Board of Directors
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 19 years. Prior to her current position, she was the Controller at Carolina Trust Bank in Lincolnton. Lindsey currently serves as the vice-chair for the United Way of Lincoln County 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 where she serves on the finance committee. Lindsey has lived and/or worked in Lincoln County her entire life.
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 the project and program coordinator for Healthy Together Cleveland, Jordan collaborates with community partners to help positively impact lives in the community.
Jordan is a graduate of Leadership Lincoln County and Leadership Cleveland County. She is the Chair for United Way of Lincoln County board of directors. She has served as a Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce board member, chair of mental health education for Lincoln County Partnership for Health, on the School Health Advisory Council for Lincoln County Schools, and participated 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 700 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 and was recently awarded the Elliott Beal Award for professional volunteerism in Lincoln County.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, John, and two children Taylor and Colby. 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 outreach, hospitality, and social committees.
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
Work Management Supervisor
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
Michelle was born and raised in New England. She is married, has one son (Ethan, 17), and two huskies.
Michelle has a Bachelors in Organizational Leadership and MBA in Human Resource Management as well as over 15 years of leadership experience in manufacturing with a strong background in HR, EHS, LEAN, Process Improvement and A3 Problem Solving.
In addition, she also teaches Human Resource Management and Compensation & Benefits as an adjunct professor at Franklin Pierce University.
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.
Kelley has lived in Lincolnton her whole life. She is graduated from LHS of the Class of 1997 and graduated from Western Carolina University in 2000 with a degree in Criminal Justice. Kelley has worked at DSS for 21 years. The first two years at DSS she worked as an Employment Social Worker, then transitioned over to Children Services where she continues to work. Kelley is married and have 2 daughters.
Aaron serves as the Pastor of Students and Operations at Freedom Church in downtown Lincolnton, NC. In addition to general pastoral duties, he oversees student discipleship, internships, deacons, local ministry, missions, operations, and communications. Before his time at Freedom, Aaron served churches in Oklahoma and North Carolina. In 2014 he received an M.Div from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is now pursuing a Doctor of Ministry. He also serves on the Articles and Bylaws committee with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. In 2022, Aaron established a cohort designed to equip and encourage Associate and Executive Pastors in the Pillar Network. Aaron and his wife Sarah have two daughters. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys reading books on American history, smoking meat, woodworking, cheering for the Tar Heels, and playing board games with his family.
For over three decades, Ross managed or advised others on the protection of people who were at risk of targeted violence, and on the protection of iconic or symbolic facilities and events, including the Olympic Games and American embassies. Ross is widely recognized for his knowledge of methods to prevent, intervene, and respond to terror threats and active assailants, either acting alone or in a group. He holds lifetime, retired Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Physical Security Professional (PSP) credentials, the gold standards among leaders in the security profession. Ross currently serves as Governor Roy Cooper’s appointee to the N.C. State Emergency Response Commission (“SERC”), which advises the Department of Public Safety and the Division of Emergency Management on the state’s emergency management and homeland security programs.
In 2002, Ross founded The Treadstone Group, Inc., which for twenty years, cleared, asserted, defended, or acquired intellectual property rights for clients that ranged from young entrepreneurs and tech moguls to the world’s largest corporations. In 2022, Ross sold the investigation division and now concentrates exclusively on acquiring trademarks, domains names, and social media handles for Treadstone’s clients.
Ross is passionate about supporting organizations that serve communities of youth, the elderly, and other populations that are traditionally underserved or underrepresented. The Treadstone Group has directly provided over $600,000 in monetary and in-kind donations to nonprofits, charities, houses of worship, schools, and other organizations. Most recently, The Treadstone Group donated the funds for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office to purchase two narcotics dogs, “Major Treadstone” and “Gamora,” and train their handlers. Ross regularly hosts intimate fundraisers, including those that helped raise nearly $100,000 in donations for Scouting, the United Way of Lincoln County, and organizations that provided free art camps and 100 bicycles for children whose parents could not otherwise afford it. He created and hosts a major, annual fundraiser, “Cigars, Bourbon & Benefactors,” which has attracted as many as 375 guests per event and raised nearly $500,000 for the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center, known as the CAC. The CAC helps children heal from physical and sexual abuse and holds their offenders accountable.
