Originally a South Florida native, Sierra has been in North Carolina since 2007. She graduated from UNC Asheville with a degree in sociology and didn’t want to leave the beautiful mountains. For the past five years, she has worked in city and state government, first for the Asheville Police Department as the Investigations Office Assistant and then as HR Business Services Coordinator. While at APD, she implemented a new payroll software for 200+ employees, served on the awards committee for several years and worked with the command staff to implement new onboarding, separation and data storage methods. She most recently worked as an Office Manager for Alcohol Law Enforcement, a state agency with the Department of Public Safety. In this role, she supported the Asheville division in timekeeping, administrative and investigative projects.
In her role at Dogwood as Administrative Coordinator, she hopes to use her prior experience and skills in organization, project management, and problem-solving to become an integral part of the team.
One of her favorite hobbies is baking. She also enjoys candle making, seeing live shows (mostly classic rock), and traveling with her husband.
Support programs and networks that reduce deaths, treat addiction, and prevent first use
Help reduce disparities based on race, location, education and income factors
Invest in integrated heath care with seamless connections to supportive services
Support communities that promote healthy living and resiliency and help mitigate the impact of trauma, isolation and stress on individuals and families, especially those experiencing poverty
Support a well-funded, sustainable, competitive entrepreneur and small business ecosystem throughout the region
Help build a regional economic ecosystem that supports increased creation/retention of jobs and business ownership
Help build a skilled workforce with the knowledge and technical abilities to excel in a wide range of industry employment opportunities that provide a competitive, sustainable wage
Source, analyze and share a comprehensive, county-by-county data set that paints a full picture of work readiness, economic development and entrepreneurial needs and opportunities specific to Western North Carolina
Work in tandem with Economic Opportunity Strategic Priority to invest in career readiness at the community college and university levels
Support K-12 learning experiences with the resources and sustainability to provide an excellent academic and social-emotional education, so that all students graduate ready for college or career
Invest in an improved early childhood education ecosystem with the resources and sustainability to provide developmentally appropriate, affordable and accessible education and care to support ages birth to five, so that all children in WNC enter kindergarten ready to learn
Source, analyze and share a comprehensive set of publicly available data that provides a regularly updated, county-by-county picture of access, workforce and student outcomes in early childhood education and K-12 education specific to Western North Carolina
Loans, guarantees, and other financial tools to leverage funding opportunities
Increase affordable housing for lowest-income individuals and families
Support age-appropriate resources in affordable and workforce units, rental and owned
Invest in housing with sustainable supports for physical and mental health and wellbeing
Support healthy and safe revitalizations that work against displacement and gentrification, preserve home ownership and create generational wealth.