Meet our Board of Directors
A native of Charlotte, Mary is owner and founder of Bickers Consulting Group, an Atlanta-based advisory firm serving beverage wholesalers and other high net-worth clients around the country. She currently splits her time between homes in Metro Atlanta and Blowing Rock. She has one daughter and is the proud grandparent of a grandson, Collin, who loves visiting the High Country. Mary has long believed in giving back to her community, serving as a sponsor of multiple health and human services organizations over the years. In her free time, she enjoys gourmet cooking, antiquing, and needlepoint.
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Originally from Indiana, Susan Duke has lived in the High Country for 30 years. Her professional background is in business, with work at a law firm, in the news industry, and in administration at the Blowing Rock Hospital. Susan also volunteers with the Holy Cross Church, the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, and serves on the board of the Watauga Humane Society. She is the Director of the Boone Bridge Club and an American Contact Bridge League Certified Teacher.
Josette Glover is a wife and mother of two children. She has lived in the high country for over 15 years, and enjoys spending time with her family, travel, reading, exercise, music, drawing, would like to paint more, and has a deep appreciation for the Arts. She has a background in Hotel Sales and Catering, and was the VP of her family-owned business, Boone Ford Lincoln. In addition to the WFBR, she serves on the Advisory board of the Appalachian Summer Festival and on the Committee for the Ashe County Children’s Trust Endowment. She is passionate about helping those in need, and believes that kindness and compassion can truly lift the lives of others.
Patti is currently a full-time real estate broker who has long been a community volunteer. She was formerly a small business owner who opened Boone’s first fitness center just for women. She is married to local attorney John Turner, and her passions are fitness and yoga, gardening, and college baseball and basketball... GO HEELS! In addition to helping women by serving on the board of the WFBR and as former chair of the Appalachian Women’s Fund, Patti has also advocated for children, and for preventing homelessness and hunger.
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As part of the Bank of America Community Development team, Monica’s 39-year career focused on building strong and viable communities while improving the quality of life for families, individuals and small businesses that are traditionally left behind. While serving in the top role for this coast to coast business operation, Monica worked with nationally recognized non-profits, advocates, and grassroots organizations to bring about positive change in all communities where the bank has a presence. Monica’s commitment to empowering individuals and families carries over with a targeted focus on girls and young women. This is evidenced by her lifelong work with Girl Scouting where she has served in numerous policy-making roles including a 6-year term on Girl Scouts of the USA board and most recently, President, Girl Scouts, Hornet’s Nest Council. Monica currently resides in Charlotte, however, looks forward to becoming a year-round resident of the High Country.
From Cleveland, Ohio, Jan attended Ohio University as an undergrad and Southern Illinois University for her graduate degrees. She recently retired from teaching Sociology at Appalachian State after 40 years of service. She has been a Guardian ad Litem for many years working with abused, neglected and dependent children. Jan has also been an advisor for Sigma Kappa sorority and serves on the board of the Western Youth Network, an organization she helped found.
Lisa lives in Boone but spends a part of each month in Charlotte, where she and her husband Harvey maintain an apartment. She has enjoyed a successful career in fundraising and development for nonprofit organizations, including the Boston Symphony, Museum of Fine Arts, Newtown Friends School, Charlotte Symphony, and most recently, Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte. Lisa has just completed two years as President of the Board of WDAV Classical Public Radio and served on that Board for 8 years. She has also been an active volunteer and committee head for many arts, human services and educational organizations. Lisa has been on 3 archeological digs, and in her free time loves to read, garden, walk and do yoga. In addition to her husband Harvey (who teaches Marketing at App State), her family includes two sons (Dave in California and Ben in Montana), two granddaughters, and Lucy the wayward miniature poodle.