LEADERSHIP

EXECUTIVE BOARD

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Pictured Left to Right, Back Row: Rocky Buchanan, Wes Brinegar, Eddie Settle, Dennis Aldridge, Jim Blevins, Tom Hartman, Charles E. Vines. Bottom Row: Rennie Brantz, Larry Fontaine, Andrew Soots, Kelly Melang, Doug Matheson, Jeff Whitson, Valerie Jaynes. Not Pictured: Theresa Coletta, Vern Grindstaff, Gunther Jochl, Robert L. Johnson, Mark Johnston, Brenda Lyerly, Todd McNeill, Bill Osborne, Kevin Reece, Paul Robinson Jr., Larry Turnbow, Joel Whitley, Eddie Yarber.

Pictured Left to Right, Back Row: Rocky Buchanan, Wes Brinegar, Eddie Settle, Dennis Aldridge, Jim Blevins, Tom Hartman, Charles E. Vines. Front Row: Rennie Brantz, Larry Fontaine, Andrew Soots, Kelly Melang, Doug Matheson, Jeff Whitson, Valerie Jaynes.

Not Pictured: Theresa Coletta, Vern Grindstaff, Gunther Jochl, Robert L. Johnson, Mark Johnston, Brenda Lyerly, Todd McNeill, Bill Osborne, Kevin Reece, Paul Robinson Jr., Larry Turnbow, Joel Whitley, Eddie Yarber.


Todd McNeill, Commissioner Chair

Ashe County

Doug Matheson, Council Member

Town of Blowing Rock

Dennis Aldridge, Commissioner

Avery County

Charles Vines, Mayor

Town of Bakersville

Paul Robinson Jr., Member

Minority Representative

Bill Osborne, Commissioner Chair

Alleghany County

Wes Brinegar, Mayor

Town of Sparta

Mark Johnston, Alderman

Town of Jefferson

Jim Blevins, Alderman

Town of Lansing

Tom Hartman, Mayor

Town of West Jefferson

Brenda Lyerly, Mayor

Town of Banner Elk

Kelly Melang, Council Member

Town of Beech Mountain

Eddie Yarber, Mayor

Town of Crossnore

Joel Whitley, Mayor Pro Tem

Town of Elk Park

Derek Roberts, Mayor

Town of Newland

Gunther Jöchl, Mayor

Village of Sugar Mountain

Vern Grindstaff, Commissioner Chair

Mitchell County

Rocky Buchanan, Council Member

Town of Spruce Pine

Larry Turnbow, Commissioner

Watauga County

Tim Futrelle, Mayor

Town of Boone

Larry Fontaine, Mayor

Town of Seven Devils

Eddie Settle, Commissioner Chair

Wilkes County

Otis Church, Commissioner

Town of North Wilkesboro

Kevin Reece, Commissioner

Town of Ronda

Mike Inscore, Mayor

Town of Wilkesboro

Jeff Whitson, Commissioner Chair

Yancey County

William (Bill) Wheeler, Council Member

Town of Burnsville

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS


Chair




Todd McNeill

Vice-Chair

Todd McNeill currently serves as chairman of the Ashe County Board of Commissioners. He began his tenure as commissioner in January 2018, being appointed to fill a vacancy, then was elected for his first 4 year term the following November. He has served as chairman of the Ashe County Board since December 2018.  Todd, a small business owner and entrepreneur, and his wife Maggie live in the Grassy Creek community of Ashe County. They have 5 children; Henry, Libby Jean, Sarah Lane, Beau, and Will. Todd grew up in Ashe County, attending Ashe Central High School and later graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in public relations.

“The collaboration of local governments throughout the High Country region continues to make our corner of North Carolina an even better place to live and work. Serving Ashe County and the High Country is one of the greatest honors of my life!”




Doug Matheson

Secretary

Doug Matheson is currently a Council Member for the Town of Blowing Rock and has served for 11 years. He has served on the HCCOG board for 3 years. Doug is a native of Watauga county where he retired from the State after 38 years (16 with Appalachian State University). He is also a retired Fire Chief of Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue, having served the department for 30 years. Doug and his wife Barbara have 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

“I’m very honored to be a part of HCCOG and looking forward to working with all members for the continued success of the region.”




Dennis Aldridge

Treasurer

Dennis Aldridge is currently serving his first term as an Avery county commissioner. He previously served on the Avery Economic Development Board for 6 years and is currently serving on the MAY Coalition board and is chairperson of the Avery JCPC. Dennis has served as a bi-vocational pastor for 30 years and is currently pastoring at Linville Falls Community Church. Dennis has an A.S. from Lees-McRae College, a B.S. from Gardner-Webb College and a M.A. from Trinity Theological Seminary. Dennis is married to Cindy and his hobbies include restoring vehicles and building projects.

“I decided to run for commissioner not because I wanted to as much as that I felt I needed to in order to use my learned body of knowledge to benefit the people of Avery County.  After traveling and living other places, I have never been prouder to be called a native of Avery County.”



ADVISORY COMMITTEE


Todd McNeill, Commissioner Chair

Ashe County

Doug Matheson, Council Member

Town of Blowing Rock

Dennis Aldridge, Commissioner

Avery County

Eddie Settle, Commissioner Chair

Wilkes County

Brenda Lyerly, Mayor

Town of Banner Elk

Wes Brinegar, Mayor

Town of Sparta

Jeff Whitson

Yancey County

Charles E. Vines, Mayor

Town of Bakersville