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An old 4 story building.


To bring the people and resources of Gaston County together to tackle big community challenges through the principles and best practices of collaboration, facilitation, promotion, and the anticipation of possibilities.

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Through Gaston Together’s commitment to community leadership and collaborations, Gaston County will become a community of excellence. We will value education and healthy lifestyles. We celebrate our unique yet connected communities, our accomplishments, and our potential.



All who meet Gaston County will experience our pride and become part of our story.


Engagement, Equity, Excellence

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Who We Are


Mr. Tad Hixson, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, Belmont Abbey College, Chair

Ms. Amia Massey, Director of Human Resources, Gaston County, Chair-elect

Mr. Scott Swindler, Director - Gas Operations, Dominion Energy NC, Vice-chair & Secretary



Mr. Jason Austell, Mass Mutual Financial, Financial Planner

Dr. Melissa Balknight, Gaston County Schools

Dr. Todd Davis, MD EVP & CMO CaroMont Health

Mr. Steve D'Avria, Chief Operating Officer, Gaston Business Association

Mr. Brad Drury, Business Development, Pinnix, Inc.

Ms. Donna Elliott, Executive Director, HealthNet Gaston, Kintegra Health

Mr. David Fogarty, Gaston County Director, NC Cooperative Extension

Rev. Dr Rodney Freeman, Senior Pastor, Mt. Zion Restoration Church

Ms. Natasha Gilbert, Owner/Operator Chick-Fil-A

Captain Eric Johnson, Gaston County Police Dept.

Mr. Steven Long, President - Residential Division, GSM Services

Rev. Dr. Kimberly Moore, Senior Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church

Mr. Michael Peoples, City Manager, Gastonia

Mr. Alex Poole, Sr. Process Engineer, Firestone Fibers & Textiles

Mr. William Sain, Attorney , Mullen Holland & Cooper

Mr. Ken Smith, Sr. Vice President, Fidelity Bank

Ms. Jennifer Thomas, Market President- Metrolina Region, Truist

Dr. Jennifer Nichols, Dean of Educational Partnerships, Gaston College

Ms. Julie Galloway, Director Sales & Marketing, Twisted Sugar


Leslie Lee, Executive Director

Abigail Lee, Community Engagement & Programs Manager

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