2018 Board Officers

Darren Swanson, Chair

Red Stone Equity Partners

Jacqueline O’Garrow, Vice Chair

Bank of America

Darryl White, Treasurer

Queens University

Betty Chafin Rash, Secretary

Community Leader

2018 Board of Directors

Mr. Gene Bodycott
2018 – 2021 (Second Term)


Ms. Beth Crigler
Senior Director
Novant Health Foundation
Presbyterian Medical Center
2015 – 2018 (First Term)


Ms. Elyse Dashew
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education – At Large
2017-2019 (First Term)


Ms. Amanda K. DeWeese
Account Supervisor
Carolina PR/Chernoff Newman
2015-2018 (First Term)


Judge Linwood O. Foust
Superior Court Judge (retired)
2018–2020 (First Term)


Mr. Kevin Granelli
Division President
Taylor Morrison
2017 – 2019 (First Term)


Ms. Jacqueline O’Garrow
Senior Vice President – ESG
Bank of America
2017-2019 (First Term)


Mr. Lance I. Pritchett
Tax Manager
Pesta, Finnie & Associates
2016 –  2018 (Second Term)


Reverend Clifford A. Jones, Sr.
Senior Minister
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

Ms. Betty Chafin Rash
2015 –  2018 (Second Term)


Mr. Ken Schorr
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy
2017-2019 (First Term)


Mr. James R. Simpson
Simpson Investors
2016-2018 (First Term)


Mr. Gerald Smith
Major, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Dept.
2017-2019 (First Term)


Mr. Darren Swanson
Senior Vice President/Acquisitions
Red Stone Equity Partners
2015 – 2018 (Second Term)


Mr. Darryl White
Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion
Queens University
2016 – 2018 (2nd Term)


Mr. Shawn Williams
Neighborhood Representative
2016 – 2018 (Second Term)


Mr. Kevin Wright
Vice President, Leveraged Finance Group
Wells Fargo
2017-2019 (First Term)


Ms. Astrid Chirinos
Executive Director
Simmons YMCA
2018-2020 (First Term)

Others associated with the Board of Directors

Mr. Fred Dodson, Assistant Secretary
The Housing Partnership

Mr. Bob Mendenhall
Holland & Knight