Welcome to the North Carolina MWBE Coordinator's Network!
Our Mission: "To provide education, support, and resources
to our members and business communities!"
In 1987, few municipalities had legally established programs that featured the notion of inclusion for commodity purchases or construction projects. In that same year, the North Carolina Minority and Women Business Enterprise Coordinators’ Network (NC M/WBE Coordinators’ Network) was established with seven members as a “think tank” to share strategies and ideas on administering minority business programs.
Over the past twenty years, the members of the NC M/WBE Coordinators’ Network have been committed to ensuring that all segments of the community have an equitable opportunity to participate in professional service contracts, procurement contracts, and construction projects in both public and private sectors.
Today, the Network has increased its membership to more than 100 participants from state agencies, universities, community colleges, municipalities, and private organizations throughout North Carolina.
Pamela Gales has been in local and State government for 20 years. First with Durham County, and now with Wake County Public School System. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from American Intercontinental University, and has certifications as a Certified Local Government Purchasing Officer, and a Master Compliance Administrator. She is a member of The American Contract Compliance Association (ACCA), the North Carolina MWBE Coordinators’ Network (NCCN), the Carolinas/Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council (CVMSDC), and the National Notary Association.
Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) is in the midst of a billion dollar construction program and Pamela currently leads this effort as the HUB Program Manager. Since coming to WCPSS as the HUB Program Manager, Pamela has worked to increase minority participation in its construction program, and purchases of goods, supplies, and services. Under her leadership WCPSS has achieved an MBE participation rate of 25% for informal projects, and almost 30% for formal projects for the $1.5 billion of projects completed to date.
Pamela has spent countless hours at small business fairs and expos, and supports other partner agencies with her energy and commitment to the mission of educating, supporting and assisting the M/WBE community. Pamela served as Secretary for the North Carolina M/WBE Coordinators’ Network for two years, and she served as a Board Member, and Programming Committee Chair for the Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce (GDBCC). She was selected as the 2015 Durham Med Week Individual Diversity Advocate of the Year, and NC DOA Historically Underutilized Business Office HUB Advocate of the year at the 2016 State Construction Conference.
Tammie Hall is the Division Director and Asst. to the Secretary for HUB Outreach for the Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) for the State of North Carolina. Tammie returns to state government having served previously in leadership roles with responsibility for the development of HUB programs across North Carolina with both public and private entities. Most recently, she has served as CEO of THall Consulting Services, a business development firm specializing in construction and development projects. Prior to starting her own business, Tammie served as Senior Regional Supplier Diversity Manager for Lend Lease Construction. In this role, she had HUB/MWBE program oversight for North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco markets.
Tammie is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. She serves on the UAPB National Alumni Association Board of Directors where she is the immediate past president. Tammie is a long time member of the NC MWBE Coordinators Network. She is the immediate past president of the organiziation and currently serves on the Board of Directors. Tammie was recently appointed to serve on the North Carolina State University HUB Advisory Committee.
Denisha Harris serves as the Purchasing Manager for the City of Greenville. In her role, she administers, supervises and coordinates the procurement functions of the City. She also oversees the Minority and Women Business Enterprise Program for which she developed and served as Coordinator for over eight years.
Currently, Denisha Serves the NC MWBE Coordinators’ Network as the Vice-President and has also served as the Scholarship Committee Chair and member of the Professional Development Committee. In 2008, the NC MWBE Coordinators' Network awarded Denisha the "Rising Star Award," given to the Coordinator who has taken his/her program to the next level of excellence. In two years, Denisha soared from a "Rising Star" to "Coordinator of the Year" as recipient of the "President's Award," an honor bestowed upon a Coordinator in recognition of his/her superior performance and continuing commitment to the mission of the NC MWBE Coordinators' Network. For several years, Denisha has also taught courses at the UNC School of Government in MWBE Outreach and provides training on this topic for the Carolinas Association of Governmental Purchasing.
Denisha is a graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in Sociology (concentration in Public Policy) and a Masters in Public Administration. In 2014, Denisha earned credentials as a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD) by the Institute of Supply Management, an internationally recognized certification, and looks forward to receiving her Certified Local Government Purchasing Officer (CLGPO) certification in 2017.
Stacey Moretti has been with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) since 2006 and currently serves as a Supplier Diversity Compliance Coordinator in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Her responsibilities include monitoring compliance of the policies, procedures and guidelines of the Minority, Women and Small Business Enterprise (MWSBE) Program. She serves and a liaison between CMS and the contracting community, focusing on supplier identification and outreach. She assists with the development and evaluation of bid proposals, participates in pre-bid meetings and monitors MWSBE activities throughout the construction process.
