CCUW welcomes New 2017 Board Members and Officers
February 28, 2017
Catawba County United Way welcomed seven new members to its Board of Directors and has announced its new officers. The group was introduced at the recent CCUW Board Advance held at the Sherrills Ford Fire and Rescue Department. Guest speakers for the meeting included Laura Marx, United Way of NC Executive Director, Mick Berry, Catawba County Manager and Houston Garris, Battalion Chief, Sherrills Ford Fire and Rescue.
New members to the Catawba County United Way Board include Dr. Eddie Beard, Chief Operating Officer / Chief Nursing Officer, Catawba Valley Medical Center; Annette Forbes, Employee Relations Manager, Advance Pierre Foods; Amy Guyer, VP of Human Resources for RHF/Century Furniture; Johann Louchez, Senior VP BB&T; Rita Mitchell, Account Manager, Apple Rock Displays; Captain Jason Reid, Captain Community Relations, Catawba County Sherriff’s Office and Dr. Matt Stover, Superintendent, Catawba County Schools.
Newly elected officers are Board President, Debra Bechtel, Catawba County Government; Vice President, Philip Moore, PNC Financial Services Group and Treasurer, Mark Turner, CommScope. Henry Morphis, Morphis Law & Mediation will serve as the 2016-2017 Campaign Chair and Dr. Keith Mackie, Catawba Valley Community College will serve as the 2016-2017 Campaign Co-Chair. Catawba County United Way’s Board of Directors consists of community leaders who volunteer their time to oversee the governance of the organization as well as guide its strategic direction. Each new Board member will serve an initial three year term ending in 2019.
“We are pleased to welcome these committed and passionate individuals to our board. They join our returning members who are actively involved in the local community and bring a wealth of expertise and talent to our organization," explained Jennie Connor, Executive Director, "Each member will help us accomplish our organizational objectives in our three main impact areas of education, health and financial stability, strengthen our connection to the community, and communicate our many success stories."
Beard, Chief Operating Officer / Chief Nursing Officer, Catawba Valley Medical Center, is a North Carolina native. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lenoir Rhyne University; a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership from American Sentinel University in Denver, Colorado. He holds national professional certifications as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and as a Nurse Executive -- Advanced (NEA) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Forbes, Employee Relations Manager, Advance Pierre Foods, is a graduate of Shorter College of Rome, Ga. She is a member of Society Human Resources Management (SHRM) and has a volunteer background with Hospice, the Hickory Soup Kitchen, The CornerTable, and Hickory Aglow Community Lighthouse. In addition, her interests include evangelism and ministry. Forbes and her husband Bobby reside in Claremont and have two sons.
Guyer, VP of Human Resources and Benefits, RHF/Century, a North Carolina native and graduate of Appalachian State. She is a member of SHRM and MGMA. Her volunteer activities include Caring Hearts Pregnancy Center, Sunday school teacher at East Taylorsville Baptist Church, as well as Board of Directors for YMCA and March of Dimes. She enjoys yoga, running, travelling and reading. She and her husband Jeremy reside in Taylorsville and have one daughter.
Louchez, Foothills Market President, BB&T, is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and earned his Masters at Louisiana State University. His volunteer background includes Wilkes County Chamber of Commerce, March of Dimes, Boy Scouts, Kiwanis club, Red Cross and others. He is an Eagle Scout, has received Duke Energy Citizenship and March of Dimes Volunteer of the Year awards. He enjoys spending time with his family and working in his church. He resides in Conover with his wife Erin and three children.
Mitchell, Account Manager, Apple Rock Displays, is a Catawba County native and graduate of Fred T Foard High, CVCC and Lenoir Rhyne University. She is a member of International Association of Exhibition and Events, Exhibit and Event Marketers Association, Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Her volunteer activities include Western North Carolina Epilepsy Association, Board of Directors. She enjoys interior design, landscaping, traveling and Yoga. Mitchell resides in newton and has two children.
Reid, Captain, Catawba County Sherriff’s Office, is a Catawba County native and graduate of St. Stephens High and CVCC. Reid is a 3rd Degree Mason Catawba Lodge #240, NC Narcotics Officers Association, Catawba County Republican Party, NRA and Christ Church. Reid has been awarded Lincoln County VFW Officer of the Year, International Narcotics Officer Award of Honor, BLET Instructor of the Year and more. He enjoys karate (5th Degree Black Belt Kyokushinkai Karate), weight lifting, running, teaching and being a father. Reid resides in Hickory and has two children.
Stover, Superintendent, Catawba County Schools, is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Gardner Webb University where he received his Masters and Doctorate. He has served as Associate Superintendent of the Lincoln County Schools, a principal in Lincoln County and a high school teach and coach in Cleveland County. He and his wife Melia have two sons.
For 72 years, Catawba County United Way has been an independent, locally governed and community-supported nonprofit agency, doing significant work in our community. Their focus is on identifying and creating long-term, lasting change in the areas of Education, Financial Stability and Health with outcomes that will ultimately create a more vital, more stable, better community in which to live and work. CCUW provides organizations and individuals the opportunity to give, advocate and volunteer to help achieve measurable results and strengthen Catawba County. For more information about volunteerism, community impact or resources call 828-327-6851 or www.ccunitedway.com. For 24/7 resources and assistance Dial 2-1-1.