Christy Jones
Executive Director

Christy took over the Burnsville-Yancey Chamber of Commerce on October 1, 2020.  She is an industry veteran with nearly two decades of experience in marketing, public relations, special events and non-profit leadership.  She has served as the executive director of the Hillsboro, Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitor Bureau, Alumni Director at Colorado State University-Pueblo, and Marketing Manager for Downtown Mesa Association.  

She relocated from the greater Phoenix area where she lived for more than 10 years.  Christy has two adult children and two sisters, one of which is her twin.  She loves visiting her family, wine, hiking, kayaking, reading, and running. 

"Burnsville is an amazing community with an abundance of beauty and natural resources.  There is so much here and I am excited about the opportunities Burnsville offers, becoming a part of the community, and truly make a difference."

Ann Berdeen
Visitor Center Weekend Staff

Ann hails from Arlington, VA.  She has worked as a secretary in the Pentagon, as an editor, columnist, advertising executive, voiceover pro., and radio personality, owned her own marketing company, given seminars for local Chambers on marketing and advertising, and was the Director of Marketing for the National Home Furnishings Association’s five western states.

Ann moved to Burnsville in 2003 to continue acting in community theater at the Parkway Playhouse.  She worked for Yancey’s 4H-Cooperative Extension, worked at Mt. Mitchell’s gift shop, and Toe River Arts and Off The Beaten Path bookstore in Burnsville. 


She recently developed the popular History & Humor Walking Tour of downtown Burnsville for her Burnsville Tour Co. (The tour will resume when Covid is under control.)  “Of all the places I’ve lived, Burnsville is my very favorite.  It’s my Norman Rockwell kind of small, charming, nostalgic hometown that I feel so lucky to have found.”


The Burnsville-Yancey Chamber of Commerce has a dedicated group of volunteers that serve the community by staffing the Visitor Center and helping community members and visitors learn about all of the activities, shopping, restaurants and sites in the town and county. 

Diane Burckley

Diane and her family started building a house in Burnsville in 1982 and then made the move in 1984 when construction was complete.  They wanted a change of pace and a place that would allow them to enjoy life.  She retired after more than 30 years as a dental hygienist and now keeps busy working from home.  Diane has a daughter, Denise, who is the owner of Main Street Shoes and grandson, Logan, in town as well as a daughter in Asheville.

Chris Carter

Chris has a degree in fine art, sings with the community chorus and is currently the President of the Yancy History Association Board.  She has been in Burnsville and volunteering with the Chamber since 2008.  Chris decided to volunteer with the Chamber and Visitor Center because the staff  in the office was so helpful when she and her husband first moved to town and were building their home.  She wanted to pay it forward.

Mary Anne Deaton

Mary Anne is a retired teacher.  She and her husband moved to Burnsville in 2007 from Columbia, SC.  They chose the mountains instead of the ocean in their move to a cooler climate.  Mary Anne has a married daughter and 2 1/2 year old grandchild in New Jersey and a son and 2 grandchildren in Columbia, SC.

Pete Krulder

After serving in the Army for 20 years, Pete retired, moved to Florida and started his second career in the Florida Park Service where he was a park ranger and a park manager.  Pete has a son and grandson who live in Albuquerque, NM.  He moved to Burnsville in 2020 where he can enjoy all of the outdoor activities he loves.

Hope Martin

Both Hope and her husband Larry served in the Air Force.  After he retired, they moved to Burnsville and have lived here for 26 years.  Hope has been serving the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center as a volunteer for 22 years.  Her husband accuses her of being 'stubborn as a mule' and she has a daughter living in Austin, TX.


Natalie Gideon

Natalie grew up in Wallace, NC.  She spent more than 30 years in the banking industry and has had her North Carolina Real Estate license since 2009.  She currently works as a buyers agent for Thurston & Associates and is licensed to sell real estate in Tennessee as well.  Natalie has two sons in Wilmington, NC.  She grew up in a small town and appreciates small town values and wants to do her part to make our businesses grow.

Christine Grubbs

Originally from Milwaukee Wisconsin, Christine lived five years in Manassas Virginia, and recently moved to Burnsville.  She worked as an Aviation Electronics Technician with a national air carrier for 20 years.  After aviation Christine turned her love for photography into a business, Redfox Creations, artistic photography.  She has volunteered with the Manassas visitors center and the Manassas Museum for 5 years as well as being a vendor and assistant at the local farmers market. Christine loves to be an active member of community and looks forward to being a part of the visitor center team.


Donna Edwards

Donna grew up in McDowell County and has family in the South Toe River area.  She spent a decade in Washington DC working as an Educational Consultant and Professional Coach.  Donna moved back to town in 2016 and is volunteering at the Chamber and Visitor Center while she starts her own business.