Board of Directors 2019

2019 Board of Directors
Becky Hawke
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.
Kimberly Gossage
Vice-President
Garrity & Gossage, LLP
Partner
Kim Gossage is a partner at Garrity & Gossage, LLP, a law firm in Matthews that provides estate planning, probate, and elder law services.  A native of Virginia, Kim holds two Bachelor's degrees from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a law degree from Wake Forest University.  When she's not at work, Kim is usually either kayaking or attending bluegrass festivals.
Chris Hutter
Past-President
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.
Jennifer Anthony
Treasurer
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.    
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 with a particular outreach to support single parent families.  Sue grew up in Virginia and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor's degree in Buisness.  She and her family moved to the Matthews area from Atlanta in 1992.  In addition to a career path in retail and the insurance industry, 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.  In 2013, she became Executive Director of COSKids in order to lead an extensive program of campus improvements.
Jeff Atwood
Board Member
QwikConnect Matthews
Owner
Joe Grooms
Board Member
Sharp Business Systems
Major Account Executive
Edith McElroy
Board Member
Central Piedmont Community College-Levine Campus
Dean
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.
Tyler Windham
Board Member
Farley Insurance Group, LLC
Insurance Broker
Tyler Windham is an insurance broker working with Farley Insurance Group.  Tyler has been working in insurance starting right out of college.  Tyler is originally from Columbus, GA  where he attended Auburn University for 2 years before graduating from Columbus State Univeristy with a Business Management Degree. Tyler moved to Charlotte in 2017 for a work opportunity. Tyler, in addition to being a Board member, holds many other responsibilities in the Chamber.  Tyler is the Chairman of the Matthews Chamber MyPro Young Professionals group, he is a Chamber Ambassador, and sits on many committees within the chamber as well.  Tyler beleives in shopping local when possible, and having owned a small business, knows the importance of supporting those in our community.
Barry Steiger
Board 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 great place to live, work and play. My Wife and I raised our 2 sons here, and now I have involved my Grandchildren with local 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 the current President of the Rotary Club of Matthews. I am currently on the Board of Directors of the Greater Matthews Habitiat for Humanity. I love people and sincerly want to see our local businesses thrive in Matthews. 
JD Yearwood
Board Member
Lat Purser & Associates, Inc.
Ben Durban
Board Member
Live Events Media Group
Vice President
Sandra Conway
At Large Member
Matthews HELP Center
Executive Director

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