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.
JD Yearwood has been working in the Matthews area since 2009 when he began leasing Matthews Station (located in Downtown Matthews) a 50,000 SF Mixed Use development for Lat Purser & Associates, Inc. Over the years JD has helped facilitate a number of office and retail users open in Matthews including; Pizza Peel, Buffalo Jackson, Great Harvest Bread Co., Edible Art Cake Shop, Black Chicken Wine Bar and Market, Law Office of Robert Forquer and Chiropractic Health of Matthews.
In his current role with Park Commercial Real Estate, JD specializes in helping local owners and businesses with their Commercial Real Estate needs.
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.
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.
Karla is the Supervisor of Community Health and Wellness for Novant Health Matthews Medical Center and before she began her work as the community nurse educator she was a labor and delivery nurse for 12+ years. She received both her Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and her Masters of Science in Nursing Education (MSN) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Karla was recently married to her high school sweetheart Kelly and together they have 5 children and 1 granddaughter. Other than playing with her granddaughter, Karla loves yoga, kayaking and biking and she considers herself blessed to work in the Matthews community.
Ben is the President of Live Events Media Group, one of the premier corporate event production and audio-visual experts in the Eastern United States.
Ben and his wife are both native Charlotteans that moved to Matthews in 2016. Walking around town with their two small children and two large dogs is a favorite activity for them and they love calling Matthews home now.
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.
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.
Laura Snead is the Branch Manager at the Matthews branch for First Citizens Bank. With 15 years of experience in the financial industry she helps clients assess and analyze their assets and resources to help shape their future.
A native of North Carolina, Laura holds a Masters Degree in Banking and Financial Services Management from Boston University and Bachelors Degree in International Business from Appalachian State University. She also holds her FINRA 6 and 63 licenses as well as the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor certification.
When not working, she is very active in triathlons, singing and baking.
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.
Celinda has over 30 years with State Farm, specializing in Auto, Home and Business Insurance. She loves to help people protect their assets and plan for the future. Her team is committed to remarkable customer service, and they have over 50 years of combined experience! Celinda is involved in the Matthews community and serves as an Ambassador on the Matthews Chamber of Commerce.
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.
Reverend Dr. Larry W. Whitley is serving his second term on the Board of Commissioners, having served from 2015-2017. Pastor Whitley was born and reared in Zebulon, N.C. where he graduated from James E. Shepherd High School in 1970. He earned a B.S. Degree in Art Education from North Carolina A&T State University in 1974. His basic training for The North Carolina Highway Patrol was received from UNC at Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1975, and Administrative Officer training from North Carolina State University in 1991. He also attended Columbia Bible College, Columbia South Carolina in 1992 – 1994. He is presently the Pastor of Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, located in Matthews, North Carolina.