Board of Directors

The volunteers who make up the Lumber River United Way Board of Directors come from the business, health, social service, media, and government sectors as well as the community at large. They are a true representation of our communities and the rich diversity of Bladen, Hoke, and Robeson Counties.

Johnny Robertson - Past President
John's Fuel Service

Dr. Cathy Gantz- President (Executive Committee)
Principal, Thomas Academy 

Gary Locklear- Vice President (Executive Committee)
Retired, Superior Court Judge

Debbie Branyon - Treasurer (Executive Committee)
Branch Manager, First Bank

Pamela Wright- Secretary (Executive Committee)
Retired, Educator

Linda Branch - Campaign Chair (Executive Committee)
President, 7th Wave, LLC

Danielle McLean
Attorney, Lumbee Tribe of NC

Andrew Jacobs
Director, Hoke County Emergency Management

Meredith Bounds
Director of Public Relations, Hoke County Public Schools

Randy Ellis 
Supervisor, Guardian Ad Litem

Demetrice Patterson 
Business Unit Planning Manager, Truist

Justin Boster
Site Technical Leader, Campbells Soup Company

Ashley Locklear 
Human Resource Specialist, Flo-Tite Valve & Controls 

Zachary Greene
Plant Manager, Kayser-Roth 

Denise Ward
Regional Publisher, The Robesonian & Bladen Journal