Lynne Harakal, originally from Bethlehem, PA, is a graduate of Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Public Communications. Lynne moved to New Bern in 2004 and in 2008 joined the New Bern Historical Society as its Executive Director and continued to serve in that role until 2016 when she became the Executive Director of Swiss Bear, Inc. She also serves on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, New Bern Historical Society Board of Directors, the downtown New Bern MSD Board, and is a trustee for Centenary United Methodist Church. Lynne is married to Mark Harakal and has two grown daughters, Nika and Kyra.
Charlene Harvell is a 2015 graduate of Meredith College with a degree in History and is a member of Phi Alpha Theta. She is also a research consultant for the New Bern Historical Society. She is originally from New Bern.