Authority Board Members

Board members are appointed by the Wilmington City Council and the New Hanover County Commissioners.  City and County each select five members, and one member is jointly appointed.

Mike Brown

Chairman Mike Brown 
Mike Brown is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in both Economics and Management in Society.  Mike's past  experience includes work with Pulte Homes Corporation (now Pulte  Group), a publicly traded Fortune 200 company, where he worked within their  Raleigh/Durham market, initially  in sales before  transitioning to the company’s land development team, responsible for acquiring, entitling, and developing the division’s annual 800+ lot  supply. A native of Wilmington, Mike returned to the area in 2008, and  is employed with Cape Fear Commercial, a regional firm engaged in  commercial brokerage, development, and property management.  Mike prides himself in remaining involved in the local community and currently serves as a co-chair of Coastal Carolina Tomorrow’s Transportation Committee, is an Executive Committee Member for the Cape Fear Council of Boy Scouts of America, and is an active member of Saint James Church.  Mr. Brown was appointed by the county in 2010. His current term ends June 2019. 

Pat Kusek
Vice-Chairwoman Pat Kusek

Pat Kusek is President and Owner of Kusek Financial Group. She holds a bachelors degree in Mathematics from Catawba College, Series 24-General Securities Principal License, Series 53, 7, 63 and 66 Licenses, and life and long term care insurance licenses. A North Carolina native, Ms. Kusek has served on many boards and committees in North and South Carolina. In addition to her financial background, Ms. Kusek has worked in community and public relations in the nuclear power industry. She is a Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow. Pat is married to Walter Kusek. In 2011, the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County selected Ms. Kusek as their Joint Appointee, and her term ends June 2017.

Larry Sneeden

Secretary Larry Sneeden

Larry Sneeden is a Wilmington native with a BS degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University. Larry worked for 30 years as a consulting engineer in the Wilmington area for residential, commercial, institutional, and DOD projects, including extensive water distribution and wastewater collection systems. He presently owns Coastal Stormwater Services, Inc., a construction company that specializes in the construction and repair of stormwater management systems and environmental remediation projects. Larry is a member of the Wilmington Kiwanis Club, Brigade Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors, numerous technical organizations; and is a past member of the Wilmington Planning Commission and Subdivision Review Board. He enjoys hiking with his wife Juanita.  His term ends in 2017.

Bill Norris

Treasurer William Norris

Bill Norris is a North Carolina native and a graduate of Western Carolina University where he earned both a BA in History and a MBA.  He has a 27 year career with First Citizens Bank where he is currently a Senior Vice President and Manager of Commercial Banking.  Bill and his wife, Anne have been residents of Wilmington for 10 years and they have two daughters.  Bill is an active volunteer and has held several leadership roles with various non-profits in the community. His current term ends July 2018.

Cindee Wolf
Cindee Wolf
Cindee Wolf is the owner of Design Solutions, a land planning and development entitlement consulting firm in Wilmington.  In 2009 she served on the Board of Directors for Coastal Carolina Tomorrow, an organization committed to a public and private sector collaborative effort that has as its top objectives sustained economic growth, development of cultural attractions and protection of significant environmental resources.  Ms. Wolf was appointed by the city in 2011.  Her current term ends June 2017.

Rob Zapple

Commissioner Rob Zapple

Rob and his wife Michele have lived and worked in New Hanover County for the past 17 years as community members and small business owners. Rob is a licensed General Contractor, residential and commercial builder, and owner of Rob Zapple Design and Build Inc.  He is an advocate for the public process and is active with several non-profit organizations that serve Wilmington and New Hanover County in his efforts to help our community grow and prosper.  His community Involvement includes: Rotary International, Downtown Wilmington Rotary Club; Past President and current second Vice President Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts Inc. Board of Trustees; WHQR Board of Directors; Children’s Museum Board of Directors; and former member Cape Fear Green Building Alliance Board of Directors.  Michele is co-owner of Carolina Gymnastics Academy and they have three children, all of whom attended New Hanover County public schools and have graduated from North Carolina universities.  His current term ends June 2018.

Charlie Rivenbank

Councilman Charlie Rivenbark

Councilman Charlie Rivenbark is a real estate broker for Maus, Warwick, Matthews & Co. and a life-long resident of Wilmington.  He has been a president of Wilmington's Azalea Festival and even run for mayor.  He is currently serving his third term on the city council.  He enjoys volunteering his time to read to school children.  Mr. Rivenbark was appointed by the city in 2010.  His current term ends July 2018.

Woody White
Commissioner Woody White
Commissioner Woody White has been a life-long resident of Southeastern North Carolina and he received his J.D. Degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law, 1994 after receiving his B.S. from Southern College, Chattanooga, TN. He has practiced law in New Hanover County since 1995 and is currently a partner in the law firm of White and Hearne, LLP. Mr. White is married to Tammie Mentzel White and they have two children.  He has an extensive background as a successful businessman, community leader, public official, litigating attorney, and strategic planner.  His term ends in 2018.  

Kevin OGrady

Councilman Kevin O'Grady


Councilman Kevin O’Grady recently completed his first four-year term on the Wilmington City Council, winning re-election in November.  For the past nine years, he has been active throughout the Wilmington community, serving as an officer, board member or volunteer for several organizations.  They include Wilmington Downtown Inc., Historic Wilmington Foundation and Residents of Old Wilmington.  Councilman O’Grady came to Wilmington from Florida where he worked as a commercial litigator for more than two decades.  He previously worked in Public Administration with the General Accounting Office, Sallie Mae and Public Administration Service.  He hold a J.D. from George Washington University, an MPA from Cornell University and a BA from Marist College.  Mr. O’Grady’s term runs until July 1, 2019.

Jennifer Adams

Jennifer Adams

Jennifer Adams is the head of Facilities and Maintenance for the Wilmington Corning manufacturing plant.  She is a licensed Professional Engineer in North Carolina and has worked in the environmental field for more than two decades.  Ms. Adams holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from UNC-Wilmington.  She has served with several non-profit organizations, including Communities in Schools Cape Fear, the Wilmington Concert Association, and Junior Achievement.  Ms. Adams is a New Hanover County appointee, and her term ends in 2019.

Chuck Davis

Charles Davis, Jr.

Charles (Chuck) Davis Jr. is a Wilmington native and retired pastor who is the founder and board chairman of On-Time Ministries, Inc.  Prior to retirement, Rev. Davis worked for the City of Wilmington’s Public Utilities department and the New Hanover County Tax office.  He is a member of the New Hanover County Tax Board of Equalization and Review and serves on the Executive Committee of the New Hanover County NAACP.  Rev. Davis has served on the boards of the Community Arts Center, New Hanover County Community Action, Inc., and the New Hanover Health Center Advisory Board.  He is a City of Wilmington appointee, and his term ends in 2019.