Advanced Leadership Corps

The Advanced Leadership Corps was created in 2013 in conjunction with the UNC School of Government and the N.C. League of Municipalities as part of NCACC President Howard Hunter III's initiative on mentoring and leadership. The Corps is a program for experienced local elected leaders who are committed to successfully leading change at the community, regional and state levels.

As a Corps participant, you will:
  • learn about yourself as a leader;
  • reflect on what it means to lead and govern;
  • develop a compelling vision for your community's future; and
  • improve personal communication and presentation skills.
Corps participants should commit to:
  • spending a week in Chapel Hill;
  • preparing in advance for the program;
  • sharing with others and respecting differences; and
  • being fully present.
The UNC School of Government manages program invitations and applications; Association representatives that include Advanced Leadership Corps ambassadors select class participants. The NCACC can select up to 11 commissioners to participate in each class.

If you have questions about your status in the LELA program, visit to look up your credits earned, or contact Matt Bigelow (919-715-4367 or or Julie Totten (919-715-2893 or with the NCACC Education and Conferences team.


2013 class (county only)
Kevin Austin, Yadkin County
Jonathan Barfield, Jr., New Hanover County
Gary D. Blevins, Wilkes County
J. Martin Cooke, Jr., Brunswick County
Brenda Howerton, Durham County
Howard Hunter III, Hertford County
Tracey A. Johnson, Washington County
Patrice Roesler, NCACC
Robert Wisecarver, Davie County

2014 class (county only)

Dempsey Bond, Jr., Martin County
George Dunlap, Mecklenburg County
Elizabeth Floyd, NCACC
Wendy Jacobs, Durham County
Fred McClure, Davidson County
D. Cole Phelps, Washington County
Larry Phillips, Surry County
Renee Price, Orange County
Ronnie Smith, Martin County

2015 class (county only)
Lisa Barnes, Nash County
Tare "T" Davis, Warren County
Fannie Greene, Northampton County
Steve Jarvis, Davidson County
Carol McCall, Scotland County
Linda Millsaps, NCACC
Mary Perkins-Williams, Pitt County
Ellen Reckhow, Durham County
Penny Rich, Orange County
Mark Richardson, Rockingham County
Pat Sykes, Brunswick County
Glen Webb, Pitt County

2016 class (county only)
Charles Farley, Pitt County 
Anna Baucom, Anson County 
Ernestine Byrd Bazemore, Bertie County 
Ed Booth, Beaufort County
Ron Wesson, Bertie County
Viola Harris, Edgecombe County
Page Lemel, Transylvania County
Barbara Beatty, Catawba County 
Garry Meiggs, Camden County 
Ronnie Beale, Macon County 
Kevin Leonard, NCACC