Foundation adds three new board members

Published 9:38 am Thursday, February 23, 2023

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

The Davie Community Foundation welcomed three new members to the board in January: Kristen Hill, Paul Mighion and Johnsie Strand will serve three-year terms.

The board will be led by Chair Jennifer Hanes; Vice Chair Brian Nicolay; Secretary Angela Carter; and Treasurer Phil Fuller.

“I am very excited to work with the new foundation board,” said Jane Simpson, president & CEO. “They are all wonderful leaders who brought new energy and ideas to our conversations right from the start.

“We were sad to say goodbye to Tiffany Lakey, Candy Poplin, and Jessica Yarbrough at the end of 2022. They were enthusiastic members of the board who helped get things accomplished in the community during their term. We plan to keep them involved in the years ahead.”

Kristen Hill began her career in international trade operations with Wachovia Bank more than 25 years ago.  She has served as the global head of Standby Letter of Credit Operations for Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. for the last 15 years and is based out of Winston-Salem.

She is a proud Catamount, having graduated with a bachelor’s of business administration degree in marketing and management from Western Carolina University.  She later completed her graduate studies gaining an master’s of business administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

While at WCU, she met and later married her college sweetheart and together they have three children (Katie, Matthew, and Tyler).  Katie and Matthew are Davie High School alumni and Tyler is enrolled as a sophomore.     

Hill is active in her church and has served as a youth faith formation teacher for elementary and middle school aged children for more than 15 years.   

Paul Mighion sold his dental practice in Mocksville in 2019 after more than 32 years of caring for patients.

He received his undergraduate degree from Kalamazoo College and his DDS degree from the University of Detroit. He was awarded Fellowship and Mastership designations from the Academy of General Dentistry.

Paul and his wife, Janet, live just outside of the Mocksville city limits. They have two sons. Jeffrey and his wife Lindsey and James and his wife Mason. They have two granddaughters, Lillian and Eve.

Mighion is an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Mocksville. He is an elder and helps with the AV team.

In the past he has served on the United Way board and the YMCA board. After sending his sons to Chapel Hill, he is interested in Carolina basketball, as well as Red Wings hockey, travel, reading, and playing with grandchildren.

Johnsie Strand, after earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, went to work for a large, local wine wholesaler as an on-premises sales manager that served Davie County.

Next her career took her to the Caribbean Islands with Webb Banks as the marketing director for two top 10 California wine suppliers, Treasury Wine Estates and Caymus Family Vineyards.

Today, she is a stay-at-home mom to two young girls. She also is an active member at Hillsdale United Methodist Church and serves on boards. Strand loves to cook, decorate, and enjoy a glass of wine with friends.

She has been in Davie County since 2011 where her husband was born and bred. It is often said she is a great shot in the hunting game.

To learn more about the foundation, contact Simpson at (336) 753-6903 or or visit