The North Carolina Downtown Development Association is the leader in education and advocacy for economic growth and development in North Carolina’s downtowns.  NCDDA is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit professional membership organization that is led by a 21-member volunteer board of directors, which meets quarterly.  Members include downtown development managers, coordinators and Main Street managers; economic developers; town planners; town managers; architects; landscape architects; developers; and other professions related to the development of North Carolina’s downtowns.

NCDDA Board of Directors

President (2023-2025)
Kimberly Van Dyk, Planning and Community Revitalization Director
City of Wilson

President-Elect (2023-2025)
Jeff Murison, President & CEO
Hillsborough Street Community Services Corporation

Past-President (2023-2025)
Zack Matheny, President & CEO
Downtown Greensboro, Inc.

Secretary (2024-2026)
Rick Thurmond, Chief Marketing Officer
Charlotte City Center Partners

Treasurer (2023-2025)
Bianca Shoneman, President & CEO
Cool Spring Street Downtown District

VP Governmental Affairs (2023-2025)
Patrick Reilly, President
Rehab Development, Inc.

VP Membership (2023-2025)
Mary Rose, Planning Director and Main Street Director
City of Clinton

VP Education (2024-2026)
Kellli Laudate, Executive Director
Downtown Sanford, Inc.

Western Region Director (2023-2025)
Amy Bridges, Downtown and Community Development Manager
Town of Forest City

Northwest Region Director (2023-2025)
Amy Ogle, Executive Director
Hickory Downtown Development Association

Piedmont-Triad Director (2024-2026)
Morgan Johnson Vasquez, Executive Director
Mount Airy Downtown, Inc.

North Central Director (2024-2026)
Jennifer Herbert, Downtown Development Director
Wake Forest Downtown, Inc.

Northeast Region (2024-2026)
Margaret “Meg” Howdy, Executive Director
Washington Harbor District Alliance

Southwest Region Director (2023-2025)
Kathleen Rose, President & CEO
Rose Associates

South Central Region Director (2023-2025)
Sarah Beth Ward, Downtown Development Coordinator
City of Lumberton

Southeast Director (2023-2025)
Lynne Harakal, Executive Director
Swiss Bear, Inc.

Large Cities Director (2024-2026)
Will Gaskins, VP Economic Development and Planning
Downtown Raleigh Alliance

Associate Director – Community Member (2024-2026)
Eddie Belk, President
Belk Architecture

Associate Director – Corporate Member (2024-2026)
Sam Hardwick, Sales
MOSCA Design

Associate Director – Professional Member (2024-2026)
David Maurer, President
Maurer Architecture

Associate Director – Associate Member (2024-2026)
Jennings Gray, Senior Retail Development Specialist


Jason Epley, Executive Director

NOTE: The region director positions align with the NC Commerce Prosperity Zones.

Phone: 704.305.4381
PO Box 3392
Salisbury, NC 28145