Meet Our Founders

Hutch Matteson

Founder/Chairman

Hutch was born and raised in Port Republic, Maryland.  He attended Liberty University and graduated in May of 1986 as well as married his wife Cindy in the same week!  Hutch and Cindy have four grown children of which the oldest is Josh who happened to be born with Down Syndrome.  Hutch has served in local church ministry as a student pastor as well as pastor for over 25 years.  He has had experience leading large ministries and has also earned his Masters Degree from Andersonville Seminary. Hutch enjoys worshipping at Passion City Church and also teaching God’s Word with over 100 business men on Fridays as part of the One Thing For Men teaching team.

 

Hutch and his wife felt God leading them to step out in faith and begin The PIER Foundation in June of 2011 because they saw a great need to reach out to this special population in Forsyth County.  Hutch brings all of his experience in ministry to serving and ministering to the adults that work at The PIER Thrift Store. His desire is to continue using his gifts and talents to help even more adults with disabilities in North Georgia as he continue to serve as chairman of the board.

 

Cindy Matteson

Co-Founder/

Executive Director

Cindy was born and raised in Southern Maryland.  She attended Liberty University and is continuing her education through Toccoa Falls College to earn a degree in Non-Profit Management.  She is the mother of four grown children and really enjoys using her gifts to assist her family as well as others in the community.  She has led many large events in the church and even started North Georgia Homeschool Enrichment which she owned and directed for 11 years. She served on the board of The Tidewater Down Syndrome Support Group where she was the chairman of the activities committee. She also graduated in 1998 from Partners in Policymaking which trains parents to understand laws and policies to better advocate for their children with disabilities.  Cindy has been a “Job Trainer” since 2007 for adults with disabilities.

 

 Cindy has really enjoyed seeing The PIER Foundation birthed and its tremendous growth through the years.  She has a tremendous list of responsibilities at The PIER Thrift Store that include scheduling, job formation, training, assisting volunteers, finding and obtaining grants, and partnering with outside organizations.  She is excited about where the future will take The PIER Foundation and of course she LOVES working with and planning special events for all the PIER employees.