Staff

Since 1984, the SBTDC has served North Carolina business owners and entrepreneurs. The Cullowhee and Asheville offices have professional staff who combine real-life business experience with industry experience, education and advanced training. Many of our counselors have been business owners or have held executive positions.

Your Business Advisors


Sandra Dennison
Regional Director

Elena Gupta
Business Counselor

Chris Slaughter
Business Counselor

Ashley McFarland
Business Counselor

Ben Robbins
Business Launch Specialist

Pam Racer
NC PTAC Counselor

Statewide Programs & Resources