Board of Directors
The Hospitality House Board of Directors works to ensure the agency is meeting the needs of the community in a responsible fashion. If you are interested in serving on the board please email Chief Development Director Todd Carter
Chair - Watauga County
Ron joined the Board in 2021. He first discovered Boone, Valle Crucis and the surrounding majestic area as a child in the ‘50s and 60’s while on family summer vacations from Miami. He loves everything about mountain living, and retired here with his wife Nancy in 2016. His business and ministry endeavors for 40 years include the hospitality industry, financial services. HR consulting, ministry and nonprofits, and real estate development. As a volunteer firefighter/EMT Ron has seen many challenging life situations. He holds degrees in International Hotel Management, Management of Human Resources and a Masters of Divinity from Denver Seminary.
Vice Chair - Wilkes County
Gary joined the board in January of 2022 for his second stint since rotating off in 2018. He serves on Strategic planning, finance, and facilities committees. He is retired from Lowe's companies and is a licensed general contractor. In his free time, he likes to spend time with family, garden, and be of service to his community. He previously served on the Samaritan Kitchen of Wilkes and Wilkes Habitat for Humanity boards. Additionally, he is a member of First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro, a Committee Member of the Boy Scout Troop 658, and Ally with Wilkes Circle of Care.
Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair - Watauga County
Russell joined the Board in 2019, and during his second term- he serves on the Executive Committee, as Treasurer, and as Chairman of the Finance Committee. He and his wife Margaret moved to Watauga County full-time in 2016, but they’ve owned a house here since the early 2000s, and their eldest son graduated from App State. Russell retired on at the end of 2021 from the active practice of law with Lathrop GPM, a Kansas City-based law firm.
Russell became familiar with Hospitality House as a member of the Missions Committee at First Presbyterian Church-Boone, and Margaret, a Watauga County Master Gardener, volunteers in the Hospitality House gardens. Both Russell and Margaret are ordained Deacons and Elders in the Presbyterian Church USA. They have both been active in missions work at First Presbyterian Church, and Russell currently serves as Elder there. In addition to serving on the Missions Committee, he is Chairman of that church’s Property and Personnel Committee.
D. Lynn Patterson (she/her)
Secretary - Watauga County
Lynn joined the board in 2016. Having worked for Appalachian State University for the past 26 years, currently as the university program specialist in the office of the Dean of Libraries, Lynn oversees 120 student workers and helps students on academic probation find community service placements in the community. She is a member of the university’s Early Intervention Team, secretary for the Black Faculty and Staff Association, works with the Black Student Association, and advises the National Pan Hellenic Council. Residing in the historic Lake Junaluska area, Lynn is an active member of the Boone Mennonite Brethren Church.
Julie Trueman (she/her)
Hearts of Hospitality House President - Watauga County
Julie has her BSN and MS in Nursing and practiced as a Critical Care Nurse and Nursing Administrator. She has been involved in Parish Ministry and has designed a Neighborhood Apostolate for her parish in Florida from the ground up. Before retiring to Boone full time, Julie had the unique opportunity to visit Boone frequently from 2007 till 2014 and through meeting friends at her church, St. Elizabeth’s, she became involved with Hospitality House and the Hearts of Hospitality House organization. She had decided that in her retirement she wanted to be “all in” with one volunteer activity and Hospitality House fit the bill.
After retiring to Boone in the fall of 2014 and getting her feet on the ground in Hearts she talked to Tina and Todd and offered her help. Since 2015 she has been a “permanent administrative volunteer” in the Development Office a few days a week. One of her ongoing tasks is to assure the documentation of all “gifts-in-kind” and to process thank you notes from administration recognizing the generosity of our donors, helping with administrative tasks and chairing the silent auction as Ways and Means Vice-President of Hearts. She is now the President of Hearts of Hospitality House. Julie is married to Tom Trueman, also very active with Hospitality House, and their 3 children, with their spouses and 2 grandchildren all live in North Carolina.
Dr. Christina May, PhD, MPA, MDiv (she/her)
Strategic Planning Committee Chair - Watauga County
After retiring from a 25-year career as a Naval Officer, Chris took up residence in the High Country and has been very active with nonprofit organizations, serving as founding vice president of F.A.R.M. Café and on the Hospitality House board off and on since 2013. She also served as moderator of High Country United Church and on the national board of One World Everybody Eats. Additionally, she served as a member of High Country Pride and of the Daisy group which provides scholarships to LGBTQ+ students and Appalachian State University. Chris holds a Ph.D. in Human Services/Non-Profit Management, a MPA, and a M.Div. in Interfaith Theology. She works as an internship coordinator and adjunct professor at Appalachian State. She has served many positions on the board over the past few years, but currently she is a regular board member, chairing the strategic planning committee. In her free time, she loves to travel, garden, cook, and play games with friends.
