Executive Committee

Beth Hernandez (33)

DPR Construction
Board Term Expires 2020

David Smoots (26)

Managing Partner
Carbon Properties
Board Term Expires 2018

Men Tchaas Ari (32)
Director, Economic Services Division
Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services
Board Term Expires 2018
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Patricke Ward (34)
Senior Underwriter
Selective Insurance
Board Term Expires 2019
VP/Alumni & Events
Natasha Warren (34)

Board Term Expires 2018

VP/Funds Development

Dean Thompson (32)
Executive Director
Project Life Movement
Board Term Expires 2020
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Jenny Matz (32)
Assistant Director, Community Relations
UNC Charlotte
Board Term Expires 2019

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

Past President

Douglas M. Smith (31)
Western NC Regional President
Park Sterling Bank
Board Term Expires 2018
At-Large Board
Taber Cathcart
Taber Cathcart (30)
Managing Shareholder
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Board Term Expires 2019
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Keith Clark (37)
Market Manager/Senior Vice President
PNC Bank
Board Term Expires 2020

Art Gallagher (25)
Community Leader
Board Term Expires 2019
Tom Joseph (34)
Managing Director
Grant Thornton, LLP
Board Term Expires 2018
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Ibrahim Nasmyth (35)
Relay Digital
Board Term Expires 2020
Sarah Paris bw
Sarah Paris (34)
Financial Advisor
Dixon Hughes Goodman Wealth Advisors, LLP
Board Term Expires 2020
Mark Short
Board Term Expires 2020

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


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.

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 Caitlin Cornwell, Programs Director

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

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.