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Meet Our Connectors

What’s a Connector? We’re so glad you asked!

 

Your Rowan’s Connectors are our ambassadors to the things that make Rowan County an original place to live, learn, work, and play. They have their finger on the pulse of what’s happening. Think of them as bloggers and social media influencers for everything you need to know Rowan. They each represent a different category to focus their storytelling. These categories are called Connections and they include Arts, Attractions, Business, Education, Greenspace, Health, High Rock Lake, and Municipalities.

As Your Rowan progresses, additional Connectors will be added in Connection areas that will benefit from more content to help make the biggest impact. By adding more individuals to our pool of Connectors, we will ensure that many perspectives and voices will be heard, to truly show the originality of Rowan County.

Our Connectors are focused on leveraging the valuable assets we have right in our own backyard to their full potential so all of us celebrate and rally around Rowan County. We call it a ROCO thing, and it can be your thing too!

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Sabrina Harris
Sabrina Harris
Connector – Arts, Attractions, Business & Family

I guess you could say I’m a housewife on steroids! I’m always busy and I hardly ever sit still, even late into the night. The reason for this is because I believe in life living on purpose which means that you touch as many lives as you can while being a positive productive citizen in the community you live in. I’m a mother to 5 beautiful children, a new age minister wife (in my book that’s a thing), and a successful Small Business owner of Sabrina Bougie Styles of Salisbury where I sew. I look forward to sharing with you why I love Rowan County and what’s keeping me busy.

Bailey Wingler

Bailey Wingler

Arts Connector

I have a passion for all things local! As an artist, mother, and self proclaimed foodie, I love seeking and finding fun and creative opportunities throughout Rowan County for myself and my family to enjoy. From theater productions and live music, to art exhibitions and family friendly festivals, I’ll show you the way!

Janet Ruffin

Janet Ruffin

Attractions Connector

I’m an adventurous soul that loves to interact with people everywhere I go.  You might say I’ve never met a stranger! I look forward to discovering and sharing all the things Rowan County has to offer because it’s Your Rowan!

Adam Shepherd

Adam Shepherd

Business Connector

As the owner of a local Rowan County business, Whole Home Broadband Solutions, I aim to support other small businesses while thriving in this community. As an Ambassador for the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, I cultivate community members and lead the Young Professionals group.

A graduate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a HUGE Carolina Panthers and Duke Blue Devils fan!

I call Salisbury, NC home and am excited to serve as Your Rowan Business Ambassador!

Tameka Brown

Tameka Brown

Education Connector

I am a proud Livingstone College graduate. Go Blue Bears! I was a social worker for Rowan County Department of Social Services for 10 years, and I have been employed by Rowan-Salisbury Schools for the past 8 years as an Intervention Specialist. Meeting the needs of our students and providing options for students to be successful is important to me. I am the mother of three wonderful children, Jaylen, Tamia, and Latasha and have been married to Edward for 20 years. I have a love for good music and when time permits I enjoy acting at our local theaters. I am so excited to have this opportunity to share with you some of the wonderful things going on right here, in Rowan County.

Lauren Turchin

Lauren Turchin

Education Connector

I am in my second year of teaching at Carson High School. I love my students and am passionate about making English fun and relevant for high school kids! In my free time, I enjoy watching Netflix with my perfect husband, laughing with my family, singing all the parts of the Hamilton soundtrack, and reading John Green novels. Born and raised in Salisbury, NC, I am excited about being a part of the Your Rowan and can’t wait to share some of the amazing things going on in Education in Rowan County with ya’ll!

Ashley Duncan

Ashley Duncan

Greenspace Connector

Even though I was born and raised here, I’m still finding new places to explore in Rowan County. As your Greenspace Connector, I’m excited to show you a side of RoCo you may not have seen before or even knew existed. From parks to agritourism, join me on this journey as we find out what makes Your Rowan.

Alyssa Smith

Alyssa Smith

Health Connector

I am a Rowan County resident and currently serve as the Executive Director of the community coalition, Healthy Rowan. Healthy Rowan seeks to work across organizations to advocate, collaborate, and educate towards a healthier Rowan County. I hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from UNC – Chapel Hill and a Masters of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior from University of South Carolina. I worked as a Nutrition Researcher at the Institute for Families in Society in South Carolina and as a Grant Writer for Cabarrus Health Alliance.

I am not quite 5’ tall – but have the energy to make up for it! I am a swing dancer and have danced across the country and at international events. I have a beautiful Treeing Walker Coonhound named Classie. I love Rowan County and am excited to share all about health!

Joyce Caron-Mercier

Joyce Caron-Mercier

High Rock Lake Connector

After decades of working within NASCAR, NHRA, IndyCar, and World of Outlaws, I opened up my own motorsports marketing agency, Mercier Marketing.

My husband and I discovered High Rock Lake in the summer of 2009 while looking for a potential weekender home on a quiet lake within commutable distance to Charlotte and Mooresville. Three years ago, we became full-time lake residents on North Carolina’s second largest lake with our two great danes, Max and Molly.

I currently serve as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the High Rock Lake Association. I am also active in the community with charitable events such as the Partners In Learning annual “Just As I Am” Fashion Show, High Rock Clean Sweep, and Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat Festival.

Lee Withers

Lee Withers

Municipalities Connector

Born and raised in China Grove, NC, I am a proud Eagle Scout and South Rowan High School graduate.

For 18 years, I worked in Sales and Sales Management for Toro Retail/Distribution and Husqvarna. Currently, I own 3’s Consulting Partners and am serving my first term as Mayor of China Grove and 12th year as an elected official.  I serve for one reason… to make China Grove and Rowan County a place where my children and the next generation of Rowan County will want to come once they complete their education journey.  We do this with more jobs, parks and recreation, vibrant night life across the county, amazing arts scene, all the while remembering our rural heritage that makes us who we are.  

When I am not drinking a Cheerwine (common cure for any illness and beverage of choice for a toast), shopping and eating local, I am supporting my three amazing kids, Carson, Cailynn, and Campbell.  I am a proud husband to the most dynamic Principal that Rowan Salisbury Schools has, Kelly.  

I love this place and if you don’t, you soon will too.

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