Meet Beth

Beth Zimmerman Heile – Born and Raised in Valdese

  • Daughter of Patricia Jacumin Zimmerman and the late Glenn Zimmerman.
  • East Burke High School, Class of ’86 – Go Wild Bunch!
  • North Carolina State University, ’91 BS Electrical Engineering, Go Pack!
  • Business Owner for 28 years – NoteWorthy Software, Inc.
  • Member – First United Methodist Church of Valdese
  • Married to Eric for 27 years, son Zakk

Pictured: Back (l-r) Nephews Tyler and Bradley Zimmerman, Brother Barry Zimmerman, Brother-in-law Derrick Killian, Sister Julie Zimmerman, Beth, son Zakk Heile. Front (l-r): Sister-in-law Melinda Pons Zimmerman, Mother Patricia Jacumin Zimmerman and husband Eric Heile

Current Volunteer Activities

NC Parks and Recreation Authority Member, July 2019 – Present
Appointed by the Speaker of the House, authority allocates money from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.

Friends of the Valdese Rec, Inc. Founder and President, Apr 2015 – Present – Instrumental in helping the town acquiring 300 acres on Lake Rhodhiss. Fundraising, events, workdays to benefit Rec Dept.

Friends of Fonta Flora State Trail President, Jan 1, 2022 – Present. Past Executive Director, Past Treasurer.

Burke County Planning Board Member, Nov 2021 – Present

Burke Women’s Fund Past Co-Chair and other offices, Jan 2016 – Present – Collective giving grants for women and families. Part of the Community Foundation of Burke County.

Draughn High School Band Booster Past President

Rotary Club of Valdese Past President and other offices, Sep 2015 – Present

Catawba River Wildlife Coalition Co-Founder and President, Nov 2018 – Present Protect, Conserve & Restore Wildlife & Habitat along the Catawba River in Burke & Caldwell Counties. An NCWF Chapter.

Duke Habitat Enhancement Program Lakes Advisory Committee, Nov 2018 – Present Award funds for habitat enhancement.

NC Great Trails State Coalition Executive Committee, March 2020 – Present – Working to get legislative support and funding for trails

Valdese Recreation Commission Member, Jun 2015 – Present


  • 2019 Ruby Award from Foothills Conservancy of NC – Volunteer supporting the mission of land & water conservation
  • 2019 Service Above Self Community Volunteer Award from Rotary Club of Valdese
  • 2018 North Carolina Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award – Wildlife Volunteer of the Year
  • 2018 Rotarian of the Year from Rotary Club of Valdese