K-64 brings education, business, and government together to connect people of all ages with the skills needed to fill jobs and build careers in Catawba County.

K-64 Governing Board

Governed by a Board of Directors and managed by staff employed by Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC), K-64 is located in CVCC’s Workforce Solutions Complex. K-64 leverages tax dollars, private contributions and grant funds to support program expansion and sustainability. The Catawba Valley Community College Foundation, CVCC’S 501(c) 3 educational foundation, is K-64’s fiscal agent.

The K-64 governing board is comprised of 12 members representing the private and public sectors and is supported by 8 ex-officio staff representing K-64’s founding partners.

Board Responsibilities:

  • Establish long-term vision for K-64
  • Secure continuous financial support
  • Ensure transparency and accountability for use of public funds
  • Implement concrete plans with both tangible and timely goals and outcomes
  • Direct executive staff hired in conjunction with, and overseen by, K-64 board
  • Deliver communication and engagement resulting in continued buy-in by partner organizations and community at large

Voting Members

Ronn Abernathy

Ronn Abernathy

Chief Court Counselor, NC Public Safety/Juvenile Justice/Judicial District 25; Catawba County Board of Education

Catawba County Board of Education

Sherry Butler

Sherry Butler

Catawba County Board of Commissioners

Rick Coffey

Rick Coffey

President and COO, McCreary Modern, Inc.

Private Sector

Mike Ellwanger

Mike Ellwanger

K-64 Board Chair, Technology Committee Chair; Director, Global Cable Product Development, Corning Optical Communications

Private Sector

Kimberly George

Kimberly George

Character Development Committee Chair; Vice President, Communications and Corporate Citizenship, Alex Lee, Inc.

Private Sector

Dr. Bryan Graham

Dr. Bryan Graham

Gunter & Graham, DDS

Hickory Board of Education

Guy Guarino, Jr.

Guy Guarino, Jr.

Chief Development Officer, Catawba Valley Medical Center

 

Jeanne Jarrett

Jeanne Jarrett

Assistant Chief Financial Officer, Catawba County

Newton-Conover Board of Education

Robyn Mingle

Robyn Mingle

Workforce Solutions Committee Co-Chair. Senior Vice President, Human Resources, CommScope

Private Sector

Stephen Shuford

Stephen Shuford

Workforce Solutions Committee Co-Chair. CEO, Shurtape Technologies LLC

Catawba County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors

Chris von Drehle

Chris von Drehle

DevOps Engineer, VonDrehle Corporation

Private Sector

Sheree Watson

Sheree Watson

Marketing Committee Chair. CEO, Graystone Eye

Catawba County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Ex-Officio Members

  • Dr. Robbie Adell, Superintendent, Hickory Public Schools
  • Mick Berry, Catawba County Manager
  • Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, President, Catawba Valley Community College
  • Lindsay Keisler, President & CEO, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce
  • Scott Millar, President, Catawba County Economic Development Corporation
  • Dr. Aron Gabriel, Superintendent, Newton-Conover City Schools
  • Dr. Matthew Stover, Superintendent, Catawba County Schools
  • Dr. Fred Whitt, President, Lenoir-Rhyne University

Meetings

As of May 2018, the Board meets every other month on the first Thursday of the month, at 12:00 noon, in the Alex Lee/MDI/Lowes Foods Corporate Conference Center in Catawba Valley Community College’s Workforce Solutions Complex, 1980 Startown Road, Hickory.

The Board’s Marketing Committee meets the 4th Thursday of every other month, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

The Board’s Workforce Solutions Committee meets the 4th Monday of each month from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

The Board’s Character Development Committee meets the 3rd Tuesday of every other month at 5:30 p.m.

The Board’s Technology Committee meets the 4th Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.

 Meeting Notices

 

 The next K-64 Governing Board meeting will be held June 3rd, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Upcoming meetings will occur September 2nd, 2021 and December 2nd, 2021.