Our People


2017 Officers

Buck Yelverton, President, Community Leader

Stephanie Batten, Vice President, Merrill Lynch

Brent Flowers, Treasurer, Flowers Plantation

Ann Brice, Secretary, First Wilson Properties

Dr. Frank L. Eagles, Past President, Community Leader

Hal Tarleton, Marketing Chair, Wilson Habitat for Humanity

Gloria Freeman, Visioning Chair, Community Leader

2017 Trustees

Dr. Rena Corbett, Barton College School of Business
Joe Dlugos, Barton College Office of Student Affairs
Don Franks, First Wilson Properties
B. Perry Morrison, Jr., Morrison Law Firm, PLLC
Rev. Charles Robl, III, First United Methodist Church
Rev. Marty Stebbins, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church
Verona True, Community Leader
Stuart Walston, Walston Properties

Ex-Officio Members:
Kathryn Ferrari Bethune, Executive Director

John Morck, City of Wilson

Committee Structure: Creating an Impact

Preservation of Wilson has an active Board of Trustees where all members agree to serve on at least one committee. Committee members do not need to be a member of the Board of Trustees. We encourage individuals to get involved in an area they find the greatest interest. Allowing non-board members to work on committees is an excellent way to retain interested volunteers during the lapse period if they have served six years, our term limit. With a lapse of one year, a person may be reappointed.

Marketing –  To promote interest locally, regionally and nationally using the website, social media, media opportunities and other advertising methods.  We market Historic Downtown Wilson as a place to call home focusing on the properties we offer and those offered by local realtors. We look for creative ways to spread the word that Wilson has charming and affordable historic  homes, an uncomplicated lifestyle, an ideal location, two colleges, the state’s fastest fiber-optic Internet connections available in every home, tree-lined neighborhoods, five historic districts, a vibrant arts community and a roster of companies the envy to many metropolitan areas.

Hal Tarleton, Chair</>
Matt Shaw
Jerome De Perlinghi
Gary Smolen
Katie Barrett
Robb Hignite
Anne Joyner
Kathy Berni

Finance – To promote Preservation of Wilson’s financial security while being wise stewards of the funds so generously donated to this organization by its contributors.

Brent Flowers, Chair</>
B. Perry Morrison, Jr.
Dr. Rena Corbett
Stuart Walston
Don Ellis

Properties – The Properties Committee focuses on the real estate activities of Preservation of Wilson as we market these properties to preservation minded buyers.   We currently have three active real estate agents on the committee who help keep us current on the local market. New this year will be to oversee the Revolving Fund and the Visual Improvements Matching Grant Program.

Ann Brice, Chair</>
Sharyn Hardister
Don Franks
John Morck
Liz Uditis
Penny Womble
Rev. Charles Robl III

Visioning – To help develop a revitalization program which promotes economic development while creating safe and aesthetically pleasing neighborhoods. This group recommends short and long term goals and seeks to find solutions to issues that create roadblocks in development. A special interest to the Visioning Committee is learning more about the needs and opportunities in the East Wilson Historic District.

Gloria Freeman, Chair
Ken Jones
Betty Lou Walston
Father Phil Byrum
Melanie Womble
Verona True
Rev. Marty Stebbins
Ellen Russell
Sargent Russell

Hospitality – Preservation of Wilson’s Hospitality Committee includes those who love to entertain. This allows Preservation of Wilson to reduce our special events costs with refreshments prepared by volunteers. This committee oversees the menu planning and set up for special events such as the Annual Garden Party & Fine Art Show, Letter Fests and Quarterly Board of Trustees Meetings.

Stephanie Batten, Chair
Beth Fogleman
Pam Grawburg
Garland Homes
Terry Klein
Gaynell Stallings
Robert Bryant
Holmes Smoot
Margaret McRae
Betty Lou Walston

Art Committee – The Art Committee oversees the planning for our annual Fine Art Show held at the Spring Garden Party each year.

Sally Barnes, Chair
Betsy Peters Rascoe
Anne Joyner
Karen Gliarmis
Jo Rhodes
Agnes Cherry

Field Work – This group is reserved for helping in the field when needed. This includes helping with signage and assisting when a truck is needed during each year.

Randy Deans


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