KLCB relies on our wonderful Volunteers, community-represented, nine-member Executive Board of Directors, Advisory Members, and Executive Director for a successful organization. As an organization, we cannot express how grateful we are to have these wonderful members to help us complete our mission and goals.
Thank you to all who make our mission possible. Let's introduce you to some of our Members!
Vice President & Beautification Committee Chair
Lincoln County Government Representative - Planning & Inspections Manager
Josh is the Planning & Inspections Manager in Lincoln County, NC. His role within management of the local government unit is to assist in overseeing daily operations including the supervision of several county departments alongside the County Manager. His primary responsibilities include budget preparation assistance, program development, and analysis as well as process enhancement. He is a dedicated and career-long public service professional with over 9 years of experience including work in both Municipal and County Government. His focus in Community Planning, Human Services, and Public Relations have shaped his time in local government into a successful career and promising future.
Josh graduated Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he earned a degree in Geography with concentrations in both City and Regional Planning. Additionally, he has attained his Certificate in Municipal and County Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - School of Government
“My mission with the Keep Lincoln County Beautiful organization is to provide a voice on the Board of Directors that will represent Lincoln County Government and in turn, it’s Citizen’s, Businesses, and Visitors.”
Recycling Committee Co-Chair
City of Lincolnton Representative - City Manager
Ritchie Haynes is the City Manager for Lincolnton, NC. He is tasked with the day-to-day operations for the City of Lincolnton. He works to oversee multiple departments, including Public Works, Fleet Maintenance, Water Resources, Electric, and Parks and Recreation. Ritchie also oversees the preparation of the annual budget, customer service, capital purchases, and building maintenance and construction. In his 20 year career, he has also served in the positions of Assistant to the City Manager/Purchasing Agent, Street Superintendent, Assistant Public Works Director, and Parks and Recreation Director.
Ritchie graduated from Appalachian State University with a major in Political Science with a concentration in Public Management and a minor in Urban and Regional Planning. Additionally, he received the Municipal and County Administration Certificate in 2018 from the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill.
"My mission with the Keep Lincoln County Beautiful organization is to assure that we leave Lincolnton and Lincoln County a better place for the next generation."
Lincoln County Schools Representative - Chief Operation Officer
Eric is a graduate of University of North Carolina - Charlotte (Go Niners!). He joined the Keep Lincoln County Beautiful Executive Board in 2022.
Business Member - Eastern Lincoln County
Blum - Stanley, North Carolina
Jennifer joined our Keep Lincoln County Beautiful Executive Board in 2022. She is in charge of Blum's Adopt-A-Highway team, who clean their 2-mile stretch in front of their business quarterly, along with their CEO Mr. Shannon Laffterty.
Dr. Karen Miller, DVM
Business Member - Central Lincoln County
Lincolnton Animal Hospital
My name is Karen Miller and I am a veterinarian in the small town of Lincolnton, NC about 25 miles west of Charlotte. I was born and raised in Charlotte. I graduated from North Carolina State University in 1983 with a B.S. in Zoology and in 1987 from the College of Veterinary Medicine with a DVM. I have practiced at Lincolnton Animal Hospital since then.
I have special interests in dentistry and endocrine diseases. One of the most fulfilling parts of my job is the long standing relationships with many of our clients and patients. A significant number of our clients have been with us since and even before I started here in 1987.
Education of our clients and our staff is of the highest priority for me. I believe in giving in abundance.
I lost my first husband to a long, courageous battle with cancer. I have a wonderful daughter, Caitlin, who is a graduate from NCSU and is a landscape architect living in Raleigh with her husband. My stepdaughter and stepson live in Texas with their spouses and my husband, Ron Tapley, and I have 3 grandkids there and one on the way. Ron and I have 2 dogs, Socks and Smiley and our cat, named Baxter. I enjoy singing in our church choir, reading, yardwork, and trying new recipes. Ron and I love to go to the beach and the mountains, play corn hole and pickle ball, and enjoy trying out new restaurants.
Business Member - Western Lincoln County
This position is currently vacant.
Community Member - Eastern Lincoln County
Michael is a real estate agent who lives in Denver. He has lived in the area since 1999 and is excited to join Keep Lincoln County Beautiful in our mission. Michael joined the Executive Board in 2022.
Community Member - Central Lincoln County
Shelby joined KLCB in January 2021 as a KLCB Executive Board member and graciously took on the role as Treasurer. She works with the City of Lincolnton's Parks and Recreation Department, and lives in Lincolnton. We are happy to have her join us, and enjoy having her along during our waterway litter cleanup events!
Community Member - Western Lincoln County
Beautification Committee Member
Kyle was born and raised in western Lincoln County. He is the son of Steve Land & Amy Blanton. Kyle grew up on his stepdads farm where they produce around 500 acres of grain crops and grow chickens for Case Farms. After graduating from West Lincoln in 2014 he knew he wanted to venture off from the farm but wanted to follow in his stepdad and mother's footsteps and start his own business.
Kyle graduated from UNC Charlotte in the Fall of 2018 with an Undergraduate degree in Business Administration focusing on Organization Management. During his time at the Belk College of Business, he enjoyed Finance and Real Estate courses but knew pursuing Real Estate came with a price tag on the front end just like any small business. After graduating, he continued working on the farm seven days a week knowing he wanted to get into Real Estate but was just working towards financial stability.
In late 2019, he became affiliated with a brokerage, Helen Adams Realty. Kyle liked them because it was a family-owned business, just like the farm at home. His office is Cornelius but most of his business is in Lincoln, Gaston, Catawba, or Mecklenburg County. He recently received his FAA Drone license to be able to use his drones for commercial use. As of now, he is just offering aerial photography but no videos yet. He offers these services to other agents in his firm and also to small businesses in Lincoln County.
Kyle is very active in the local Chamber of Commerce here in Lincoln County. He is currently the co-chair of Leadership Lincoln Class of 2019-2020. He is also involved in the Young Professionals group that the Chamber of Commerce just started in 2020.
Recycling Committee Co-Chair
Jenna is originally from Lincoln County, but has lived most of her life in South Florida. She returned to Lincoln County in 2005 to be with her family. Jenna is the Recycling Coordinator for Lincoln County. She took the position in 2021, but has been with Lincoln County Government since 2018. While she has previously worked over 15 years in veterinary medicine, she has always enjoyed working alongside the community to ensure a better future for everyone, humans and animals alike. Jenna shares her home with her husband, 2 children, and many different species of animals! Along with being a wife and mother, she is also a Girl Scout Troop Leader for one of the local troops. As a lifelong Girl Scout, she truly believes the saying "Leave a place better than you found it". When she is not busy with work and mom duties, she likes to bake up goodies for her extended family during the holidays and work in her yard with her kids and husband.
"My goal with Keep Lincoln County Beautiful is to help conserve the well-being of every living thing, and to educate the community on the importance of our impact on the environment."
Community Member - East Lincoln County
"I'm excited that Keep Lincoln County Beautiful is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful because like KAB, I believe everyone deserves to live in a clean, green, and beautiful community. By working together, the residents of Lincoln County can end littering, improve recycling and beautify our communities."