Officers
John Bircher, Chair - Attorney, White and Allen
Sabrina Bengel, Vice Chair - Bengel Hospitality
Cindy Turco, Secretary - CarolinaEast Health System
Chris McCutcheon, Treasurer - Wells Fargo Bank
At-Large Directors
2017
Danny Batten - Surf, Wind & Fire,
Sarah Afflerbach - Architect, Go Architectural Design, Inc.
Buddy Bengel - Bengel Hospitality
2018
Bobby Aster - Retired, Fire Chief
Jim Bisbee, Immediate Past Chair - Fine Arts at Baxter's
Darlene Brown - Partners in Education
Jaimee Bullock - Attorney, GreeneWilson Attorneys at Law
Corey Purdie - Wash Away Unemployment
Leanna Tyson - Tyson & Hooks Realty
2019
Tom Braaten - Retired, General
Gary Curry - Hampton Inn
Tharesa Lee - Civic Leader
Jamara Wallace - Safe Way Taxi Service
Ex Officio Directors
2017
Timothy Downs - Craven County Economic Development
Matt Montanye - Public Works, City of New Bern
Ray Staats - Craven Community College
Mark Stephens - City Manager, City of New Bern
Susie Ward - Craven Arts Council & Gallery, Inc.
2018
Kristen Cullen
- Assistant City Manager, City of New Bern
Nelson McDaniel - New Bern Historical Society
Craig Ramey - Tryon Palace
Jeff Ruggieri - Development Services, City of New Bern
2019
Dallas Blackiston
- Alderman, City of New Bern
Mary Harris - Craven County Tourism Development Authority
Ernie Richardson - Municipal Service District
Kevin Roberts - New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce
Larry Rosenstrauch - New Bern Preservation Foundation
Steve Tyson - Craven County Commissioner
Jack Veit - Craven County Administration
Emeritus/Honorary Directors
Alex Badger
Charles Blythe
Billy Faulkenberry
Bill Fentress
John Haroldson
Jim Hicks
Dell Ipock
Paul Johnson
Joe Mansfield
Bob Mattocks
Ken McCotter
Mary Peterkin
Lonnie Pridgen
Sonny Roberts
Bill Rust
Stewart Smith
David Stroud
John Ward

Swiss Bear Board of Directors meetings are held monthly on the third Thursday, 8:00 a.m. in the Chamber of Commerce meeting room (316 South Front Street). The Annual Breakfast is held in December.