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 30 years – NoteWorthy Software, Inc.
  • Member – First United Methodist Church of Valdese
  • Married to Eric for 29 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 Board Member emeritus. Feb 2020-Present – Past President, Past Executive Director, Past Treasurer.

Burke County Planning Board Member, Nov 2021 – Present

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

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


  • 2023 Distinguished Business Person of the Year – Burke Co Chamber of Commerce
  • 2022 Presented Key to the Town of Valdese
  • 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

Past Boards Served

  • Valdese Recreation Commission Member
  • Burke Women’s Fund Past Co-chair
  • Draughn High School Band Booster Past President
  • Catawba River Wildlife Coalition Founding Member and Past President