Michelle Naomi Barson, Mayor Pro Tempore
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Councilwoman Michelle Barson, and her husband, David, have lived a number of places in the US. When it was time to find the ideal area to call home and raise a family, the Barsons found the perfect location in the heart of Clemmons.
With twin boys, Beckett and Fielding, the Barsons continue to experience all of the wonderful offerings that the Village extends to residents and families from a personal perspective. On any given weekend, you can find the entire family enjoying the neighborhood pool, entering a BMX race, playing youth sports at the Jerry Long Family YMCA, enjoying a sweet treat or meal from a local restaurant, shopping the Clemmons Farmers Market, or attending a local event.
Councilwoman Barson’s previous work with regional and state chambers of commerce has formed an undeniable passion for the small business owner and entrepreneur. Councilwoman Barson understands that small businesses are highly sensitive to even subtle changes in economic climate, traffic patterns and regulations. She recognizes the tremendous value that small businesses bring to Clemmons including employment opportunities, a corporate tax base for a community, and are often the reason people choose to reside in a specific location. Councilwoman Barson wants to help build a community that listens to, and cares about, all stakeholders within it to create the absolute best community for everyone.
Barson’s passion expands to the protection, restoration, and stewardship of the natural resources of the Village. Serving as the board liaison on the Stormwater Advisory Board, Barson has dug in to learn everything possible in order to be deliberate and proactive in finding ways to anticipate future problems and work proactively to protect against them now.
When she is not serving as councilwoman, mother, or wife, Michelle enjoys working for small business clients and for the youth sports department of the Northwest North Carolina Association of YMCA's. She currently serves on the Jerry Long Family YMCA Board of Advisors, Kaleideum Children’s Museum Board, and is an appointment member of the School Boards' Facilities Council.
Councilwoman Barson received her bachelors of science from Ohio University in 2005 and her masters of science from West Virginia University in 2014.