our board

Mark Hooper – President

Dr. Hooper is the President/Owner of Hooper Thurston Elite Chiropractic, www.elitecenters.net since 1986.

Mark is the Past Rotatarian Of The Year in Wilson NC, the past President & Capital Campaign Chairman of The Wilson Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, and past President of the North Carolina Chiropractic Association’s Eastern District.

He has lived in Wilson since 1984 with his wife Melissa and three sons (Brian, Matthew, and Stephen).  In addition to his passion for his professional endeavors,and cherished family time Mark also likes to Golf and exercise to stay fit.

Bill Jeffrey – Secretary

Retired in 2004 after a 42 year career in the sales and marketing business. He has lived in Wilson for 30 years and is married with three children and seven grandchildren.

Since retiring, he has volunteered with various community organizations. His current activities include” The SPOT board member & after-school homework mentor, Vick Elementary 2nd & 4th homework mentor, Wilson Bicycle Advisory Board member & volunteer, Wilson Citizens Police Academy Alumni Organization member & volunteer. He has served as board member, after school homework mentor/tutor, and coach. He is an ACTIVE Spot volunteer and an integral part of it’s success.

Chuck Finklea – Member

Chuck is a well respected member of the Wilson community . He is an insurance agent for State Farm and operates his own branch. He is the recipient of several awards in his field including Legion Of Honor Qualifier, National Convention Qualifier, and National Sales Achievement Award. He is a Barton College graduate of 1978 and serves on Barton’s Board Of Trustees. He is the past President of the Boy’s & Girl’s Club Board and is very active in donating, fundraising, and assisting those in need within the Wilson community.
Matt Edwards – Member / SPOT Director

Matt Edwards is the current Executive Director of The SPOT – Wilson Youth United. His 10+ years of youth services experience places the organization in good handles. He has been presented numerous civic & appreciation awards from Wilson area organizations including Barton College, Rotary Club, United Way just to name a few. Matt is married to his wife Celina and has one daughter Bailee.
Sharyn Hardister – Member

Biography coming soon!
David Taylor – Member

David’s biography is forthcoming
Dr. Richard Groskin – Member
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Dr. Groskin is a professor of Criminal Justice at Barton College.  He was a key participant of the Gang Task Force in Wilson.
Complete bio forthcoming
Charlie Bedgood – Member
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Charlie’s biography & photo forthcoming
Wes Berry  – Member


Wes is a Senior Vice President of BB&T Bank based in Wilson, NC. He was born and raised in Rocky Mount, NC and is a graduate of North Carolina State University majoring in Business. Wes also graduated from ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

His experience in the banking industry spans 16 years initially with First Union, then with BB&T where he has been promoted through the ranks. In addition to serving The SPOT Board, Wes also serves with the Wilson Chamber Of Commerce (Chairman), Wilson Downtown Properties, and Wilson 2020 Visioning. He is also active in the Wilson Rotary Club, and First United Methodist Church.  

Joe Flannery – Member
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Joe’s biography & photo forthcoming


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