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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
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CHAIR

Christy Proctor

Chick-fil-A Wilson

Member at Large

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VICE CHAIR

Ryan Simons

Wilson Chamber of Commerce President

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TREASURER

Wes Berry

Truist
Banking Representative

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PAST CHAIR

Dr. Doug Searcy

Barton College President

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SECRETARY 

Michael Jones

3C Store Fixtures, President

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Pender Sharp

Sharp Farms

Agri- Business Representative 

Member at Large

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Eliot Smith

Farris & Thomas

Attorney Representative

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.

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Grant Goings

City of Wilson

City Manager

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Denise O’Hara

Healthcare Foundation of Wilson
Executive Director

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Dr. Jami Woods

Wilson Community College
President

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Ron Hunt

Wilson County

County Manager

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Dr. Lane Mills

Wilson County Schools Superintendent

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Jennifer Lantz

Wilson Economic Dev. Council

Executive Director

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Chris Munton

Wilson Medical Center
CEO

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Keven Zepezauer

Wilson Times
President and Publisher

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Judi Thurston

United Way of Wilson
Executive Director

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Brandt Harrell

Wilson County Tourism

Executive 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.

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Mayor Carlton Stevens

City of Wilson Representative

Mayor, City of Wilson

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Mayor Tommy Hawkins

Wilson County Representative

Mayor, Town of Saratoga

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Dr. Carol White

Faith Representative

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Maria Ramirez

Wilson Leadership Institute Representative

Wilson Medical Center

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Betsy Peters Rascoe

Member at Large

President, Design Dimension, Inc.

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Hank Butts

Member at Large

Vice President, S.T. Wooten

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Francisco Toste

Member at Large

Plant Manager, Merck

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