Meet Our Board

(left to right) Donald Kinney, John Crouch, Maria Vernon, Bill Lawler, Greg Brewer, Holly Groce, Tim Bell, and Mike Combest.
Not pictured Brett Hoge and Erika Mielke.
Mike Combest, Chairman

Mike currently serves as Councilman with the Village of Clemmons. A graduate of West Point and the School of Advanced Military Studies, he spent most of his career in the U.S. Army in every rank from Second Lieutenant to Brigadier General. Mike is also an independent consultant and co-founder of Strackhammer, LLC, an agricultural firm. A long-time active supporter of the Clemmons community, Mike has volunteered with the Jerry Long YMCA, the Rotary Club of Clemmons, the Village of Clemmons Planning Board, Friends of the Clemmons Library, and Twin City Track Club. Mike and his wife, Janice, live in Clemmons and have three sons.

Maria Vernon, Vice Chairman
Speech Language Pathologist, Southwest Elementary School

Maria Vernon is a resident of Lewisville, NC. She is a part-time speech-language pathologist with WSFCS and works at Southwest Elementary in Clemmons. Maria is a volunteer coach with WCCC basketball, serves on the Appalachian State University Beaver College of Health Sciences Advisory Council, and is a member emeritus and former board chair of the Appalachian State University Reich College of Education Advancement Board. Maria also serves on the board of H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Eat) Winston-Salem, volunteers on various committees at River Oaks Community Church, where she is the volunteer coordinator for the ROCC 5K race, and coordinates the Alex's Lemonade Stand Fundraiser for pediatric cancer research at her school each year.

Donald Kinney, Treasurer
Donald S. Kinney, CPA, PC

Donald Kinney is a Certified Public Accountant with his own practice, Donald S. Kinney, CPA, P.C. in Winston-Salem and has been resident of Clemmons for more than 20 years. Donald graduated with a BA from UNC Charlotte and a BS from High Point University. He is active in his church and serves on its board of directors. Donald also serves the boards of Winston Salem Fist and Triad Family Network. Donald and his wife, Carolyn, have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.

Tim Bell, Secretary
Director, Property Management & Operations, Wake Forest Baptist Health

Tim is a part of the Wake Forest Baptist Health team where he has served for over seventeen years. He is currently the Director of Property Management & Operations and oversees a $23M operational budget. He is a veteran of 20 plus years of military service in the United States Air Force, where he served as a Headquarters Financial Analyst. Tim is also an ordained minister and motivational speaker. He is married to Donyea (Dee) Dockery of Raeford, North Carolina has two sons, Brandon and Jared, and two grandchildren Brandon and Malia.

Greg Brewer, Immediate Past Chairman
President, Right At Home in Home Care & Assistance

Greg has been the President and Co-owner of Right at Home franchise in Winston-Salem, North Carolina since 2004, with his wife and partner, Jackie, Assistant Agency Director. Greg’s previous career experience included corporate executive positions with several Fortune 500 corporations as vice-president human resources specializing in recruiting, organizational development, training, quality and diversity. His leadership has included positions with the Northwest North Carolina American Red Cross, Shepherds Center of Winston Salem, YMCA of Winston Salem, and Reynolda Rotary of Rotary International and Winston-Salem First.

John D. Crouch, Jr., CPA, CVA, Crouch Joslyn PLLC

John resides in Clemmons. He is a practicing CPA and CVA with Crouch Joslyn PLLC. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Lander University. He has served on the finance committee of Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County and has chaired the Finance and Personnel committees of Ardmore Baptist Church. John is married to Amanda and has three daughters.

Holly M. Groce, Attorney

Holly is an attorney and works for Holly M. Groce, PA practicing primarily juvenile and family law. Holly has lived in Clemmons for the majority of her life. She earned her undergraduate degree from UNC and graduated from the Campbell Law School. Holly is an active member of Center Grove Baptist Church and served on the board at the Jerry Long YMCA. Holly is married and has three children.

