Executive Director Mark Sutherland
Mark's previous position was as the Southeast Prosperity Zone Planner in the NC Commerce Department’s Rural Economic Development Division. In this capacity, Mark assisted towns, counties and non –profit entities in the 12-county region with economic development planning, technical assistance and program implementation. Prior to that, Sutherland served as Vice President of the NC Eastern Region Economic Development Commission, where he led the Military Growth Task Force, the PlanIt East Regional Planning Forum and the Defense Logistics Initiative.
His initial work in Onslow County and eastern North Carolina began in 2007 when as a Senior Analyst at Marstel-Day, LLC, he assisted local governments in formulating a regional response to the massive and unanticipated job growth at area military installations. While at Marstel-Day, Sutherland led teams of analysts that evaluated Base vulnerabilities to encroachment and designed plans that mitigated those risks.
Mark served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps, completing 32 years of both active and reserve service, including two tours at Camp Lejeune, and retiring as a Colonel in 2009. He earned his Bachelors Degree at Florida State University and Masters Degree at the US Army War College.
Project Director Sheila Pierce Knight, CCIM sknight@JOEDNC.com
A native of Maryland and graduate of Salisbury State (University) with a B.S. in Biology, she also holds the International designation of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). Prior to joining JOED in July 2010, Sheila enjoyed a successful thirty-year career as a real estate broker, owning both residential and commercial brokerage firms.
She is actively engaged in her community having served as Chair for multiple community organizations: Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce, the Military Affairs Committee, the Jacksonville Board of REALTORS, Bettering Our Local Downtown (BOLD), and Sturgeon City, Inc., an environmental educational organization.
She is a member of the North Carolina Defense Business Association (NCDBA) and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). She is active on the Legislative Committee of the North Carolina Economic Development Association (NCEDA), and has remained active in the REALTOR organization, serving as the founding chair of the new Economic Development Committee of the North Carolina REALTORS. She also still serves as a Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) for the National Association of REALTORS.
In 2013, Sheila was appointed by the Governor to serve on the North Carolina Department of Commerce Economic Development Board which was tasked with developing a 10 Year Jobs Plan. In 2014, she was appointed to the newly created non-profit Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), which is contracted by the Department of Commerce to perform Business Recruitment and Expansion, Tourism, Small Business and Global services for the state, and continues to serve in that position.
Marketing & Membership Director Teresa Miller
Teresa holds a BS degree in Marketing Management from Bellevue University and is certified as a Professional Community and Economic Developer by Community Development Council. From 2011-2017, she served as the Executive Director of Monona County Economic Development Partnership in Iowa. Her primary focus was on Business Retention and Expansion and entrepreneurship support.
She is one of the founding members of Iowa’s West Coast Initiative—a regional collaboration to enhance new business and entrepreneurship support. She represented Monona County through service on regional committees governing federally funded programs including the Regional Workforce Investment Board, Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies, and Regional Housing Trust Fund. Her duties also included creating and managing all internal and external marketing strategies. She helped develop strong collaborative relationships among local municipalities, community colleges and universities, workforce development programs, volunteer community betterment groups, small business development centers, local Chambers of Commerce and the business community.
She is proud to have been a part of the collaboration that led to Monona County earning the designation as a Skilled Iowa Community and looks forward to working with the partnerships that contribute to the success of Jacksonville and Onslow County.