The Clemmons Community Foundation Announces the Election of its Board of Director Officers Beginning July 2018

Greg Brewer, Chairman  

Greg has been the President and Co-owner of Right at Home franchise in Winston-Salem, North Carolina since 2004, with his wife and partner, Jackie, Assistant Agency Director.  Greg’s previous career experience included corporate executive positions with several Fortune 500 corporations as Vice-President of Human Resources, specializing in recruiting, organizational development, training, quality and diversity. His leadership has included positions with the Northwest North Carolina American Red Cross, The Shepherd’s Center of Winston Salem, YMCA of Winston Salem, and Reynolda Rotary of Rotary International and Winston-Salem First.

Michael Combest, Vice Chairman

Mike currently serves as Councilman with the Village of Clemmons.  A graduate of West Point and the School of Advanced Military Studies, he spent most of his career in the U.S. Army in every rank from Second Lieutenant to Brigadier General. Mike is also an independent consultant and co-founder of Strackhammer, LLC, an agricultural firm.  A long-time active supporter of the Clemmons community, Mike has volunteered with the Jerry Long YMCA, the Rotary Club of Clemmons, the Village of Clemmons Planning Board, Friends of the Clemmons Library, and the Twin City Track Club. Mike and his wife, Janice, live in Clemmons and have three sons.

Maria Vernon, Secretary

Maria Vernon is a resident of Lewisville, NC.  She is a part-time speech-language pathologist with WSFCS and works at Southwest Elementary in Clemmons.  Maria is a volunteer coach with WCCC basketball, serves on the Appalachian State University Beaver College of Health Sciences Advisory Council, and is a member emeritus and former Board Chair of the Appalachian State University Reich College of Education Advancement Board.  Maria also serves on the Board of H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Eat) Winston-Salem; she volunteers on various committees at River Oaks Community Church, where she is the Volunteer Coordinator for the ROCC 5K race; and coordinates the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Fundraiser for pediatric cancer research at her school each year.

Donald Kinney, Treasurer

Donald Kinney is a Certified Public Accountant with his own practice, Donald S. Kinney, CPA, P.C., in Winston-Salem, and has been a resident of Clemmons for more than 20 years.  Donald graduated with a BA from UNC Charlotte and a BS from High Point University. He is active in his church and serves on its Board of Directors. Donald also serves the Boards of Winston Salem First and Triad Family Network. Donald and his wife, Carolyn, have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.

John Bost, Immediate Past Chairman. 

John has served two terms on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Planning Board; served on various not-for-profit boards, as well as being actively involved in several Community Development Corporations.  He has served on the Mayor’s Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness; is a previous chairman of Leadership Winston-Salem and a former three-term Mayor in the Village of Clemmons.   An entrepreneur, John is currently sponsoring an ecosystem called the Saltbox at 1650 Ivy Avenue in Winston-Salem, is a licensed realtor with the N.C Real Estate Commission, and is owner of Master Counsel and Associates, Inc.  John is married to LaDonna Bost, an interior designer, and has one daughter, Summer Bost Jackson, a Principal with the WSFC Schools.

In addition to the election of its officers, four new Directorswill join the Board for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2018, namely:

Tim Bell

Director of Property Management & Operations for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Tim is a part of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center team, where he has served for over seventeen years.  He is currently the Director of Property Management & Operations and oversees a $23M operational budget. He is a veteran of 20 plus years of military service in the United States Air Force, where he served as a Headquarters Financial Analyst.  Tim is also an ordained minister and motivational speaker.  He is married to Donyea (Dee) Dockery of Raeford, North Carolina, has two sons, Brandon and Jared, and two grandchildren, Brandon and Malia.

Holly Groce

Holly is an attorney in Clemmons and works for Holly M. Groce, PA, practicing primarily juvenile and family law.  Holly has lived in Clemmons for the majority of her life. She earned her undergraduate degree from UNC and graduated from the Campbell Law School.  Holly is an active member of Center Grove Baptist Church and served on the Board at the Jerry Long YMCA.  Holly is married and has three children.

William Lawler

Community Volunteer.  Bill Lawler has been a resident of Clemmons since 1993. Retired after a 36-year career in business and corporate development, he is now active as a board member and volunteer for a number of community organizations. Bill is married to Donna Lawler and they are the parents of 8 children and 11 grandchildren.

Brett Hoge

Financial Advisor & Senior Managing Director at BB&T Scott & Stringfellow,

Brett W. Hoge has been in the financial industry since 1999. Brett has gained several recognitions within BB&T for his performance, including the Sterling Performers Award, the John Sherman, Jr. Leadership Award and membership in the firm’s President’s Council. In 2017 & 2018, Financial Times Magazinenamed Brett as a Top 400 Financial Adviser. An avid volunteer, Brett has been awarded the National Mentoring Excellence Award by Investing News. Brett is also founder and Board Member of the LVH ALS Foundation, which raises money to fund ALS research for the Duke University ALS Clinic. The Foundation has raised over 1 million dollars for ALS research since its inception in 2014. In his spare time, Brett enjoys hunting, fishing and golfing. Brett & his wife, Wendy, live in Advance with their two girls, Riley & Berkley.

The Clemmons Community Foundation extends its deep appreciation to retiring Board Members Ken Burkel, Brad Davis, Mark Hess, Joanna Lyall, and Kirsten Russ.

About the Clemmons Community Foundation

The Clemmons Community Foundation exists to unlock the full philanthropic potential of Clemmons, Lewisville, and surrounding communities by connecting people and resources in ways that thoughtfully and meaningfully transform our communities with access, opportunity, and an enriched quality of life. The Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit, first formed in 2004 by the Rotary Club of Clemmons and converted to a community foundation in 2012.  For more information, call 336-663-6794.


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