Kristin Hyle (she/her)
Personnel Committee Chair, Hearts of Hospitality House Board Liaison - Watauga County
Kristin is Assistant Director of General Education at Appalachian State University. She holds a BA in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary and a Master’s in Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She also worked with Appalachian’s Freshman Seminar Program. Kristin joined the board in 2019, after having volunteered with Hospitality House for a few years as a dinner server and baker. Other experience includes working as a volunteer coordinator for the Watauga County Democratic Party and with Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.
David Luther (he/him)
Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee Chair - Watauga County
David Luther moved to Boone in 2021 and joined the board shortly thereafter, seeking ways to contribute to the organization amidst pandemic measures. He’s a marketing project manager for Oracle, where he oversees and facilitates the creation of marketing content for finance and business solutions software. He’s a member of Hospitality House’s strategic planning and resource development & advocacy committees, and is chair of the subcommittee for community relations and appreciation.
Other volunteer work includes serving as a member of the Games Management Team for the Special Olympics of North Carolina, where he acts as a regional logistics manager for local competitions. He’s also a volunteer firefighter for the Deep Gap Fire Department and is the president of the Young Democrats of Watauga County. He previously served in the NC Army National Guard, prepared meals for the IFC shelter in Chapel Hill, and worked as a volunteer ESL tutor for Reading Connections, an adult literacy program in Greensboro.
Pete Finne (he/him)
Facilities Committee Chair - Watauga County
Longtime Bread of Life Community Kitchen volunteer Pete Finne began his second stint on the board in 2023. Pete and his wife Yvonne moved to the High Country in the fall of 2016 after being asked to help a friend regain their health after being severely ill. Pete’s volunteerism got started with Low Country Food Bank in Charleston, SC where he was both a line cook in their volunteer kitchen and as a Cooking Matters cooking leader. H ewas referred to the Asheville YMCA by a friend at the LCFB and was instrumental in getting Cooking Matters started in Asheville.
Pete just recently rotated off of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church vestry where he and Yvonne are members. He also volunteers with the Hunger and Health Coalition delivering groceries to recipients that are unable to get out on their own. Pete spent ten years in the Navy on nuclear submarines and continued to serve as a civilian and retired from Naval Sea Systems Command in 2008 after providing technical oversight of submarine systems in both new construction and in service submarines.
Amanda White (she/her)
A community- focused banking professional with a passion for helping clients achieve their financial goals, Amanda White has been in the banking industry for 30 years. She currently manages the Boone, NC Banking Center for First Horizon and proudly serves on the steering committee for the Stars on the Horizon leadership development program, of which she is a co-founder. Amanda is involved in the community by serving on the Business Development Committee of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as Treasurer for her church, St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her husband, two sons and two beagles, as well as watching soccer; especially if her son is on the pitch!
Lisa L. Randolph (she/her)
Ashe County native Lisa Randolph joined the board in 2019. She is an experienced benefits consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and health care industry. She is currently a District Sales Coordinator with Aflac and is highly skilled in team building, sales, public speaking, and management.
Katie Replogle (she/her)
Hearts of Hospitality House Board Liaison - Ashe County
Michael Cooper (he/him)
Michael Cooper works as a Regional Government Affairs Director for the North Carolina of Realtors®. Prior to that he worked as a Public Information Officer at the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and he practiced law at the McElwee Firm, PLLC. He has written about poverty and homelessness for outlets including The New Republic, National Affairs, Scalawag, and The Winston-Salem Journal. He was a 2020 Civic Saturday Fellow, and was a 2020 Presidential Leadership Scholar, a fellowship hosted by the Bush Center, the Clinton Center, the George & Barbara Bush Foundation, and the LBJ Foundation. He is a proud graduate of Appalachian State University and a native of Northwest NC.
Hannah Adcox (she/her)
Hannah’s life has been a transformational journey in the truest sense of the phrase. She grew up in-and-out of homelessness with her family and during her childhood the family was heavily reliant on the resources provided by Hospitality House.
