Leadership is provided by our Board of Directors to provide governance and vision for the work of Wilson Forward. We also have a Board of Advisors to guide and support our efforts. The collaborative work of Wilson Forward would not be possible without our partners who align and contribute to building community goals.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Wilson Forward Board of Directors is representative of our community’s rich business, civic, and cultural diversity. They represent our community’s broad range of leadership and contribute significant amounts of time, talent, and energy to ensure the growing vitality of Wilson County.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
CHAIR

Dr. Doug Searcy

Barton College President

VICE CHAIR

Christy Proctor
Chick-fil-A Wilson
Member at Large

TREASURER

Wes Berry
Banking Representative

PAST CHAIR

Eliot Smith
Attorney Representative

SECRETARY 

Michael Jones

3C Store Fixtures

President

Pender Sharp

Agri- Business Representative 

Member at Large

Mark Holyoak

Wilson Medical Center

Chief Executive Officer

Member at Large

EX OFFICIO DIRECTORS

Ex Officio board representatives are members of Wilson Forward by virtue of holding specific offices in anchor institutions of Wilson.

Grant Goings

City of Wilson

City Manager

Denise O’Hara

Healthcare Foundation of Wilson
Executive Director

Ryan Simons

Wilson Chamber of Commerce President

Dr. Tim Wright

Wilson Community College
President

Denise Stinagle

Wilson County

County Manager

Dr. Lane Mills

Wilson County Schools Superintendent

Jennifer Lantz

Wilson Economic Dev. Council

Executive Director

Keven Zepezauer

Wilson Times
President and Publisher

Judi Thurston

United Way of Wilson
Executive Director

Sandra Homes

Wilson Visitors Center

Director

ELECTED DIRECTORS

Elected board representatives are members of Wilson Forward by nomination and approval from the board to hold office for a specified term.

Mayor Carlton Stevens

City of Wilson Representative

Rob Boyette

County Commissioner Representative

Mayor Tommy Hawkins

County Representative

Rev. Tuck Taylor

Faith Representative

Rosario Ochoa

Wilson Leadership Institute Representative

Hank Butts

Vice President, S.T. Wooten
Member at Large

Ken Jones

Retired
Member at Large

Francisco Toste

Plant Manager, Merck
Member at Large