JéWana Grier-McEachin grew up in High Point, N.C. She studied at Oakwood University in Huntsville Alabama receiving a B.A. Degree in Communications with a minor in business management. As you enter the gate of Oakwood it reads “Enter to Learn” and as you leave it says, “Depart to Serve”. Appropriately her transition to the nonprofit field was a true reflection of her belief that success is not measured by the amount of money you make, rather by the number of lives you touch. She is the current Executive Director of the Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement (ABIPA), and has been with the organization since 2008. ABIPA is dedicated to improving the health of African Americans and underserved populations. This vision is reflected in the organizations holistic approach to addressing issues of health while focusing on four major areas that impact our ability to successfully establish health parity: education, social, economic and physical health. She believes that, public policies and cultural competencies must be enacted to pro-actively eliminate disparities between the diminished quality of care. ABIPA is clear that the community must address the health and quality of life as experienced by African Americans and vulnerable populations in Western North Carolina to enrich the life experience of the whole community.