Our Leaders

Operations of The Salvation Army are supervised by trained, commissioned officers. They serve as administrators, teachers, social workers, counselors, youth leaders, and musicians. Officers dedicate their lives, skills and service to the communities in which they are placed and we couldn't be more excited to welcome our new officers to Asheville.

Major Phil Swyers and Captain Rebekah Swyers came to Asheville from Savannah. The Swyers’ time with Savannah’s Salvation Army post began in 2013. Since then they provided relief to first responders and residents during and after Hurricanes Irma and Matthew, helped Savannah’s homeless community weather January’s winter storm and opened three other Salvation Army family stores in the area, bringing the total to five.

The two were corps officers have been in The Salvation Army for 20+ years in various communities and come to Asheville with open hearts, ready to serve the residents of Buncombe County.

Our Team Leaders

In conjunction with our officers our team consists of individuals from all different backgrounds and experiences. They too have dedicated their lives to serving Asheville and Buncombe County and continue to daily pour love and light into our community as partners and leaders.

Gardner M. Bridges, Human Resources Administrator & Volunteer Coordinator

Gardner serves as our human resources extraordinaire and also organizes and coordinates all our volunteer services across our programming areas. He is a native of Asheville and retired from the Buncombe County School System after 25 years as a teacher, principal, and central office administrator. Gardner enjoys singing, presidential history, shuttling his kids to dance and church activities and traveling. He lives in the Leicester community with his wife, Cissy and children, Bobbie Marie and Kirbie Jean.

~ Master of Arts in School Administration and Leadership
~ Master of Arts in Elementary Education
~ Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Reading

Alex, Project FIGHT Case Manager

Alex is our Western NC Anti-Human Trafficking Case Manager (Project FIGHT). She serves survivors of human trafficking by providing comprehensive case management and referrals to needed services. Alex actively works to engage the community by providing education and conducting outreach in order to increase awareness of human trafficking in our community

~ Bachelors of Art in Social Work

Evelyne Ball, Social Service Director

Evelyne takes pride in assisting individuals who are experiencing finically crises, assisting with food insecurities, and offering case management for our shelter residents. She advocates for individuals who are vulnerable while building bridges of support within our community. Evelyne loves her family and takes pride in hosting family dinners and gatherings. She loves camping, reading, and is most passionate about empowering others to fulfill their goals and dreams!

~ Master of Social Work, East Tennessee State University
~ Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Mars Hill University

Erin C. Wilson, Director of Development & Communications

Erin is an Asheville native though has lived in nearly every region of the US. She began working with our Club in March, 2018 and is excited to support our mission and continue growing our organization. Erin loves to travel, ride horses, hike, and do anything on or around the water.

~ Master of Biblical Studies and Theological Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
~ Master of Arts in Corporate Communication and Leadership, Gonzaga University
~ Bachelor of Arts in Communication, University of South Carolina-Spartanburg