has just been offered a job. The excitement and joy upon their face is priceless. When she is not at work she enjoys time with her family, hiking, creek stomping and growing seasonal flowers.

  • Greta Byrd
    Greta Byrd

    Greta Byrd considers herself fortunate to have worked in support of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental illness for the past 25 years. Greta has worked with non-profits and the public management entities responsible for the coordination services, supports, and funding  Beginning her career as a direct support professional and moving into management and leadership positions in both non-profit and public management of service and supports for individuals has provided her with a profound respect for the individuals receiving support, their families, and the agencies providing care. Greta has provided consultation and training throughout North Carolina on person centered practices and organizational leadership. Greta has served on various boards and advisory councils including the WNC Housing, Inc. Board of Directors and the Adult Care Home Advisory Council.  An advocate for affordable housing, she received the Mayor’s Award for Housing in 2008. She has an MBA in Healthcare Management.  Currently, Greta is the Regional Director for the Autism Society of North Carolina.

  • Jen Waite

    Jen fell in love with the mountains of western NC in 2001, after growing up in upstate NY and finishing college in central PA. Coming from a business background, Jen began working as a Support Team Member at LCE over 12 years ago. She immediately found her niche in supporting people with a Person-Centered approach and began to look for ways to assist more people to create the lives they choose. Jen has taken steps to achieving this goal through becoming a certified Person-Centered Thinking trainer with The Learning Community, as well as leading a PCT COACHES group for the last six years. Outside of her LCE family, Jen loves being a Mom to two fun-loving children and a Wife to an outstanding partner. You may see her out around Asheville listening to live music or indulging in local restaurants, hanging out at a coffee shop or taking a walk in a nearby park with her family. Good music, great food, and a local Starbucks sums up Jen’s idea of a fun weekend out!

  • Jenny Thomas
    Jenny Thomas

    Jenny came to “The Corner” in December 2015 as the office manager. Since joining the LCE team she has created a successful volunteer program and continues to organize local fundraising events. She is a lover of plants, dinosaurs, roller skating, and funky sunglasses. Her passion lies in learning how communities develop, sustain, and work with one another to create initiatives for a common progressive goal. This passion was born out of her work in various communities and grass roots nonprofits in Asheville as a case manager, employment specialist, and social justice advocate. In her free time she enjoys gardening, hiking up a mountain or by a river with her pups Lily, Tuck, and Daisy, painting & drawing, and caring for bees and chickens with her partner, Daryl.

  • Julie Crosson
    Julie Crosson

    Julie started at Liberty Corner as an Administrative Assistant in 2007 after 10+ years in the restaurant industry.  Like many Liberty Corner employees, she was introduced to the agency and its purpose by a family member who worked there.  In what started as an attempt to use her degree from the University of Colorado outside of food service, Julie stumbled upon a cause and a group of people about which she has become very passionate.  Currently serving as the agency’s bookkeeper, Julie uses the customer service skills she has gained over the years to ensure that people walk out of her office with a smile on their face.

  • Julie Vogl
    Julie Vogl
  • Melissa Burress
    Melissa Burress

    Melissa, a 1994 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in environmental sociology, has more than 25 years of progressively responsible experience in the human service field. She holds multiple certificates including, but not limited to: Gentle Teaching, Person Centered Organization and Services, graduate of the Leadership Institute of the University of Delaware, Outcomes Interviewer and a practitioner as well as instructor in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

    Three words that best describe Melissa are kind, compassionate and a master encourager of people in reaching their dreams. When not providing a trusting, supporting atmosphere for the Liberty Corner community Melissa spends her time submerged in nature, exploring and adventuring what life has to offer.

  • Ray Escott
    Ray Escott

    Ray began his career with LCE fourteen years ago as a Job Coach, helping people with different abilities to find employment with all kinds of businesses in the community. He eventually became an Employment Specialist Supervisor and now is employed as the Vocational Rehabilitation Coordinator. When not helping people find meaningful work, Ray loves walking, bicycling, travel, and reading.

  • Sara Dolci
    Sara Dolci

Board of Directors

  • Jim Wilde
    Jim Wilde

    Jim Wilde, formerly a partner with the Dameron Burgin Law Firm in Marion, North Carolina, practices primarily in the area of medical malpractice defense litigation. Jim has more than 20 years experience successfully representing hospitals, doctors, nurses, nursing homes, psychiatric facilities, and emergency room physicians.

    Jim’s practice areas also include products liability law, commercial and business litigation, and premises liability insurance claims. Jim has a diverse clientele that includes a Fortune 500 computer manufacturer and a national corporation that places children in therapeutic foster homes.

    Jim, who is also licensed to practice law in the state of Texas, is an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, the Defense Research Institute, North Carolina and Texas State Bars, the Houston Bar Association, Fellow Texas Bar Foundation, the Houston Medical Legal Society, and the Greater Houston Society of Health Risk Managers.

  • Margaret Burke, MD
    Margaret Burke, MD
  • Steve Rotundo
    Steve Rotundo

Human Rights Committee

Liberty Corner strives to support the rights of people with developmental disabilities through our Human Rights Committee.

The Rights Committee includes members otherwise unaffiliated with Liberty Corner in order to insure a bias-free environment.  They review and address possible rights violations or other issues to protect the rights of the people we support.

  • Bob Grimes
    Bob Grimes
  • Carole Graham Williams
    Carole Graham Williams

    I retired from 40 years of service with the N.C. Division of Services for the Blind. I currently works part-time as a note-taker at AB Tech for a Hard of Hearing Student. Liberty Corner Enterprises has impressed me with their dedication to allowing every single individual, no matter what or how severe their disabilities, the opportunity to live as full and independent a life as they can and choose to live. The first time I encountered their philosophy, was when a coworker and I went there with a young man who was totally deaf, blind, profoundly developmentally delayed and for whom we had been seeking services to include employment. All other agencies had refused, stating that the young man was too “handicapped” to work. At LCE, we were told what an “asset” this person would be to their program. They then proceeded to assist him in finding a job that he enjoyed and even offered him a choice. Since then, they have been at the top of my list.

  • Linda McDaniel
    Linda McDaniel

    I work as the Advocate and Community Resource Specialist for the Arc of Buncombe County.   I choose to serve on the LCE Human Right Committee to ensure that each individual receives all rights that they are entitled to.  Individuals no matter what their disability,  deserves a life of dignity, choice and opportunity.  Each individual should have optimum care and services .

  • Patti Griffin
    Patti Griffin
  • Sherry Douglas
    Sherry Douglas
  • Tzena Keyes
    Tzena Keyes