Regional Boards

Vaya’s four Regional Boards collectively meet the statutory requirement for a County Commissioner Advisory Board pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 122C-118.2. Regional Boards serve as key avenues for county representatives to share their knowledge about the needs of their local communities. Regional Boards will discuss and prioritize local service gaps and needs to drive community reinvestment by Vaya within available resources.

To ensure fair and diverse community representation on the Board, the Boards of County Commissioners for each county within each community region are responsible for appointing up to two individuals to serve on the Regional Board, one of whom must be an elected county commissioner and one of whom may be either a county commissioner, county manager, Department of Social Services director, public health director, or law enforcement representative.

To ensure participation from each of the constituent counties of a multicounty area authority as required by N.C.G.S. § 122C-118.1, each Regional Board elects two members to serve on the governing Board.

Regional Board Membership

  • Amanda McGee, Cherokee County DSS Director
  • Jan Griggs, Cherokee County Commissioner
  • Clay Logan, Clay County Commissioner
  • Todd Goins, Clay County DSS Director
  • Connie Orr, Graham County Commissioner (Vice Chair)
  • Lynn Cody, Graham County Commissioner
  • Terry Ramey, Haywood County Commissioner
  • Ira Dove, Haywood County HHS Director (Chair)
  • Mark Letson, Jackson County Commissioner
  • Don Adams, Jackson County Manager
  • Gary Shields, Macon County Commissioner
  • Patrick Betancourt, Macon County DSS Director
  • Kevin Seagle, Swain County Commissioner
  • Phillip Carson, Swain County Commissioner

2023 Regional Board Meetings

January 9, 2023

March 27, 2023

June 26, 2023

October 30, 2023

Regional Board Membership 

  • Dakisha “DK” Wesley, Buncombe County Assistant CM
  • Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Buncombe County Commissioner
  • William “Bill” Lapsley, Henderson County Commissioner (Chair)
  • John Mitchell, Henderson County Manager
  • Kathy Price, Madison County HD Administrative Officer
  • Michael Garrison, Madison County Commissioner
  • Brandon Pittman, Mitchell County Commissioner (Vice Chair)
  • Wendy Boone, Mitchell County DSS Director
  • Josh Kennedy, Polk County HHS Director
  • Andre Overholt, Polk County Commissioner
  • Teresa McCall, Transylvania County Commissioner
  • Amanda Vanderoef, Transylvania County DSS Director
  • Shane Hilliard, Yancey County Sheriff
  • Jeff Whitson, Yancey County Commissioner

2023 Regional Board Meetings

January 10, 2023

March 28, 2023

June 27, 2023

October 31, 2023

Regional Board Membership

  • Ronnie Reese, Alexander County Commissioner
  • Shane Fox, Alexander County Manager
  • Mechelle Luffman, Alleghany County Commissioner 
  • Lisa Osborne, Alleghany County DSS Director
  • Todd McNeill, Ashe County Manager
  • Adam Stumb, Ashe County Manager
  • Phillip Barrier, Avery County Manager
  • Tim Phillips, Avery County Commissioner
  • Donnie Potter, Caldwell County Commissioner
  • Will Wakefield, Caldwell County DSS Director
  • Chris Allison, McDowell County Commissioner
  • Ashley Wooten, McDowell County Manager (Vice Chair)
  • Mike Caskey, Rowan County Commissioner
  • Judy Klusman, Rowan County Commissioner (Chair)
  • Charlie Wallin, Watauga County Commissioner
  • Ray Russell, Watauga County Commissioner
  • Casey Joe Johnson, Wilkes County Commissioner
  • Kevin Brown, Wilkes County DSS Director

2023 Regional Board Meetings

January 11, 2023

March 29, 2023

June 28, 2023

November 1, 2023

Regional Board Membership

  • Bill Lashley, Alamance County Commissioner
  • John Paisley, Alamance County Commissioner
  • Aisha Gwynn, Caswell County Family Services Director
  • Jeremiah Jefferies, Caswell County Commissioner
  • Karen Howard, Chatham County Commissioner
  • Jennie Kristiansen, Chatham County DSS Director
  • William Doerfer, Franklin County Assistant CM
  • Roxanne Bragg, Franklin County Commissioner
  • Lisa Harrison, Granville County PH Director
  • Russ May, Granville County Commissioner (Vice Chair)
  • Janet Clayton, Person County HD Director
  • Gordon Powell, Person County Commissioner
  • Sonya Cox, Stokes County Commissioner
  • Stacey Elmes, Stokes County DSS Director
  • Dan Brummitt, Vance County Commissioner (Chair)
  • Denita DeVega, Vance County DSS Director

2023 Regional Board Meetings

January 12, 2023

March 30, 2023

June 29, 2023

November 2, 2023

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