In her own words: “The housing assistance, food, shelter and true compassion and care provided by Hospitality House was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. People in the community and at the shelter even purchased Christmas presents for my brother, sister, and I. That memory has been in my head shaping everything I've done in my life. Although I was just a child, I knew that we were homeless - I just wasn't sure why. I attended nearly every school in Watauga County (Hardin Park, Cove Creek, Parkway, Blowing Rock, Green Valley, Valle Crucis, and the Watauga High) just because we would stay with anyone willing to house us at times. I watched as my family allowed my older brother to drop out of school and I decided to push myself and find a way to succeed.
I joined the Upward Bound program which is designed to help low-income and first-generation students go to college, as well as the Mountain Alliance program. I was able to find positive role models that would help shape me into the resilient woman that I am today. I graduated from Watauga as a first-generation high school graduate and was able to work for Upward Bound at App State for 2 years. During that time, I also started attending Caldwell Community College and was finally able to graduate after five years with an Associate in Arts Degree. I then I enrolled at NCA&T and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics in December 2022.
For some perspective, I went from ranking 330 out of 340 students in high school, to graduating from university with the highest honors and a 3.81 GPA. During these years I had so many bad things happen, but I stayed fighting and I accepted help from those willing to help me, and I stayed resilient and that is why I'm still here today. I made it full circle and am now on the board of directors for the same organization that sheltered me as a child. I'm now able to give back and help make sure those children get the help that they deserve. Because I was that child, and if anyone knows what they need to get past these hardships, it's me.”
Willow Portela (she/her)
Willow is a native of Boone and has lived in the high country for over three decades. She graduated from Appalachian State with a masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and has worked as a licensed clinical mental health counselor since 2019. She began her counseling career at Daymark in Ashe and Alleghany counties as a child and adolescent therapist and now works for a private company with adult and adolescent clients from across North Carolina. During her undergraduate program, Willow served as a mentor and after-school programming assistant with Western Youth Network. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, listening to true crime podcasts, cooking and baking, and spending time with her husband and their cat and dog.
Maryrose Carroll (she/her)
Watauga County - Bethel Community
Stephanie O'Brien (she/her)
Stephanie joined the Hospitality House board in 2020. Stephanie has lived in the High Country all of her life. She has worked in the hospitality industry in Boone for nearly 20 years and holds a CHA. Stephanie was previously a Girl Scout leader for 8 years, Awana leader, and was the secretary at her church for several years. In addition to serving on the board, Stephanie volunteers with the Red Cross is a volunteer firefighter in her community and is working toward obtaining her EMT through the National EMT registry program.
Kay Borkowski (she/her)
Advisory Council, Founder of Hearts of Hospitality House, Board Chair Emeritus
Kay Borkowski and her husband Frank moved to Boone in the fall of 1993 when Frank was named Chancellor at Appalachian State University. Prior to moving to Boone, Kay had been active with Metropolitan Ministries of Tampa, Florida, serving those in need in Tampa. Within a few short months of living in Boone, Kay was on the board of directors for Hospitality House when the LAMPLighters auxiliary of Metropolitan Ministries came to mind. Within a month, Kay gathered forty women at the chancellor’s house to discuss the possibility of forming a similar group to aid Hospitality House. Kay, an accomplished flutist and retired professor, has the longest tenure of any former Hospitality House board member - having served for twenty consecutive years. It is safe to say that Hospitality House would not be where we are today were it not for her vision and influence.
Neil Hartley (he/him)
A resident of Boone, Neil is a semi-retired home and building inspector and electrician. He formerly worked as a building code official for Watauga County, the Town of Boone, and the City of Hickory. Neil has served on the Hospitality House board since 2016 and says he has a heart for people who struggle. He has been active in Boone United Methodist Church and as a member of the Watauga County Planning Board.
Pan McCaslin (she/her)
Advisory Council - former Board Chair
Pan lives in Valle Crucis and works as a psychiatric nurse and licensed counselor. She holds a MA in theology and a M.Ed. in counseling. She has served on the board for three years and is the past President of Hearts of Hospitality House. As well, Pan is the chair of the national Board of Archives for the Episcopal Church and is very involved at Holy Cross Episcopal Church. She formerly served as director of the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network in Northwest Arkansas, as a member of the Watauga County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, and worked as a drug and alcohol counselor. She has four grandkids who call her GrandPan and that's where she and her husband focus a lot of attention and love.
Allen C. Moseley, Esq (he/him)
A partner in the Boone law firm Deal, Moseley & Smith LLP, Attorney Moseley graduated with honors from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts and received his Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, Watauga County Bar, and 24th Judicial District practicing real estate, commercial and corporate law.