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Our Team

Since the beginning, the Laurel Community Center Organization (LCC) has been run by a volunteer Board of Directors. Although some have come and gone over the years, we are forever grateful for the time, energy, love and hard work that the Laurel Community Center Board of Directors, past and present, have put into this organization. LCC also currently has two team members that help assist the BOD with the Center's Mission and day to day operations. 

Board of Directors

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Barbara is a Native of Laurel and a graduate of Laurel High School and Mars Hill College. She had a thirty-year career in public education, including teaching at Laurel Elementary before retiring. Barbara has also been a long-time volunteer in many local community organizations such as Neighbors in Need, MC Arts Council, and Litter Sweep.

Barbara Zimmerman

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Mary is a 35-year resident of Shelton Laurel, and holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from UGA. She was the former Coordinator (Director), Ecologist, and community Organizer for W NC Alliance, a grassroots group that reformed widespread clearcutting on Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests, protection of Little Tennessee River, etc. She's also a former adjunct professor of Environmental Studies at UNC Asheville. She is also an experienced organizer of events, publicity, advocacy and grant writing.

Mary Sauls Kelly
Vice President

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Heather has been a resident of Laurel since 2009. She is an artist, potter, blacksmith, and farmer. She was formerly a teacher at a children’s outdoor learning school in Arizona. She also works at a local goat cheese farm and is the artist behind the large mosaic/mural in LCC’s breezeway featuring riparian and stream species. She and her husband also vend at the Laurel Community Market.

Heather West

Leah has been a resident of Shelton-Laurel since 2017. She is VP of a company that supports universities in
designing high-quality online degree programs (leader in online learning field for 18 years). She's married to Andrew Davis and together they have four children, and have a small farm with both produce and livestock. They are vendors at the Laurel Community Market. Leah is also the Secretary of the Friends of Hot Springs Library.
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Leah Davis

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Keith is a native of Laurel and graduate of Laurel High School. He's also a former teacher, coach, administrator and Principal of Laurel Elementary as well as other schools. He is currently on Madison County Board of Education. Keith was formerly employed w/ real estate credentials at Pearson Appraisals, the company contracted to perform the 2020 Madison County property tax reevaluations.

Keith Ray
Board Member

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Keith is a Madison County native & award-winning poet, writer, musician. He graduated from Mars Hill College and is the founder and managing editor of The Asheville Poetry Review. Keith is also the author of nine books of poetry methods, poetry and novels. His latest effort is a subscription website, Live at White Rock Hall, featuring video interviews with famous poets, authors and locals. He is also currently a furniture sales manager in Asheville.

Keith Flynn
Board Member

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Greg is a long-time resident of Shelton Laurel. He's worked in outdoor equipment manufacturing, as a coordinator for a major outdoor recreation events (kayaking, climbing expos) and doing carpentry work. Greg also volunteers weekly to provide Meals-on-Wheels deliveries for the Shelton Laurel Meal Site..

Greg Adams
Board Member

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Linda is a long-time resident of Shelton Laurel and graduate of Laurel High School. Her children and grandchild also attended Laurel (Elementary). Linda is currently the manager of the Shelton Laurel Senior Center and Meal Site housed at LCC, a regular poll worker at Laurel Precinct and teaches quilting classes at LCC.

Linda Shelton
Board Member

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Dean has been a resident of Little Laurel for the last 10 years. He is the former owner of a major plumbing company in Hawaii.  With wife Gay, they started a family Foundation to help their grandchildren learn to appreciate philanthropy and community spirit.

Dean Turville
Board Member

David is a native of Shelton Laurel and is married to Silvia Guerrerro Franklin. He is a former state corrections employee and now a heavy equipment operator. David is also an avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman. He wants to help keep Laurel traditions alive!
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David Franklin
Board Member

Current Team Members

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Cheoah is native of Laurel, attended Laurel Elementary and graduated from Madison High School followed by Berry College's Campbell's School of Business. She is contracted part-time by LCC as an Administrator. She handles administrative duties, bookkeeping, coordinates activities and events, grant implementation, marketing/website/social media, Madison County Welcome Center, and assists with environmental education. Cheoah is also an avid huntress, outdoorswoman, and photographer. 

Cheoah Landis

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Ed is a native of Shelton Laurel and attending Laurel High School, graduating in 1966. He dedicated many years working at Consumer Electronics in Greeneville, TN before their closure in 2005. Ed works through State of Franklin for the Laurel Community Center where he does janitorial, maintenance, grounds and much more.

Ed Tweed

Past Board & Team Members

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Rob Kraft
Board Member 2020-2022

Bobby Dean Franklin
Board Member 2017 - 2023

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Skyler Cantrell 
Projects Assistant 2021

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Caitlin Shelton 
Summer Intern 2021

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Paula White
Board Member 2023 - 2023

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Sharon Gardner
Board Member 2022 - 2023

Starr Ray
Board Member 2020 - 2021

Susi Gott Séguret
Board Member 2018 - 2020

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