I was born in Henderson County and graduated from East Henderson High School with the Class of 1974, of which I served as Senior Class President. At that time, I was known as Rebecca Jackson, daughter of Charles and Mary Lou Baxter Jackson, and granddaughter of Clyde Jackson who served for twelve years on the Henderson County Board of Commissioners and for whom Jackson Park is named. My other grandfather was William A Baxter, who held the office of Mayor of Laurel Park for many years. I have been married to Ernest McCall (who also grew up in Henderson County) for 41 years. Together, we have raised three children, Ernest, Jr (Bud), Erik, and Katie (Lamb), who are all married, working and raising families in Henderson County. We have six beautiful grandchildren, four of whom are presently attending Henderson County schools.
Since graduating from East Henderson, I have earned degrees in Mechanical Drafting & Design from Blue Ridge Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Montreat College.
For the past 25 years I have worked for two Fortune 500 companies (GE Lighting and Hubbell Lighting) in the areas of accounting, engineering, and business management. With those companies, I received some of the best management training available, including:
- Six Sigma training that focuses on statistical analysis to solve problems and improve processes.
- Kaizen leadership training with Hubbell where I led countless problem solving kaizen events identifying major cost saving opportunities.
Over my career I have been responsible for multi-million dollar projects in areas of product development and construction and I presently hold the position of Production Manager for Norafin (Americas), Inc. who are in the process of building a new location in Mills River.