Staff

Here’s a list of the friendly, knowledgeable folks who keep the Chamber humming and who are ready to answer your questions about virtually any business topic. If you aren’t sure as to which person you should contact, just send us an e-mail by clicking here and the right person will get right back to you.


Programs & Administration

Gayle N. Anderson

President & CEO

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What is your favorite book?
Anything by Jane Austen

What was the first car you ever owned?
A red Plymouth something. I’m really not into cars at all.

What is the first thing you would do with a million dollars?
Set up a foundation.

What is your favorite food?
Chocolate. Not a foodie at all.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
I Am Woman

What’s a little known fact about you?
I’m a certified yoga teacher

What does the prop in your photo represent?
My running shoes because working out is an important part of my day.




Renee Semones

Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration

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What is your favorite book?
Goodnight Moon

What is your favorite movie?
Up, Forrest Gump, and Fried Green Tomatoes

What was the first car you ever owned?
1974 MG Midget

What is the first thing you would do with a million dollars?
Pay off all of my debt and my mom’s

What is your favorite food?
Macaroni & Cheese

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
Man in the Mirror

What’s a little known fact about you?
Growing up I was a competitive figure skater and showed saddle bred horses and hackney ponies

What does the prop in your photo represent?
I love animals and managing the finances for the Chamber hence the cat and dog piggy banks.




Shelly Evans

Financial Manager

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What is your favorite book?
The 5 Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman

What was the first car you ever owned?
Light gray with red interior Dodge Colt with a hatchback

What is the first thing you would do with a million dollars?
I would buy my family a beach house for us all to enjoy together.

What is your favorite food?

Just about any kind of Italian food. I finally married into an Italian family so I now know the proper way to prepare it. YUMMY!

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

I Love Beach Music by the Embers

What’s a little known fact about you?
I love the beach and to be around it with my family makes things even better.

What does the prop in your photo represent?
I hope to one day be able to live at the beach and enjoy all its beauty.




Kelly Bright

Executive Assistant

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What is your favorite book?
To Kill a Mockingbird

What was the first car you ever owned?
1982 Monte Carlo with T-Tops!!

What is the first thing you would do with a million dollars?
Take care of my family! Then, my husband and I would open an animal sanctuary where all stray or unwanted cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, etc. would never have to be without food, a home and especially love!!

What is your favorite food?
Mexican

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
The Best of Times by Styx
Just Another Day in Paradise by Bertie Higgins
I’m Headin’ for Key-ey-ey West, the key to happiness! – from the song Key West by The Village People

What’s a little known fact about you?
When taking the shooting test for my CCP, I out shot 11 men in the class except for my husband! Unfortunately, one of those 11 was my father – sorry Daddy!!

What does the prop in your photo represent?
My love of cats!!




Patricia Newman

Information Specialist

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What is your favorite book?
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

What was the first car you ever owned?
Oldsmobile Cutlass

What is the first thing you would do with a million dollars?
Pay taxes, pay bills, use some of the money for home repairs, travel.

What is your favorite food?
Stir fry vegetables

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
Clean this house (Restore Me) by R. Kelly





Programs & Events

Angela Breathette

Events Manager

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What is your favorite book?
Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

What was the first car you ever owned?
1989 Plymouth Horizon

What is the first thing you would do with a million dollars?
Donate to my church, pay off my student loan, buy my dream car, and put the rest in a savings or money market account!

What is your favorite food?
Well, I love pasta… and chicken… and potatoes… and seafood… and broccoli… and bacon… so, I guess that equates to chicken and shrimp fettuccine with broccoli and a loaded baked potato on the side!

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“Cool” by Anthony Hamilton

What’s a little known fact about you?
If I were asleep and someone played a song on the piano and left off the last note, the fact that the song was unresolved would aggravate me to the point that I would HAVE to get up and go play the last note myself!

What does the prop in your photo represent?
The tenor saxophone in my photo represents my love for music. My love for music began with piano lessons at age 5. I started playing trombone in the 6th grade, added the cello in 7th grade, and added percussion in the 10th grade. While in college (GO AGGIES!), I became a voice major but ultimately chose to major in percussion while minoring in voice and learning the saxophone, bassoon, clarinet, flute/piccolo, trumpet, guitar, and African drums.





Government Affairs

Wendy Poteat

Director of Government Affairs

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What is your favorite book?
My favorite book is, Anyway; the Paradoxical Commandments, by Keith M. Kent. My favorite commandment from the book is, “What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.”

What was the first car you ever owned?
I owned a 1982 Honda Accord. It had white wall tires and I installed my own tint on my windows and my own tape deck!

What is the first thing you would do with a million dollars?
I would pay off all my student loans and then take a 6 month sabbatical and travel around the world.

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is pasta. My favorite pasta dish is a great Alfredo cooked by anyone but me. I’m a horrible cook!

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
It would be “Pieces of Me” by Ledisi. People see me as very strong and confident and believe me I am, but there are so many pieces to me. I complicated, passionate, and loving. Sometimes it’s really hard for me to let all those things show. One thing for sure like the song says “Now I’m gonna make mistakes from time to time But in the end believe that I’m gone fly.”

What’s a little known fact about you?
Very few people know that I am a paid wedding singer. My specialty song is “The Lord’s Prayer.”

