Meet the Board of Directors!

Karleta Smith

2024 President

Keller Williams Denver

Emily Wood


Past President

Better Homes & Garden Real Estate

Dawn Kilby


Realty Executives Hickory

Gina Jenkins


Realty Executives Hickory

Judi West


eXp Realty Mooresville

Natalie Armstrong


I am a Hickory native and proud graduate of Hickory High School. After attending college at Clemson University and earning my BS in Management, I was fortunate enough to return home and immediately being my real estate career.  When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, volunteering at my church, taking Zumba classes, participating in 5ks, attending local trivia nights, and exploring all that Hickory has to offer!

“I serve on the CVAR Board of Directors because it allows me to advocate for our general membership, ensure their needs are being met, while also giving me a chance to expand upon my leadership abilities.”

Coldwell Banker Boyd & Hassell

Nike Werner

Janelle Gibbs

Lisa Starnes


I have been in the RE business exclusively with Lake Hickory Realty, LLC starting in 1999. I have owned and operated the company since December 2008 and now manages 3 Realtors. I will serve another year on the Community Service and Hospitality Committee. I  hope to use my days as a Board of Director serving the Realtors of Catawba Valley as a loyal, hard working colleague.