Town of Matthews
Cultural Diversity Council

Responsibilities: The role of the Cultural Diversity Council (CDC) is to foster a climate of mutual respect among the many diverse groups and communities in Matthews; improve communications between these groups and communities and the Town government and leaders; to offer input to Town and community issues; and to encourage discussion of differing viewpoints to promote an understanding in a multicultural environment and increase Matthews’ capacity to become a more culturally competent organization and community. The CDC may also become involved in other tasks as requested by the Board of Commissioners or Town staff and additional subcommittees or task forces may be created as needed.

 

Composition: The CDC is composed of nine members appointed by the Matthews Board of Commissioners. A staff member acts as liaison to the Committee. It is the intent of the CDC to include members from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities. A membership diversity of race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, national origin, cultural identification, and family structure is desired.

 

Matthews Residency Required: No

 

Meetings: The CDC meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Matthews town hall.

 

Appointment Term: Members of the CDC serve two-year terms without a limit on the number of terms a member may serve. 

 

Attendance: Any member, who shall fail to attend at least 75% of the regular and special meetings of the CDC during any one-year period, shall be subject to removal.  The Chairperson shall notify the Matthews Board of Commissioners of any member who shall so fail to attend. The vacancy can be filled, upon recommendation of the Committee liaison and Chairperson, by the Matthews Board of Commissioners.


Agendas and Minutes:

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Members:

Matthew French
Contact Matthew:  mfrench@matthewsnc.com
Originally, from a small coal town in Southwestern Virginia, Matthew moved to Matthews in June 2016 and currently works at the University of North Carolina Charlotte as a Career Advisor. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Master of Arts in Lifespan & Digital Communication. His goal is to help create an inclusive community for all. His specific areas of expertise are in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) issues and identities in the workspace.

Robert ‘Bob” Hughes 
Contact Bob:  rhughes@matthewsnc.com
A retired minister and Medical Social Worker, Bob moved to Matthews in June 2016 from East Tennessee to be closer to his daughter and family. He has co-owned a small, non-medical senior care business, education includes being a certified Senior Advisor, Psychosynthesis Life Coach, and Duke trained Integrative Health Coach. His particular areas of interest include seniors, economic fairness, parenting, promoting healthy living, and facilitating focus group meetings.

Nikki Keith
Contact Nikki: nkeith@matthewsnc.gov
Nikki has lived in Matthews for six years with her husband and two young children. Nikki serves as Chief Development Officer for Freedom School Partners, a non-profit dedicated to eliminating summer learning loss for children in grades K-8. Nikki holds a Bachelor of Arts from Western Kentucky University as well as a Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University. She is a graduate of Leadership Charlotte Class 38 and CBI Class V. In addition, Nikki is a member of the Rotary Club of Charlotte and serves on the board of the Charlotte Chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals. She chose to serve on the Cultural Diversity Council to ensure that issues with respect to eliminating disparities and ensuring equity are at the forefront of community decision making.
 

Angela Charles Lee
Contact Angela:  alee@matthewsnc.com
Angela has been a resident of the Town of Matthews since 2003.  She is married to the Reverend Gregory H. Lee and they have two sons, Alan and Charles.  Angela has a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State and Master’s in Public Administration from UNC-Charlotte.  Angela has spent over 29 years working in the public sector and enjoys working with the public to resolve issues.  Lee loves living in the Matthews community and hopes that serving on the diversity council will make our community more inclusive.

Jermaine Milledge
Contact Jermaine:  jmilledge@matthewsnc.com
Jermaine earned his Bachelor’s degree Magna Cum Laude with a concentration in computer networking. Despite vision impairment and other challenges, he persevered to earn a master’s degree in information technology management and a second master’s degree in vision rehabilitation therapy. Along with his education, he also has over 10 years of experience teaching technology. This includes elementary age students up to the collegiate level, including instructing a graduate class session at Western Michigan University on assistive technology. He is currently the Assistive Technology Instructor for Charlotte’s Division of Services for the Blind. He is interested in accessibility and inclusion for all.

Sarah Milledge
Contact Sarah:  smilledge@matthewsnc.com
Sarah moved to Matthews 3 years ago from Michigan.  She works for Metrolina Association for the Blind; a nonprofit in Charlotte that assist in the adjustment process of vision loss and regaining independence and confidence.  Sarah is passionate about the Americans with Disabilities Act.  She joined the CDC of Matthews to be a voice against discrimination. She received her B.A.A. in family Studies and minored in Substance abuse intervention, education, and prevention.  Sarah lost her vision suddenly to Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 23.  She completed her M.A. in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy. Sarah enjoys networking, swimming, dancing, and spending time with her husband and yellow lab Ecko.

Rebecca ‘Becky’ Thompson
Contact Becky:  rthompson@matthewsnc.gov
Becky has lived in Matthews with her husband for 16 years and they raised their 2 sons here. Having worked previously in local schools, and now at the Matthews Police Department, she feels blessed by the opportunities to see the diversity of Matthews' residents first hand. Becky has a strong interest in LGBTQ rights, social justice, and affordable housing. She hopes the work of this council will help others truly feel that "Matthews is my home."

 

 

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