Board of Directors

Executive Committee

David Smoots (26)
Managing Partner
Carbon Properties
Board Term Expires 2019

Dean Thompson (32)
Executive Director
Project Life Movement
Board Term Expires 2020

Men Tchaas Ari (32)
Director, Economic Services Division
Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services
Board Term Expires 2021

Patricke Ward (34)
Senior Underwriter
Selective Insurance
Board Term Expires 2019

VP/Alumni & Events
Natasha Warren (34)
Board Term Expires 2021

Jenny Matz (32)
Director of Communications Operations
UNC Charlotte
Board Term Expires 2019

Adam Greene (31)
McGuire Woods LLP
Board Term Expires 2019

At-Large Board

Keith Clark (37)
Market Manager/Senior Vice President
PNC Bank
Board Term Expires 2020

Art Gallagher (25)
Community Leader
Board Term Expires 2019

Latoya Hubbard (36)
Senior Manager
Vanguard Group
Board Term Expires 2021

Luis Lluberas (36)
Moore & Van Allen, LLC
Board Term Expires 2021

Ibrahim Nasmyth (35)
Kingsmen Software
Board Term Expires 2020

Zack Morgan (35)
General Counsel
Entropy Investment Management, LLC
Board Term Expires 2021

Sarah Paris (34)
Financial Advisor
Dixon Hughes Goodman Wealth Advisors, LLP
Board Term Expires 2020

Mark Short
Chief Human Resources Officer
Board Term Expires 2020

Martha Whitecotton (27)
Senior Vice President, Behavioral Health Services
Carolinas HealthCare System
Board Term Expires 2019


Elizabeth McKee
Executive Director

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

Elizabeth McKee has led Leadership Charlotte since 2007 as Executive Director. She is a proud graduate of Leadership Charlotte Class 25. During her interim, she has guided and facilitated the organization’s programs for thousands of leaders. For the past nineteen years, she has worked as an educator and leader for non-profit organizations. As former Director of Leadership Initiatives at McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte, NC, she developed and implemented leadership curriculum programs for both undergraduate studies and MBA programs.

She continues to develop her own leadership skills through travel and challenge. Elizabeth and her husband, William, trekked to Mount Everest Base Camp, in 2012, with Vertical, S.A. and summited Mount Kilimanjaro with them in September 2017.

A native of Lumberton, NC, Elizabeth received a B.A. from Elon University and an M.A. from Appalachian State University.


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 seven-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.  She loves spending time with her nephews, Corbin and Tucker, and her beloved French Bulldog, Lola.

Jennifer Briggs
Bookkeeper and Accountant

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

A native Texan and graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Jennifer Briggs has a background in corporate finance. After almost ten years of managing budgets and financial forecasts for American Airlines and Bank of America, she stepped away from Corporate America to raise two young daughters. She is active on the board of an elementary school PTA and a middle school PTA. She now serves LC on a part-time basis as bookkeeper and accountant. She and her family have called Charlotte home since 2001.

Jessica Foster
Program Director

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

A native of Las Cruces, NM, Jessica is a first generation college graduate, having received a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Human Services Counseling from Liberty University. Jessica is a Captain in the North Carolina Army National Guard and has served for over seven years. Jessica has lived in North Carolina since 2008, she and her dogs, Barbara and Matilda, have been in Charlotte since 2017.

Donna Rogers
Office Coordinator

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

A graduate of the University of Florida, Donna Rogers has handled business operations in both private and non-profit organizations, focused on the healthcare, government and education sectors, for the majority of her professional career. While in the Washington DC area, she managed national and international efforts as a certified project manager for IBM Global Services, oversaw student services operations for McGraw Hill’s distance education program and worked as a business analyst for AARP. A graduate of Leadership Charlotte 34, Donna has lived in the Charlotte area since 2010, and she joined the part-time work force in order to expand her volunteerism. She is an active advocate for school choice and assists several offender re-entry programs. Donna, her husband and canine companions live in Matthews.