Board of Directors
A Board of Directors governs Iredell Museums. Fiscal accountability is maintained through policies adopted by the board and upheld by a treasurer, as well as through the separate services of a Certified Public Accountant. Funding comes from a variety of state, local and private sources as well as from earned income. The Museum employs an executive director and other employees.
Board of Directors
Amy Lawton - President
Louis Gordon - Vice President
Sandra Campbell - Secretary
Thomas Alexander - Immediate Past President
Patti Green - Member at Large
Amy Furhman Jennifer Griggs
Steve Hill Mike Lassiter, Jr.
Isabelle Plyler Rhyne Scott
C. Michael Smith David Stamey
Henry Steele Sue Walser
Melinda, a native of Texas, has served as an executive director of various museums for over 34 years including: Burritt Museum and Park in Huntsville, AL; the New Jersey Museum of Agriculture at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; the Governor Daniels Historic Village on the campus of Baylor University, Waco, TX; and served as the Director of Historic Resources for the City of Manassas, Executive Director of the Manassas Museum System, Manassas, VA, and Executive Director of the Catawba County Historical Association. She also served on the faculty of the Museum Studies Department at Baylor University. Melinda holds a B.A. in History and Studio Art from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, was a graduate fellow in Ibero-American History and American History Trans-Mississippi West at Southern Methodist University, and was awarded an M.A. in Museum Studies from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.
Educational Program Coordinator
Angel was born and raised in Statesville and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in History. A trained archaeologist, she has experience excavating 18th and 19th century sites in Northern Virginia, where she interpreted active excavations to thousands of visitors and was an archaeology camp counselor to middle-school children. She is a former education intern at the Gaston County Museum, where she developed and participated in educational programs and tours. Along with the Program Assistant, Angel plans and coordinates all children's programs at the Museum.
Melanie grew up in Statesville and as a child visited the Iredell Museum’s mummy at the Museum Road location. As an adult, Melanie spent close to 25 years in the Charlotte area and on the North Carolina coast as a professional Christian educator in local United Methodist churches. She developed and coordinated programs for hundreds of children and youth in many different settings. One of her passions is helping kids connect to the past and guiding them toward their future through hands-on experiences. Melanie earned her BA in Christian Education from Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, NC, and is attending graduate school through the School of Social Work at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Distance Ed campus in Winston-Salem.