Tom Hanchett

Staff Historian
Levine Museum of the New South
704-333-1887 x 228

Biography

Tom Hanchett joined Levine Museum of the New South in uptown Charlotte as staff historian in 1999, helping create award-winning exhibits including Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers: Reinventing Charlotte in the New South.

Educated at Cornell, University of Chicago, and UNC Chapel Hill, he writes widely on southern culture and urban history. Highlights include Sorting Out the New South City (UNC Press); Salad Bowl Suburbs in  Charlotte NC: Global Evolution of a New South City; and essays collected at www.historysouth.org.

Education

Cornell, University of Chicago, and UNC Chapel Hill

Expertise

Southern culture and urban history.

Bill Anderson

Special assistant to the dean for community relations
UNC Charlotte Cato College of Education
704-687-5340

Biography

Bill Anderson has been an educator for more than 30 years, 25 of those with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).  He is with the Cato College of Education at UNC Charlotte.  Prior to joining the College of Education, he was the executive director of MeckEd.  Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education, also known at MeckEd, is committed to quality public education for all students and is an independent voice for public education.  Before MeckEd, he was executive director of Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Inc. from 2002 to 2006.

Education

Bill received a bachelor of arts in education from Greensboro College and his master's in educational administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  In 2001, he received his Ed.D. in educational leadership from UNC Charlotte.

Expertise

Dr. Anderson served in several roles during his time with CMS. He was the assistant superintendent for high school curriculum and instruction in CMS, as well as a principal and assistant principal at several middle and high schools in Charlotte and Shelby, including four years as principal at Myers Park High School. During his tenure there, the school was named the seventh best public high school in the nation by Newsweek magazine (2003). During his work at Shelby High School (1997-2001), the school was named one of the “Top 10 Most Improved Schools in North Carolina.” Bill Anderson was N.C. Principal of the Year in 2001.

Amber Veverka

Freelance Writer

Biography

Freelance writer Amber Veverka spent 20 years as a newspaper journalist, most recently at The Charlotte Observer. She's a master naturalist, N.C. certified environmental educator and volunteer with Mecklenburg Park and Recreation and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She lives in Charlotte with her husband, children, cats, rabbits, chickens and thousands of honeybees.

Education

Amber Veverka is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Expertise

Corbin Peters

Social Media Specialist
Duke Energy

Biography

Corbin Peters is a former undergraduate academic intern. He grew up in Hickory and majored in communications studies at UNC Charlotte. Corbin was the online managing editor of the UNC Charlotte student newspaper, Niner Times.

Education

B.A. in Communications, University of North Carolina Charlotte

Terry Shook

Founding Partner and Principal
Shook Kelley

Biography

Terry Shook, FAIA, is a founding partner of Shook Kelley, a firm specializing in strategic consulting services in disciplines of consumer psychographics and brand development along with specialties in urban planning, architecture and communication design, all focusing on how places and spaces convene humans in meaningful ways.  He graduated cum laude in 1976 from the UNC Charlotte College of Architecture.

Mae Israel

Writing and Editing Professional

Biography

Veteran journalist Mae Israel worked for nearly 20 years as an editor at The Washington Post, specializing in local news coverage. As an editor and reporter for nearly a decade with The Charlotte Observer, she covered the area's growth, development and transportation issues. An award-winning journalist, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Israel is currently an independent journalist based in Charlotte.

Andria Krewson

Journalist and Graduate Student
UNC Charlotte

Biography

Andria Krewson is a journalist in Charlotte and a student in the University of North Carolina's master of arts in technology and digital communication. She worked at The Charlotte Observer for many years. She lives in Merry Oaks, a central Charlotte neighborhood, and also writes about media coverage of the 2012 political campaigns for Columbia Journalism Review's Swing States project. Find her on Twitter at @underoak or @akrewson.

Keihly Moore

Urban designer, architectural designer
Studio G Architects
Contact via email

Biography

Keihly Moore was a graduate assistant at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute while she pursued master's degrees in architecture and urban design. She grew up along Lake Superior in Minnesota and has an undergraduate degree in architecture and environmental studies from Iowa State University.

Education

Moore has an undergraduate degree in architecture and environmental studies from Iowa State University and master's degrees in architecture and urban design from UNC Charlotte.

Expertise

Moore is an urban designer and architectural designer with Studio G Architects in Boston. She worked previously with Stantec in Boston and with The Lawrence Group in Davidson.

Joe Padilla

Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition
704-940-3174

Biography

Joe Padilla was named REBIC’s executive director after nearly 15 years in Atlanta’s real estate industry. In addition to an extensive background in regulatory affairs, he has managed the acquisition and entitlement of raw land and residential lots for both a large national home builder and a land development company.

A native of Long Island, N.Y., Joe graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s in journalism and earned his MBA from Georgia State University. He is a 2005 graduate of Atlanta’s Regional Leadership Institute and has served on the board of directors of both the Regional Business Coalition and the Council for Quality Growth, a not-for-profit trade organization promoting balanced and responsible growth in the metro Atlanta region.