Angela "Angi" Karchmer has served as the Director of Social Services since 2016. Angi is a native of Gaston County and graduated from North Gaston High School. She attended Appalachian State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Communications. Having been with the County for over thirty years, Angi was a Child Support Enforcement Supervisor from 1998 to 2003 and was promoted to Economic Services Coordinator in 2003. She then served as the Economic Support Services Administrator before being promoted to her current position.
She was named an employee of the year in 2009 and completed the NC Department of Commerce Leadership Academy in 2010. In 2013 she completed the County Administration course and was selected as a LGFCU Fellow for the "Leading for Results" program, both at UNC-Chapel Hill. Angi currently serves on the North Carolina Employment and Training Association Advisory Board and the NC Workforce Development Training Center Board.