“Joe” Travaglini, 2012 Board Chair
Travaglini has over 34 years of management consulting and professional service
firm administration expertise. A graduate of The American University’s Washington
College of Law, where he obtained a Juris Doctor degree, Mr. Travaglini was admitted
to the District of Columbia Bar. He began his professional career as a management
consultant for Arthur Young and Company (now part of Ernst & Young) and then
with Coopers & Lybrand (now a part of PriceWaterhouseCoopers) performing studies
for a number of federal agencies. He then changed careers, moving into managing
professional service firms in the Washington, DC area. Among the firms were two
Washington offices of major national law firms as well as local firms ranging
in size from 12 to 85 attorneys.
2001, he and Linda, his wife of 30 years, moved to Asheville, North Carolina to
assume the duties of Chief Operating Officer for Western North Carolina’s largest
law firm. Here he handled a number of key projects which greatly improved the
firm’s technology infrastructure and upgraded its marketing functions. They moved
to the Charlotte area in May 2008 and now live in Indian Land, SC.
J.D. Washington College of Law, American
University and B.A. Government, American University.
Affiliations: Member, Charlotte Christian Chamber of Commerce;
Member, Matthews (NC) Chamber of Commerce; Board Member, Christ Our Shepherd,
Matthews, NC; Board Member, Charlotte Christian Chamber of Commerce and Board
Member, National Alliance of Christian Chambers.
Bill Romeo, 2011 Board Chair
Romeo graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in 1991 and continued his education
by earning his MS in 1994. Starting his Retirement and Estate Planning business
in Matthews, NC in 2006, he and his wife are very widely sought and admired throughout
the community to assist with people’s retirement planning needs.
they participate heavily with local non-profit organizations such as the Shepherd’s
Center of Charlotte, Christ Our Shepherd (since 2009), and St. John Neumann Church
where they worship with their two children: Billy (12) and Brandon (11). Bill
and Maria are heavily involved with the Matthews Chamber of Commerce and various
elder care organizations throughout Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. Bill
is an advocate for financial education and actively volunteers his financial knowledge
to SOFA (Society of Financial Awareness) whose main mission is to eliminate
Jarina - Vice Chair
Volunteer: Coordinator of Peace and Justice Ministry and member of Seams
of Faith Ministry at St. Matthew Catholic Church. Member of Executive Committee
of Supportive Housing Innovative Partnership – a collaborative effort to provide
transitional housing and support services to women and their children moving from
homelessness to self-sufficiency. Instructor for first aid and CPR classes
for American Red Cross.
Estelle Brendle, Treasurer
Brendle has been very active in the Matthews Community for over 15 years. She
is the Administrative Assistant at Grace and Hope since 1997 and acts as Aanalisa
Whatley’s right hand girl at McDowell Street Center for Family Law. Estelle is
involved with the Matthews Women’s Club Service League. Estelle is a widow with
three grown children and 4 grandchildren. She has been a Matthews Member since
1997 and was on the original Family Home Selection Committee for Matthews Habitat
for Humanity. Estelle is a member of Matthews United Methodist Church and has
helped established a satellite church called Light of Christ United Methodist
Church in Pineville. Estelle has been on the Board of Christ Our Shepherd since
Aana-Lisa Whatley – Member
in Butte Montana. Moved to North Carolina from Connecticut in 1965. Moved to
Matthews, North Carolina in 1969. Four Children, ten grandchildren (ages 4-25).
Accountant by profession. Started Stronghaven, Inc. (corrugated box plant in Matthews
with former husband in 1972. Built company to four plants in three states. Sold,1996).
in community affairs in Matthews North Carolina. Served on board of Matthews Chamber
of Commerce, Matthews Sisky YMCA, original founder and past president of Matthews
Women’s Service League, Board member of Matthews Historical Foundation. Served
on Matthews Planning and Zoning Board for six years. Founder and board member
of Christ Our Shepherd, (Single Parent Childcare Facility and Christian Library).
Founder and Board member of McDowell Street Center for Family Law (non-profit
center for low income persons). Founder and Chairman of Board of The Grace and
Randy Mitchell – Member
Mitchell owns a consulting business that advises individuals on business ownership
options. Randy is a past-President of the Matthews Chamber of Commerce and
is active in the local community. He and his wife Gwen, a pharmacist at
Presbyterian Hospital-Matthews, have lived in Matthews since 1998. They
have two children, Jordan is at NC State, and Bethany is at UNC-Wilmington.
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