Penny Hefner head shot

Penny Hefner

MONROE — Monroe Attorney Penny Hefner assumed the position of board chair for the Community Shelter of Union County at its 27th annual meeting, according to the Shelter’s communications department. She succeeds John Schooley, who served two years as chair.

Hefner is a principal attorney with Sodoma Law in Charlotte and Monroe and has been named a Rising Star in the North Carolina Super Lawyer’s Magazine from 2015 to 2020. Past president of the Union County Bar, she is a member of the family law section of the North Carolina State and Mecklenburg County Bar associations and a volunteer attorney representing active duty members of the military who are entitled to court-appointed counsel. She has been a volunteer with the Shelter for nine years and also has volunteered with Safe Alliance, Legal Aid, Charlotte Rescue Mission and Union Symphony.

Schooley, vice president of performance improvement and quality at Atrium Health, will remain on the board.

Five Union County residents were recently elected to the Shelter board of directors: Ulunda Baker, senior sourcing & procurement director with Jones Lang Lasalle; Anne Deas, retired; Shane Fraser, owner of SNA Today; Yorda Kidane, CEO of Digital Tax Advisory, and Robert Newman, vice president of preconstruction for Charlotte Glass..

Six current board members accepted an additional term on the board: Larry Faison, Monroe city manager; Jackson Hargett, estimator and project manager at Hargett Electric; Wesley Keziah, executive director of Ground 40; Drew Lawrence of Lawrence Associates; Richard Long, attorney and partner with Perry, Bundy, Plyler & Long, and Gary Wilfong, Fairview councilman.

Hargett was named vice chair; Laverne White, secretary, and Jesse Milliken, treasurer.

In the last fiscal year, the Community Shelter provided 27,177 nights of emergency shelter; served 73,946 prepared meals in the dining hall, provided 347,102 pounds of food in food boxes for community neighbors and rehoused 104 households.

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