Board of Directors 2018

Chris Hutter
Novant Health
Sr Dir of Support & Professional Services
Chris is a graduate of St. Joseph’s College in New York, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration and his Master’s Degree in Health Management. He joined Novant Health in November 1997, and maintains 20 years of experience in the healthcare field.Chris continues to be part of a leadership team and facility that is a top performer in the organization with regards to employee engagement, innovation, and financial vitality.
Becky Hawke
Vice President
Town of Matthews
Asst. Town Manager
Becky Hawke is the assistant town manager for the Town of Matthews and has served in local government management for the past 12 years. As assistant town manager she works on special projects and oversees the Town’s communications, economic development, finance, human resources, IT, and risk management departments and related programming. Becky has B.A. and M.S. degrees in communication studies, holds a graduate certificate in human resources management, and is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). In addition to her role with the Chamber, Becky serves as a member of the Matthews HELP Center Board of Directors. She is also an active volunteer with two dog rescue organizations.
Rob Jacik
Past President
Carolina Beer Temple
Owner of Carolina Beer Temple (Downtown Matthews & Ayrsley Shopping Center); Seaboard Taproom & Wine Bar; and Temple Mojo all located in downtown Matthews. Rob serves as co-chair of the RedBrick Partnership and on the Economic Development Advisory Committee for the Town of Matthews.
Jennifer Anthony
Novant Health
Jennifer Anthony is a graduate from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration majoring in Finance. She also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Wingate University. Jennifer joined Novant Health in 2005 and is presently over Operational Finance for Novant Health Matthews Medical Center. Having been raised in the Matthews community and now having a career in Matthews as well, Jennifer naturally enjoys being greatly involved throughout the Matthews area.    
Lee Weaver
Board Member
Bill Blalock
Board Member
Dericus Scott
Board Member
Sue Sproat
Board Member
COS Kids Child Development Campus
Executive Director
Sue Sproat is the Executive Director of COSKids, Child Development Campus, a nonprofit in downtown Matthews (also known as Christ our Shepherd Ministries).  Sue grew up in Virginia and graduated from the University of Tennessee.  She and her family moved to the Matthews area from Atlanta in 1992.   After moving, Sue maintained an active volunteer schedule, using her business and coordinator skills in her children's schools, through her church, and in the community.  This volunteer work connected her to COSKids and she became a member of their Board of Directors.  She was then asked in 2013 to transition from the Board to Staff in order to lead an extensive program of campus improvements.
Jeff Atwood
Board Member
Joe Grooms
Board Member
Sharp Business Systems
Major Account Executive
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Edith McElroy
Board Member
Central Piedmont Community College-Levine Campus
Dr. Edith Valladares McElroy, born in Caracas, Venezuela, is Dean for the Levine Campus at Central Piedmont Community College. She began teaching as a Spanish Associate for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She was a Spanish Lecturer at UNC Charlotte before starting as a full time instructor at CPCC in 1997, receiving the O’Herron Award for Teaching Excellence in 2000. She was the 2009 CPCC Administrator of the Year. 
Dr. McElroy is a former Board Chair of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte and has volunteered for CMS.  She currently serves on the editorial board of the Label Me Latino/a literary journal. She served two terms as a board member of Blumenthal Performing Arts, and she was a member of the Governor's Hispanic/Latino Advisory Board. She received the Latin American Excelente Award for Community Service Person of the Year in 2009. 
Mike Huckaby
Board Member
Brand RPM/Huck's Sportswear
VP-Corporate Sales
Vice President of Corporate Sales with Brand RPM-Huck's Sportswear in Charlotte, NC. Over 20 years experience in helping customers promote their businesses with logo'd apparel and promotional products. Born and raised in Knoxville, TN; Educational studies include Industrial Engineering and Marketing. Lived in Charlotte, NC for almost 30 years. Board Member with the Matthews Chamber of Commerce. Married for nearly 25 years with two children presently attending college. Interests include golf, playing the guitar and classic cars.
Kimberly Gossage
Board Member
Barry Steiger
At-Large Member
Mario's Italian Restaurant/John's Place
Relationship Development/Manager Marketing
I am the Relationship Manager for Mario's Italian Restaurant/John's Place. I love to help people connect. I have been involved with the Matthews community for over 30 years. Matthews is truly a place to live, work and play. My Wife and I brought up my 2 sons here, and now I have my Grand children involved with events here too! I am the Ambassador Chair of the Matthews Chamber and currently sit on the Board of Directors of the Matthews Chamber. I am President Elect of the Matthews Rotary Club. I am currently on the Board of Directors of the Greater Matthews Habitiat for Humanity. I love people and sincerly want to see business thrive in Matthews. 
Barbara Dement
At-Large Member
Paul Bailey
Ex-Officio Member
Bill James
Ex-Officio Member
Bill James - Mecklenburg County Commissioner