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Board of Directors

Tonya Wilson Reid – Iredell-Statesville Schools, YIPE CHAIR 2020

Tonya Wilson Reid is a native of Statesville, North Carolina. She attended public school and graduated from Statesville High School in 1984. She went on to attend Western Carolina University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work in 1988. Her background includes serving as a social worker in various children and family service environments for the past 27 years. Currently, she works as a School Social Worker and is the McKinney

Vento Homeless Education Program District Liaison for Iredell-Statesville Schools. Reid has worked diligently in her community trying to bring about positive change. Reid looks back on all of her work and she knows that she was dedicated to her work and she worked from her heart and professional base. Reid knows that she has made a difference in many childrens’ and adults’ lives.

Juanita Stroud, YIPE VICE-CHAIR 2020


Lisa Nesbit – RN, MSN, YIPE SECRETARY 2020

Lisa Nesbitt is a native of Statesville. She is married with two adult children. Her high school alma mater is Statesville High School. Lisa has been a nurse for 28 years. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Lenoir-Rhyne College and a Masters in Nursing Education from Walden University.  Her nursing career encompasses many different settings including acute care, long term care, home health, hospice as well as more than ten years teaching in

the Community College system and various universities.  Lisa has been the Education Coordinator for Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County for more than 7 years, where she is passionate about her work with the organization. She enjoys helping people who have needs of all ages but is drawn to the young and mature generations and above all has a passion for educating professionals and the community about dementia.


Grant Gaither – Owen Graffix Creative Group YIPE TREASURER

Grant Gaither-Owen Graffix

Grant has a passion to lead, grow and create. Starting his own creative agency was just the start of the journey. Since then, he’s married, became a father, leader for his church’s youth, coach, and mentor to YIPE to grow the next business professionals of the community among other things.

The youth on our communities will bring change. Whether it’s good change or bad change depends on how we invest in them.


Joann McHargue Abernathy, Owner MCHARGUE & ASSOC. YIPE FUNDRAISING CHAIR

Eartha-Sharpe Hoover Walmart (Retired) YIPE BOARD MEMBER

Eartha has been married for 20 years.  She is the mother of three children and has fostered six others and is a 1975 graduate of Statesville High. Eartha is very involved in Statesville’s community. She is on the volunteer staff at Rutledge & Bighman Funeral Home. She also sits on the board, as secretary, of the AARP Chapter 3224 located in Mooresville. Additionally, she is the health reporter and chapter photographer. Eartha is a member of the Statesville “Circle of Giving” a non-profit organization dedicated to helping other women in

need. A member of the “Divas Fighting Like Girls”, an organization involved in the fight against breast cancer, she is a member of their hospitality committee. And she is active in her several women’s group  of Holsey Memorial CME Church. Eartha’s  philosophy in life is, “the greatest gift God gave us, outside of life, is each other. How we treat others is on us.”


Marci Sigmon, City of Statesville YIPE BOARD MEMBER

Matthew Aschbrenner, WAME Radio YIPE BOARD MEMBER

YIPE BOARD MEMBER

Brad Ogden-Reigner, CHEF

Brad recently moved to Statesville from Pennsylvania and has quickly become an active member of our local community. Brad is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University where he studied Acting and Directing, as well as Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. Chef Brad has worked in the restaurant business in both the Pocono Mountains and the greater Philadelphia area for over 20 years and looks forward to serving up his brand of cuisine here in Statesville.

In addition to food and wine, Brad’s other passion is Theatre. He is a founding member of the Prospect Theater Company. He also co-wrote and directed the Off Broadway show Rivers Current in 2010, and taught children’s musical theatre classes at the Pocono Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts. Brad has served on the board of several non profits before moving to North Carolina, focusing on fundraising and community organizing.  He is excited to work with YIPE to help make a difference in the lives of our most valuable resource – our youth!

Dr. Rachael Rader YIPE BOARD MEMBER

Carolyn Lent – First Citizens Bank, YIPE BOARD CHAIR 2018