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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.


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.

Loray Mill image from the Pride in Gaston Traveling Tour book.


Engagement, Equity, Excellence

Who We Are


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

Mr. Scott Swindler, Director - Gas Operations, Dominion Energy NC, Chair-elect

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



Mr. Jason Austell, Mass Mutual Financial, Financial Planner

Assistant Chief Nancy Brogdon, Gastonia Police Department

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

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

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

Ms. Julie Galloway, Director Sales & Marketing, Premier Sports Lighting

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

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

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

Dr. Jennifer Nichols, Vice President of Educational Partnerships, Gaston College

Mr. Michael Peoples, City Manager, Gastonia

Mr. Alex Poole, Quality Engineer, Mann & Hummel

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

Ms. Jennifer Thomas, Senior VP Commercial Banking, South State Bank


Leslie Lee, Executive Director

Abigail Lee, Community Engagement & Programs Manager

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