Barbara Dement is serving her first term as Commissioner of Matthews. She served on the Town’s Planning Board for four years, ending her service on that board as the Chair in December 2017, to begin her role as Commissioner Barbara has served the community in various ways since moving to Matthews over a decade ago, including the role of Co-Director of Matthews Sister Cities Association. Born at Presbyterian Hospital (now known as Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center) in Charlotte, Barbara was raised in the neighboring town of Mint Hill, and received her education in Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s public schools. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and Communication from Wingate University.
Prior to her current career as a Life Care Consultant at Plantation Estates, she worked for 32 years at AXA-Equitable, and served as Assistant Vice President in the New Business Division at the National Operations Center, where she was responsible for providing multi-site organizational and global leadership critical for achieving strategic goals. During her professional career, she has received multiple awards for outstanding leadership and team building.
Together, Barbara and her late husband have three children: her daughter Jennifer, Ed’s daughter Shannon, and son Thomas.