NCEDA’s Board of Directors

NCEDA is governed by a volunteer board of directors consisting of passionate leaders from all sectors of economic development and allied professions. The board is devoted to serving the needs of our members, our sponsors and the people of North Carolina.

The 2020 Board Application Period is open for the July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023 term. Click HERE to view the application packet. The application deadline is Friday, May 8.

Officers 2019-20

Dr. Patricia Mitchell CEcD
Appalachian State University
About Patricia Mitchell
Vice President

Randall Johnson MBA

NC Biotechnology Center
About Randall Johnson


John Nelms
Duke Energy
About John Nelms

Immediate Past President
Mark Pope
Wayne County Development Alliance
About Mark Pope

Directors 2020

Dr. Gary Lanier
Columbus County Economic Development Commission
About Gary Lanier
Chris Platé
Monroe-Union County Economic Development
About Chris Platé
Ben Teague
Biltmore Farms
About Ben Teague

Directors 2021

Julie Roper
Dominion Energy North Carolina
About Julie Roper
Ryan Wetherington
Armstrong Relocation
About Ryan Wetherington
Alan Wood CEcD
Burke Development Inc.
About Alan Wood

Directors 2022

Josh Hallingse
Transylvania Economic Alliance
About Josh Hallingse
Joanna Helms
Apex Economic Development
About Joanna Helms
Chris Kouri
Nexsen Pruet
About Chris Kouri


Chris Chung
Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

Tony Copeland
NC Department of Commerce

Donny Hicks CEcD
Gaston County Economic Development Commission

Ryan Regan
Economic Development Coalition of Asheville-Buncombe County

Lawrence Bivins

Liz Dobbins-Smith

Contact Liz Dobbins-Smith at 888.246.2332 if you have any questions or
would like to join a planning committee.