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Board of Directors

A nine-member board of directors provides oversight of Blue Ridge National Heritage Area programs and initiatives. The nine members are appointed by five different agencies named in the authorizing legislation for the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.

Appointed by AdvantageWest Economic Development Group:

  • Connie Haire (Treasurer)

Appointed by the Governor of North Carolina:

  • Cathy Robbins
  • Todd Morse
  • Jesse Pope

Appointed by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians:

  • Bobby Raines (Vice-Chair)

Appointed by the Education and Research Consortium of the Western Carolinas:

  • Karen Paar (Chair)

Appointed by HandMade in America:

  • Becky Anderson

Appointed by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Board representing arts and culture:

  • Barbara Halsey