Board of Directors

2023-2024 Officers and Executive Board Members

Jim Burns
Community Services

Vice President

Lynn Hardison
Community Representative

Don Brinkley
Foundation Representative

Assistant Secretary
Lisa Kemp
County Schools Representative


2023-2024Board of Directors

Jennifer Blackmon
County Government

Maria Eid
Services Representative

Linder Ervin
Services Representative

Chief Patrick Gallagher
New Bern Police Department

LaTicia Garfield
Services Representative

Geoffrey Marett
Craven Co. Dept. of Social Services

Beatrice R. Smith
Craven County Commissioner

  • 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.