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Meet Our Team

Ryan McDaniels, Executive Director

Ryan McDaniels joined LNED in April 2013, after serving for more than a decade with Cabarrus Economic Development.

Ryan is a graduate of UNC Charlotte, and completed the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. Ryan is one of the youngest recipients to receive the prestigious Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) certification. He presently serves on the Accreditation Economic Development Committee of the International Economic Development Council. Ryan is also Past Chair of the Economic Development Advisory Council for the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance

Haley Knicely, Community Relations Manager

Haley Knicely joined LNED in May 2018, with a strong background in marketing and communication.

Haley is a graduate of Radford University where she earned her degree in public relations and sociology. While living in Virginia, Haley worked with the Shenandoah Valley Partnership, where she found her passion and expanded her knowledge in economic development, as well as community and investor relations. Today, Haley works to keep LNED connected with its many community partners and existing businesses.

Elizabeth Underwood, Workforce Development Manager

Elizabeth Underwood joined LNED in June of 2021 after serving as the Economic Development Specialist at Beaufort County Economic Development.

Elizabeth graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Communications degree, complimented with the Epley Certificate in International Public Relations. Elizabeth is a proud Charlotte 49er Dance Team alum, where she was able to participate in all school sporting events and service projects. After college, Elizabeth started her career in economic development in Beaufort County were she was the lead for the small business entrepreneurship program, led the internship program, and assisted with all recruitment and existing industry projects.