MINT HILL – One name continued to pop up as members of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce sifted through nominations for the inaugural Tina Ross Business Leadership Award. Her name was Kim Rhodarmer.
Rhodarmer worked as a school social worker and juvenile court counselor before serving as executive director of the Matthews HELP Center from 2009 to 2014.
She then founded Servant’s Heart of Mint Hill in 2016. The charity operates a community boutique that runs on clothing donations and benefits assistance programs such as an emergency food pantry and Christmas donations.
Ken Manchester Jr., of Manchester Auto and Tire of Mint Hill, decided to donate toys collected at his auto repair shop through Dec. 19 to Servant’s Heart of Mint Hill due to the charity’s reputation.
“Kim and her staff are exactly the kind of people you want to work with,” Manchester said. “She cares about this community and has the skills and education to make it happen.”
Paige McKinney, executive director of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, said Rhodarmer, like Ross, has the best interest of Mint Hill and its residents at heart.
“She just exudes a love for the community,” McKinney said.
Picking the right person was important to McKinney and the nominating committee. Ross was a longtime school teacher and public servant that lost her battle with cancer earlier this year. She played a role in the success of many businesses.
“Tina would always research the facts,” McKinney said. “Even if you didn’t like the outcome, she researched her facts. She would praise me when I deserved it. And she would correct me when I deserved it.”
Losing Ross to cancer left a void not just for McKinney, but also other chamber members. McKinney kept hearing over and over how much people missed Ross, as well as her research, honesty and wanting to move Mint Hill forward.
The chamber recognized Rhodarmer with the award during the annual membership meeting a few weeks ago at Pine Lake Country Club. She was among friends and family near and dear to Ross.
“Tina set a standard of commitment to this community that can only be admired,” Rhodarmer said. “Receiving this award is an honor I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
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Servant’s Heart of Mint Hill is located at 9229 Lawyers Road, Mint Hill. Visit www.servantsheart.org for details.