Board of Directors

Chair of Finance
blueharbor bank



Lindsey has been a member of the United Way of Lincoln County Board since 2018. Lindsey is a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance. She is the CFO at blueharbor bank in Mooresville, NC and has been working in the banking industry for over 17 years. Prior to her current position, she was the Controller at Carolina Trust Bank in Lincolnton. Lindsey currently serves on the Board of the United Way of Lincoln County as the Finance Chair and is also a member of the Allocations Committee. Lindsey is married to Kenneth and they have two daughters, Charlotte and Clara, and a fur baby, Maddie. Lindsey and her family are members of Pearl Baptist Church in Iron Station. Lindsey has lived and/or worked in Lincoln County her entire life.

Chair of the Board
Atrium Health



Jordan Frye began her career at Lincoln Medical Center, where she held positions in Volunteer Services, Marketing, and Community Relations. While working in the Community Relations department, she found her passion in helping others. Now, as a Senior Associate in the Community Engagement and Corporate Social Responsibility department for Atrium Health she lives her passion to serve others in Gaston, Lincoln, Cleveland and Rutherford Counties. She is grateful to work for Atrium Health where she can support the mission to serve all. Jordan is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a BS in Communications. She is a graduate of Leadership Lincoln County and Leadership Cleveland County. She currently serves as vice-chair for United Way of Lincoln County, a board member for the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Lincoln County Partnership for Health, Lincoln County Schools School Health Advisory Council and the Lincoln County Drug Prevention Council. Jordan is a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor for youth and adults with a goal to help educate more than 1,000 people in the community. Jordan was the past recipient of the Christina Arlow Faith Service Commitment Award for United Way of Lincoln County and last year received the Elliot Beal Award for her professional leadership in United Way. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family - husband, John and two children, Taylor and Colby. She enjoys watching her children participate in sports, reading, being outdoors and walking their miniature schnauzer. Jordan attends First Baptist Church, Maiden where she serves on the youth and social committees.

Immediate Past Board Chair
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
Audit Committee Chair
Retired - Gardner Webb




Neal Alexander retired from Duke Energy in 2011 as Vice President Human Resources, Franchised Gas and Electric, served as Director of NC State Human Resources, Interim Dean of the Godbold School of Business and Chief of Staff to the President at Gardner-Webb University. In his diverse career he has always had serving others as a goal thus his involvement in his church, serving on boards, Lions Clubs International, and the United Way.  

2021/2022 Campaign Committee Chair
Lincoln County Schools



Heath Belcher is the Associate Superintendent for Lincoln County Schools. Before serving in this position, he was Chief of Human Resources with the district. He also has served as the principal at Lincolnton High School, Norris S. Childers Elementary, and an Assistant Principal at West Lincoln Middle School. Prior to becoming an administrator he taught middle school science, math, and social studies. Originally from West Virginia, he completed his undergraduate studies at Concord University. After moving to North Carolina to be a teacher, he completed his Masters of School Administration and Ed. S. at Appalachian State University. Heath then went on to obtain his Ed.D. at Western Carolina University. Heath was recognized as Lincoln County Teacher of the Year in 2006, Lincoln County School Principal of the Year in 2012 and 2014. His wife, Joanna, is a 4th grade teacher; he has two children, Nate and Grace.

Vice Chair
Duke Energy




Danny is a lifelong member of First Baptist Church, Maiden. He is a proud veteran, and retired Fire Chief; and remains thankful for those who continue to defend our freedoms and protect our communities. Mr. Hipps is employed at Duke Energy - McGuire Nuclear Station, and is a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne College and UNC-Chapel Hill - School of Government. In his spare time he enjoys serving as a member of the Town Council for the Town of Maiden.

Governance and Nominations Committee Chair
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.

Retired - Educator






Since joining the UWLC in 2019, Isabelle has served as the Co-Chair on the Allocations Committee and on the ED Search Committee. Isabelle has been a faithful board member, putting in a lot of hours to serve the organization and always helps keep the UWLC running smoothly in the background. Isabelle started her teaching career in New Orleans after receiving her undergraduate degree from Loyola University in New Orleans, as well as her Master of Education Degree in Counseling. She started teaching in a parochial school and later moved to the public school system in Louisiana. After her marriage to Mort Wadsworth, she moved with her husband who started his career in banking with First Citizens Bank in Shelby, NC where their son was born (Will AKA Morty).

