Senior Program Officer Lee Henderson-Hill joined Community Foundation of Henderson County in August 2009. She previously served as Executive Director of Downtown Hendersonville, Inc. for four years. Prior to that, she was Operations and Member Services Manager of the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce for more than five years. Lee also had a 14-year career as a Senior Paralegal with law firms in Sylva and Hendersonville, working locally with Bazzle, Carr and Gasperson. She is an active notary public, licensed since 1987. In 2018, Lee received the ATHENA Leadership Award given in memory of Vanessa Y. Mintz. Also in 2014, Lee was named a Dedicated Women of Western North Carolina by the Times-News in Hendersonville.
Lee holds a BSBA degree in Business Administration and Law from Western Carolina University, an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal Technology and an Associate’s Degree in General Education from Southwestern Community College. She attended two years of a four-year program with the Institute of Organizational Management, a U.S. Chamber Executives Program at the University of Georgia in Athens. In 1999, Lee was Covey Trained in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and is a 1997 graduate of Vision Henderson County. She authored and presented the paper “Mediation-The Direction of the Future” at the Southwestern Federation of Administrative Disciplines Conference in San Antonio in March 1996 and the paper “Wal-Mart Super Centers-The Strategic Implications” at the Western Carolina University Undergraduate Research Symposium in April 1996.
Lee is very active with Henderson County nonprofits, currently serving as a volunteer, board member and Immediate Past President of the N.C. Apple Festival and as a troop leader and Global Action Volunteer (GAV) with Girl Scouts, of which she is a lifelong member. She also is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Hendersonville serving as Vice President and Past Committee Chair. Lee serves as Chair of the ATHENA International Award Committee sponsored by the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce and is Immediate Past Chair of the Vision Henderson County Alumni Advisory Group. Previously she served as a Funds Allocation Panel Chair and a member of the allocations panel for United Way of Henderson County from 2003-2012. She is a past board member and officer of The Healing Place, Children & Family Resource Center, United Agenda for Children, and United Way of Henderson County. Lee is past chair of the Legal Assistant’s Division of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers representing paralegals across the state of North Carolina.
A native of Western North Carolina who grew up at Fontana Dam, Lee moved to Henderson County in 1996. She is married to Dale Hill. They have two children, Drew Hill and Brittney Lee Holder. Drew has four children, who call Lee “Grams”, three boys, Drake, Dalton and Draylen and a daughter, Raylee. Brittney was the 2005 N.C. Apple Festival Apple Ambassador, a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Assistant Director of Development for the Catamount Club at Western Carolina University currently residing in Cullowhee, N.C.