STAFF and board officers
Our professional staff works with citizens, non-profits, local governments and businesses to access resources enabling business and industry and generating opportunities for outside investment to be drawn into the region.
Agency expertise includes Strategic Planning, Technical Assistance and Capacity Building, Grantsmanship, Project Development and Management, Development Finance, Government Contracting, Business Outreach & Entrepreneurship, local government reapportionment, and issues relevant to public sector governance and rural development.
Heather Smoak Urena, CEcD, Executive Director
Shelia Wallace, Managing Director for Strategy & Development
Linette Cornell, Director of Planning and GIS, Watershed Coordinator
Drew Jackson, Director of Business Services
Brandy Stevens, Program Specialist for Client Services
Virginia McCann, Programs Emeritus
Francesca Parent, Digital Coordinator - AmeriCorps VISTA
Mike Robertson, President
Derrick Johnson, Vice President
John Landry, Secretary Treasurer