Board of Directors
2017 – 2018 Board of Directors
Amy Laughter, President
Amy Laughter, Regional Education Facilitator with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, joined the board in 2016. She is a native of Henderson County and proud graduate of Henderson County Public Schools. Amy has worked in public education for 24 years as a teacher, instructional coach, and in her current role in recruitment and retention of teachers. Amy has been married for 25 years to BJ Laughter, a school principal, and has one daughter, Emma, who is a junior at Hendersonville High School.
Darla Lindeman, Vice President
Jessica Collins, Secretary
Jessica Collins joined the Board of Directors in 2017 and is a native of Hendersonville. After graduating from West Henderson High School, she attended Appalachian State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science and High Point University for her Master of Science. Jessica is currently employed with Pardee Hospital as the Physician Liaison.
Jessica is a graduate of Vision Henderson County class of 2017 and the United Way Rising Leaders Program. She is also an active member in Junior Welfare Club of Hendersonville and participants in numerous volunteer activities including the Appalachian State University Wilson Scholarship Review Committee, Pardee Hospital Foundation Cornhole Tournament, and Boys and Girls Club: Girls Night Out.
Curtis H. Marker, Treasurer
Patti Baker, Voting Member
Patti Baker is a partner at BGW CPA, PLLC and has worked at the office in Hendersonville for 12 years. She has served on many nonprofit boards and is currently the treasurer of the United Way of Henderson County. Patti has lived in Hendersonville for over 22 years and has two daughters and one son. She enjoys traveling in her spare time.
Jennifer Balkcom, Voting Member
Judy Scott Edwards, Voting Member
Josh English, Voting Member
Tim Ertzberger, Voting Member
Tim grew up in Western North Carolina, and moved to Hendersonville in 1984 after marrying West High graduate Robin Reese. After many years in landscaping Tim entered the real estate market as a second career. That second career has now grown into on of the larger real estate companies in the area. Tim has served the local Realtors as a member of the Hendersonville Board of Realtors, the board of the Hendersonville MLS, the Western North Carolina Regional MLS and the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce. He was named the Hendersonville Realtor of the Year in 2012. He currently owns and is the Broker-In-Charge at Weichert, Realtors – Mountain Executives.
Graham Fields, Voting Member
Amy Jones, Voting Member
Rebecca Lebowitz, Voting Member
Rebecca is retired and is a full time resident of Hendersonville since 2011.
She has thirty seven years of experience in education in New York City (NYC) and New York State (NYS) as a NYC public school teacher, the Education Director of a NYS Office of Mental Health Psychiatric Center, the NYS Education Department liaison to citywide and statewide interagency projects, a NYS and NYC Fiscal and Program Manager, an Adjunct Professor for Graduate Education Administration at Brooklyn College and the Assistant Superintendent for Funded Programs, Compliance and School Improvement in a Long Island school district.
In the aftermath of 9/11, she was appointed to serve as a member of Community Board 1 (CB #1) in Manhattan for nine years and served as the Co-Chair and subsequently the Chair of the Youth & Education Committee.
She was a Governor’s appointee to the Board of Visitors of Queens Children’s Psychiatric Center and served as a Board member of Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center.
She continues her commitment to youth and families through Board appointments to the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and the Children and Family Resource Center. She is presently serving her second appointment cycles with both organizations.
Katherine Mansfield, Voting Member
Molly McGowan Gorsuch, Voting Member
Molly McGowan Gorsuch, public information officer for Henderson County Public Schools, joined the board in 2018. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from Elon and an M.S. in Communications from Purdue, and proudly promotes teacher, student, and school accomplishments through her position with the district.
A graduate of Vision Henderson County class of 2015, Molly also serves on the Board of Hendersonville Sister Cities, and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee, the Henderson County Department of Public Health’s Local Health Information Team, and her church’s Communications Committee.
She and her husband live in Hendersonville with their rescue cat and dog, and look forward to enrolling future children in Henderson County Public Schools.
Bob Murray, Voting Member
Bob Murray, retired in San Antonio, Texas in 2005 having served as President & CEO of Mission Road Ministries for 30 years. MRM is a not for profit corporation serving 850 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He was also a former educator, teacher and Elementary School Principal. Career highlights include serving as Trustee and Finance Chair for the Center for Health Care Services representing the University Health System; founding partner for Respite Care San Antonio; a Peer Review Consultant for the National Bureau of Standards; and a member of the Governor’s Continuing Advisory Committee for Special Education.
Bob is a graduate of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a degree in Soiciology and a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Texas State University.
Since returning to Hendersonville, Bob currently serves as Secretary for the Board of Vocational Solutions; is a past president of the Hendersonville Kiwanis Club; a Four Seasons Hospice voluteer; and a graduate of Vision Henderson County Class of 2016-2017.
Susan Thomas, Voting Member
Susan Thomas has been a full time resident of Henderson County since 2015. Before that she lived in San Antonio, TX where she spend 40 years teaching high school mathematics. She also served as a consultant for the southwest region of the College Board, and was an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a past president of the Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She has a B.A. in mathematics from Vanderbilt University and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In Hendersonville she also serves on the board of the Children and Family Resource Center, and she has tutored at the Boys and Girls Club and at Bruce Drysdale Elementary School. Susan and her husband Ken have one daughter who lives in Nashville with her husband and two small daughters.
Jimmie Lynn Whitmire, Voting Member
Jimmie Lynn Whitmire joined the Board of Directors in 2016. She is a graduate of the Henderson County Public Schools and Greenville Technical College. A registered Dental Hygienist, Jimmie Lynn has practiced in Henderson County for 44 years. Jimmie Lynn was actively involved as a past president of PTO, Academic Boosters and Henderson County Parent Advisory Committee. She was the co-founder of PAGE (Parents for the Advancement of Gifted Education). She is married to former coach/educator John Whitmire, whose family has deep roots in Henderson County Education. She has one son, John, Jr. who with his wife, Heather, have 2 granddaughters. When she is not working part-time she enjoys spending time with her granddaughters and scrapbooking. Jimmie Lynn looks forward to working to support the needs of Henderson County children.