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Tony Ross

TonyPosition: Vice President
Hometown: TBD
Elected: 2016

I moved to this awesome neighborhood in 2012 when I met my then girlfriend, now fiance (likely by this time you read this wife) Dre. I instantly saw why she was so in love with it.  From the arts to the entertainment to the food/drink and most importantly the people, there is plenty to be excited about.

Within a year we were both active in neighborhood events through the association, participating in clean-ups, tree-banding, Thunder Road, NoDaWeen and much more.  When I was asked to serve on the board in 2015, I considered it an honor.  Having been a Marine, I understand the value of serving the country I love and now I get a chance to translate that to the neighborhood I love.

My proudest achievement as a resident has been participating in the All Arts market.  When I moved to NoDa, I would have said I didn't have an artistic bone in my body.  In the spirit of the Mill Homes and style of the neighborhood, I started creating my own custom light fixtures for our house and have been able to make a fun hobby/side business from them.

As a board member I hope to be able to inspire and help keep NoDa true to its roots as the light rail and the change associated with it evolve the place I love.

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Matt Lemere

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Position: Board Member
Hometown: Walhalla, SC
Elected: 2011

I first met NoDa in college, which was too many years ago to admit. I drove up with friends to see Joe Jack Talcum from the Dead Milkmen play at Fat City Deli. It was one of the strangest shows I'd ever seen. A performance artist was the opening act, and I distinctly remember a hot pink tutu.  At the end of her act she smashed her face into a birthday cake. I loved it and felt an indescribable vibe about the neighborhood that made me want to return.  Years later, my wife Michele and I were desperate to find a home to rescue us from the plasticity of Charlotte. We saw a house in NoDa that looked pretty cool from the outside. Even better, it was within easy walking distance to the downtown bars. We walked the neighborhood and stopped into Solstice for a beer and to discuss our options. I took a long sip of beer, looked around and knew I was home. It was the best decision we ever made. We still love being here and currently share our abode with our two cats, Salinger and Chewy.

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Lauren Schalburg

laurenPosition: Treasurer
Hometown: Warrenton, Virginia
Elected: March 2008

My husband Erik and I moved into our old NoDa millhome in May 2006. NoDa fits our life: we work/volunteer from home, walk to restaurants and bars but don't have to drive home, have intelligent (and idiotic) conversations with neighbors, diy house projects (and disasters), garden, and raise chickens, 2 dogs, 1 one-eyed cat, and 1 two-eyed cat. We've seen NoDa change a lot just in the past few years, but it always retains that certain je ne sais quoi that keeps us falling in love with it and calling it home. I love that the people here genuinely accept all the diverse styles NoDa represents. Ultimately, as a Board member, I am passionate about encouraging a cutting-edge funky street scene AND a Mayberry-safe community…. and beer.

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Kevin Sutton

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Position: Vice President
Hometown: Nickelsville, VA
(Re-)Elected: February 2013


In a 2003 post concert conversation, Robert Earl Keen told Kevin and his lovely wife Lea Ann to move to NODA which had become a nice little neighborhood after they cleaned up most of the hookers and drug dealers. A year later after establishing his "newly renovated" NODA homestead, which two years later a local realtor referred to in a marketing brochure as "future redevelopment," he joined the neighborhood association. Kevin really enjoyed Tuesday night meetings huddled around the heater at the Evening Muse with the five other people, so much so that he joined the board. After his term was over he took a break to have and get out of daycare his two children Holden and Carlee. Now due to popular demand and his ability to read Roberts Rules and actually understand what the hell they say, "HE'S BACK."

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Hollis Nixon

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Position: President
Hometown: Concord, North Carolina
Elected: November 2004

I moved to NoDa in 2002. I knew that I wanted to live in Charlotte, but was hesitant about specific neighborhoods as everything at the time seemed pricey and fairly stale. I remembered NoDa having been a frequenter of Fat City and thought this was the only neighborhood in glassy, shiny Charlotte that would fit me. A neighbor knocked on my door around 6 months after my move and asked if I would run for a NoDa N.A. board position. He became my best friend and I became NoDa N.A. addicted. Ten years later, NoDa still owns my heart. I believe in this neighborhood and the power of community. I also believe in voting, getting involved to influence positive change, rehabilitation of historic structures, ice in Chardonnay, and a decent pair of high heels.

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