About The Candidates

Tonia Holderman

I have spent my adult life serving our community of Black Mountain, Buncombe county, and Asheville City on boards, committees, and fundraising groups for needy causes. My civic involvement over the years include Civitan, Junior League, and currently Kiwanis. I have served on the board for the Buncombe county council on aging, and most recently the board of the Black Mountain & Swannanoa Chamber of commerce where I served as President from 2017 until 2019.



I also served as Chairman of the search committee for the chambers Executive Director. I have participated in planning committees and fundraising efforts for the Western North Carolina Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, and the committee for raising awareness of elder abuse (WEAAD). Lastly, I served for two years in Asheville City on the Mayor’s committee for Veterans raising awareness of the complex needs of veterans and active duty military in our communities.



I take great pride in each of these acts of volunteerism and have a great understanding of what it means to be active and engaged in community for the betterment of us all.



Archie Pertiller

Just a few words to introduce myself.  My name is Archie C. Pertiller Jr and it is an honor to be one of nine candidates for Black Mountain Alderman.  I am the fifth of seven generations who has and still lives in the beautiful Town of Black Mountain. I am a member of Mills Chapel Baptist Church where I serve as a member of the Gospel Choir, Usher and Treasurer. 


Prior to my retirement a little over a year ago, I was employed by the Black Mountain Center for 6 years Abuse Treatment Center for 23 years.  Currently, I am CEO/Co-Owner of NCI Plus an approved North Carolina Behavioral Management Program.


I’ve had the privilege to serve on numerous boards, committees and civic organizations.  I’ve served on the SECU Advisory Board, Zoning Board of Adjustments, Chair of the Swannanoa Valley MLK (Prayer Breakfast) Corp., Chair of the Executive Board of Directors Swannanoa Montessori School (Black Mountain Montessori). I am currently serving on the board of trustees for UMAR a nonprofit company  based in Charlotte, and the Black Mountain Center Foundation.


I’ve watched Black Mountain grow tremendously in my lifetime, and my vision is to see it continue to grow through a collaborative effort between our community and town government.

Jennifer Willet

I grew up in beautiful Black Mountain North Carolina where my dad was the chief of police, graduated Owen High School and then Montreat College with a degree in Business Management. I also completed the first citizens academy the town of black Mountain ever held, giving citizens a comprehensive overview of the town departments and government. I know how this system works.


I am a financial services officer at the State Employees credit union with 20 years of service, as well as co-own a small business in black Mountain called the Bliss Beauty Bar.


I believe that my business education, my work in finance, and my background in Black Mountain, make me uniquely qualified for the Alderman position open in this race.