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Cabarrus Vocational Opportunities
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Executive Director 
Gary has been with RVO since November 2011. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a BA in Business Management. Gary has 30 years' experience working in all phases of management.  Gary previously worked over 25 years in the commercial  banking industry. He previously served 2 terms as RVO Board President and served on the Board since 1998.  Gary is a Cabarrus County native and is proud to be serving the intellectually and developmentally disabled adults in both Cabarrus and Rowan Counties. He is a member of the Salisbury Rotary Club, Salvation Army Board, the Rowan Transit Authority Advisory Board, the Rowan Housing Authority Board and has served as an Elder and Sunday School teacher in his Church. Gary loves spending time with his family and friends. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf, kayaking and is an avid fly fisherman and fly tyer.

"I am very proud of RVO/CVO and its Mission. Our success is measured by the success of our consumers. I consider it a privilege to work with the consumers at RVO and CVO.  In 2016 RVO celebrated its 50th Anniversary of serving the IDD adult population of Rowan County. The staff and consumers of RVO and CVO are extremely proud of this milestone. I invite anyone to visit either site and see firsthand our commmitment to the success of each of our consumers."
Sales and Marketing Director 

​Gary is also the Production Manager at CVO. He joined us from Fisher Athletic Equipment Company, where he spent 14 years as Production Manager. He is a graduate of Campbell University and holds a Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration degree. After graduation, Gary returned to Campbell for four seasons as an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, highlighted in 1992 by winning their conference and playing in the NCAA Tournament against defending NCAA Champion, Duke University. Gary went on to work in manufacturing and construction positions for 15 years before settling in Salisbury. He served on the Board of Rowan Vocational Opportunities beginning in 2011 and was elected Board President in 2016. 
Gary resides in Salisbury with his wife, Greta and they have two daughters, Hannah and Lindsay. In his spare time he loves to watch his daughters play volleyball, travel to the beach or mountains and enjoys watching the Carolina Hurricanes (NHL).

Administrative Assistant/Finance
Tammy has been employed with Rowan Vocational Opportunities, Inc. since 2009. As the Administrative Assistant at Rowan Vocational Opportunities, Tammy’s job includes staff and consumer Payroll, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Billing. Tammy is also the IT Coordinator and Transportation Coordinator. She serves on the Rowan Transit System Advisory Committee. Tammy also assists the Executive Director with Human Resource responsibilities.

Tammy received her Associate in Applied Science Degree in Office Systems Technology from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, May 2006. She is a member of Calvary Baptist Tabernacle church. Tammy lives in Salisbury with her daughter, Stephanie, and their dog, Sophie.

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 Innovations Manager
Tamara Chisholm, has been employed with Rowan Vocational Opportunities since March 2005. Prior to CVO, she has held various positions working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as dually diagnosed children and adults in workshop and group home settings. Tamara has worked in this field for over 29 years and realizes this is not just a job, but learning experiences where we learn from each other.  She is very passionate about her job here at CVO. 
During Tamara’s spare time she  is an active member of Bright Light Baptist Church. Tamara also enjoys wordworking and crafting. She and her husband reside in Rockwell and have one grandchild. 
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Director of Operations - CVO

Skip Kraft has 30 years’ experience in the field of  public education, 22 years as an Exceptional Children’s teacher and 8 years as a middle school principal. He received his B.A. Degree in Special Education (k-12) from Catawba College and a Master’s Degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in School Administration and Curriculum. Before joining the staff at CVO Skip served on the RVO Board of Directors.

Skip resides in Salisbury with his wife Lisa and three children; Elizabeth, Julia and Louis. In his spare time he enjoys Bass fishing, Sports and lawn care.   

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ADVP and LTCS Program Manager

Carol joined Rowan Vocational Opportunities in 2020.  She has over 24 years of experience working in various positions in this field. Before joining RVO’s team as the ADVP Program Manager for RVO and CVO, Carol started out as a Direct Support Professional with RHA Health Services before being promoted to manage group homes. She also worked as a Habilitation Specialist for both residential and the vocational center. Carol has attended trainings with services for the blind, TEACCH Autism Program, Alzheimer’s and conducting interviews for personal outcomes. 
Carol lives in Granite Quarry with her husband and their three dogs. She enjoys spending time with her two grandchildren.

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Production Manager CVO

Gary Elmore

Assistant Production Manager

Steve Gaither

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Carol Williams 
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Adrienne Krug
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