Meet YMA’s new directors

We’re delighted to welcome a quartet of community leaders and history lovers to Yates Mill Associates’ Board of Directors. Linda Edmisten, Merritt Jones, and cousins Nick and Mark Fountain were elected to directorships at our May meeting. Allow us to introduce you to them!

YMA’s board of directors has 15 members who serve staggered three-year terms – meaning the organization’s members elect (or re-elect) five directors every year. Our officers are then elected by the board to one-year terms at the May membership meeting.

If you’ve been with YMA since the beginning, you might recognize the name Edmisten – Rufus Edmisten was the North Carolina secretary of state who signed our articles of incorporation. His wife, Linda Edmisten, has made her own mark in historic preservation across the area not only through the couple’s personal support of YMA and similar groups, but mainly through her work in the City of Raleigh Planning Department and the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office.

Linda began working with the city shortly after her college graduation and, in the ensuing years, played a role in the protection of many of the city’s registered historic areas, including the Oakwood neighborhood, the Capitol Area Historic District, the Blount Street District, the Glenwood neighborhood, Moore Square and Cameron Park.

Merritt Jones is also a longtime supporter of Yates Mill Associates, and adds the title of “director” to an impressive list of leadership roles in many community groups. Now retired as president of the Moore & Johnson insurance agency, Merritt’s past community involvement has included the presidency of groups such as the Raleigh Lions Club, Hospice of Wake County, Raleigh Hall of Fame and Raleigh Little Theater.

Merritt is a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, having served as a Stephen Minister at Hayes Barton UMC and as a delegate to the North Carolina Conference of the UMC. He is also a past member of the Duke University Divinity School’s board of visitors.

Nick Fountain is another leader in Raleigh’s historic preservation circles, serving on the city’s Historic Districts Commission from 2005 to 2011, and now as chair of the new Raleigh Historical Resources and Museum Board. Appropriately for a lawyer with a love of history, he is also on the board of the North Carolina Supreme Court Museum.

Nick, who is a member of the law firm Young Moore & Henderson, has also served as president of the Wake County and 10th District Bar, on the Board of Governors of  the North Carolina Bar Association, as a Bar Councilor of the State Bar, and as president of the Raleigh Kiwanis Club.

Music, history and international culture are Mark Fountain’s areas of interest and expertise. Now retired from the faculty of N.C. State University and the state Department of Transportation, Mark stays busy as an honorary consul to the Republic of Poland.

Mark has participated in and supported a number of community groups as well, including the Raleigh Music Club, the Cary Arts Council, the Lions Club, the Chicago-based Paderewski Association and the Chopin Foundation (based in Miami).

YMA’s membership also re-elected several directors to new three-year terms or to fill the terms of members who were obliged to depart early. Outgoing vice-president Carolyn Solomon and director Robbie Wooten will serve full terms, while directors Dan Solomon and Marsha McNamara will fill a couple of short-term openings.

One of those openings was left by the departure of longtime board member and YMA supporter J.D. “Dick” Thompson. But he doesn’t get off that easily – the members were delighted to honor Dick by electing him as an emeritus member of the board.

Art White is moving from the board to the vice president’s office, while our other officers – president Margaret Lillard, secretary Gary Coates and treasurer Sheila Hunter Wooten – were re-elected by the board to new one-year terms. You can read the full list of officers and directors – and join YMA as  a member – here.


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