Board Members

Authority Board Members Group Photo

Left to right: Patricia Kusek, Larry Sneeden, Kevin O'Grady, Jennifer Adams, William Norris, Mike Brown, Wesley Corder, Skip Watkins, Charlie Rivenbark, Cindee Wolf, Deans Hackney.


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 in 2021. Email William Norris 

Vice-Chair Wesley P. Corder

Mr. Corder grew up in Wilmington and is currently the president and CEO of Thomson, Corder and Co., a full-service civil construction firm providing services for custom subdivisions, industrial plants and commercial sites in the Wilmington area. Corder has worked in the field for more than a decade and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of North Carolina. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University. Mr. Corder is a member of the Cameron Executive Network at UNCW and enjoys mentoring young students on ways to be successful in business. His current term expires in 2020. Email Wesley Corder

 Secretary 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. Email Jennifer Adams

 Treasurer 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. Email Michael Brown

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 2020. Email Larry Sneeden

Commissioner 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. In 2016, Ms. Kusek was elected as County Commissioner and was chosen as a Commissioner representative in January 2017. Her current term ends in 2019. Email Pat Kusek

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 2020. Email Cindee Wolf

 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. He is currently serving his fourth 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 2021. Email Charlie Rivenbark

 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. Email Kevin O'Grady

Commissioner Skip Watkins

Skip Watkins is a longtime resident of Wilmington who currently serves as an Independent Financial Advisor with Capital Investment Group. He has worked in the financial services industry for more than two decades and also teaches economics for the University of Mount Olive. Mr. Watkins currently serves as the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners representative on the Lower Cape Fear Water & Sewer Authority Board, the Lower Cape Fear River Program Advisory Board, the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, and the board of the Airlie Gardens Foundation. Mr. Watkins has been the Fair Manager for the Cape Fear Fair and Expo for more than 20 years and serves on its Executive Board. He holds both a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a MBA from UNC-Wilmington. His appointment ends in 2019. Email Skip Watkins


Deans Hackney is a native of Wilson, NC, and has lived in the Wilmington area since 1987. He graduated from UNC-CH and holds an MBA from Wake Forest University.  He and his wife Robin own Horizon Homes of Wilmington and build custom and semi-custom single family homes.  They have two adult sons.  Mr. Hackney is a City appointee, and his current term ends in 2019.  

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.