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Our Vision

Our vision is a world where everyone has reliable transportation regardless of income. We envision a society where people are not held back from accessing healthcare, education, and job opportunities due to a lack of transportation. By providing funding for automotive repair and maintenance on a sliding scale fee based on income, we aim to bridge the transportation gap that has left so many behind. Our nonprofit exists to empower individuals and communities by ensuring that transportation barriers do not limit their potential. We envision a future where everyone has access to safe and reliable transportation, regardless of their socioeconomic status.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide funding for automotive repair and maintenance services to individuals and families in need. We strive to reduce the transportation crisis that has left so many unable to access essential services and job opportunities. By offering a sliding scale fee based on income, we aim to ensure that cost is not a barrier for those in need of reliable transportation. Our organization is committed to promoting equity and social justice by providing resources to those who are often marginalized due to their financial situation. We believe that everyone deserves access to safe and reliable transportation, and we are committed to making this a reality for those who need it most.

Our Core Values

Commitment to excellence
Dignity for all people
Compassion for all those in need

Our Team

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Kayla Williams

Executive Director

Kayla Williams is a dedicated community leader and compassionate innovator who co-founded Automotive Service Assistance (ASA) with her mother, Christy Laird. As Executive Director, Kayla ensures that automotive repair services are accessible and affordable for those in need. Her background in project coordination, marketing, and volunteer work fuels her passion for community involvement, driving ASA’s mission to provide safe and reliable transportation for all.

Inspired by personal experiences with the financial strain of automotive repairs, Kayla and her mother founded ASA to offer repair and maintenance services on a sliding scale based on income. Kayla’s extensive volunteer work has taught her the importance of empathy and compassion, shaping her approach to leading ASA and making a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals and families. Outside of her work, Kayla enjoys karaoke and playing Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Dungeons & Dragons with her family and friends.

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Christy Laird

Director of Benefits and Co-Founder

Christy Laird is a seasoned professional with nearly 20 years of experience in the automotive industry. With a passion for helping others and a wealth of knowledge in managing and running automotive shops, she has played a pivotal role in the establishment and success of Automotive Service Assistance (ASA).

Growing up surrounded by car parts and witnessing the inner workings of vehicle repairs, Christy developed an innate curiosity about automobiles. While her initial career aspiration was to become a nurse, fate led her down a different path, and she ultimately became an ASE Certified Automotive Service Consultant. Instead of providing assistance in the realm of human care, she found fulfillment in offering her expertise in vehicle care.

While Christy doesn’t claim to know everything about vehicles, her accumulated knowledge and eagerness to learn enable her to tackle any challenge that comes her way. With a firm belief in the power of giving, she takes joy in witnessing the smiles on people’s faces when she provides assistance, even with the simplest of things. For Christy, helping others is a reflection of her deep-rooted faith and the presence of Jesus in her heart.

Remarkably, Christy’s expertise in the automotive field has been entirely self-taught. She has honed her skills and expanded her understanding through hands-on experience rather than formal education. Over the course of her career, having spent more than two decades working in various automotive repair shops, she has encountered countless individuals in dire need of vehicle repairs. It is this genuine desire to make a difference that fuels her dedication to offering assistance.

When Christy says, “I am here to help,” it is not a mere greeting but a heartfelt commitment. Her genuine concern for others and her unwavering dedication to resolving their automotive challenges make her an invaluable asset to ASA. With her extensive knowledge, compassionate nature, and hands-on experience, she exemplifies professionalism and a true passion for service.

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Robert Taylor

Vice President of the Board

Robert Taylor is a seasoned professional with a diverse background in sales engineering and a proven track record of success. As Vice President of the Board for Automotive Service Assistance, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, he brings his expertise and passion for serving others.

Robert possesses a unique blend of technical knowledge and sales acumen. His role as a Solutions Architect has enabled him to secure new clients through expert guidance, ensuring that their specific needs are met with tailored solutions. Robert is known for his ability to develop a deep understanding of emerging technologies and effectively communicate their benefits to prospective clients.

