THANK THE VOLUNTEERS
They may have titles, but every member is involved in all aspects of pulling together Mardi Gras Festival. We would also like to thank the volunteers who help with parade coordination, cleanup, setup, etc.
The event is fully self-funded by generous donations by our sponsors, parade and vendor registration fees.
Margaret Bartlett: Mardi Gras Co-Chair, Sponsors and Volunteers Coordinator
Margaret is a real estate broker with Coldwell Bander Willis-Smith and a 20+ year Ghent resident. Margaret is also the vice-president of the Ghent Neighborhood Association and says she loves the Ghent neighborhood because it's friendly, charming, and eclectic.
Nancy Bradley: Mardi Gras Co-Chair, