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Steve Steinbacher - Board Chairperson
Steve Steinbacher is a 26-year resident of Concord and most recently is one of the founders and the managing partner of The Cabarrus Brewing Company. Steve has held a number of varying corporate positions in healthcare real estate including his own development firm located here in Concord.
As a long-term resident, Steve has been actively involved in just about every youth sports organization in Cabarrus County coaching about every sport that involves a ball. From the Boys and Girls Club to the Cannon Memorial YMCA and finally at Jay M Robinson High School. Throughout all this the one thing that has always been of vital importance is the need to get actively involved and contribute to make our community a better place to live and call home. This desire to engage deeper with the community was the driving force in the creation of Cabarrus Brewing and the popularity of craft breweries was and is always more than just locally made beer. In this continued desire to support our community and one of the bedrocks of it, our law enforcement officers, participation with the Concord Police Foundation is a no brainer.
Steve is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His wife Erika is a family physician with Cabarrus Family Medicine and sons Michael and Ethan and daughter Samantha all continue to live in the area.
Jennifer Hubbard - Board Vice Chair
Ask anybody what sets Jennifer apart, and you’ll hear about her natural ability to energize and inspire individuals to build consensus and work toward a common goal. Her creative and resourceful nature is supported with a track record of directing, contributing, and participating in major civic and private company programs.
Jennifer is one of Cabarrus County’s most trusted and top selling brokers and also the Vice President of Operations with Team Honeycutt at Allen Tate Realtors. Her partnerships with several non-profits create boots on the ground support for her passions such as animals, hunger relief, and housing needs.
Currently, she serves on the Water and Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County and Concord Police Foundation boards of directors. Past service includes Cabarrus County Tourism Authority, Academic Learning Center, United Way of Central Carolinas and the NC League of Municipalities. Hubbard is a member of Multiply Church in Concord and was elected to Business Today’s Top Women Leaders, Class of 2015.
Jennifer's public speaking career allows her to do what she loves most – TALK! From local girl scout troops to national conferences, each opportunity weaves in laughter and connection. While not hard at work, Hubbard enjoys time on the John Deer, working in the garden and searching for the perfect cup of coffee. She and her husband love calling Concord home and strive to be an example for their 3 children each day!
Lenny Stallings - Board Treasurer
Lenny Stallings has been a resident of Concord / Cabarrus County since 2003. He currently serves as the Family Pastor at Crossroads Church. Lenny is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Capstone Climbing and Adventure Inc. Through Capstone, he hosts and facilitates youth outdoor adventure leadership camps, corporate team enrichment programs, and family programs.
Lenny has served in public safety for over 30 years as a Firefighter, Paramedic, and Law Enforcement Officer. He taught EMS and Basic Law Enforcement Training for over 15 years at DCCC. In addition, Lenny was the Executive Director of Cedar Grove Retreat Center for 7 years and on the educational staff with the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s "Great Outdoor University.'' Lenny has served on several non-profit boards, including The Conflict Resolution Center of Cabarrus County and Three Rivers Land Trust.
Lenny is married with 3 children. His wife, Katie, has been an EC teacher for over 23 years. His son and 2 daughters attend school in Cabarrus County.
John Parker - Board Secretary
John Parker serves as a Lieutenant with the Concord Police department and serves as the board's "ex-officio" (non-voting) member and secretary. Lieutenant Parker has been a Concord Police Officer since August 2004. He has served as a field training officer, patrol sergeant, Vice/Narcotics sergeant, Watch Commander, and is currently an Administrative Lieutenant.
Lieutenant Parker holds bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a master's degree in Performance Improvement. He is a 2023 graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police, session 86, in Boston, Massachusetts.
When not working he enjoys volunteering as a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cabarrus County where he mentors two students and spending time with his family.
Susanna Black is a skilled public relations professional with a decade of experience as a news anchor and reporter, most recently at WSOC-TV, who now works in the corporate world as senior communications manager at Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK). Susanna has a record of accomplishment in media relations, corporate communications and achieving business growth through targeted communications strategies.
Born and raised in Concord, Susanna is proud to call Cabarrus County home (her family has been here since the 1700’s!). She attended Beverly Hills Elementary, Concord Middle, and graduated from Concord High in 2011. Susanna was actively involved in Keystone at the Boys and Girls Club throughout high school, and is a life-long member of Calvary Lutheran Church.
