Vanessa moved to the Asheville area from Atlanta, where she served as Executive Director for the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta. Under her leadership the organization experienced significant growth and member engagement.

Prior to DSAA Vanessa served in senior leadership positions at several top global communications companies. She has counseled a broad array of brands including IBM, Safe Kids Worldwide, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Home Depot, Weight Watchers and more.

Vanessa has received more than a dozen industry awards and has developed a wide range of expertise that encompasses brand development, consumer advocacy, community relations and product launches.

Vanessa is active in her local community and previously founded a non-profit organization, Garden4Good, dedicated to teaching children about healthy eating while fostering a sense of responsibility through community garden projects.