Mr. Keith Ballentine
Chair - Term Expires August 31, 2017. Appointed by Speaker of the House Thom Tillis. Named chairman by Gov. Pat McCrory in August 2013.
Keith Ballentine is vice president of Daughtridge Gas & Oil Company in Rocky Mount. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. Ballentine has thirty nine years of business experience in North Carolina, including seven years with Belk Department Stores in Eastern North Carolina and thirty two years with Daughtridge Gas and Oil Company. He has served in civic and professional associations including chairman of the Rocky Mount Chamber, president of the Tar River Kiwanis, member of the Rocky Mount Planning Board, member of the Eagle Scout Board of Review, president of Southern Purchasing Association, president of the North Carolina Petroleum and Convenience Marketers and a member of the Advisory Board of the Governor’s Institute for Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service. Ballentine is active at Lakeside Baptist Church where he has served in various capacities, and currently serves on the Finance Committee. Ballentine has two grown children and resides in Rocky Mount with his wife, Susan.
Ballentine serves as chairman of the commission.
Mr. Courtney A. Crowder
Term Expires August 31, 2017 - Appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue
Courtney Crowder is the owner of Crowder Consulting Co., L.L.C. in Raleigh. He is an alumnus
of North Carolina Central University and Duke University. He also studied at Oxford University
in England. Beginning in 2009, Crowder served for four years as Legislative Director
for Gov. Beverly E. Perdue. His civic contributions include service on the Board of Advisors
to the Alexander Family YMCA, and to the Downtown Housing Improvement Corporation and the
North Carolina Center for Voter Education. A native of Raleigh, Crowder lives there with
his wife and daughter.
Ms. Alice G. Underhill
Term Expires August 31, 2016 - Appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue
Alice G. Underhill is a former state House member from New Bern. She was elected four times to the N.C. House of Representatives, representing Pamlico County and part of Craven County. A native North Carolinian, Underhill earned a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in history from UNC-Chapel Hill. She also earned her law degree from the Campbell University School of Law. Previously, Underhill served on the Craven County Board of Education, was an instructor of business law at Craven Community College, and worked as a law librarian at the firm of Ward & Smith, PA. She previously served on the Tryon Palace Commission. Underhill lives in New Bern with her husband, Reed. The Underhill’s belong to Christ Episcopal Church. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.
Underhill serves on the commission’s Audit/Finance Committee.
Mr. Douglas Baker
Term Expires August 31, 2018 - Appointed by Speaker of the House Thom Tillis
Doug Baker is an entrepreneur with 25 years of business experience in the fields of life science and technology, including executive posts with six companies in the Triangle area. He currently is serving as an adviser to the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute, a non-profit institute dedicated to the study of memory and finding solutions to memory disorders. Baker received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He previously served in executive posts with a pharmacy management company, a biorepository company, two contract research organizations, and a product development and design services firm. He also has served as an adviser to companies in IT, software development, green energy, and logistics. Baker has been involved in various civic and professional associations including the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, the Wake Technical Community College Foundation, the Association for Corporate Growth, the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, and the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities. A native of New York, Baker chose North Carolina as his home over twenty years ago as the ideal place to raise his two now-grown daughters; one having graduated from Elon University and one from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Baker serves on the commission’s Audit/Finance Committee.
Mr. David F. Kirby
Term Expires August 31, 2016 - Appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue
David F. Kirby is an attorney with Edwards Kirby L.L.P., in Raleigh. He practices before all North Carolina state courts, the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of North Carolina, the U.S. District Court in the Middle District of North Carolina, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Kirby received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his law degree from the UNC-CH School of Law. He is a member of the Wake County Bar Association, the N.C. Bar Association, the American Bar Association, N.C. Advocates for Justice, and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, a fellow in the International Society of Barristers and a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an organization of the top plaintiff’s lawyers from around the country.
