Meet Our Community President Joe Mottola

Meet Our Community President Joe Mottola
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Tell us about your hometown, background and career.
I spent my early years in the New York metropolitan area, first in Cliffside Park, N.J., then moving to Long Island and commuting on the Long Island Railroad to high school in New York City. I earned a BA from Lemoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., then an MPA from Syracuse University before beginning a career spent largely in the federal government in Washington, D. C. with the Navy Special Projects Office and the Department of Health and Human Services. As part of the Senior Executive Service Corps for 18 years, I held various management positions, retiring as Deputy Commissioner of the Administration for Children, Youth and Families.

After raising three daughters in Annandale, Va., my wife Carolyn and I retired to Efland, NC, about 30 minutes from here [Fearrington], for a peaceful life in the country. Our family has now grown to include three sons-in-law and eight grandchildren, all of whom appreciate the many charms of Fearrington.

How did you find Fearrington?
We gradually became familiar with Fearrington by taking weekend jaunts to entertain family and out-of-town friends in this lovely setting and casually looking at model homes in the process. As we got older, we began to realize that, in addition to attractive homes, Fearrington had something that we were sorely missing in our country setting in Efland, i.e., a strong infrastructure for satisfying varied interests and a real sense of community. We moved here in 2008 and couldn’t be more pleased.

How does living in the Triangle impact the quality of residents’ lives?
The Triangle provides a rich extended community with its strong academic institutions; its serious offerings in the arts, entertainment and food worlds; its satisfaction of almost any sporting urge one may have (spectator or otherwise); its world class health care; and its easy access to airline transportation.

What else would you say to potential residents?
Fearrington Village is an unusual place. Its residents come from all over the country and have traveled many different paths before settling here, which makes for interesting perspectives which can influence your social, volunteer and leisure activities. At the same time, the Village has a laid back, low pressure atmosphere that supports doing as much or as little as you choose. It is also a place that provides strong community support in some of life’s more challenging circumstances. It most certainly is worth the time you spend to check it out.