North Carolina CLASS Board of Trustees
North Carolina CLASS is supervised by a Board of Trustees comprised of eligible Participants of the North Carolina CLASS program. The Board of Trustees supervises North Carolina CLASS and its affairs and acts as the liaison between the Participants, the Custodian, and the Administrator. The Board administers the affairs of North Carolina CLASS and enters into contracts and agreements on behalf of the Program. It also selects the Administrator, Investment Advisor, and the Custodian subject to the terms of the Interlocal Agreement and Indenture of Trust.
The members below constitute the North Carolina CLASS Board of Trustees. The Board may expand membership of the Board and set initial terms for each additional Trustee, but the number of Trustees thereafter shall never be less than three nor more than thirteen.
Drew Holland, Chairperson
Town of Hope Mills
Drew Holland is the Finance Director for the Town of Hope Mills and has been with the town for nearly a decade. Drew is responsible for the town’s financial operations in addition to all finance-related matters. Prior to joining the Town of Hope Mills, he was with the City of Dunn and the Town of Holly Springs, both in North Carolina. He’s been in municipal finance for nearly thirty years.
Prior to his municipal finance work, he worked in the finance department of an advertising agency in Raleigh and for a CPA firm in Fuquay-Varina. In addition to tax returns and bookkeeping, he worked on Municipal Audits. Drew earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Campbell University.
Deanna Rios, Vice Chairperson
Deanna is the Finance Director of Lincoln County and is responsible for the management of the Finance Department, administering a $140M budget for approximately 90,000 residents. While at Lincoln County, Deanna created the investment program where she has successfully coordinated and implemented a financial software conversion for the county’s general ledger, payroll, and utilities functions. Her responsibilities include the annual budget, annual audit, and the publishing of the county’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report.
Prior to this role, Deanna served as the Finance Director for the Town of Sawmills and was the Finance Officer for the City of Hickory. Deanna graduated from California State University at Sacramento with a masters degree in accounting with a concentration in taxation and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 2002.
Kimberly Ostrom, Treasurer/Secretary
City of New Bern
Kimberly currently serves as the Director of Finance for the City of New Bern. She oversees an annual budget of approximately $140 million. Kimberly began her career in government finance where she served the Michigan public school system for over 20 years in various leadership roles. She has extensive experience with managing budgets, compliance monitoring of Federal and state funds, developing effective policies and procedures, and establishing strong internal controls.
Kimberly is a member of North Carolina Local Government Budget Association and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and serves on the Advisory Committee for Craven Community College. The City of New Bern recently received the city’s first GFOA Distinguished Budget Award and published the city’s first Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) under her direction. Adding to the firsts for the City of New Bern, Kimberly is very excited to be joining North Carolina CLASS as one of the founding members.
City of Hickory
CFO/Deputy City Manager
Rodney is the CFO/Deputy City Manager at the City of Hickory with a strong background in governmental accounting and finance. He previously served as the City of Hickory’s Assistant Finance Director for six years before going to work for Catawba County as Finance Director in 2001. After serving in that position at the County for 14 years, Rodney returned to the City of Hickory to serve as Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in June 2015. Rodney holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from NC State University. He is a Certified Local Government Finance Officer in the state of North Carolina and an active member of the NCGFOA, NCCCMA, and NCLGIA and multiple other state organizations.
Tiffany Murray serves as the Finance Director for Gaston County. She has nearly two decades of local government finance experience including tenures at both Mecklenburg County and Wilson County.
Tiffany received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Business Administration from Pfeiffer University. She is a Certified Local Government Finance Officer (CLGFO), and she currently serves as a Director on the North Carolina Government Finance Officer Association Board as well as Vice President on the North Carolina Local Government Investment Association Board.