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Our People: Wesley Thompson

Wesley Thompson is pretty much a fixture in the Charlotte metro area. For decades, Thompson has left his mark on communities with his clinical presentations, medical research, commitment to so many committees and boards they’re too numerous to list here. His history of affirming and compassionate health care for those who are often underserved and […]

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Our People: Lora Tucker

Retired Army Colonel Lora Tucker (the second born child among five siblings) is originally from Morehead, Kentucky. Previously a resident of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, she decided to make a move to Greenville, South Carolina in early 2020. Around this same time, Tucker found a deeper sense of the importance of cherishing loved ones and living […]

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Our People: Tori Wheatley

Tori Wheatley is the eldest of five children, a UNC-Charlotte doctoral student and a self-described Queer “Ratchet” English Teacher. She’s authentic, has a dedicated willingness to relate to her students through an empathetic culturally sensitive lens and she loves hip hop. Originally from Prince George County in Maryland, Wheatley relocated to Charlotte with her parents […]

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Our People: Ben Thompson

If you live in the Charlotte area and keep up with local news, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with Ben Thompson. Thompson is an anchor for the early morning news program.”Wake Up Charlotte” and “WCNC Charlotte Midday.” He also hosts a political affairs podcast known as “Flashpoint.” Needless to say, Thompson is a busy […]

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Our People: Natalie Watson

At the helm of any great thing, any monumental effort, is usually some dedicated and passionate person with a team of accomplices. Natalie Watson is one such person. Watson, practically a Durham native (living in the area since 1995) is the Interim Executive Director and former Deputy Director of the LGBTQ Center of Durham.  While […]

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Our People: Meredith Thompson

There’s a woman living in Steele Creek who when asked if she’s from Charlotte will happily tell you, “I am not, but I’ve been here so long, I feel like I pretty much qualify.” Meredith Thompson may have grown up in Memphis, Tennessee, but she enthusiastically calls Charlotte home. Thompson has never been a stranger […]

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Our People: Richard Stevens

Richard Stevens is a progressive thinker who hails from Hampton Roads, Virginia. A Tide Water Community College graduate, he is currently working on an additional degree in Business Administration.  Stevens relocated to the Charlotte area in the midst of the COVID Pandemic. Initially landing in Charlotte’s NoDa area, this multi-talented community member has the mind […]

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Our People: Patti O’Furniture

Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Pat Patterson eventually made his way to Columbia for graduate school. While he goes by Pat Patterson in his daily life, most people know him as Patti O’Furniture.  A website dedicated to Patterson’s alter ego describes the character as follows: “Drag queen, emcee, impersonator, comedienne and community activist Patti O’Furniture […]

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Our People: James Funderburk

Attention readers! Please be advised, there’s a self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur living among us. Though fifty-something and now officially retired, his zest for life and ability to live it so fully has often been envied by many folks half his age.  Who is this man?  His name is James Funderburk, “a gay identified bisexual male” who […]

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