During her time at WSOC-TV, Susanna was grateful to be named the station’s Cabarrus county reporter. From 2019-2022, she covered the area’s biggest stories, making lifelong connections, and getting to know many of you in the process.
A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Susanna serves as a part-time lecturer at the Hussman School of Media and Journalism. In addition to her position on the Concord Police Foundation board, she is a member of the Bishop’s Advisory Council for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She is also a skilled public speaker and enjoys emceeing events across the region.
Susanna’s husband, Travis Riley, works in strategy and transformation at Campbell’s Snacks. The couple are parents to daughters Lyla (4) and Sophia (born June 2022). Susanna loves to spend time with family, check out new restaurants, run outside, read, and garden.
Lisa Linker was born and raised in Concord. She became a dispatcher for the Concord Police Department in 1984 and became a sworn law enforcement officer in 1986. Lisa was promoted to Sergeant in 1996. She served in the Patrol Division as well as Support Services Division as the Customer Service Unit Supervisor. She was instrumental in the deployment of the Mobile Data Terminals in the patrol vehicles. Lisa was a Crisis Negotiator Team Leader with our Special Response Team. She is also the Concord Police Department Historian and is currently working with the department to develop a CPD historical display (museum). Lisa retired in May 2012 and she continues to serve on the department’s Senior Police Corps.
Lisa Linker is currently employed with the Rowan Cabarrus Community College as a Qualified Assistant in the Basic Law Enforcement Training program.
“I am honored to participate on the Board for the Concord Police Foundation. I thoroughly enjoyed my employment with the Concord Police Department and always cared deeply for the members of the agency and their families. I feel serving on the Board would be an opportunity to give back to the agency that gave me so much.”
Amanda M. Reed, Esq. is the Owner and Managing Attorney at the Law Office of Amanda M. Reed, a local Concord boutique law firm focused on estate planning and estate administration in Cabarrus and surrounding North Carolina counties. Born and raised in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, Amanda has called Concord home for over 15 years. Amanda strives to serve the community of Concord through pro bono service, being elected to the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society every year since 2018. She currently serves as a lead volunteer with the North Carolina Bar Association’s Wills for Heroes program, instituted and sponsors the Hometown Hero program with the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers, and was recognized by SuperLawyers as a Rising Star in 2022 for her outstanding legal work, advocacy on behalf of her clients, and commitment to the spirit of the legal profession.
While many in the community know Amanda by her “celebrity name,” she is also the proud wife of a City of Concord Police Officer, Officer William Waters. During her time in this role, her love and appreciation for those who serve our community has flourished. When not advocating for her clients, Amanda enjoys DIY projects, playing bingo, and spending time with her husband and three children, Lillian, Christopher, and Tobias.
“I am honored and humbled to serve on the Concord Police Foundation Board. This leadership role provides a unique opportunity to organize and experience firsthand the awe-inspiring power of local support for our men and woman in blue. As a police spouse, I recognize that a strong support system is invaluable; our law enforcement community has found that in the Concord Police Foundation.”
James Ross has managed several shopping centers across the country since 2013. James first set his goal to live in Cabarrus County and to manage Concord Mills Mall in 2014 and was able to accomplish that dream in July of 2021. As a general manager, James has won leasing awards for local leasing deals, and has led properties through the planning and execution phases of multi-million-dollar interior and exterior renovations. When James joined the Concord Mills Mall in 2021, he launched the Youth Supervision Program, one of the first of its kind across Simon’s portfolio.
James and his wife, Ana, have one son named Briggs, and two dogs named Barney and Buddy. James serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board to Dream On 3, a local organization with a national impact on fulfilling sports dreams for children with life altering conditions. He is a participant with Explore Cabarrus, the Chamber of Commerce, Cabarrus County Rotary Club, and is part of the 2023 Class of Leadership Cabarrus. James is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, with a B.S., in Business, Marketing.
Greg Walter is a 21-year veteran of Speedway Motorsports having started at the company’s Atlanta track. He has been in his current role of executive vice president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway since fall of 2016. While general manger, CMS has twice been named promoter of the year within the company’s portfolio of eight race tracks. Prior to joining Speedway Motorsports, most of Greg’s career was in the sports media business working for companies such as Raycom Sports, Host Communications, ESPN Regional and Capitol Broadcasting with a focus on collegiate media rights and syndication.
