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.

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Brad Bassinger, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Brad Bassinger

Portfolio Manager


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Kareen Boncales, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Kareen Boncales

Director of Entrepreneurship


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Elena Chu, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Elena Chu

Small Business Lender


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Kelly Foster, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Kelly Foster

Asset Quality Manager


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Yaselin Gonzalez, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Yaselin Gonzalez

Small Business Lender


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Chris Grasinger, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Chris Grasinger

High Country Regional Manager


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Jill Kichefski, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Jill Kichefski

Business Coaching Manager


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Kelly Kilker, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Kelly Kilker

Human Resources Director


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Michael Lane, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Michael Lane

Director of Lending


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Christine Laucher, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Christine Laucher

Southwestern Regional Manager


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Sybriea Lundy, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Sybriea Lundy

Lending Services Associate


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Diane Miller, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Diane Miller

Accountant


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Christopher Murrey, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Christopher Murrey

Chief Credit Officer


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Lydia Neilsen, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Lydia Neilsen

Portfolio Associate


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Elizabeth Porter, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Elizabeth Porter

Small Business Lender


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Matt Raker, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Matt Raker

Executive Director


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Jeremiah Robinson, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Jeremiah Robinson

Entrepreneur in Residence


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Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith

Craft Your Commerce Program Director


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Ingrid Sander, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Ingrid Sander

Chief Financial Officer


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Millie Smith, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Millie Smith

Learning Services Associate


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Justin Thompson, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Justin Thompson

Communications Manager


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Andy Williamson, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Andy Williamson

Growing Outdoors, Director of Activation


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Noah Wilson, staff member at Mountain BizWorks

Noah Wilson

Director of Sector Development


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Board of Directors

Chair

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

Treasurer

Leah Mayberry

Director of Finance Johnson Price Sprinkle PA

Secretary

Rebecca Crandall

Attorney McGuire, Wood & Bissette

Brandon Wallace

Market President First National Bank

Audrey Whetten Godfrey

Executive Director Uptown Shelby Association

Paula Swepson

Executive Director West Marion Community Forum Inc.

Adriana Chavela

Founder & Executive Director Hola Carolina

Duane Adams

Associate Director A-B Tech Community College

Terry Young

Owner Sweet Thangs Bakery

Tim Schaller

Owner The Wedge