Housing and Community Engagement Staff Contacts

The Housing and Community Engagement Department provides resources to engage and education citizens in building a more beautiful and diverse community. The Department is made up of multiple divisions that include Community Development, Gastonia Sister Cities, Keep Gastonia Beautiful, and  the Neighborhood Program, Alliance for Community Enrichment (ACE). Community Development focuses on creating vibrant, diverse neighborhoods by developing partnerships and resources for stronger and safer neighborhoods. Gastonia Sister Cities fosters and promotes friendships and mutual understanding between the people of the Gastonia area and foreign countries through partnerships in education, culture, economic development and dialogue. Keep Gastonia Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify the community’s environment.  Alliance for Community Enrichment (ACE), focuses on bringing City services and resources directly to communities and neighborhoods to enhance the quality of life for Gastonia citizens.

Director of Housing and Community Engagement: Danette Dye
Grants Accounting Specialist: Lana DuPont
Community Development
HUD Administrator: Kenny Gehrig
Housing Counselor: Ezequiel Garcia
Housing Counselor: Nancy Welch
Construction Specialist II: Eric Murphree
Gastonia Sister Cities
Sister Cities Coordinator: Juliann Lehman
Keep Gastonia Beautiful

Keep Gastonia Beautiful Administrator: Juliann Lehman
Community Engagement Coordinator: Jeffie Hardin
 Special Projects Coordinator: Julie Heath
School Specialist: Breanne Horne
Neighborhood Program: Alliance for Community Enrichment (ACE)
Neighborhood Program Administrator: Tyler Davis


Gastonia, N.C., just minutes west of Charlotte, is one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size and livability. Gastonia is the largest of Gaston County’s 13 municipalities and one of the largest cities in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Selected as an All-America City three times, Gastonia’s desirable quality of life is the result of its beautiful natural surroundings, friendly neighborhoods, responsive government and vibrant business environment.


✆ 704-866-6714

⟟ 181 S. South Street
Gastonia, NC 28052