Stacey became a part of the Network in 2014 and was elected Board Secretary in 2016. She is committed to supplier diversity and ensuring members of the MWSBE community are given every opportunity to succeed. She is a graduate of Ashford University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration.
Chiquitha Lloyd has been with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools since 2002 and currently serves as the Administrator of the Minority, Women, and Small Business Enterprise (MWSBE) Program.
Her responsibilities include developing/implementing MWSBE program initiatives, supplier development, system-wide compliance, and community outreach. She has over 15 years of research, facilitation and project management experience. As a graduate of both the University of Oklahoma with a major in Psychology (Political Science and Human Development minors) and the University of Phoenix School of Business with a Master of Business Administration, Chiquitha has continued to influence the business community on the importance of inclusive procurement practices.
Under her leadership, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' MWSBE utilization has grown from $14M to $98M in procurement transactions. Currently, 27 percent of eligible expenditures are spent with MWSBE firms. Honors include 2009 Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council Public/Private Corporation of the year, 2009 North Carolina MWBE Coordinators' Network President Award, 2010 Pride Magazine 51 Most-Powerful Women and 2010 Charlotte Business Journal Women in Business Honoree.
Chiquitha serves or has served on the board of directors of the North Carolina M/WBE Coordinator's Network, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Diversity Business Council, Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council Metrolina Regional Advisory Council Vice Chair and ProForum Steering Committee Co-Chair, Small Business Resource Roundtable, The Diversity Forum, and United Way of Central Carolinas Community Building Council.
Annette is a graduate of Methodist College with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Military Science. She has over 27 years of professional work experience in the personnel/administrative management and procurement profession. Anette joined SAS Institute Inc. in September 1999.
During her career at SAS she has been responsible for producing various commodities and earned the designation of Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.). Annette currently serves as the Supplier Diversity Manager at SAS. As part of the Corporate Services Division, she has been responsible for advancing the goals and objectives of the company's supplier diversity initiatives.
Under Annette's leadership, SAS' supplier diversity program has been credited with several accolades and service awards. Most recently she was selected as a 2009 recipient of SAS' CEO Award of Excellence and 2009 MBE Advocate of the Year for the Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council. She presently serves in the following positions: Board member of the Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Councils (Chair, Piedmont Region), Executive Board Member for the N.C. Indian Economic Development Initiative, Executive Board (At-Large Board Member), N.C. Minority Business/Women Coordinators Network, Board member of the Triangle Chapter, Institute of Supply Management-Carolinas Virginia Region, Scholarchip Committee (Member) U.S. Pacific Asian-American chamber of Commerce and Member of the State of North Carolina's Diversity Advocacy partnership Council.
Her responsibilities with the Network include developing strategic Partner Relationships. The goal is to develop strategic relationships with numerous minority/women business development/resource organizations throughout North Carolina and keep NCCN members aware of relevant upcoming events and topics of interest.
Programs Chair, Gina Dean
The Programs Committee’s purpose is to provide quality professional development seminars by capitalizing on the strengths of the organization and individual members. It is the responsibility of the Programs Committee to organize, coordinate and execute the annual conference. The Conference Committee is customarily chaired by the Vice President, although he/she may appoint a co-chairperson.
Legislative Co-Chairs, Patsy Matthews and Ferdinand Rouse
The primary responsibility of the Legislative Committee is to promote legislative, rules, and public policy activities that are consistent with the goals of NCCN. This includes national, state, and local activities. This is an advocacy committee.
Patsy Matthews has served as a Supplier Diversity/Business Development Consultant with the Christman Company’s North Carolina Headquarters (formerly Rentenbach Constructors) for 7.5 years.
During this time she has increased their MWBE participation on public and private projects through targeted outreach; recruitment and technical assistance. She has represented the company in organizations and at events that serve Minority and Women contractors.
As a Business Development consultant she has assisted in generating business through developing and maintaining relationships with current and new clients.
Patsy is also a licensed Real Estate Broker and owner of Matthews Realty and Development. From 1998-2010 she sold residential real estate and built single family homes in Davidson County, NC. She served as Captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in the Army from 1987-1990 and worked as a staff attorney in the General Counsel’s office at the US Department of Agriculture from 1990-1994. From 1995-1997 she worked for Legal Aid of North Carolina in Asheville, NC.
Patsy has a BS from UNC-Greensboro and a Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law.
She has been a member of the Network since 2011. She is also presently on the Board of Management for Hayes Taylor YMCA in Greensboro, NC.