What does the prop in your photo represent?
The prop in my picture represents my love for music. I am taking guitar lessons so that I will be able to perform Christmas carols with my children this year.





Marketing & Communications

Haley Gingles

Director of Marketing & Communications

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What is your favorite book?
The Shack, by William Paul Young.

What was the first car you ever owned?
Light Blue 1988 Honda Civic. I called it Lady Blue.

What is the first thing you would do with a million dollars?
I would first pay off all my bills, then start my hunt for a beach house! I’d also give back to my university (GO HEELS) and my favorite charities.

What is your favorite food?
It’s really a tie between chicken fingers and cupcakes. Both of which I consider a healthy treat!

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
Ain’t No Stopping Us Now by McFadden & Whitehead

What’s a little known fact about you?
Most people would be surprised to know that I’m a fairly decent unicyclist and was once in a performing unicycle group.

What does the prop in your photo represent?
The beach ball represents my love for the beach. I love hot weather and being by the water. I’d love for my office to one day overlook the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean…wishful thinking eh?!





Membership

Barbette Dunn

Membership Development Manager

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What is your favorite book?
"The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho

What was the first car you ever owned?
1976 VW Beetle Convertible which came with the book "VW Repair for Dummies", which I referenced many times...

What is the first thing you would do with a million dollars?
I would take an "Anthony Bourdain" tour of the world and take someone with me that would never have had the opportunity to travel.

What is your favorite food?
Seafood, preferably with an ocean view

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
"It's a Beautiful Day" by UZ

What’s a little known fact about you?
I can speed read at 1000 plus words per minute thanks to an experimental program from my 4th grade school.





Education and Workforce Development

Rodessa Mitchell

Vice President, Education & Workforce Development

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What is your favorite movie?
The Color Purple

What was the first car you ever owned?
1982 Mercedes with diesel engine - you could hear me coming a mile away!

What is the first thing you would do with a million dollars?
I would set up a foundation; giving away money to worthwhile causes is my dream.

What is your favorite food?
Fresh pineapple or strawberries….actually any kind of fruit.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
What A Wonderful World, the Louis Armstrong version.

What’s a little known fact about you?
I write and direct theatrical productions for my church.

What does the prop in your photo represent?
I love the power of technology…don’t understand how any of it works but I have a great time using it!




Jennifer Cobb

Director of Education & Business Volunteer Services

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What is your favorite book?
As a child, by favorite book was “Where the Wild Things Are”, by Maurice Sendak. As an adult, all the Lonesome Dove series of westerns by Larry McMurtry, and several books by Nicholas Sparks are favorites.

What was the first car you ever owned?
A blue Volkswagen Jetta 5 speed, which had no cruise control and no automatic windows. It did have a handle cranked sunroof that was pretty sweet. A great little car that got me back and forth between eastern and western N.C. through the college years!

What is the first thing you would do with a million dollars?
Travel the United States and buy a little spot of land to build a house. Then, invest the rest of it, so it could (hopefully), begin earning interest for me!

What is your favorite food?
Love any kind of food; especially Mexican, Italian, and ice cream.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
Don’t Stop Believing!

What’s a little known fact about you?
I’m only the third generation on my mother’s side to be born in this country.

What does the prop in your photo represent?
Refer to question 1 🙂




Tina Long

Senior Academy & Volunteer Services Manager

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What is your favorite book?
“The monster at the end of this book” Starring, Lovable, Furry Old Grover by Jon Stone.

What was the first car you ever owned?
Datsun 210 - 4 doors. Every color in the book until it was crashed by a police officer on a high speed pursuit. Then I bought a Karma Ghia.

What is the first thing you would do with a million dollars?
Send my Dad and Mom to Israel. It’s my Dad’s dream vacation; to walk where Jesus walked. Then I would pay off all of our bills, buy Bryan a new Street Glide Harley, Storm a new car, and Stone a new dirt bike.

What is your favorite food?
Waldo’s Wings (HOT) with ranch, of course and also Livermush - fried crisp dipped in mustard!

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
A Picture of Me Without You by George Jones
We Are Family by Sister Sledge

What’s a little known fact about you?
When I graduated from high school I was going to be a police officer. In college I went through a two week survival school. On the shooting range, I out shot 3 police officers on the drills. Don’t mess with a prissy girl….

What does the prop in your photo represent?
100% CHEESEHEAD!!! Go Green Bay Packers!!

What is your favorite quote?
“The only thing to fear worse than a wrestler… is a wrestler’s MOM! ~unknown “Go Storm and Stone!!!”





Economic and Community Development

Jill Atherton

Vice President, Economic & Community Development

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What is your favorite book?
The Great Gatsby

What was the first car you ever owned?
Mazda RX7

What is the first thing you would do with a million dollars?
Take a vacation

What is your favorite food?
Macaroni and Cheese

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
Hit Me With Your Best Shot

What’s a little known fact about you?
I am fluent in pig latin

What does the prop in your photo represent?
I am an avid gardener




Joseph Hamby

Research & Business Growth Manager

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What is your favorite book?
“Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis

What was the first car you ever owned?
1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee

What is the first thing you would do with a million dollars?
Build a swimming pool!

What is your favorite food?
Japenese!

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from the Lion King

What’s a little known fact about you?
I despise 99% of all sauces, the plainer the better!

What does the prop in your photo represent?
I’m a total tech geek. MacBook, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch… I cant get enough!