Rebecca Hart

Executive Director

Rebecca Anne Hart has been the Executive Director at Hart Square Village since 2014. She studied under her grandparents, founders Dr. Bob and Becky Hart for a few years before embarking on a $3.5 million capital campaign for the Sigmon Family Education Center, completed in October of 2021. When Rebecca began, Hart Square was open to the public one day a year and had one employee. Now, Hart Square is open to the public for living history events, traditional craft classes, membership, and other programs on an annual basis. 
Rebecca considers her greatest accomplishment to be establishing the k-12 field trip programming that has grown to serve 3,000 local students. Hart Square's k-12 field trip programming focuses on three key areas: traditional arts and trades, science and agriculture, and history immersion.  Rebecca serves on the Board of Advisors for the Luke Garrison Foundation and as the Vice President of the Catawba County Arts Council. She was recognized as one of Hickory’s “Top 10 under 40” in 2017 and has her Certified Fund Raising Executive International certification. She and her husband, Nate Moody, live in Hickory and enjoy playing bluegrass music and mountain climbing on the weekends.

Lorissa Vines

Development Director

Lorissa Vines is a Catawba County native with great pride in our community. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for 19 years and comes to us from Carolina Caring, where she served as Director of Development for eight years.

Lorissa discovered her passion for Hart Square through Leadership Catawba and now serves as an Advisory Board Member. Lorissa was recognized as one of our area's "Top 10 Under 40" in 2019 and completed her Teleios University Leadership Certification in 2021. When she isn't working, Lorissa´╗┐ enjoys hiking, cooking & entertaining friends, and traveling the world with her husband, David.

Mya Banner

Membership & Education Manager

Mya Banner has been with Hart Square in several capacities for the past five years. She started at Hart Square as a tour guide and field trip demonstrator, where she would serve children and adults by teaching the history of the collection and local trades. Mya began working full-time for Hart Square as Membership and Education Manager in 2020. She oversaw the launch of our Hart Square Membership Program in July 2021 and launched the Hart Square Craft School in March 2022. Mya manages field trip programming, membership, and craft classes. In addition, Mya works with Hart Square's social media platforms and webpage. 
Mya and her Husband, Neal Banner, are residents of Lincolnton, NC, where they enjoy playing sports and spending time with friends and their cats, Squid and Parkour. Mya is passionate about preserving endangered skills and ensuring the torch of historic arts is passed to the next generation.

Brett Weatherman

Senior Site Manager

Brett is from the town of Catawba. He has a background in heavy equipment repair and industrial work. He is also employed at a local utilities company in addition to Hart Square Foundation and has been a volunteer for the past eight years. Brett trained under Dr. Bob Hart for the last six years of his life. He disassembled 3 of the historic structures for Hart Square Village and has built a cabin of his own on his property. In his free time, Brett enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters and riding backcountry ATV trails. Brett has stepped in to help fill the gap after Dr. Bob's passing in a major way.