Sheila Pierce Knight, CCIM  
Executive Director

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.



Jeremy Schmidt  
Deputy Director

A native of Wisconsin, Jeremy earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. In 2005, he was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps where he served six years on active duty with two tours to Iraq. For the past six years, he has served in the Marine Corps Reserves and currently holds the rank of Major. His current assignment is with 4th Civil Affairs Group in Hialeah, Florida.

While serving in the Reserves, Jeremy worked as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, developing multi-year strategic plans for Marine Corps units aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. During this time, he earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In 2016, Jeremy started working as a Special Adviser to the Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs in Raleigh, North Carolina and continues to assist the department as the administrator for the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission. Jeremy volunteers his time to the state’s Veteran employment initiative, North Carolina for Military Employment and the USO of North Carolina.




Teresa Miller
Office Coordinator

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.