Board of Directors

Chair of Finance
blueharbor bank



Lindsey has been a member of the United Way of Lincoln County Board since 2018 and serves as the Finance Chair and also as a member of the Allocations Committee. Lindsey is the Chief Financial Officer at blueharbor bank in Mooresville, NC. Prior to this, she was the Controller at Carolina Trust Bank in Lincolnton for over 16 years. Lindsey enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Kenneth, and their two daughters, Charlotte and Clara. She is also an active member of Pearl Baptist Church. Lindsey has lived and/or worked in Lincoln County her entire life.

Board Vice-Chair
Atrium Health



Jordan Frye believes there is nothing more important than helping others and is grateful to work for Atrium Health where she can help deliver the mission to serve all. As a Community Engagement and Corporate Social Responsibility Associate II, Jordan collaborates with internal and external partners to help positively impact lives in the community.

Jordan is a graduate of Leadership Lincoln County and Leadership Cleveland County. She is the Allocations Chair/board member for United Way of Lincoln County, Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce board member, serves as chair of mental health education for Lincoln County Partnership for Health, serves on the School Health Advisory Council for Lincoln County Schools, and participates in the Lincoln County Substance Use Coalition education and training committee. Jordan is a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor for youth and adults and recently joined the 500 Club having taught over 500 people Mental Health First Aid in North Carolina. She is also a past recipient of the United Way’s Cristina Arlow Award for service to the Community.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, John and two children Taylor (15) and Colby (11). She enjoys watching her children participate in sports, reading and walking their miniature schnauzer, Blizzard. Jordan attends First Baptist Church, Maiden where she serves on the youth and social committees.

Board Chairman
Retired - Duke Energy



  • Lifelong resident of Lincolnton, married to June Broome Jarrett a lifelong resident of Lincolnton and son Brett a lifelong resident of Lincolnton (four generations of Jarrett's have lived in Lincolnton)

  • Families operated businesses in downtown Lincolnton

  • Attended Lincolnton City Schools, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BS Science Teaching - Chemistry), and Winthrop University (MEd Administration and Supervision)

  • 30+ years as a Lincolnton volunteer fireman serving as assistant volunteer fire chief

  • Chair of the Lincolnton Downtown Steering Committee

  • Chair of the Lincoln County Local Emergency Planning Committee

  • Chair of the Lincolnton Fire Department Fireman's Relief Fund Board of Trustees

  • Vice-chair United Way of Lincoln County Executive Board member

  • Chair of Lincoln County Republican Party

  • Served two terms on the Lincoln County Board of Education as Chair, Vice-chair and Chair of Finance Committ

  • Retired after a 37 year career with Duke Energy. Held many management positions: 

    • Nuclear Health and Safety Manager

    • Nuclear Training Manager

    • Chemistry Supervisor

    • Work Management Supervisor

    • Environmental Scientist

    • Nuclear Oversight Station Evaluator

    • Asbestos and Lead Abatement Coordinator,  

    • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) coordinator

  • Certified NC Water Treatment Operator Grade B

  • Certified NC Wastewater Treatment Operator Grade II
Retired - Gardner Webb
2020/2021 Campaign Co-Chair
Lincoln County Schools



Why did you decide to serve as the 2020/2021 UWLC Campaign Co-Chair?

United Way, now more than ever, is a vital link between the essential resources available within our community and the families that need these resources. The campaign is an opportunity for individuals and employers to collectively give back to our community. Rather your organization is large or small and regardless of the amount that you give, every dollar matters to the agencies that receive support from the United Way and to the families that need these agencies.

Governance and Nominations Chair
Assistant City Manager - City of Lincolnton



Ritchie Haynes is the Assistant City Manager for Lincolnton, NC.  He assists the City Manager with the day-to-day operations for the City of Lincolnton with a concentration in Public Works, Fleet Maintenance, Water Resources, Electric, and Parks and Recreation.  Ritchie also assists with preparing the budget, customer service, capital purchases, and building maintenance and construction.  In his 20 year career, he has also served in the positions of Assistant to the City Manager/Purchasing Agent, Street Superintendent, Assistant Public Works Director, and Parks and Recreation Director.

Ritchie graduated from Appalachian State University with a major in Political Science with a concentration in Public Management and a minor in Urban and Regional Planning.  Additionally, he received the Municipal and County Administration Certificate in 2018 from the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Magic Cleaners
Allocations Chair
Workforce Solutions



Anthony Simpson, Director of the NC Career Center, joined the United Way Board of Directors on March 14, 2014. Anthony has recently been appointed to serve as the 2020-2021 UWLC Allocation Chair. Anthony has served as the Board Chair for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) since 2018. Anthony stays involved with United Way and our community serving on many boards including the Lincoln County Community Foundation.

2020/2021 Campaign Chair
The Timken Company



Why did you decide to serve as the 2020/2021 UWLC Campaign Chair?

I first got involved with United Way when I started working at Timken in 2016. Fast forward a few years - I landed at our facility in Lincolnton and helped with our 2018 and 2019 campaigns. Seeing the passion and hard work that the Lincoln County United Way Board put in to give back really resonated with me and I wanted to do more. When the opportunity to help run this year’s campaign was presented, I just could not pass it up. Giving back in any way possible is something I truly believe makes the world a better place and I am really excited to see what we can do this year for our community.

Bank of America
Edward Jones
Drums Floral Designs, Inc.




Dr. Watson has lived in Lincolnton for the past 22 years with his wife Teresa, who is Facility Administrator at Atrium-Lincoln, and their 16- year old son Cory, who attends Lincolnton High School. He and his family are members of First Baptist Church in Lincolnton, where he serves on the Board of Deacons. Dr. Watson was selected as the George Williams Award winner as the Greater Charlotte YMCA Volunteer of the Year in 2006 and Lincoln County’s Man of the Year in 2009. He is a national presenter and consultant in the areas of Board Training, School Facilities and School Finance.

Dr. Watson received his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; a Master’s Degree from Appalachian State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Carolina University.

Currently, Dr. Watson is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, serves on the Lincolnton City Council representing Ward 2, serves on the Communities in Schools (CIS) Board for Lincoln County, and is President of WSRR Consulting Group, LLC, and Managing Partner of Silo Investors, LLC.

Previously, he served as Superintendent of the Lincoln County School System from 2001 until 2007. He was selected the Regional Superintendent of the year and a state finalist in 2007. Additionally, he served as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and was a Principal for 11 years at the high school and elementary levels.

Dr. Watson is a member of the Lincolnton Kiwanis Club-Past President; he also is a past founding director of Carolina Trust Bank, past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Gaston College, past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lincoln Economic Development Association,  past member of the Board of Community Advisors Atrium-Lincoln, past member of the Lincoln County Public Education Foundation, and is past president of the Board of Managers of the Lincoln County Family YMCA.