Breen, Mathis named to state youth council

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From staff reports

RALEIGH — A Wilson attorney and a city human relations specialist have been appointed to the North Carolina Youth Advisory Council.

Rhyan Breen and Theresa Mathis will represent Wilson on the statewide advisory panel, joining eight other new appointees, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Friday.

Breen is an attorney at Farris & Farris and serves as a board member for the YOUTH of Wilson and Methodist University Legal Studies.

Mathis is a human relations specialist for the city of Wilson and adviser for the Wilson Youth Council. She also served as 2017 festival coordinator for the North Carolina Whirligig Festival.

The advisory council works in tandem with the state youth council, where “dedicated youth work with local government agencies and concerned adults to address the needs of their local peers,” according to the N.C. Department of Administration.

Breen was appointed as an adult member of the council and Mathis was appointed in her capacity as a local youth council adviser.

Veronica Butcher of Raleigh, the president and CEO of Harmonizing Strategies, LLC, will chair the council. Cooper also appointed Dr. Naveed Khalid Aziz of Spring Lake, Siva Bodavula of Cary, John C. Easterling III of Charlotte, Greg Moore of Raleigh, Beth Brody of Raleigh, Nathan Summers of Matthews and Dr. Todd Rosendahl of Charlotte to the panel.

Cooper announced the appointments along with his picks for the NCWorks Commission, N.C. Medical Board, N.C. Board of Landscape Architects, N.C. Agricultural Finance Authority and N.C. State Bar Disciplinary Hearing Commission.

“I’m grateful that so many experienced professionals are dedicating their time to public service,” Cooper said in a statement. “North Carolina will benefit from these board members’ knowledge and expertise to develop our workforce, safeguard our medical care, advocate for our young people and more.”