Sarah Kate Purnell
RALEIGH, N.C. – On Aug. 11, Governor Roy Cooper appointed a total of 32 new members to the North Carolina Board and Commissions. Appointments were made across several of the state boards, including the North Carolina Veterans Affairs Commission, the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities and the North Carolina Historical Commission.
The North Carolina Veterans Affairs Commission (VAC) serves to aid, protect and oversee affairs relating to veterans in North Carolina. Gov. Cooper has appointed Larry Townsend of Pembroke, North Carolina to VAC.
Townsend has experience serving in the United States Army, earning a Bronze Star for his service during the Vietnam War, and serves as not only a member, but also an officer in the Lumbee Tribe. The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina provides housing and additional services to veterans.
Alexandra “Alex” Cline McArthur of Raleigh was appointed as the new chair member of the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD). The NCCDD serves to provide advocacy and opportunity for North Carolinians with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
McArthur brings experience from her role as the National Director of Young Adult and Community Engagement for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Additionally, McArthur was named as one of ten White House Champions of Change for Disability in 2014.
According to the NCCDD, the Council is focusing on their five year plan to build financial security, increase community living choices and promote leadership development for North Carolina’s I/DD community.
“It is an honor to have been appointed by Governor Cooper to chair such an impactful organization as the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities,” said McArthur according to the NCCDD. “Their mission to assure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have access to services and equal opportunity in North Carolina aligns closely with my values and passions. I strongly believe that, together, we will do amazing things to achieve the goals of the Council’s five year plan.”
In addition to the VAC and NCCDD, the North Carolina Historical Commission had several new members appointed by Gov. Cooper in mid-August as well. The North Carolina Historical Commission aims to preserve and utilize state resources to better understand history and assist in educating the community.
Noah Reynolds of Winston-Salem, NC, David H. Ruffin of Raleigh, NC and Barbara Blythe Snowden of Currituck, NC were appointed as At-Large Members. Each of the new members provides the Commission with years of experience.
According to Gov. Cooper’s website, Reynolds joins the Historical Commission with experience managing business operations and philanthropy to charitable and cultural organizations for the Reynolds Family Office in Winston-Salem. Ruffin also brings over 4o years working in the banking industry and serves as the director of credit risk management at DHG. Snowden, a Currituck County Historian since 1984, has over 30 years teaching experience.
Mary Lynn M. Bryan of Fayetteville, NC was appointed as a Professor of History for the Historical Commission. Bryan joins the Commission with 30 years of experience working within the history department at Duke University.