Board of Directors

2020-2021 Officers and Executive Board Members

Jean Kenefick
Community Representative

Charles Collins
Ward & Smith

At Large
Zac Everhart
Excel Learning Centers

Vice President
Suzanne Gifford
Excel Learning Centers, LLC

Don Brinkley
Union Bank, Foundation Representative

At Large
Chief Patrick Gallagher
New Bern Police Department


2020-2021 Board of Directors

Geoffrey Marett
Craven Co. Dept. of Social Services

Pat Ipock
Community Representative

Lisa Kemp
Craven County Schools

Theron McCabe
Craven County Commissioner

Lynn Hardison
Community Representative

Pam Jenkins
Craven County Library

Betty Kwasnick
Craven County Health Department

  • Craven Smart Start, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that administers Smart Start funds and programs in Craven County. Smart Start is designed to ensure that young children enter school healthy and ready to succeed. Donations are tax deductible. Financial information about this organization and copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.