Our Board

Staff:  WNC Superheroes was founded as a volunteer organization with no paid staff. In the years since our founding, the need for what we do has grown substantially. In 2020, WNC Superheroes hired a

part-time Executive Director to manage the increasing activity and grow our resources. 


Kelly C. Shanafelt, Executive Director

Kelly Shanafelt brings 20 years of non-profit management and fundraising experience to WNC Superheroes. She has served as an Executive Director, Interim Executive Director, Development Director, and Program Manager in some fantastic non-profits throughout WNC, including the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, Asheville Community Theatre, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Warren Wilson College, and MAHEC. She is also a consultant with Sims & Steele Consulting. Kelly has also served as a Board member for several organizations throughout the region, and currently serves on the Board of the WNC Association of Fundraising Professionals. “I am proud to have been working with WNC Superheroes since it began and am excited to continue working to grow this incredible organization. The mission of WNC Superheroes is close to my heart. We all need a hero at some point in our lives, and we can all be a hero to someone else!


Board of Directors


Tyler Brisbon, Founder, Board President

Tyler has worked as a professional pilot for 30 years, Tyler worked in the community as a Guardian ad Litem for seven years and has volunteered in the Prevention, Education, and Outreach Program at Our VOICE, Asheville’s rape crisis center. Mr. Brisbon is passionate about helping families and preventing a short-term crisis from becoming a long-term problem.


Jeff Camp, Board Member

Jeff has a long history of social work and assisting others in need. Since 2004, he has been employed by Buncombe County Health and Human Services as a social Worker where he has worked in foster care, foster care supervision, foster care with a specialty in teens and young adults, and foster care licensing. Prior to that, Jeff worked at the Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine, FL. As a Social Worker/Discharge Planner. He also has corporate experience having worked for The Melville Corporation in Brockton, MA and the General; Electric Corporation in Dayton, FL. In 1983, Jeff graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.


Monica Antonazzo, Board Member

Monica has worked with non-profits off and on for 18 years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Pennsylvania State University in Women’s Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Western Carolina University. She served in the peace Corps in South Africa from 2006-2008 in the HIV/AIDS Community Group Capacity Building Project. Formerly, she was the Director of Prevention, Education, and Outreach at Our VOICE, Asheville’s rape crisis center. She has taught at Western Carolina University, AB Tech, and Carolina Day School. She is currently the Executive Director of Horizons at Carolina Day School. Horizons is a summer enrichment program for low-income families, held on the campus of Carolina Day. Monica is passionate about helping people with limited economic means access education and other opportunities in order to make improvements in their lives and in the lives of their families. She is keenly aware that people’s basic needs must be met in order for them to focus on future goals. She looks forward to helping guide the mission of WNC Superheroes in harnessing the goodwill and generosity of the community to help families in their moment of greatest need.


Jim Lowe, Board Member

Jim has been a tax professional in the Asheville area for over 20 years.  He, with his wife and daughter, own and operate AVL Tax Professionals. For many years, Jim has volunteered on church mission trips and adult & teenage retreat weekends.  He has a deep conviction to help those in need and is grateful to be adding his professional experience to enable WNC Superheros connect those in acute need with a Superhero in WNC to meet that need. 


Cara Carlson, Board Member

Cara has worked as a Recreation Therapist (CTRS) for the past 17 years, and is the founder and facilitator of Low Cost AVL Area Happenings. It was initially started in 2014 to help a small group of Veterans find affordable leisure alternatives and has since expanded to assist the WNC community. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Illinois University in Recreation Administration, Therapeutic Recreation, and Psychology. While working on her degree, she worked and volunteered with multiple non-profit organizations. Since a young age, it has been her passion to help others. Whether that happens through giving her time, donating to an important cause, or connecting someone with a person or resource that can meet the need, she is ready and willing. While she loves her career, her dream job is to someday be a full-time volunteer. She currently volunteers with Heart of Horse Sense, Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, and Asheville Humane Society.  Cara has lived in the Asheville area since 2008. While born and raised in Northern Illinois, she has had a love for the Blue Ridge Mountains for years and is thankful to now call it home.

Carolina Robles, Board Member

Carolina currently works at Helpmate serving survivors of domestic violence as a bilingual case manager/counselor, and previously as an intake specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology, as well as a Master’s of Social Work. Carolina is passionate about helping those in need and participated in many community service activities during her undergraduate and graduate studies. She hopes to one day open up a private practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and extend therapy services to the larger immigrant community.


WNC Superheroes has a simple mission: To address acute needs before they become long-term problems. Today, a large portion of the western North Carolina community lives on the financial edge, unable to save money for an emergency or even make ends meet.  Often, when an acute problem arises, it needs to be solved quickly to prevent further harm. 


Superheroes addresses these needs by using the power of crowd funding to allow many people making small gifts to have an enormous impact. No one should have to face years of struggle due to a one-time need. This kind of emergency crisis intervention can make all the difference to families in our region.

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Asheville, NC 28802

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