Hometown: Southport, NC
Position: Vice President NoDa News Liaison, NoDaWeen
Bio: Matthew was raised in Mobile, AL, attended college in Nashville, and worked in book publishing in New York City before moving to Charlotte in 2011. He and his wife Catherine moved onto Holt St in 2016, and had daughter Maggie in 2018. Matt was interested in serving on the NBA Board to give back and become an involved neighbor. In his quickly-diminishing free time, Matt enjoys mountain biking, good movies and books, and checking out new eateries around Charlotte.
Hometown: Mobile, AL
Elected Date: 2020
Position: Land Use Liaison
Bio: I moved to Charlotte in 2005 and when it came time to buy a place, moved to NoDa in 2007, and have been here ever since. I have been a member of the neighborhood association since I moved here and have participated in a variety of neighborhood events and activities. It didn’t take long for my husband, Tony Ross, to be convinced that this is the only place where we would begin our life together. In fact, he even beat me to serving on the Board first!
I was initially drawn to NoDa as the arts district and I love the neighborhood for its unique spirit, diversity and inclusion, and small-town / neighborly feel. I am excited for the opportunity to serve on the Board to help preserve NoDa’s history and character while respectfully setting NoDa up for future growth.
I enjoy traveling, concerts, working out, reading and spending time with friends and neighbors. You are most likely to find Tony and I hanging out at the Company Store, Salud Cerveceria, or on our front porch. Please feel free to stop me and introduce yourself. I love meeting and learning from new people!
Hometown: Warren, OH
Elected Date: 2020
Position: Secretary, Back in the Day, Greenification
Bio: I have always had a love for the arts and dreamed of being an artist. I spent many hours of my childhood in lessons of some kind, be it music, drawing, dancing, or pottery. Despite all the practice, I never excelled past amateur status and have since realized that my grand talent is to support those that are truly artistic. My wonderful husband, Dan, shares that admiration and overall artsy, hip, and colorful nature with me.
Although our careers are as corporate engineers, our heart and soul will always belong to the arts; so when work relocated us to Charlotte in June 2012, we knew immediately that we wanted to live and play in NoDa. We love that our neighbors have yard art, chicken coops, and dragon murals, and that no one batted an eye when we painted our front door bright Clemson orange before moving in even a single piece of furniture.
Our addiction to NoDa was solidified on our first Saturday morning in our old mill home. We were greeted at 9:00am with a mimosa bar and a rock band playing “Eye of the Tiger” in the neighbors’ front yard! We have a passion for local food and beer, and you’ll often find us meandering the streets with our two black labs, Harper & Bowser. There truly is no place like NoDa, and I am proud to be a part of it.
Hometown: Pocatello, ID
Elected Date: 2016, 2019
2021 Board Members
Position: Co-Secretary, NoDaRioty Liaison
Bio: We decided that life was dim and unfulfilling in Sydney, so we scoured the globe to find a better place to live. After a tenure in Midtown Nashville we were still not satisfied. So, we moved closer to the coast -but not too close- as water is unpredictable these days, trust me I’m a doctor #notthatkindofdoctor.
Settling on Charlotte as an appropriate city we hunted through the nooks and crannies of the metropolitan area and fell head over heals for NoDa. If you’re interested in the arts please come find me!
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Elected Date: 2019
Position: Rezoning, Vision, Mobility
Bio: My wife, Caroline, and I moved to the 28206 side of NoDa in March 2016 (shout out to my Ritch and Benard neighbors). we have since welcomed our one year old son, Ben, into the neighborhood and we feel lucky to have found such a diverse, interesting, and accepting community.
While I am newer to Charlotte (moved from Washington D.C. in January 2016) and NoDa, I am passionate about this neighborhood and working with ALL of our neighbors and businesses to preserve and grow what makes NoDa so special.
I joined the board in 2018 to do just that. You can often find me, Caroline, and Ben sitting at the bar of Company Store, playing softball at North Charlotte Park at 6pm on Mondays, or attending neighborhood meetings and events. If you see us, please introduce yourself!
Hometown: Vienna, Virginia
Elected Date: 2018
Bio: Eric is Urban Design Professional and has been a strong advocate for walkable, bikeable, and transit-oriented design in Charlotte’s neighborhoods for years. Eric was the President of the South End Neighborhood a few years back. While president, he advocated for more green space in the neighborhood, safe crossings on the Rail Trail and the creation of the two corridor studies on South Boulevard and South Tryon Street. After leaving the neighborhood association, he attended the University of North Carolina Charlotte. While there Eric received his Masters in Urban Design and finished at the top of his class. Eric has studied Urban Design abroad in Brazil and is a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. He has been a NoDa neighborhood resident since 2017 and a Charlotte resident since 2010.
Hometown: Forest City, Pennsylvania
Elected Date: 2020
Position: Welcome Committee, Crime & Safety Liaison
Position: Business Committee Liaison
Bio: My wife, Kiersten, and I moved to Charlotte in February 2016 and came straight to the neighborhood. Originally from West Virginia, we immediately fell in love with the small-town feel of NoDa that made it seem like home. Several years later, we’re still here raising a small farm of chickens on Yadkin!
I am currently the Community Manager of Industrious – NoDa and passionate about both the history and direction of the neighborhood. I’m always happy to have a beer and talk about the past, present, or future… and listen to jam bands.
Hometown: Martinsburg, WV
Elected Date: 2020