Currently, Ross serves on the boards of directors of the CAC (immediate past chair), the Partnership for Children of Lincoln and Gaston Counties, and the United Way of Lincoln County. Formerly, he served on the Valle Crucis Conference Center board, Gaston College Foundation Board, East Lincoln Betterment Association, East Lincoln Rescue Park Management Committee, the United Way of Lincoln County Allocations Committee, and the National Night Out (Lincoln County) planning committee, and as chief of East Lincoln Rescue Squad. Ross is a Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow.
For his service to the community and philanthropy, the Child Advocacy Center named its child forensic interview room, “The Ross Room,” and presented him with its “Ola Mae Foster Award;” the Valle Crucis Conference Center named the road throughout the Conference Center as “Ross Bulla’vard;” the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Carolina’s Chapter honored Ross with its 2021, inaugural “Dr. Keri Wetherington Legacy Award;” the Daughters of the American Revolution presented him with its 2019 “Community Service Award;” the United Way of Lincoln County named him its 2019 “Community Hero;” and the Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce named him 2018 “Small Businessperson of the Year.” Ross is equally proud to have had a roast beef sandwich bear his name.
He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, with a BS in Criminal Justice and a second major in Psychology. Ross is an Eagle Scout.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Natalie Wiseman Graham is a Lincoln county native, a graduate from Lincolnton High School. Natalie began serving on the United Way Board of Directors in 2021 and has been an active and involved board member since then! Natalie currently serves as Co-Chair of the UWLC Events and Volunteerism committee.
She currently works for Raytheon Technologies leading diversity, equity, and inclusion workforce intelligence. Natalie is passionate about building relationships, inclusion, data analytics, and solving problems. Natalie holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Carolina State university and a master’s degree in business administration from Gardner-Webb. She co-leads the Charlotte Alteryx User Group and the Charlotte Tableau User Group, is an Alteryx innovator, volunteers with Meals on Wheels, and serves on the United Way Board of Directors. Natalie’s role model is her mom, Beth Wiseman. Natalie loves spending time with her niece Lola, husband Lynwood, listening to live music, paddle boarding on Lake Norman, playing pickleball and golf, and is an avid runner.
Lauren began serving on the United Way Board of Directors in 2021 and has been an active and involved board member since then! Lauren currently serves as Co-Chair of the UWLC Events committee.
Lauren Heavner has worked all her career in the Gerontology field. She has a true passion for working with the aging population. Lauren is currently the Piedmont Regional Manager for the SHIIP Division with the North Carolina Department of Insurance. She is grateful to work for the North Carolina Department of Insurance where she can support the mission to serve the Medicare beneficiaries of North Carolina. Lauren is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a BS in Public Health. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and is actively working to open the first group respite program in Lincoln County. Lauren is a member of the Lincoln County Council of Aging board as well as BOLD NC Team member. She is a graduate of Leadership Lincoln Class of 2021 through the Lincolnton- Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of the Leadership Lincoln Class of 2022. Lauren is a certified Mental Health First Aider through the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. She was the past recipient of the Piedmont Region Coordinator of the Year for the NC-SHIIP Division. Lauren is also a registered notary in Lincoln County and provides this service free of charge for the seniors at Lincoln County Senior Services
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, her husband Adrian and her two dogs Duke and Oakley. Lauren started the Therapy Dog program at the senior center earlier this year, when she got Duke certified as a registered therapy dog through Invisible Paw Prints. When she gets a free moment, she enjoys crafting, and designing shirts on her Cricut craft machine. Lauren is a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Maiden, NC.
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