Executive Committee


Douglas M. Smith (31)
Western NC Regional President
Park Sterling Bank
Board Term Expires 2018

President-Elect & VP/Marketing
Beth Hernandez (33)
Marketing Manager
Balfour Beatty Construction
Board Term Expires 2017

Men Tchaas Ari (32)
Director, Economic Services Division
Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services
Board Term Expires 2018

Art Gallagher (25)

Executive Consultant
Levridge Resources, LLC
Board Term Expires 2016

VP/Funds Development

Dean Thompson (32)
Regional Major Gifts Officer
American Red Cross
Board Term Expires 2017

VP/Alumni & Events
Adam Greene (31)
McGuire Woods LLP
Board Term Expires 2016

David Smoots (26)
Managing Partner
Carbon Properties
Board Term Expires 2018

Past President
Sonya S. Barnes (29)
Sonya Barnes International
Board Term Expires 2016

At-Large Board

Trevor Beauford (29)
Minister to Children, Youth, & Singles
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
Board Term Expires 2017
Taber Cathcart
Taber Cathcart (30)
Managing Shareholder
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Board Term Expires 2019
Tom Joseph (34)
Managing Director
Grant Thornton, LLP
Board Term Expires 2018
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Jenny Matz (32)

Assistant Director, Community Relations  UNC Charlotte
Board Term Expires 2019

Dawn Newsome (31)
Moonlight Creative Group
Board Term Expires 2017
Mark Short
Board Term Expires 2017
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Patricke Ward (34)
Senior Underwriter
Selective Insurance
Board Term Expires 2019
Natasha Warren (34)

Director of Business Services
Charlotte Works
Board Term Expires 2018

Martha Whitecotton (27)
Senior Vice President, Behavioral Health Services
Carolinas HealthCare System
Board Term Expires 2016
Hyong Yi (29)
Assistant City Manager
City of Charlotte
Board Term Expires 2017


Leadership Charlotte Staff 
Elizabeth McKee, Executive Director

Phone: (704) 688-2888, Ext. 1

A graduate of Leadership Charlotte Class 25, Elizabeth is the former Director of Leadership Initiatives at McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte. In addition to helping create the curriculum for MBA and undergraduate students, she developed an international leadership experience in Chile with Vertical, S.A. In April 2012, Elizabeth trekked to Everest Base Camp with Vertical. A native of Lumberton, NC, Elizabeth received a B.A. from Elon University and an M.A. from Appalachian State University. She has worked in education-based non-profits for over 18 years.

Lisa Lisa Yarrow, Program Director

Phone: (704) 688-2888, Ext. 2

A graduate of Leadership Charlotte Class 33, Lisa Yarrow is the former, and founding, Director of the Women + Girls Research Alliance at UNC Charlotte. During her tenure at the Alliance, Lisa developed robust research and educational programs for the Alliance and led the integration of the Alliance with UNC Charlotte. Lisa brings extensive strategic, management and operational experience in corporate, non-profit and higher education sectors gained working in the United States and the United Kingdom over the past 20 years. A native of the Gulf Coast of Florida, Lisa and her family have lived in Charlotte since 2003.

 Taylor, Kris Kris Taylor, Alumni Director

Phone: (704) 688-2888, Ext. 3

A graduate of Leadership Charlotte 36, Kris is the former Director of Victim Services at Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center.  During her 7 year tenure at Pat’s Place, Kris developed successful programming for direct client services and built and maintained deep relationships with numerous Mecklenburg County multidisciplinary team partners.  Prior to her work with Pat’s Place, Kris served in varying non-profit roles with A Child’s Place, Wake Health Services and Piedmont Health Services.  Kris obtained her B.A. in Spanish and International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002 and her Master of Social Work in 2009 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Kris is a native of Cabarrus County and has resided in Charlotte since 2004.

Caitlin Cornwell, Office Coordinator

Phone: (704) 688-2888, Ext. 4

A graduate of Leadership Charlotte Class 37, Caitlin has wanted to support the education of others for as long as she can remember. Caitlin had a variety of experiences in public education from working in the International Honors College at UNC Greensboro to being a theater/math teacher at a large CMS high school to Communication & Development Manager at a small, charter secondary school. She also has spent time training dogs & their families. Caitlin was overjoyed to join the Leadership Charlotte team in Spring 2017 and loves supporting the mission of this organization. Outside of work, Caitlin enjoys walking, eating cheese boards and teaching her dog tricks.