About Us

Staff & Board

We work together for the greater good of our local economy.

The only way to do great things every day is with great people who truly enjoy their job, so we make sure to only hire the best.



Matt Raker, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Matt Raker

Executive Director

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Ingrid Sander, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Ingrid Sander

Chief Financial Officer

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Christopher Murrey, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Christopher Murrey

Chief Credit Officer

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Kareen Boncales, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Kareen Boncales

Entrepreneurship Program Manager

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Noah Wilson, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Noah Wilson

Director of Sector Development

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Community Investments Manager

Moriah Heaney

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Communications Manager

Justin Thompson

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Ward McAllister

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Small Business Lender

Elizabeth Porter

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Portfolio Associate

Lydia Neilsen

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Lending Services Associate

Sybriea Lundy

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Small Business Lender

Michael Lane

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High Country Regional Manager

Chris Grasinger

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Small Business Lender

Yaselin Gonzalez

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Small Business Lender & Risk Asset Manager

Kelly Foster

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Portfolio Manager

Brad Bassinger

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Growing Outdoors, Director of Activation

Andy Williamson

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Learning Services Associate

Millie Smith

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Entrepreneur in Residence

Jeremiah Robinson

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Business Coaching Manager

Jill Kichefski

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Board of Directors


Sophia Paulos

Economic Development Director Graham County, North Carolina

Vice Chair

Tim Herdklotz

President & Co-Owner Booneshine Brewing Co.

2nd Vice Chair

Zane Adams

Co-CEO Buchi Kombucha


Leah Mayberry

Director of Finance Johnson Price Sprinkle PA


Rebecca Crandall

Attorney McGuire, Wood & Bissette

Terry Young

Owner Sweet Thangs Bakery

Fred Waldkoetter

Finance and Lending Professional (Retired)

Tim Schaller

Owner The Wedge

Carlos A. Montoya

Owner CAM Services

Ray Green

Owner Paradigm Learning

Esteve Coll-Larrosa

Business Manager Artspace Charter School

Erica Anderson

Director, Economic & Community Development Land-of-Sky Regional Council

Michael (Mike) Mooney

Bank of America (Retired)

Gary Heisey

Director, Small Business Center Blue Ridge Community College (Retired)