West Marion Community Forum
The mission of the West Marion Community Forum, Inc. is to enhance the quality of life of our residents and overcome racial barriers by building bridges in McDowell. We do this by showing compassion, advocating for political change, promoting economic development, sharing resources, empowering youth, and creating equitable outcomes for all.
Our vision is for a healthy and equitable West Marion. A place where residents are engaged to become leaders to create change through new businesses, empowered youth, affordable housing, teaching gardens, and a community center that honors our ancestors and creates opportunities for our future.
Who We Are
This forum is proudly lead by a diverse steering committee who work hard to move the community’s vision into action and drive meaningful changes in West Marion.
Dawna Ledbetter, Board Chair, McDowell County Senior Center
Billy Martin, Vice Chair, Housing Working Group and Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Marion
Ray McKesson, Treasurer
Phyllis McKesson, Board Secretary
Heather Cotton, Community At Large Board Member, Housing Working Group, and City of Marion
Thressa O'neal, Healthy Eating and Active Living Working Group
Vickey Stinson, Healthy Eating and Active Living Working Group
Paula Fowler, Healthy Eating and Active Living Working Group
Belinda Young, Healthy Eating and Active Living Working Group
Alexus Boykins, Project Revive
Emily Roberts, Local Food Advisory Council
Alesia Ferguson, Childcare Working Group
Monika Hayes, Childcare Working Group