Board Members

2016 Board of Directors

President: Nancy Astrike

Nancy is a Human Resource (HR) Consultant with the Office of State Human Resources.  In this position, she is responsible for providing consultative HR services to state agencies and the University of North Carolina system.

Nancy has twenty-two years of human resource experience in state government.  In this capacity, she assists agency and university clients with issues associated with compensation, EEO, employee relations, classification, and overall management of the HR system.  Prior to joining the Office of State Human Resources, she worked in the non-profit sector and with local government.

Nancy received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She also received a Master of Public Administration degree from North Carolina State University and a certificate in Human Resource Management from Duke University Office of Continuing Education.  Nancy has completed the Certified Public Manager® Program and is also a certified trainer for the Equal Employment Opportunity Institute as well as a certified mediator working in the statewide grievance dispute program.  Nancy has also completed her certification as a Human Capital Strategist from the Human Capital Institute. 

President-Elect: Charles W. Keller

Charles is a native of North Carolinian being born and raised in Hickory, NC. He is married, lives in Charlotte and has no children. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, NC; a Masters in Arts in Creative Writing from Bretton Hall, College of the University of Leeds, Wakefield, England and is a graduate of the Certified Public Manager program. 

In 2000, he joined the 26th Judicial District Trial Court Administrator’s office as the Jury Coordinator before taking his current position as Community Access & Outreach Administrator

In his role as Community Access & Outreach Administrator, Charles is responsible for supporting the Trial Court Administrator in the development, implementation, and administration of services that improves access to the court system. Specific responsibilities include strengthening public trust and confidence in the courts through the development and dissemination of information that creates realistic expectations and understanding of the court’s role and function. Related duties include: determining community expectations, publicizing initiatives and successes, preparing performance reports for distribution to the community, developing educational tools, and responding to public and media inquiries, coordinating media coverage of high profile trials, coordinating press conferences, making appearances on radio and television, and issuing official statements. Other responsibilities include website development and content editing, writing newsletters, brochures, guidebooks, serving on various advisory boards, grant writing/administration and volunteer/intern coordination. The duties associated with the latter entail assessing the need for volunteers/interns; creating volunteer/intern position descriptions; and recruiting, screening, orientating and placing volunteers and interns. Special projects and administrative duties are assigned as needed.  Charles is also responsible for the oversight of accessibility to the courthouse for those with special needs, as well as various outreach efforts designed to educate and assists the various diverse populations who come in contact with the court system.

Immediate Past President: Amy Simes

Amy is a Senior Program Manager in the Division of Water Infrastructure with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  She has worked with department for 25 years and became a Certified Public Manager® in 2003. Previously, she was the Liaison for Transportation in the Secretary’s Office and prior to that was involved in wastewater funding in the Division formerly known as Water Quality. Amy serves on the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board and the Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Commission for the City of Raleigh.  She has a degree in mechanical engineering from NC State University.

Secretary and Treasurer: Sarah Smith

Sarah is the Director of Sponsored Programs with the University of North Carolina (UNC) General Administration.  In this role, she directs all facets of pre- and post-award administration for contracts and grants awarded to UNC-General Administration, including proposal and budget development, award negotiations, regulatory compliance, financial compliance, and primary liaison between UNC program directors and sponsors. Sarah serves as the contract and grant process advisory lead for the UNC Business Process Compliance Program.  In addition, she leads the UNC Sponsored Programs and Research Council providing a venue for policy and emerging trend discussions and content area training.

Sarah has over 21 years of experience in the research administration arena and a total of 27 years of experience in higher education administration.  Sarah has been in her current position at UNC-General Administration since September 2001.  Previously, she served as the Manager of NCSU Sponsored Programs from 1998 through September 2001, and was associated with the NCSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences from 1991 through 1998, serving as Research Associate from 1994-1998.  She was also associated with the NCSU Division of Transportation from 1984-1990, serving as Parking Services Manager at NCSU from 1986-1990.

Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from NC State University.  In addition, she earned the certified public manager® and certified research administrator designations.  Sarah served the Society in a variety of roles such as president, member of the Board of Directors, AACPM delegate, public relations and committee chair.

Board Members:

William (Bill) Bailey

Bill earned his Certified Public Manager® designation in Washington State in 2009.  He is a public sector innovator with extensive experience in remodeling large, complex, development related government agencies into well-functioning, customer oriented agencies.  He has spent 20 years working in large counties and small towns throughout the Pacific Northwest and the Southeastern United States.  In addition to his public sector experience, he spent 6 years working with the wireless industry permitting communications towers in the Southeastern US.  After leaving military service in Charleston, SC, Bill earned his Master of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.  While he calls the northeastern California mountains home, Bill currently resides in North Carolina and is employed as the Director of Planning and Inspections in Boone. 

Maura Chavez

Maura is the Community Support Coordinator with the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).  She serves as the county courthouse American Disability Act (ADA) coordinator.  In addition, she provides community outreach initiatives both in the courthouse and in the neighborhoods.  Maura speaks fluent Spanish and her bilingual skills are an asset to her organization when serving individuals who do not speak English as a first language.

Maura has worked with the Trial Court Administrator’s Office, a division within the AOC, since 1997. She has held the following positions in her 17-year career with AOC: Fine Collections Coordinator, Criminal Caseflow Manager, and Interpreter Manager.

Her organizational skills and ability to multi-task helps her succeed in her professional and personal life.  Her community involvements include being a board member of Enlace, ASPIRA NC, and Disabilities Rights and Resources.  She enjoys volunteering and serving her community.  As a NC Certified Paralegal and Certified Public Manager®, she enjoys being a part of and supporting NCSCPM.

Meredith Davis

Meredith Davis has worked with the Trial Court Administrator’s (TCA) Office since 1998. During her time with the TCA office, she has served as the Jury Coordinator, ADR Coordinator and now the Caseflow Management Administrator. As the Caseflow Management Administrator, Meredith oversees the ADR programs, District Civil, Superior Civil, and Superior Criminal caseloads. In addition to these venues, Meredith and her division have recently become part a new pilot program in the District Criminal court. Prior to joining the TCA Office, Meredith attended East Carolina University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. When not working, Meredith enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Kim Gillespie

Kim is a Project Planning Engineer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). In this role, she performs engineering, planning, and environmental studies for various TIP projects. Kim also manages assigned projects, analyzes project alternatives, and reviews and prepares environmental/planning documents.

Kim has worked with NCDOT for almost 25 years as an engineer. She has been in her current position since November 2005.  Previously, she served in various roles and sections throughout NCDOT, including Transportation Staff Engineer, Area Accident Investigation Engineer, Statewide Transportation Planner, and Project Management Engineer.

Kim has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition, she earned the certified public manager® designation. Kim joined the Society in 2003, and has served the Society in a number of roles.  In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, she currently serves the Society as membership chair and as a member of the Education and Outreach Committee.

Pete Ware

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