Board of Directors

2019-2020 Officers and Executive Board Members

Dr. Sandra Plata-Potter
University of Mt. Olive

Suzanne Gifford
Community Representative

At Large
Zac Everhart
Excel Learning Centers

Vice President
Jean Kenefick
Trillium Health Resources

Don Brinkley
Union Bank, Foundation Representative

At Large
Chief Toussaint Summers, Jr.
New Bern Police Department


2019-2020 Board of Directors

Charles Collins
Business Representative

Lynn Hardison
Community Representative

Pam Jenkins
Craven County Library

Betty Kwasnick
Craven County Health Department

Cheryl Reed
Trent Court Residence Council

Shane Grant
Business Representative

Pat Ipock
Community Representative

Lisa Kemp
Craven County Schools

Theron McCabe
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.