NCEDA’s Board of Directors

NCEDA is governed by a volunteer board of directors consisting of passionate leaders from all sectors of economic development and allied professions. The board is devoted to serving the needs of our members, our sponsors and the people of North Carolina.

The 2022 Board of Directors application period will open in April. Contact Liz Dobbins-Smith with any questions.

Officers 2020-21


Randall Johnson MBA

NC Biotechnology Center
About Randall Johnson

Vice President

John Nelms
Duke Energy
About John Nelms


Chris Platé
Monroe-Union County Economic Development
About Chris Platé

Immediate Past President
Dr. Patricia Mitchell
Appalachian State University
About Patricia Mitchell

Directors 2021

Julie Roper
Dominion Energy North Carolina
About Julie Roper
Ryan Wetherington
Armstrong Relocation
About Ryan Wetherington
Alan Wood CEcD
Burke Development Inc.
About Alan Wood

Directors 2022

Josh Hallingse
Transylvania Economic Alliance
About Josh Hallingse
Joanna Helms
Apex Economic Development
About Joanna Helms
Chris Kouri
Nexsen Pruet
About Chris Kouri

Directors 2023

Martyn Johnson
Beaufort County Economic Development
About Martyn Johnson
Jason McLeod
ECS Southeast
About Jason McLeod
Ryan Nance
NC Electric Cooperatives
About Ryan Nance


Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders
NC Department of Commerce

Chris Chung
Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

Donny Hicks CEcD
Gaston County Economic Development Commission

Kevin Lackey
Brunswick Business & Industry Development

Lawrence Bivins

Liz Dobbins-Smith

Contact Liz Dobbins-Smith at 888.246.2332 if you have any questions or
would like to join a planning committee.