In 1996, Kirby was named one of the Lawyers of the Year by the national publication Lawyers Weekly USA and he received the national Steven J. Sharp Public Service Award from the American Trial Lawyers Association. In 2005, Kirby and his law partner were honored by Easter Seals/United Cerebral Palsy as the “Philanthropists of the Year” for their support of programs for children suffering from cerebral palsy. He is an active member of the Edenton St. United Methodist Church. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Wade Edwards Foundation. He is a lifetime inductee of the William Horne Battle Society, which recognizes outstanding service to the UNC School of Law. Kirby has endowed scholarships at UNC-Chapel Hill to honor his father, the late Sen. J. Russell Kirby, and his mother, Rebekah Fulghum Kirby. He lives in Raleigh with his wife, Lyn, and has three grown children, Emily, James and Winston.
Mr. Jody Tyson
Term Expires August 31, 2017. Appointed by Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger
Jody C. Tyson is the managing partner of Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service in Snow Hill. He completed secondary education at Fayetteville Technical Institute’s School of Funeral Service Education and Mount Olive College. He received his Funeral Service License in 1996. In 2005, Tyson was a gubernatorial appointee to serve a term on the N.C. Board of Funeral Service. Tyson also served as a liaison and adviser to state Sen. Louis Pate, responding to tornado damage in Greene County in the spring of 2011. He is a former board member of the N.C. Funeral Directors Association and a former member of the Greene County Board of Elections. A native of Snow Hill, Tyson lives today on the family farm in the Arba community of Greene County where he grew up. He is a member of Hull Road Free Will Baptist Church.
Tyson serves as chairman of the commission’s Operations/Personnel Committee.
Mr. A.J. Daoud
Term Expires August 31, 2018. Appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory
A.J. Daoud is president and CEO of American Funeral Partners, which owns and operates eight funeral homes. He has 31 years of experience in the funeral services business. Daoud is a native of Florida but grew up in North Carolina. Before starting his career in funeral services, Daoud served for 12 years as a police officer for the Miami Beach Police Department. Daoud has his law enforcement certificate from Miami Dade College, an associate degree in funeral service from Miami Dade College, a bachelor’s degree in business from Barry University in Florida, and a master’s degree in business with a specialty in marketing from the University of Phoenix. His civic contributions included service as a National Vice President of Police Athletics Leagues, former vice chairman of the Pilot Mountain Zoning Board, former vice chairman of Pilot Mountain Habitat for Humanity, former chairman of the Surry County United Way, and a past president of the Miami Beach Jaycees. He is a Mason, a Shriner and an Elk. Daoud has two grown children. He lives in Pilot Mountain with his wife, Angie Thomas Daoud.
Daoud serves on the commission’s Audit/Finance Committee.
Mr. Chris L. Shew
Term Expires August 31, 2016. Appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory
Chris Shew is sheriff of Wilkes County, where he has served in law enforcement for 33 years. A Wilkes County native, Shew graduated from East Wilkes High School. After high school, he went to work for the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office where he held positions as a deputy sheriff, detention officer, sergeant and captain in the Patrol Division, chief detective and chief deputy. He also served as a reserve officer for the Wilkesboro Policy Department. Shew has received the N.C. Advanced Service Award and the Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the N.C. Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission. His civic contributions include service as a board member of the Wilkes Law Enforcement Association and the Roaring River Volunteer Fire Department. Shew was elected sheriff in 2010. He lives in Wilkesboro with his wife, Janet, and three children.
Shew serves on the commission’s Operations/Personnel Committee.
Ms. Amy B. Ellis
Term expires August 31, 2018. Appointed by Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger
Amy Ellis is a CPA who currently works part-time at a healthcare consulting firm in Raleigh and for her own tax clients, including nonprofits and political and civic organizations. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and studied accounting at UNC-Wilmington as she pursued her CPA certification. Right after graduation, she worked for Mitsubishi Semiconductor and Sara Lee Knit Products, both in Winston-Salem. She has worked in public accounting for more than 20 years, helping to start a small firm, The Accounting Dept. Inc., which specialized in small business accounting and taxes in Wilmington. While living in Wilmington, she was active in civic life, serving as a volunteer for the N.C. Azalea Festival, as board treasurer for Good Friends of Wilmington and as board treasurer and board president of the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. Ellis lives in Raleigh with her husband, Chris, daughter, and step-son and step-daughter. They are members of Hope Lutheran Church in Wake Forest.
Ellis serves as chairwoman of the commission’s Audit/Finance Committee.
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