Board Members

Ed Spencer, M.Ed., LMSW

Chairman and Ex-Officio Member of all Committees


A resident of Saluda, NC, Mr. Spencer holds a M.Ed. in Administration from the University of SC (USC) and a Clinical M.S.W. from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU); and has over 40 years accumulated time in public service through work as a Page in the SC General Assembly, American Red Cross MH Disaster Services, various departments in state government and several positions in the SC Department of Mental Health including nine years as a DMH inpatient facility director (Morris Village). His service in these endeavors have resulted in appointments to many academic, civic and professional posts, such as those at USC, VCU, the College of Charleston, the Town of Arcadia Lakes, University of Georgia, Erskine College, Johnson & Wales University(Charleston) and Midlands Technical College. Over years, he has held professional associations with the Academy of Certified Social Workers, the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and the Carolinas Group Psychotherapy Society. He received credentials in the service delivery of individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, Statewide SCDMH Disaster Response Management, biofeedback equipment utilization, the utilization of self-hypnosis techniques and stress management training. Ed has extensive public and private sector grants management experience. He most recently directed the team supporting the DMH Telepsychiatry Consultation Program – a partnership with The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, NC, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, the SC Department of Health and Human Services and the SC Hospital Association to render statewide distant telemedicine-based local hospital emergency department mental health emergency assessments utilizing long distance innovative video technology. In this position, Ed directed the team which designed and directed the nation’s first statewide telepsychiatry consultation program.


Joshua Denton

Vice Chairman and Member of the Community Outreach and and Fundraising and Board Development Committees


Joshua Denton new board member to Thrive worked as a Manager for Walmart Stores Inc for over 20 years.  He was a distinct member of the group Palmetto Pride, as one of the top managers in all of South Carolina, specializing in Operations and Team Member Engagement. Joshua was born and raised in Henderson County, he attended Blue Ridge Community College and then Appalachian State University. Upon retiring from Walmart, Joshua returned to Henderson County where he resides with his wife Shelley and their two sons Jackson and Jonah. Joshua has a passion for work with local non profits where he fund raises, helps in communications and community outreach, and actively engages in the mission of the board.



Terry Andersen

Treasurer and Finance Committee Chairman

terry_andersenTerry is a Partner of a local CPA firm with offices in Hendersonville and Brevard.  He is a graduate of University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  He has been treasurer of various non-profits over the last twenty-plus years including Four Seasons Hospice, Interfaith Assistance Ministry, The Free Clinics, Carolina Village and Thrive.  He was also Finance chair and formed Council President of Grace Lutheran Church.





Jolie Singletary

Most recent past Chairwoman, Member of the Executive Committee and the Community Outreach and and Fundraising Committee

JolieJolie lives in here in Hendersonville with daughter Annabelle. She is an avid nonprofit volunteer in PR, fundraising, program development, and volunteer recruitment. Jolie received her Bachelor’s in English from the University of Florida. Jolie moved to Hendersonville in 2010 from Atlanta. Jolie is very active in her community and loves calling Hendersonville home.





Gary Cyphers

Secretary and Member of the Facilities and Services Committee, Board Development Committee, and Executive Committee


Gary’s first job was during the 1970’s glory-days of the community mental health movement.  His 40-year career was in public mental health and human services administration in Ann Arbor, MI; Evanston, IL and Alexandria, VA.  He has a MA in sociology and MPH in public health administration from the University of Michigan.  Gary and his wife, Judy, retired in 2009 to Hendersonville where he volunteers on the First Congregational Church Governing Council and Meals on Wheels.





Linda Thomas

Chair of the Community Outreach and and Fundraising Committee, Member of the Board Development Committee


Linda is a born and bred native of Henderson County. She has worked in the Operations Department of Morrow Insurance for 19 years. She is a devoted volunteer for nonprofit agencies and is active in her church, New Covenant Fellowship. She believes in giving back and making a difference in the community that has been home to her family for several generations. She has been married to her husband, Eddie for 29 years.  They are proud parents of one son and reside in Saluda, NC.




Pauline Carpenter

Chair of the Board Development Committee, Member of the Facility and Services Committee and Community Outreach and Fundraising Committee

Pauline Carpenter is an active advocate in everything she does. She possesses a background in non-profit programming/fundraising/program funding, government and private programs (state, federal and local level) & healthcare. Her current activities include: Dialysis Patient Citizens (an active Kidney Community group), United Way of Henderson County (Rising Leaders, Women United), VISION Henderson County, and other volunteer projects within her community and surrounding areas.  

For the past 8 years, Pauline has worked for Resource Corporation of America (RCA) and has spent the last 6 years in management with the last 4 in her current role as Regional Director of Operations. In this role, Pauline manages teams in NC, TN, KY & GA that work with Hospital Revenue Cycles as a resource to capture at-risk dollars and converting them into sources of revenue for these facilities.

In her spare time, she loves spending time with her niece and nephews, Godchildren and extended family. She also loves to read.


Marcus Jones

Chair of the Facility and Services Committee and Member of the Finance Committee


Since 2007, Marcus has served Henderson County as the County Engineer and has been in the Public Works field for over twenty years in both private and public roles.  His education took him to UNC Chapel Hill for a business degree and NC State for a degree in Civil Engineering.  To complete the triangle, he was commissioned as an Infantry Lieutenant through Duke ROTC.  He pulls for Carolina.  Also, he has volunteered for the following non-profits in the County: Kiwanis, United Way, Camplify and The Free Clinics.  Marcus is married to Kendall and they have two daughters.



Bryan B2 Byrd

Member of the Community Outreach and Fundraising Committee


Bryan has been visiting the mountains of Western North Carolina his entire life but Hendersonville did not find him until 2012. He is a Realtor with the We Sell WNC Team of  Keller Williams Mountain Partners in Historic Downtown Hendersonville and is an active member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. Bryan enjoys serving as Emcee for local civic and non-profit events and hiking in the mountains. He has two sons who attend the University of North Carolina Charlotte.




David Maupin

Member of the Finance Committee


David Maupin joined Edward Jones Investments in 2014 as a Financial Advisor after spending 15 years in corporate finance in various roles. He serves on the board of directors for The Council on Aging of Henderson County and the Hendersonville Lions Club. He volunteers with the United Way of Henderson County as a funding panel member and as a loaned executive. He is also member of the United Way’s Small Business League. David earned his BBA in Accounting in 1999 and his MBA in 2002 both from the University of North Alabama. He enjoys spending time with his boys and doing charitable work.



Caroline Ellis

Member of the Community Outreach and and Fundraising Committee

Caroline Ellis is a born and raised Hendersonville native. After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill in 2016 with a degree in Media and Journalism, the mountains called Caroline back home. Caroline currently works in the community as a Client Account Manager. Over the last three years Caroline has explored the different non-profit entities in Hendersonville by way of serving on various event planning committees. She is thrilled to have a more hands on roll as a board member of Thrive to help spread the mission and raise awareness towards helping people better understand the needs of those who suffer from mental illness and homelessness. In her free time you can find Caroline engaging in the community as a part of Young Professionals, checking out a local brewery, spending time with her nieces and nephew or hanging out with her Tabby cat, Teddy.



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