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Ron Kauffman, Founder


1966 Long Island University C.W. Post College - BA

1967 St. John’s University School of Business - MBA

Over 45-years of business experience in retail & high technology including 25-years at the executive levels of Vice President, CEO and Principal in public, private and nonprofit corporations

Author of 2-books, newspaper columnist and live talk-radio show host

Founder of 2-nonprofits, the first in Florida and the NC Sentinel Patriot Club

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Sharon Hanson

Vice President

1967 Michigan State University - BA

More than 25 years as a Casework Supervisor and Administrator with the Michigan Department of Social Services

Vice Chair of the Michigan StateEmployees Association, Liaison for DSS and Michigan Employment Security Commission, loaned executive on the local FEMA Disaster and Response Team, Red Cross Board Chair and CPR Instructor, Emergency Shelter Coordinator and on-call Counselor and Volunteer Coordinator for The Healing Place

Active in local politics as Precinct Chair of the Henderson County Democratic Party, is a member of the local NAACP, and volunteers as a tutor with Blue Ridge Literacy Council

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Kelsey Lyon

Board Secretary

2013 Central Connecticut State University - BA

10 years working in graphic and information design as owner of Kelsey Lynn Designs (formerly Kelsey Mossberg Designs)

Experienced in management of social media, layout design, product and name recognition design

Held positions including Pre-Press designer at AlphaGraphics, Graphic designer for Paddy's Beach Club and Feast Sandwich Co.

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Jill Turner, Board Member 

University of Georgia – BS Ed.

Over 30 years of business experience including 16 years primarily in human resources in the corporate and government sectors.

West Palm Beach (FL) Commuter Services: Executive Advisory Board

Bethlehem United Methodist Church: Board of Trustees, Pastor/Parish Relationship Committee

Jupiter (FL) Habitat for Humanity: Family Selection Committee

Barrow County (GA) Habitat for Humanity (founding member): Board of Directors, Volunteer Coordinator, Family Selection Committee, Family Nurture Committee, Fundraising Committee

Panama City Beach, Florida Little, Major, Minor League: Board of Directors

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Kelee Flannery, Board Member 

1982 Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Kelee Flannery graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1982, after studying Administration of Justice with a specialization in paralegal investigation.  She has spent most of her working life involved in managing real estate assets all over the United States and in the United Kingdom.

In 2011 she became the manager of the Historic Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville. After 5 ½ years of making this already beautiful building an economic success, the property interests were finally able to be sold by Duke Energy to a new caretaker.

Kelee remained with her company, Tessier Associates, and is now charged with new business development for the company, as well as, acting as a Senior Property Manager for both commercial and residential properties. 

Affiliate Members

Mike Pace, Community Outreach