Our Staff and Board
Director of Finance and Operations Nicole Almeida, Clinical Manager Pam Penland, Executive Director Meredith Switzer, and Development Director Brendan Hughes
Meredith Switzer, M.Ed.
828.259.3369 ext. 108
Meredith has over 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit arena and has served in leadership capacities – either on staff, Board of Directors, or Advisory Council – for more than 15 regional nonprofits. She has dedicated her career to finding solutions to challenging community issues including food insecurity, access to mental health services, affordable quality childcare, public education, and housing and homelessness.
Meredith is a graduate of Leadership Asheville and Leadership North Carolina and currently serves on the WomanUP Committee for the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. She was recognized as the Chamber’s “Outstanding Woman in Nonprofit Leadership” in January 2021 and received a COVID Humanitarian Award in October 2021 for her executive leadership at Homeward Bound of WNC during the pandemic.
She holds a B.A. in Broadcast Communications from UNC Chapel Hill and a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When not engaged in nonprofit work, she enjoys discovering a new hiking or running spot in the beautiful WNC mountains, spending time with friends, cheering on her children in their sporting endeavors (go Black Hawks!), and practically any activity that includes her husband, three sons, and terrier, Scout.
828.259.3369 ext. 101
Pam’s background is in psychiatric nursing where she worked a number of years in psychiatric inpatient settings and community mental health. She has been with All Souls Counseling Center for more than 17 years and is dedicated to continuing the mission.
Director of Finance & Operations
828.259.3369 ext. 104
Before joining the staff of ASCC in October 2019, she has many years of experience in office management and leadership. She is passionate about the work of ASCC and is dedicated to supporting its mission of providing mental health counseling for the uninsured and underinsured of our communities.
828.259.3369 ext. 109
Brendan has over 11 years of experience in nonprofit development and management in the mental health, social entrepreneurship, youth development, and affordable housing fields. He received an MBA from UC San Diego and served in the Peace Corps. He is committed to supporting the compassionate mental health services that ASCC provides. In his free time, Brendan enjoys tennis, nerdy books and videogames, and hikes with his dog Zoe.
Outreach and Community Engagement Manager
828.259.3369 ext. 112
Victoria was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA and moved to North Carolina in 2011 to attend High Point University. In 2015 she graduated from HPU with a B.A in Business Administration and minors in Marketing and Anthropology. From 2015-2021 she worked in High Point on food security and local food initiatives and started her own non-profit called Growing High Point. Victoria and her husband now live in Asheville and enjoy hiking with their two dogs Lady and Theo, exploring the local food scene, and traveling. She is excited to be joining the ASCC team and engaging with underserved members of our community.
Clinical Program Administrator
Donna has 20 years of experience in counseling and leadership. She received her BA in Psychology from Augusta State University and her Masters in Counseling from East TN State University. Donna is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in TN, VA, and NC. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, gardening, pilates and spending time with friends, family, and her dogs, Bogie and Lucca. She is excited to join the staff and support the mission of ASCC.
Board of Directors
Several members of our Board of Directors at our Annual Board Retreat
Chad Donnahoo, Esq.
First Horizon Bank
Stephanie Citron, Ph.D.
Richard Gloor, D.O.
Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC)
Resources for Resilience