Board of Commissioners

  • The Board of Commissioners meets the 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Commissioners Chambers located at 101 S. Broad St., Brevard, NC. Agenda items are to be given to Clerk to the Board by the end of the day, the Monday prior to Commissioners meeting. Click HERE for the 2016 Meeting Schedule.
  • Meetings are open to the public and a public comment period is scheduled for each regular meeting. Citizens must sign up   for public comment and a sign-in sheet is placed in the Board Room prior to the meeting. Comments are limited to five minutes.
  • Minutes are recorded in the Office to the Clerk to the Board, a copy is on file in the County Manager’s Office and on the County’s website.

NOTE: If you have any questions about the Commissioners' schedule, agenda or minutes contact Trisha Hogan, 101. S. Broad St., Brevard , NC - (828)884-3271 or email.

ATTENTION: The Transylvania County Commissioners monthly meetings are available on Channel 102 every Thursday at 7:00pm and every Saturday at 12:00pm.

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Mike Hawkins - Chair

148 Placid Drive - Brevard, NC  28712
(828) 862-6670 - Mike.Hawkins@transylvaniacounty.org
Twitter - @MHCommissioner

Mike Hawkins was elected in November 2008.  He is a 1975 graduate of Brevard High School and has both a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He is president of Pisgah Enterprises Inc., a holding company which owns and operates residential and commercial real estate properties, and Pisgah Fish Camp restaurant in Pisgah Forest.  He lives in Brevard with his wife, Claudia, who is Chief Financial and Operations Officer at Brevard Music Center.  Mike and Claudia have one daughter, Allison, currently a Morehead-Cain Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill.

He has been active in numerous civic organizations, including board memberships in the Brevard-Transylvania Chamber of Commerce (board chair), the Transylvania County Tourism Development Agency (board chair), Smart Start of Transylvania County (board chair), Transylvania Partnership (board chair), Pisgah Forest Gateway Association (board chair), Pisgah Forest Rotary (president), Blue Ridge Community College, Transylvania County Library, WNC Regional Economic Development Commission (Advantage West), the Transylvania Endowment, and Trend Mental Health Agency.  He coached soccer at Brevard High School for six years, and has also served four years as a church deacon.  In 2011 Mike received the Duke Energy Citizenship Award, for service to Transylvania County.

Mike is current chair of the Transylvania County Sesquicentennial Steering Committee, which is facilitating the events of the 2011 Transylvania Sesquicentennial celebrations.

Larry Chapman - Vice Chair

2026 Williamson Creek Road
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
828-883-2075 Cell - 828-577-0292 - Larry.Chapman@transylvaniacounty.org

Larry is a native of Transylvania County and was elected to the Board of Commissioners in November 2010. This was his first run for political office.  Larry is a graduate of Brevard High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Carolina University. After graduation from Western Carolina he entered the United States Marine Corps and upon completion of Officer Candidate School was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant as an infantry officer. After completion of active duty he returned to Transylvania County with his family. He remained in the US Marine Corps Reserves and retired as a Colonel after over 30 years total service.

Larry worked at the former Ecusta paper mill for over 27 years primarily in manufacturing supervision and marketing management. He traveled extensively around the world in support of the marketing and sales efforts for Ecusta. His main areas of responsibility were the Asia Pacific Area and Central and South America. Just prior to the closure of Ecusta he joined the delfortgroup which is located in Austria and has paper mills in various parts of the world. He currently provides technical support to a number of major manufacturers located in the states that use papers produced by the delfortgroup and he works from his home in Pisgah Forest.

Larry is married to the former Jill Sheridan and has 3 grown children and two grandchildren. His granddaughter attends Pisgah Forest Elementary School. He is involved with a number of veteran’s organizations and civic groups. His wife Jill is involved with numerous local historical societies, DAR, Colonial Dames and is chairperson of the Transylvania County Abandoned Cemetery Board. He and his wife attend the First United Methodist Church in Brevard.

Jason Chappell

PO Box 521, Rosman, NC 28772
(828) 553-0958 - Jason.Chappell@transylvaniacounty.org

Jason is currently serving in his third term on the Board of Commissioners.  He was first elected in November 2004 and re-elected in November 2008 and again in November 2012.  He served as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners from 2004-2008.  While serving on the Board of Commissioners, Jason has been a vocal supporter of our Public Schools, Economic/Workforce Development Initiatives and the protection of private property rights.

