Sarah Kimmey Grymes
Sarah is HAC’s Executive Director and is incredibly happy to be able to serve her native Hendersonville and its many residents. She comes from a background in banking and has been involved in assisting with multiple local non-profit organizations, including serving on HAC’s board for over 5 years. It was during this time that she became passionate about the mission at HAC and is now able to use that passion to assist the people of Henderson county with repairs, construction and finding affordable housing.
Director of finance
Stefanie moved to western North Carolina from Louisiana in the 1980s and is proud to call the area home. She and her family have lived in Hendersonville for 13 years. For her, the best part of working at Housing Assistance is working with those who have a passion for service, and finding opportunities to make change in the world, starting right here.
Anita moved from southern California almost 2 years ago for the fresh mountain air and slower pace a small town offers. In San Diego, Anita worked for an international insurance brokerage firm for 22 years, retired in late 2010. Having volunteered in southern California since 1998, it made sense that she would continue this path in Hendersonville. After welcoming those visitors who came through the front door at Housing Assistance for about a year, she was offered a part-time position, which she gladly accepted. She feels at home in Hendersonville, and appreciates the professionalism and compassion shown by the staff at Housing Assistance Corporation toward the community they serve.
Director of development
Sean has been with Housing Assistance longer than any other staff member, and has dedicated 15 years to creating and sustaining affordable housing in Henderson County. He moved to the area in 1997 from Western Michigan. Once he moved to the area, he began working on homes with his father and gained construction experience as well as built custom staircases. Sean is now a licensed General Contractor and has been involved in the construction of over 120 homes with Housing Assistance. Part of Sean’s commitment to affordable housing comes from firsthand experience, as he and his family became homeowners through Housing Assistances Self-Help program in 2001. We are incredibly fortunate Sean decided to call Western North Carolina Home and has made such a commitment to The Housing Assistance Corporation.
Gary was born and raised in Henderson County, and we are lucky that he stuck around. He has dedicated 13 years to working for HAC and is our loyal construction superintendent. He oversees our self-help and new homes programs. Gary went to high school at West Henderson and then went to Blue Ridge Community College and obtained a carpentry degree. He started working construction around 1998 and has loved it ever since. He cares about the people we work with and making sure that everyone has a chance to live in a decent environment. Gary enjoys being a part of this community and working alongside his co-workers that he considers a part of his family.
Al has been working with HAC since the spring of 2017. His desire to serve people in the community has helped individuals and families end up with affordable and beautiful homes. Al previously worked for 12 years as a machinist and got a degree from Blue Ridge Community College in blue print reading and machine operating (with a 4.0 GPA!). He works with our self-help, new homes and home repair programs. Al has contributed a great deal with his bilingual abilities to help us work with a more diverse group of clients. He enjoys Western North Carolina because of the scenery and being able to enjoy all 4 seasons.
Heather is our certified housing counselor for Housing Assistance. She has been with HAC since May of 2017 and works with families to help prepare them for homeownership, assist them with their applications and support them on their path to becoming homeowners. She has over 10 years of experience in banking, finance and consumer lending, is a certified USDA 502 direct loan packager and NCHFA member assisting with down payment assistance. She has associates degrees in both Business Administration, Marketing and Retailing as well as in Art. Heather is also currently in school working to get her bachelor's degree in Communications through ECU. In 2006 she started working towards her own goal of homeownership through a self-sufficiency program and by 2009 she was able to purchase her first home for herself and her three daughters. Heather personally understands the amount of work and dedication it takes to make someone's dreams a reality.
Resource development and community outreach coordinator
Ashlynn started with HAC in the fall of 2017 and is already a welcome face in the office. She is from Henderson County originally, and is a graduate from WCU with a degree in Political Science who is currently in the Master’s program for Public Administration. She has experience in a variety of areas as she was an intern for the Henderson County Planning Department and the ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation. Ashlynn believes that housing can lead to an overall better life because it provides security and can be a starting point for everything else to come. She enjoys WNC for the small town feel but also for the closeness and compassion from community members.
Home repair and volunteer coordinator
Emalee was born and raised in Hendersonville and just recently moved back to the area after exploring the North. Emalee has experience in working at a domestic violence shelter and at a low barrier winter warming shelter. She graduated from Western Carolina University in spring of 2016 with a degree in Sociology and minor in Psychology. Emalee views housing as a central hub for all things wonderful in our lives, and that everyone should have access to the happiness and pride that a home brings. She enjoys the friendly culture of western NC and is thankful to call this area home.