Isabelle and her family moved to Lincolnton in 1989 where she started as a teacher at Lincolnton Junior High School and later became a school counselor. After working many years as a counselor, Isabelle went back to graduate school and earned a second master’s degree in school administration. She continued to work while finishing her degree at Appalachian State University. Isabelle worked as an as assistant principal at GE Massey Elementary School and Norris Childers Elementary School. Isabelle served as principal of Pumpkin Center Intermediate School for four years until her retirement. After staying home for a year Isabelle decided to go back to work part time for Gaston College as an Academic Advisor. She worked at Gaston College for six years.

Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Isabelle and her husband enjoyed traveling. Isabelle is from a large family, most still live in New Orleans. Isabelle has a one-year-old grand dog that she is learning to love. Isabelle and her husband have one son who has followed in the footsteps of his father and both grandfathers by pursuing a banking career. Isabelle is excited about the new addition to their family, her first grandchild, William Morton Wadsworth III (aka Tripp). Isabelle has truly treasured all aspects of her career and now enjoys volunteering and giving back to the community in which she lives. 

Allocations Committee 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.

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.

Fidelity Bank





Charlie is a proud Lincoln County Native and proud AppState Mountaineer. Mr. Reep and his wife, Hayley, have two great kids, CJ and Savannah. In his spare time, Charlie and his family enjoy lake time and riding dirt bikes in warm weather, and snow skiing in the winter.

Family Nurse Practitioner
United Healthcare



Mrs. Gilbert is a graduate of Clemson University and received her Masters of Nursing at George Washington University. Originally from Rock Hill, SC, Casey has lived in Lincoln County for the past 12 years. Casey's husband, Keson is a Lincoln County native and they have 2 children, Greyson and Keeley Grace. Mrs. Gilbert works with Medicare patients for United Healthcare, insuring all of their healthcare needs are met and she is also a certified child medical examiner for the Lincoln and Gaston County Child Advocacy Centers. Casey is an avid football fan and enjoys attending Clemson games any chance she can get.

Communicable Disease Nursing Director
Mecklenburg County Government
Associate Director
Ernst & Young




Mrs. Byrne lives in Lincoln County with her husband, 1 year old daughter, newborn son, and four dogs on a wooded farm in Denver. Julie and her family hope to expand their farm very soon to have chickens, cows and pigs like they had on a previous farm in a different state. After growing up in KY, living in CO, DC and Huntersville, the Byrnes Family now consider Denver to be their forever home and are so excited to grow some roots here. Julie is a CPA, but works in global tax policy helping people understand current events. Julie loves cooking, crafting and being outside on her family's property. 

Lincolnton Police Department




Jennifer Green prides herself on being a Christian, honest, fair, consistent, and loyal. Jennifer loves her family and her pets! Mrs. Green serves as a Patrol Sergeant for the Lincolnton Police Department, and she loves what she does! Jennifer owned her own business prior to working in law enforcement, a store named 'Mommy & Me Children's Boutique'. She owned and operated the store until her children were old enough to go to school. She was able to enjoy her children and take them with her to work with her at her boutique each day. When her children became school aged and begin attending school regularly, Sergeant Green sold the boutique to pursue her career in law enforcement. The City of Lincolnton is thankful she decided to work in law enforcement and we are thankful she is now able to serve on our board at the United Way of Lincoln County.

NC Pre-K Coordinator
Partnership for Children of Lincoln/Gaston Counties



My name is Chrystal Hoyle, I am a mother of two wonderful humans, Brooklyn and Ballard and wife of a great man, Jonathan Hoyle. We live in Lincoln county, where I have lived all my adult life. I have been employed at the same agency(Partnership for Children of Lincoln/Gaston) for 22 years. Our Agency is a Smart Start, state and federal funding agency. We lead, advocate and collaborate with others to ensure the wellbeing of children 0-5 years old. I am the coordinator of the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Programs that serves Lincoln County Schools and private sites. I am an educator, facilitator and work with wonderful teachers throughout our county. Outside of my regular job, I am involved in my church and community. I have the honor of serving our community in a variety of ways. I serve as chair of Lincoln County DSS Board county commissioner appointed, was the past chair of Hesed House of Hope Board (term up in Dec. 2021), and am now serving on the United Way of Lincoln County Board of Directors. I also serve on the adoption committee, which brings me great joy. My passion is to help be a resource to others and make positive change happen in our community for agencies, individuals as well as families. 

Senior Human Resource Analyst
Timken Company - Lincolnton Plant
Supply Planner
Stanley Black and Decker
Senior Vice President | Workforce Analytics and Data Governance Team Lead
Bank of America
Nutrition and SHIIP Coordinator
Lincoln County Senior Services