Advisory Board

Thomas A. Barrett (2015)
Thomas A. Barrett, CEO SIAA MidAmerica, Inc. Blowing Rock, NC.  Tom brings over thirty-nine years’ experience to WYN from corporate leadership experience at SIAA and The National Alliance with expertise in a variety of areas. He has worked as agent and broker, program developer and manager, public speaker and seminar leader.  He is also one of the leading National Faculty for the Dynamics series of Sales Training.  His Sales Training client lists include over a dozen regional and mutual insurance carriers and twenty-five of the nation’s top 100 insurance brokers.  SIAA MidAmerica is affiliated with SIAA (a retail insurance broker) with over 6,000 locations and $6 Billion in annual sales nationally. Tom & his wife Tina have been strong financial supporters, ambassadors and mentors to the WYN board and leadership team.

Hanes Boren (2016)
Ski First Tracks and Footsloggers of Boone, Founder. A 45 year resident of the High Country, Hanes and his wife Lida have two children and three grandkids living in Denver and England. Hanes opened Footsloggers in 1971 and Ski First Tracks in 1984; both business are now sold and he is retired from retail. He now gives time and energy towards many community organizations and is a current member of Boone Sunrise Rotary. Hanes and Lida are longtime advocates for WYN.

John and Faye Cooper (2016)
John E Cooper, Jr, Chairman of the Board of Mast General Store, is currently Chair of the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country’s Board and Campaign Committee, a member of the Boone Sunrise Rotary Club, Holy Cross Church, Blue Ridge Conservancy Board and Vice Chair of the board of Piedmont Federal Savings Bank/Winston Salem.  A former member of the Watauga County Comission, John advocates for and supports along with Faye many other community organizations. John is a long time advocate for and supporter of WYN.

Faye Bolick Cooper, Treasurer, Mast General Store has served her community through the years as a working member of the Boone Area Chamber, Appalachian Foundation Board, An Appalachian Summer Festival Board/Chair, Appalachian Women’s Fund Board and many others.  She advocates for and still supports those organizations along with OASIS, Hospitality House, Health and Hunger Coalition, Turchin Center and Watauga Arts Council.  She is a Member of Holy Cross Church and the Women’s  Fund of the Blue Ridge.  She has been an advocate for and long time supporter of WYN.

Dr. Harry Davis (2016)
Professor, Appalachian State College of Business. Dr. Davis is the Professor of Banking (1980) and Economist (1981) for the North Carolina Bankers Association. He is a professor of Finance and past Chair of the Department of Finance, Banking, and Insurance at Appalachian State University. (1981-1998) Dr. Davis is the Dean of and serves as an instructor for the North Carolina School of Banking. He is an instructor for the Director’s College sponsored by the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks and the FDIC. Dr. Davis is also an instructor for the North Carolina Insurance Executive Management School and the South Carolina School of Banking. Dr. Davis is active in the consulting field and has presented seminars to business groups both in North Carolina and nationwide. He puts together feasibility plans, business plans and valuations for both financial and nonfinancial corporations. Dr. Davis has served as a consultant for numerous start-up banks in North Carolina.

Rev. Gary Gloster (2016)
Retired Suffragan Bishop of North Carolina, (Episcopal Church)- Gary Gloster began his ordained ministry in Indiana before moving to Cincinnati, Ohio, and then to Pulaski, Virginia. At the time of his election as Bishop Suffragan, Gloster was in his seventh year serving as the vicar of the Chapel of Christ the King in the underserved and impoverished Optimist Park neighborhood of Charlotte. He had previously served as the associate rector of Christ Church, Charlotte, for eight years. Staying in Charlotte and serving a newly-formed inner-city mission reflected Gloster’s long-standing commitment to urban ministry and his passionate advocacy on behalf of social justice. As Bishop, Gloster brought this generous, passionate and pastoral sensibility into the life of the Diocese. He also made good use of his well-established talents in clown ministry, most notably at his own consecration, when he invited the Presiding Bishop, among others, to don clown noses. He consistently called upon the Church to witness to the truth of and to give voice to the suffering and the neglected. In the aftermath of the election and consecration of Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire, he recalled the Diocese to the historic witness of Richard Hooker and the ongoing, reconciling work of Christ.

Jerry Moore (2016)
Coach Moore is the former head football coach at Appalachian State University from 1989 to 2012, where he compiled a career college football coaching record of 242–134–2  over 24 years. He led his 2005 Mountaineers team to the NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship, and then repeated as champions in 2006 and 2007, achieving the first “three-peat” in NCAA Division I FCS/I-AA history. He has since been selected for inclusion into the Southern Conference Hall of Fame, and the College Football Hall of Fame. (2014) A devoted family man, Moore is married to Margaret and they have three children: Chris, Scott and Elizabeth, and six grandchildren.

Dr. Jan Rienerth (2015)
Janice G. Rienerth, Ph.D. is a retired professor emeritus of the Sociology Dept. at Appalachian State University. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge, as a Guardian ad Litem with the juvenile court system and as an advisor for Sigma Kappa sorority. Until 2015, Jan had spent 30 years on the Board of the Western Youth Network, an organization she helped to create. Jan has devoted her life and career to working with and advocating for children, youth and college aged students. 

Richard Sparks, President and CEO- Appalachian Regional Health Care System (2016)
Mr. Sparks is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. He has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Watauga Medical Center in Boone since 1989. He received his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University in Health Care Management in 1976 and subsequently in 1978 obtained his MBA from ASU. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and served on the ACHE Council of Regents from 1996 to 2000.

Sonny Sweet (2016)
Worth Alfred Sweet, Jr (known to all as Sonny Sweet!), retired Executive Director of the Watauga Chapter of the American Red Cross, is also a retired Army Colonel, with nearly 31 years of Service, including five armed conflicts. Sonny, a member and former president of the Boone Kiwanis, proud member of the Mountaineer Ruritans, High Country Chapter of the Military Officers of America Association and Henson Chapel United Methodist Church, was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2013. He and his wife Bricca are dedicated to the success of WYN’s Sonny Sweet Scholarship Fund, using Sonny’s legacy to help struggling youth who could not otherwise participate in WYN’s enrichment programs.