Here are this year's Heroes of Asheville! Click any name below to find out more about the nominee!

Amy knisley

Teacher and advocate for environmental and social justice

ananda usa

Nun and founder of the Women's Wellbeing and Development Foundation, dedicated to serving her community

ashley cole

Advocate for mental health services and support

Belinda Shelton

Works at the Buncombe County Register of Deeds; protects the dignity of those who have gone before us

Billy Jonas

Musician for children and adults dedicated to building connections through music

Buzz Durham

Leader of the Grace Presbyterian Community Garden and community activist

Chris Weaver 

Teacher who started the Heroes of Asheville Project

Cissy Majebe

Acupuncturist and advocate for the healing arts

Cookie Mills

Supportive, kind, and generous community member

Ellen Begley

Counselor dedicated to making mental health services accessible to all

Garvin Deters

Teacher and advocate for education and community

Jeff Levi

Environmental biologist and botanist dedicated to protecting our environment

John Huie

Helps young people develop a closer relationship with the natural world

Julie Wade

Founder of the Snake, Rabbit, and Snail Bookmobile; dedicated to ensuring access to books for all

Kim Roney

Teacher and musician dedicated to community empowerment

Mark Ackerman

School counselor and foster parent dedicated to inclusion and equity

Michael Dickinson

Master and teacher of martial arts and co-owner of Sun Soo Martial Arts

Nex Millen

Teacher, musician, and advocate for the African-American community

nick haskell

Community activist dedicated to engagement and empowerment for all

Sandy Drake

Founder of the Swannanoa Community Garden, dedicated to feeding the hungry

Shannon Spencer

Leader of the 12 Baskets Cafe, dedicated to feeding the hungry and promoting love and respect for all people

Shonna Campbell

Inclusive and inspiring fitness teacher

Stephen Janes

Founder of Trips for Kids WNC, dedicated to giving all kids access to mountain biking experiences

Susanne Willis

Advocate for community engagement, health, and fitness

thabiti sabahive

Master and teacher of martial arts

Zeke Christopoulos

Transgender activist and advocate for all members of the LGBTQ community