Development Commission Staff and Board

Development Commission Staff

Wanda Yuhas, Executive Director
Email: wanda.yuhas@pittcountync.gov

Wanda joined the Pitt County Development Commission in 1987 as Assistant Director in charge of marketing and existing industry services.  In 2006 she was selected as Executive Director and is responsible for establishing and implementing strategies to encourage economic development in Pitt County.  Wanda reports to the Pitt County Development Commission Board of Directors and manages a three person staff.  She holds an M.A. degree in English from Rutgers College, a B.S. degree in English from East Carolina University, and is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.  Prior to joining the Development Commission, Wanda spent 9 years working in student affairs at three universities.

Kelly Andrews, Associate Director – Marketing & Recruitment
Email: kelly.andrews@pittcountync.gov

A member of the Pitt County Development Commission staff since 2006, Kelly is the principal contact for prospective companies wanting to expand or relocate.  She is also involved in the development and creation of marketing materials, including online marketing and social media, and oversees implementation of the Commission’s strategic plan.  Kelly holds an M.B.A. degree from East Carolina University, a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.  Prior to joining the Commission, Kelly was employed with the NC Department of Labor – Apprenticeship and Training Bureau.

Brad Hufford, Associate Director – Retention & Expansion
Email:  brad.hufford@pittcountync.gov

Brad joined the Development Commission staff in 2013 and is responsible for developing and implementing programs to encourage the retention and expansion of Pitt County’s existing industries.  He also has direct oversight of the Technology Enterprise Center, the County’s technology incubator, and provides support to entrepreneurs.  Brad holds the Masters in Public Administration degree and a B.A. degree in History and Political Science from East Carolina University and has completed the Basic Economic Development Course offered by the UNC School of Government.  Prior to joining the Development Commission, Brad was the Community and Economic Planner for the Town of Ayden and also worked for the NC Department of Commerce.

Crystal Melton, Administrative Assistant II
Email: crystal.melton@pittcountync.gov

Crystal joined the Development Commission staff in 2015 and is responsible for administrative and accounting support activities of the Development Commission office and the Commission’s Board.   Crystal holds an A.A. in Computer Engineering as well as several other certificates in computer technology and mechanical drafting and design from Lenoir Community College.  Prior to joining the Development Commission, Crystal held positions in office administration and CAD design for several eastern NC firms.

 

Development Commission Board

The Development Commission Board consists of 15 Pitt County citizens appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.  One of the members is a sitting Commissioner who is appointed by the Chair of the County Board for one year.  The other 14 members are appointed to three-year terms and each member may serve two consecutive terms.  The 2017 Board Members are:

Ms. LaKesha Alston-Forbes (Secretary)
District 3
Greenville, NC
Associate Provost for Equity and Diversity
East Carolina University
Term Expires:  12/31/18
Mr. Thomas Kulikowski
District 4
Greenville, NC
President and Chief Executive Officer
Penco Products, Inc.
Term Expires:  01/09/20
Mr. Thomas E. Asbell II (Treasurer)
District 2
Bethel, NC
Correctional Superintendent
NC Department of Corrections
Term Expires:  12/31/18
Mr. Ernis Lee
District 2
Greenville, NC
Director, College Outreach
Pitt Community College
Term Expires:  12/31/18
Ms. Kim A. Bell
District 6
Ayden, NC
Retired Health Educator
Term Expires:  01/09/20
Mr. Daniel Van Liere
District 6
Greenville, NC
Government Relations Officer
Vidant Medical
Term Expires:  12/31/17
Mr. Jimmy Garris (County Commissioner Rep.)
District 5
Greenville, NC
Retired Manager
DuPont
Term Expires:  –
Mr. Mike McCarty (Vice Chair)
District 2
Greenville, NC
Vice President, Development and Construction
Taft Development Group
Term Expires:  12/31/18
Ms. Stacy Gaskins
District 6
Grimesland, NC
Branch Manager
Manpower
Term Expires:  12/31/17
Ms. Pattie Mills
District 2
Greenville, NC
Project Manager
Nobles Land Improvement, LLC
Term Expires:  1/09/20
Dr. Thomas Gould
District 6
Winterville, NC
VP of Academic Affairs
Pitt Community College
Term Expires:  12/31/17
Mr. Randy Walters (Chair)
District 4
Farmville, NC
Owner
Farmville Furniture Company
Term Expires:  12/31/17
Dr. Michael Harris
District 6
Ayden, NC
Chair, Depart. of Management & Director
of the Small Business Institute
College of Business East Carolina University
Term Expires:  12/31/18
Dr. David M. White
District 4
Greenville, NC
Dean, College of Engineering & Technology
East Carolina University
Term Expires:  12/31/17
Mr. Merrill Jones, II
District 1
Greenville, NC
Attorney
Ward and Smith P.A.
Term Expires:  01/09/20