Greg and his wife, Donna, have two daughters, Katelyn and Elizabeth. He also serves on both the national and local board of Speedway Children’s Charities, along with other organizations that focus on tourism and economic development for our county and region. Greg is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Journalism.
“The Charlotte Motor Speedway has long been a partner with the Concord Police Department to put on great events for fans from around the world and to keep them safe. But it was after Officer’s Shuping’s death did I come to understand better the needs of the department and the burdens of serving. I asked to be involved with the Foundation in order to make a difference.”
Advisors to the Board
DeAnna Ford is originally from Nashville, TN but has called Cabarrus County home since 2004. She has a Political Science undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University, and a Masters degree in Accountancy from UNC Charlotte. She obtained her CPA license in 2015 and started DeAnna Ford, CPA in December of 2015. Her firm won Small Business of the Year by the Cabarrus Regional Chamber in 2017. She is a graduate of Leadership Cabarrus and is actively engaged in Cabarrus Rotary. Her firm gladly provides accounting services pro bono every year for multiple non-profit organizations.
DeAnna is lovingly married to Jeremy Ford, owner of SMPLY Payroll, Inc. and has a super theatrical 4-year old girl, Savanna. DeAnna joined the CPF Board to help raise awareness of the sacrifice men and women in uniform and their support team make each and every day to ensure our community is safe.
Sarah grew up in Concord and is a graduate of Appalachian State University.
She began a career in higher education at a small, private college in 2014. She worked in a variety of positions in both the business and financial aid offices. She served in numerous capacities as the president of staff council, a member of committee for institutional improvement, a search committee member, and an advisor to institutional cabinet. These roles allowed her to recognize her love for celebrating established achievement as well as being part of the solution for advancement. After serving for almost 6 years, Sarah took the next step in her career by accepting a position at the University of North Carolina Charlotte in October 2020, where she currently serves as the Senior Assistant Director of Federal Grants and Scholarships. In her role as a Senior Assistant Director at Charlotte, Sarah oversees the Federal Grants received by the University as well as the institutional and outside scholarships provided by donors and outside organizations. She has experience in scholarship applications, awarding, and processing; which can benefit the Concord Police Foundation as it endeavors to assist Concord Police Officers with their next steps in their educational journeys in order to best serve the Concord community.
Sarah is the wife of Master Police Officer Dallas Hurley with Concord Police Department, which furthers her commitment to the worthwhile implementation of a merit-based scholarship to support the CPD officers. She has three children Alex, JJ, and Sadie who keep them very busy. She is also a volunteer with Behind the Valor Collaborative, a nonprofit that is dedicated to supporting the spouses of law enforcement officers in the Cabarrus County area.
She is delighted to serve the Concord Police Foundation as an advisor in order to support the significant mission to encourage and assist CPD officers, their families, and the Concord community.
Andy started his public safety career at the age of 17 with the Volunteer Fire Service just outside of Greensboro, North Carolina. That 7-year experience over high school and college exposed him to law enforcement officers, who became foundational mentors and were instrumental in leading him into the policing profession.
Andy joined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, at age 23 where he served as a Police Officer for just over 13 years. During his tenure there, he held several duties and roles in Patrol Operations, Investigations, Traffic Enforcement, Executive Protection, and In-Service & Recruit Training. Andy still serves in a reserve capacity with CMPD.
In December of 2012, Andy joined Axon (formerly TASER International) and has elevated through the ranks of Regional Sales Manager, Senior Regional Manager, National Director, Director of Sales, and most recently to Vice President, Head of Training.
“At Axon we have been at the forefront of innovation in public safety technology since our inception in 1993. Our earliest TASER weapons represented a revolution in less-than-lethal technology, giving police officers a safer and more effective alternative to other force options. As Head of Training for Axon, I’m primarily focused on building training and curriculum that incorporate thought leadership from Community Based Policing into Axon's Training DNA and working with our customers to build curriculum that creates positive outcomes for police/citizen interactions. We’re focused on developing higher-performing law enforcement officers, designing plans for future less-than-lethal technologies, and leveraging the power of virtual and augmented reality training environments for our customers.”
“After 29 years of public safety service, I am very proud to serve the Concord Police Foundation’s Board in an advisory capacity.”