Mr. Chappell graduated from Rosman High School and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Appalachian State University.  Jason also completed the Vision Brevard/Transylvania Program in 2007 and completed Blue Ridge Community Colleges’ Inaugural class of the Blue Ridge Community College Leadership Institute in 2011.   Since 2006 Jason has been recognized as a Certified Workforce Development Professional by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.  He has worked for the Henderson County JobLink Career Center at Blue Ridge Community College since 2003 and is currently serving as the Director.

Jason and his wife Tessa have a daughter Jesse and son Avery and live in Old Toxaway Community. Both he and Tessa's family have lived in Transylvania County for generations. Jason and his family worship at the Old Toxaway Baptist Church where he is a Deacon and Adult Sunday School Teacher.

Mr. Chappell was recognized by the Governor and the North Carolina Commission on Workforce Development as the Recipient of the Wayne Daves Award for Outstanding Achievement in Workforce Development in October 2010.

Prior to his election to Board of County Commissioners, Jason was twice elected to the Transylvania County Board of Education serving as Vice-Chair from 2003-2004. Jason has also previously served as an officer with the Land of Sky Regional Council serving previously as Treasurer, Secretary, 2nd Vice Chair and in 2012 as its Chairman. He has also served previously on the American Red Cross Brevard Chapter Board of Directors, Community Focus Foundation of Transylvania County and Rosman High School School Improvement Team.

Jason currently serves on the Transylvania County Personnel Board, Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority, as a member of the Transylvania County Work First Planning Committee and various other boards and committees. .

Page Lemel

101 Keystone Camp Road - Brevard, NC 28712
(828) 884-9125 - Page.Lemel@transylvaniacounty.org

Page Lemel was elected in November 2012.  She is a 1980 graduate of Brevard High School and a 1984 magna cum laude graduate of Duke University.  Page was an Angier Biddle Duke Scholar, and she holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering.  She has served as a member of the Duke University Board of Trustees, a member of the Dean’s Council for the Duke University School of Engineering, and a director of the Duke University Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Since her graduation from Duke, Page has worked as the President and Director of Keystone Camp, Inc., a four-generation family business in Transylvania County, and the oldest private summer camp in the Southeast of the United States.  Page is married to Dr. Mark Lemel, a surgeon with Brevard Orthopedics.  Page and Mark have three children in the Transylvania County Schools:  Catherine, Hannah and Sam.

Page is a member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church where she has served as a Lector, as a Sunday school teacher, as a member of the Finance Committee and as the Chairman of the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Foundation.  Page has been active with many civic organizations including the Transylvania County 4-H Foundation (Board Chair), the Brevard/Transylvania County Chamber of Commerce (Board Chair), and the Brevard Elementary School Organization of Parents and Teachers (President).  She currently serves as the Chairman of the Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation, the Vice-Chairman of the North Carolina Youth Camp Association, a member of the First Citizens Bank Local Advisory Board, and a member of the Transylvania Partnership Board of Directors.  Page is also a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames in America and a sustainer member of the Junior League of Jacksonville. 

 Kelvin Phillips

425 Green Road
Brevard, NC 28712
(828) 883-9218 - kelvin.phillips@transylvaniacounty.org

Kelvin is currently serving his third term on the Board of Commissioners.  He was first elected in November 2004 and was re-elected in November 2008.  After 2 years away from public office, he ran for County Commissioner again in 2014 and was elected by the citizens for another 4-year term. 

Prior to being elected as County Commissioner, Kelvin served on the County Planning Board and he served as a member of the Transylvania County Board of Education from 1992-1996.  During his previous terms as County Commissioner he was the County’s representative to the Board of Health and also held the position of Vice-Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for 4 years.

Kelvin graduated from Rosman High School and attended Western Carolina University and Blue Ridge Community College.  He is the owner of KP Steel, a local business, where his son Ian and daughter Jillian work alongside him. 

Kelvin and his wife Gayla attend Amazing Grace Baptist Church where he serves as the Sunday School Superintendent.

 

 

 

 

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