We are WNC: Maxine Wilkerson, 64, has lived in Saluda, NC, for over a quarter of a century. Although it is a small town of 561 people, with two functioning general stores, Saluda is the town where she's found peace, Maxine says. Through the years, Maxine has taken in 11 children, many of whom are now actively serving in the military. A pastor for 20 years, Maxine has led three churches. Maxine is a licensed nurse practitioner and devotes time to hospice care.