Neighborhood Committee

Neighborhood Committee Members

Lisa Swayne

Committee Member
Lisa Swayne Proud grew up in Charlotte and went to The University of North Carolina.  After graduating, she lived in Atlanta and New York City, working at advertising agencies for clients like Mercedes-Benz, The Discovery Channel and Volvo.  Lisa returned home to Charlotte over 11 years ago and now runs her own marketing consulting business.  

Lisa and her husband Tom live in Plaza Midwood, a little over a mile away from the site that will become Queens Park.  Lisa loves living in Plaza Midwood, is invested in making good things happen in her hometown and gives back by serving on local boards.  Lisa is currently the Vice President of the Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association.  She will be the President in 2021.  Lisa has worked on multiple projects with the city, is a green space enthusiast and cannot wait to make Queens Park a reality for Charlotteans to enjoy.  

Chantelle Morales

Chantelle Morales is a proud South Florida native who transplanted to Charlotte in 2017. Immediately since her arrival, she's integrated herself into the local communities, neighborhoods and organizations to continue conversations of diversity and upward mobility. She currently runs the Sales and Business Development team at Advantec Global Services, Inc and has her own side business educating others on textile sustainability and growing awareness on the global impact of fast fashion.

Chantelle currently lives in Villa Heights with her husband and two dogs. She is honored to be the President of the Villa Heights Community Organization. She is heavily focused on implementing affordable housing within her neighborhood, fostering a sense of community and purpose, giving back to the community and bridging the gaps between socioeconomic backgrounds. 

Melissa Gaston

Melissa Gaston is a community organizer in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a co-founder and the Executive Director for the non-profit, The North End Community Coalition (NECC). In addition to her work as executive director, she is a Realtor ® with her own firm, Melissa Gaston Realty. Melissa has had a lifelong passion for helping others and working in the community.
She has served in numerous roles within the community as Secretary, Vice-President and President of various homeowner associations. She and the co-founder of North End Community Coalition realized that there is an urgent need to help to preserve, protect and persevere in the eight neighborhoods which are under the North End Community Coalition. The coalition represents an area which is rapidly changing in Charlotte. Melissa has a voracious appetite for reading and education. She holds an MBA and Masters in Human Resources Management from the University of Maryland, BS in Business Administration from Pfeiffer University. In addition to her work in the community, she volunteers with several other non-profits in the Charlotte Area.

Darryl R. Gaston

A native Charlottean with a passion for people and community. Darryl is a co-founder of the North End Community Coalition. He has served on boards for many nonprofit organizations, such as Charlotte Area Fund and The Housing Partnership, formerly known as the Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership. Darryl currently serves on the Central Advisory Council for The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department. He has and continues to be a strong advocate for local neighborhood parks, especially the Druid Hills Neighborhood Park. In addition, he is an ambassador for the Mecklenburg Audubon Society. Darryl serves as the Pastor for Smallwood Presbyterian Church. He is a former instructor and business owner specializing in the Art and Applied Science of Barbering and Hair Design. He is known to be in the business of Soul Care and Hair Care.

Kyle Mayers

Kyle has both worked and lived in Charlotte since 2017 after relocating from Connecticut.  He now lives in a former Habitat for Humanity home in the Belmont neighborhood.  He realizes the value of creating a “Central Park for Charlotte” and the benefits it will offer both residents and visitors alike.
Kyle received a bachelor’s degree in Business and Technology from the University of Connecticut (go Huskies!).  He is an avid car enthusiast and in his spare time likes to work on house renovation, golf swing perfection, and riding his motorcycle.

Jacob Horr

Jacob is the President of the NoDa Neighborhood and Business Association (NBA), an all volunteer organization that exists to preserve and grow Charotte’s “Arts District.” As the President of the NoDa NBA, Jacob has fostered local businesses and artists, encouraged historic preservation and adaptive reuse, promoted environmentally conscious goals, and promoted the neighborhood. He is actively involved with many Charlotte City initiatives, including the 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

He lives in NoDa with his wife, Caroline, and two sons. Jacob graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering and leads strategy for Flexential, a leading provider of data center colocation, cloud and hybrid IT solutions.
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