Her spirit lives on
A woman whose compassion knew no bounds, Mona Cornwell was the longtime director of marketing and community relations at A-B Tech, where she was instrumental in the college’s mission of helping area residents change their lives for the better.
As a mental health advocate, she was the spark and drive behind Crisis Intervention Team training that area law enforcement officers now use in situations involving mental illness. Never one to see a need and turn away, she worked in ways both big and small to improve the lives of the homeless, poor and other disenfranchised segments of society.

A woman of incomparable warmth and grace, Mona died far too young April 2, 2013, from ovarian cancer. She was 53.

Mona's Legacy at work in the community

In part funded by contributions to Mona’s Legacy, grants from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina have:

• Helped Asheville’s All Souls Counseling Center provide mental health services to Western North Carolina residents who would otherwise do without.

• Helped high school dropouts get their GEDs and at the same time train for jobs in growth industries

through Project Jumpstart, a joint initiative between A-B Tech and Goodwill Industries. The program also assists those who wish to pursue additional educational opportunities.

In the future, funds from Mona’s Legacy will continue to be used for similar projects that help area residents in need achieve a higher quality of life with a bias toward those that are innovative, cost-effective and meet unserved or underserved needs.