Congratulations to our new Town Commissioners Shannon Baxter, Larry Loucks, and Glenn York. We look forward to witnessing the good works you will continue to do throughout the Town of Zebulon! Below are their bios and headshots.
Shannon Baxter is a 12 year resident of Zebulon and is proud to be raising her family here. Having seen many big changes since moving to town in 2007, she is committed to help the town grow responsibly. She is a member of the Planning Board and has enjoyed working with the Board in the town’s decision making processes. This experience provides Shannon with a strong understanding of what our community needs in order to maintain greenspace and biodiversity while growing in a way that benefits all residents.
Shannon has a BS in Biology from Ohio State University, a Journeyman certification from the NCSBA, and is looking forward to completing her Master’s work.
As a former Life Science teacher, Shannon understands the needs of both teachers and students and knows that her experience in education will be invaluable in understanding the needs of our schools and the children they service, including her own, as the community grows. As a small business owner, she has met many members of the community and had powerful conversations with people from all walks, giving her a good perspective of what the needs and wants are amongst different groups in the community.
Preserving the past while embracing the future is very important to Shannon. She knows that local landmarks, buildings, and destinations define what Zebulon was and are an important part of what makes the town special and unique. Zebulon has a rich agricultural past that should continue to be celebrated. Shannon’s interactions with local farms has taught her how strongly it is still supported by hard working farmers today. Shannon supports integrating developments into the Zebulon community in ways that respect our farmers, our past, and our environment; keeping intact what makes Zebulon special and a wonderful place to live.
Larry has lived in Zebulon for 36 years. He is married to the former Denise Blackley who is a retired 2nd grade teacher and librarian at Zebulon Elementary School.
Larry has worked for 27 years with the SBTDC (Small Business & Technology Development Center) – a business and technology extension program of the UNC system as the Assistant State Director – Finance and Administration. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Jackson Community College, Fayetteville State University and Campbell University teaching both undergraduate and graduate level business courses. He holds three business degrees:
AA Accounting from Michiana College of Commerce;
BS Business Administration from Tri-State University
MBA from Campbell University
He has also completed course work at NCSU toward his EdD in Adult Education.
Before joining the SBTDC and working in Economic Development, Larry ran his own management-consulting firm as well as worked 10 years in the aerospace industry in Human Resources/Labor Relations, Safety & Security and as a Quality Control Supervisor.
Larry has been on the Zebulon Board of Adjustment for 29 years and Chairman for 25 years. He is a past Treasurer of Zebulon Elementary PTA and coached basketball and baseball in the Zebulon Youth League.
He is also a member of Masonic Lodge #17, Kappa Sigma, Alpha Kappa Psi, Skull and Bones and a past member of the Wakarusa Jaycees.
Glenn York grew up in Zebulon, NC, attended James E Shepard High School and graduated from Zebulon High School. After high school, he attended North Carolina Central University. Commissioner York also holds an Associates Degree from Wake Technical College in Nursing. He retired from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety after 31 years of service, and was elected to the Zebulon Board of Town Commissioners in 2013.
Mr. York currently serves on the Board for the Zebulon Boys and Girls Club and is a member of the Community Advisory Committee at the Eastern Wake Regional Center in Zebulon.
In his words, “my main concern is community involvement and making Zebulon the best place for all citizens to live. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, attending sporting events, jazz concerts and playing golf.”