Brett W. Hoge, Sr. Managing Director, The Hoge-Barrett Group, BB&T Scott & Stringfellow

Brett W. Hoge has been in the financial industry since 1999. Brett has gained several recognitions within BB&T for his performance, including the Sterling Performers Award, the John Sherman, Jr. Leadership Award and membership in the firm’s President’s Council. In 2017 & 2018, Financial Times Magazine named Brett as a Top 400 Financial Adviser. An avid volunteer, Brett has been awarded the National Mentoring Excellence Award by Investing News. Brett is also founder and board member of the LVH ALS Foundation, which raises money to fund ALS research for the Duke University ALS Clinic. The Foundation has raised over 1 million dollars for ALS research since its inception in 2014. In his spare time, Brett enjoys hunting, fishing and golfing. Brett & his wife, Wendy, live in Advance with their two girls, Riley & Berkley.

William Lawler, Community Volunteer

Bill Lawler has been a resident of Clemmons since 1993. Retired after a 36-year career in business and corporate development, he is now active as a board member and volunteer for a number of community organizations. Bill is married to Donna Lawler and are the parents of 8 children and 11 grandchildren.

Erika L. Mielke, Principal at Arbor Investment Advisors

Erika Mielke is a Principal with Arbor Investment Advisors.  After practicing law with a focus on Estate Planning, Erika moved into the financial services industry in 2004 providing financial planning and investment management services.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, and her Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Since moving to Clemmons in 2008 Erika has been an active community volunteer serving on various boards including The Ronald McDonald House, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, Old Salem Museum and Gardens, and the Advisory Group of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest Baptist Health.  Erika and her husband Scott have four children – Noah, Luke, Abigail and Levi.

Board Member Emeritus - John Bost, Master Counsel, Inc.

Board Member Alums

Community Foundation Board Members: 2010*-Present

*The Clemmons Community Foundation Board of Directors voted to change its name and become a community foundation on March 23, 2011. The list does not include board members of the Clemmons Rotary Foundation, which founded the Clemmons Community Foundation.
Chuck Alexander (2010-2015)
Tim Bell (2018-
John Bost (2015-2019)
Greg Brewer (2016-
Ken Burkel (2013-2018)
Glen Cannon (2014-2015)
Mike Combest (2016-
John Crouch (2010-2011; 2016-
Brad Davis (2015-2018)
Gil Davis (2011-2012)
Ron Davis (2010-2016)
Dan Greer (2012-2014)
Holly Groce (2018-
Terry Hayworth (2014-2016)
Anne Hennis (2010-2016)
Mark Hess (2014-2018)
Brett Hoge (2018-
Chuck Houska (2010-2012)
Paul Johnson (2010-2015)
Warren Kasper (2015-2016)
Donald Kinney (2016-
William Lawler (2018-
Teresa Lindsay (2015-2016)
Joanna Lyall (2011-2018)
Jon Marzano (2012-2013)
Liliana McLean (2016-2017)
Erika Mielke (2018-
Sara Migliarese (2014-2015)
Tara O’Brien (2011-2017)
Thomas Orr (2012-2013)
Jody Peske (2014-2016)
Charlie Quinn (2010-2013)
Kirsten Russ (2016-2018)
Frank Samuelson (2011-2016)
Steve Sessions (2011-2016)
Dave Solomon (2011-2012)
John Stewart (2010-2013)
Maria Vernon (2016 -

Inaugural Investors

Chuck Alexander*
Jenny Braswell
Ken Burkel
Ashley Cannon
John Crouch
Melissa Dalton
Elizabeth (Izzie) Davis
Ron and Brenda Davis
Gil Davis
Tony Golding
Terry Hayworth
Paul Johnson
Dana Marske
Bill McClain
Carlos Pereira
Charlie and Carol Quinn
Steve and Anne Sessions
David Soloman
John Stewart