With his thoughtful and professional approach, Robert Taylor is an invaluable asset to the Automotive Service Assistance team. His dedication to serving individuals in need, combined with his sales engineering expertise, positions him as a visionary leader in the nonprofit sector. Through his contributions, he strives to make a lasting impact on the lives of those seeking affordable automotive repair and maintenance services.

Jason White


Jason White is an esteemed board member for Automotive Service Assistance, where he brings his expertise in finance and strategic planning to drive organizational growth and success.
Jason is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. Currently serving as a Vice President at First Citizens Bank, Jason specializes in providing tailored financial solutions to small businesses and their owners, leveraging his extensive experience and expertise.  Prior to his current position at First Citizens, Jason spent time working at Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Synovus.   Before entering the financial services industry, Jason spent nearly 12 years in the retail and telecom industries serving in multiple sales and leadership positions for Finish Line, Alltel Wireless and Verizon Wireless.
Throughout his career, Jason has cultivated strong relationships and collaborated with individuals from diverse backgrounds, an experience that has enriched his perspective and enhanced his ability to connect with clients on a deeper level. This inclusive approach has proven to be invaluable in understanding and addressing the unique financial needs of a wide range of clients, ultimately contributing to his success in helping them achieve their goals.
Outside of his professional career, Jason and his wife have been married for over 24 years and have 2 children. His wife Julie works for the local school district as an elementary school Assistant Principal and they are enjoying their time as recent empty nesters!
With a commitment to excellence and a passion for empowering businesses to thrive, Jason is dedicated to making a meaningful impact in the financial sector and beyond.
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Carolynn Hudson

Board Member

Carolynn Hudson is an esteemed board member of Automotive Service Assistance (ASA), bringing a wealth of experience and a deep passion for customer service and helping others. With a strong background in management, customer service, and retail spanning well over a decade, Carolynn has developed a keen understanding of the importance of meeting the needs of individuals and maximizing resources to enhance customer experiences.

Carolynn’s commitment to finding innovative solutions that balance efficiency and customer satisfaction sets her apart as a valuable asset to the ASA team. She firmly believes in the power of collaboration and resourcefulness, ensuring that ASA can provide optimal support and assistance to individuals in the automotive service industry.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Carolynn’s dedication to making a positive impact extends to her personal life as well. As a devoted mother of five wonderfully chaotic children, she understands the significance of fostering a compassionate and helpful society for future generations. This profound desire to create a world where helping others is second nature propels Carolynn’s efforts at ASA, where she channels her energy and commitment to making a difference.

Carolynn Hudson’s invaluable expertise, combined with her unwavering passion for customer service and dedication to societal betterment, make her an exceptional board member of Automotive Service Assistance. Through her visionary leadership and collaborative spirit, she continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the organization’s mission to provide essential support and resources to the automotive service industry.

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Jada Willis

Board Member

Jada Willis is CEO of Jada Willis Consulting. Previously she served as CEO of Willis HR (now JER HR Group), an outsourced HR Consulting firm headquartered in Columbia, SC. Willis HR received the SC Best in Business awards by being voted 2021 and 2022’s Best Human Resource Benefits Company and 2021’s Best Minority Business of the Year.

Jada has established herself as a thought leader in leadership development, consensus building, and transforming company culture. Jada is the author of “Pantsless Nation: HR Guidance for Mastering Remote Work” and the host of the international podcast, “HR after Dark: Solving the People Problems that Keep You Up at Night.”

Jada’s passion for people is contagious and she has an innate ability to motivate those around her. Her knowledge is derived from 18+ years of proven success in HR roles within Fortune 100 organizations. Most notably, Verizon and Target Corporation. Jada holds a Master’s of Arts in Industrial and Labor Relations and a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management.

Jada believes in the importance of serving others; she focuses on social causes such as hunger, working poor, economic opportunity and empowerment. Jada is the Chair of the Board of Directors for Harvest Hope Food Bank, volunteers at various Homeless Shelters and is a Member of the McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise – Partnership Council.

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