Mecklenburg County Alcoholic Control Board Onboards New Appointees

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August 28, 2023
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From left to right in the picture: Board Director, Jay Neal, Board Director, Beverly Thorpe, Board Chair, Monifa Drayton, Board Director, Dr. Wilhelmenia Rembert, and Board Director, Marcus Kimbrough


Mecklenburg County Alcoholic Control Board Onboards New Appointees

Esteemed leaders join as new board directors while Drayton elevates to first black female board chair with energized focus

CHARLOTTE — At the April 18, 2023 Mecklenburg County Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board meeting, two new board directors were sworn in; Marcus Kimbrough and Beverly Thorpe. Board Chair Monifa Drayton, the first Black woman to hold this position in the Board’s history, was also sworn in at that meeting. On May 16, Dr. Wilhelmenia Rembert joined the Board of Directors. Jay Neal is the latest addition sworn in and appointed on July 18 by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.

Keva Walton, CEO of the Mecklenburg County ABC Board, said, “We are honored to onboard these proven community leaders. We extend our gratitude to former Board Chair Earl Leake and former board directors Carl Daniel, Ken Carrick, and Reverend Jordan Boyd for their many contributions during their Board service.” 

Board Chair Monifa Drayton, joined the organization in 2018 as a director. She was instrumental in helping to guide the Board’s continued growth and deeper involvement in community engagement. For more than 20 years, she has served in multiple leadership roles within the healthcare industry. Currently, she is the CEO of Drayton Leadership Group, LLC, specializing in leadership development, equity, and inclusion.

Board Director Marcus Kimbrough is an experienced sales professional & operations leader who brings over 30 years of sales, marketing, and operations experience to the Board. He’s currently Senior Strategist, Central Market at Atrium Health and has held multiple vice president positions with companies like Levine Museum of the New South, Aideum Event Marketing, and the American Cancer Society.

Board Director Beverly Thorpe is a retired university administrator with over 25 years of extensive professional experience in strategic planning, grants and contracts administration, financial analysis and reporting, project management, compliance, and HR administration. She has also served on various boards including Durham County ABC Board and currently with Charlotte Metro Credit Union Foundation Board.

Board Director Dr. Wilhelmenia Rembert currently serves as Senior District Advisor in U.S. Representative Jeff Jackson’s (NC-14) Charlotte Office. Dr. Rembert is an active member of several boards including Carolinas College of Health Sciences Board of Directors, Greater Enrichment Program (GEP) Board of Directors, and Inlivian. She is a retired Winthrop University professor, a retired licensed clinical social worker, and has previously held several prestigious board positions in the community including Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners, Central Piedmont Community College Board of Trustees, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education, and many more.

Board Director Jay Neal of Advanced Wealth Strategies was a co-leader of the Davidson Career Transition Program, led several mission trips to assist an orphanage in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and sat on the Board of Directors of A Giving Spirit Foundation and the Lotta Foundation, Inc. Currently, he sits on the Board of Directors of The Lake Norman Healthcare Forum.

After 75 years in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community, we will continue leading by our mantra of being “Socially Responsible. Community Invested.” and to positively impact our partners, our culture, and our customers.



The mission of the Mecklenburg County Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board is to manage the sale of distilled spirits by promoting excellence in customer service, fiscal responsibility, operational effectiveness, compliance with laws that govern the sale and use of alcoholic beverages and creating community partnerships to improve public health and safety. For more information, please visit


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