Zuwena Poole, Board Member
Zuwena Poole was sworn in as a Board Member of the Henry County Water Authority (HCWA) during the Jan. 10, 2019 Board Meeting. She was appointed to the HCWA Board by Henry County Commissioner Vivian Thomas, who was elected during the General Election in the fall of 2018, to represent the citizens of District 4. Zuwena also serves as the Chief of Staff for Commissioner Thomas, providing operational support and strategic advisory.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Clayton State University, and she will be graduating with a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Strayer University in the Fall of 2019.
An active and concerned resident of Henry County for more than 15 years, she has had a lifelong passion for being a business owner and has been an entrepreneur her entire career, working as a licensed real estate agent for more than 10 years, as well as a professional stylist for more than 20 years, including as the owner of her own salon, currently. She even lent her talents to the movie screen in 2017.
She also has produced and co-hosted a show with Dr. Kameron Stevenson for WAOK, 1380 AM. Their radio programming featured such outreach as interviews with community leaders, from government officials to church clergy, as well as providing public information and education on local programs and services, from food banks to domestic violence shelters.
Thus, Zuwena’s civic interests always have reflected her desire “to be devoted to others and active in my community,” which typically has involved teamwork, whether in sports, church and civic organizations, or group activities. She currently sits on the Boards of the North Henry Football Association, serving for three years as a Parent Liaison, and the Eagle’s Landing Middle School PTO, where she is Treasurer. She is a Member of the Henry County Democratic Women (HCDW), as well as a Member of the Henry County NAACP. Zuwena has enjoyed singing in the choir all of her life, and now she shares her gifts with the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Choir.
The proud mother of three beautiful children and one grandson, Zuwena says she had the best role models you could ask for as parents. Her father is a Vietnam Veteran, serving in the Marine Corps, and her mother has dedicated her life to public service through a number of avenues and initiatives.
“My parents played a very important role in developing who I am today,” she says. “They taught me about community service at a very young age, starting when I was around 4 years old. We did neighborhood cleanups, and my mom delivered food for Meals on Wheels and provided other services for citizens in need. My parents set a good example of how to support your community.”
Growing up in Wilmington, NC, two miles from Carolina Beach, Zuwena says she developed an appreciation for water, while learning the importance of keeping natural resources clean and safe for our families. Her service on the HCWA Board is a manifestation of her “passion for clean water” and its protection.
“Water is my life,” she says. “Growing up in Wilmington, water gave me peace. I feel my upbringing and life experiences have properly equipped me with a passion for clean water, and that is what I hope I bring to the Water Authority Board.”
Zuwena is committed to working diligently with the HCWA to ensure residents and businesses in the community will have a safe and sustainable water supply.
“I’m honored to be selected to serve on the Board of the Henry County Water Authority,” she says. “I will continue to be a public servant that is dedicated to the greater good of this great community of Henry County.”