Executive Board

2019-2020 Executive Board

2019-2020 Executive Board Members

The High Country Council of Governments Executive Board meets ten times per year. All meetings are held at 7:00 pm on the third Monday of each month, with the exception of January and September. Meetings are held in the High Country Council of Governments Board Room at 468 New Market Boulevard in Boone, NC. Map and directions can be found here. All meetings are open to the public.

Board Member
Chair: Johnny Riddle, Commissioner Yancey County
Vice Chair: Valerie Jaynes, Mayor Newland
Secretary: Mark Evans, Commissioner, Chair Alleghany
Treasurer: Chris Jones, Council Member Sparta
Paul Robinson, Jr. Minority Representative
Todd McNeill, Commissioner, Chair Ashe County
Dennis Aldridge, Commissioner Avery County
Charles Vines, Mayor Bakersville
Brenda Lyerly, Mayor Banner Elk
Renee Castiglione, Mayor Beech Mountain
Doug Matheson, Council Member Blowing Rock
Rennie Brantz, Mayor Boone
Theresa Coletta, Mayor Burnsville
Jesse C. Smith, Mayor Crossnore
Joel Whitley, Council Member Elk Park
Mark Johnston, Alderman Jefferson
Jim Blevins, Alderman Lansing
Vern Grindstaff, Commissioner, Vice Chair Mitchell County
Robert L. Johnson, Mayor North Wilkesboro
Sandra P. Simmons, Town Commissioner Ronda
Larry Fontaine, Mayor Seven Devils
Darla Harding, Mayor Spruce Pine
Gunther Jöchl, Mayor Pro Tem Sugar Mountain
Larry Turnbow, Commissioner Watauga County
Dale Baldwin, Mayor West Jefferson
Russell Ferree, Mayor Pro Tem Wilkesboro
Gary D. Blevins, Commissioner Wilkes County