Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced appointments to state boards and commissions.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following member to serve as chair of the North Carolina State Ports Authority Board of Directors:
- Susan W. Rabon of Southport as chair. Rabon is the owner, director, and vice president of Commonwealth Home Health Care, Inc. and Commonwealth Document Management, Inc. Rabon previously served on the North Carolina Utilities Commission. She has served on the Ports Authority Board since 2021.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following member to serve as chair of the Financial Literacy Council:
- Stuart L. Mills of Pinehurst as chair. Mills is the Executive Director of Partners for Children and Families. He is the former Executive Director of the Moore County Literacy Council. He was also the Chief Development Officer for the Care Group, Inc., a non-profit organization providing remedial educational services to Moore County residents.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following member to serve as chair of the North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission:
- Maggie Brewer of Raleigh as chair. Brewer is the Chief Deputy Secretary for the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction, where she oversees the divisions of Rehabilitation and Reentry, Comprehensive Health Services, Educational Services, and Support Services. She has served on the Commission since 2021.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following member to serve on the North Carolina 911 Board:
- Joseph H. Prater IV of Holly Springs as a representative of a VoIP provider. Prater is the Director of Government Affairs for Charter Communications.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following member to serve on the North Carolina Brain Injury Advisory Council:
- Laura Elisabeth Morris of Fuquay-Varina as a family member of a person with a brain injury. Morris is a traumatic brain injury caregiver and has more than 17 years of experience supporting individuals with traumatic brain injuries.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following member to serve on the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities:
- Rudolph Victor Kuser of Winston-Salem as a person with a developmental disability. Kuser is an Educator for the Southeast Americans with Disabilities Act Trainer Network. He is a former development specialist and autism coordinator for the Special Children’s School of Winston-Salem.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following member to serve on the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors:
- Timothy E. Bowes of Raleigh as a registered land surveyor. Bowes is a Senior Delivery Officer at WithersRavenel. Bowes has practiced as a professional land surveyor for 33 years.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following member to serve on the Governor’s Environmental Justice Advisory Council:
- Thomas Cabe of Cherokee as a member at-large. Cabe is a Tribal Forest Resource Liaison for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following member to serve on the North Carolina State Licensing Board for General Contractors:
- James H. Pressly of Statesville as a general contractor who has as the larger part of his business the construction of residences. Pressly is the owner and managing member of Pressly Residential Group. He has served as president of the Iredell County Home Builders Association and chairman of the National Association of Home Builders Multifamily Finance Subcommittee, working to promote policy that increases access to housing and housing affordability.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following member to serve on the Governor's Advisory Council on Historically Underutilized Businesses:
- Tracy Lovett of Durham as the liaison from the Governor’s Office. Lovett is the Director of the Office of Public Engagement and Inclusion. Lovett previously worked for 30 years in the US House of Representatives for Congressmen David Price and Mel Watt.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following members to serve on the North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission:
- Michael A. Grace of Winston-Salem as a public member. Grace is a Criminal Defense Attorney, who has engaged in private practice at Grace, Tisdale & Clifton P.A. for 43 years. He is also an adjunct professor for the Wake Forest University School of Law.
- Mark Calloway of Waxhaw as a public member. Calloway is a Senior Counsel with Alston & Bird LLP, where he served as partner for 20 years.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following member to serve on the North Carolina Locksmith Licensing Board:
- Wilson S. Weaver II of Winston-Salem as a public member. Weaver is Assistant Chief of the Winston-Salem Police Department, where he has served for 38 years.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following members to serve on the North Carolina Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services:
- Melanie H. Griggs of Henderson as a mental health professional. Griggs is a Behavioral Health Clinical Counselor for Granville Vance Public Health. Griggs has more than 30 years of service as a state employee, including with the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts and Vance County Schools, working to support children in the Vance County area.
- Leigh Wilson Venters of Wilmington as a developmental disabilities family member. Venters is Chair of the Board of Visitors at UNC-Wilmington and the UNC Wilmington Foundation Board.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following member to serve on the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission:
- Dr. Sidney A. Brooks of Fayetteville as a public member. Brooks retired from the Army as a Colonel in 2005 after serving as a Dental Commander. Brooks went on to run and practice dentistry at his own private practice, Sandhills Pediatric and Family Dentistry, until he retired in 2020.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following member to serve on the North Carolina Mining Commission:
- Thomas D. Freeman of Spruce Pine as a mining industry representative. Freeman is an Environmental Consultant and Manager at Freeman Environmental Consulting, LLC and works with The Quartz Corp in Spruce Pine. Freeman has more than 40 years of mining industry experience.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following member to serve on the North Carolina Minority Health Advisory Council:
- Dr. Ronny A. Bell of Greensboro as a human services agency representative. Dr. Bell is a Professor and Chair at UNC-Chapel Hill, Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy for the Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He co-leads the Southeastern American Indian Cancer Health Equity Partnership which is a partnership between the Comprehensive Cancer Centers at NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers at UNC, Duke, and Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following members to serve on the NCWorks Commission:
- Gregory F. Thompson of Aberdeen as a business representative. Thompson is an Operations Support Manger for Railroad Friction Products in Maxton.
- Robert Doreauk of Raleigh as a business representative in IT software. Doreauk is the Executive Director of External and Legislative Affairs for AT&T North Carolina.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following member to serve on the Governor's Advisory Committee on Performance Management:
- Christie S. Burris of Raleigh as the representative from the Department of Information Technology. Burris is the Chief Data Officer for the North Carolina Department of Information Technology, where she leads NCDIT's statewide development of enterprise data strategies, including management, privacy, and governance across all platforms.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following member to serve on the State Board of Refrigeration Contractors:
- Dr. Jacky Rosati Rowe of Chapel Hill as a member from the field of public health with an environmental science background from an accredited college or university located in this state. Rowe is a Supervisory Environmental Engineer in the U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following member to serve on the North Carolina Council on Sickle Cell Syndrome:
- Jennifer Fields of Holly Springs as a member of a community agency interested in sickle cell syndrome. Fields is President and Founder of The Hills Tandem, LLC. She was previously the Director of Operations and Campaign Programs for Electrical Safety Foundation International.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following member to serve on the Uniform Law Commission:
- Eric M. David of Raleigh as a North Carolina resident licensed to practice law. David is a Business and Constitutional Litigator at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following member to serve on the U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship Commission:
- Mark W. Lanier of Wilmington as a member at-large. Lanier recently retired from his role as assistant to the chancellor and assistant secretary to the UNC-Wilmington Board of Trustees, with primary responsibilities in governmental relations, board affairs, and economic development.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following members to serve on the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service:
- Alice E. Brown of Candler as a member between the age 16 & 25 who is a supervisor or recipient in a volunteer or service program. Brown is a student at UNC-Chapel Hill and has participated in various volunteer programs in Western North Carolina.
- Leslie A. Garvin of High Point as a representative of the service-learning community. Garvin is the Executive Director of NC Campus Engagement, where she has worked for more than 18 years.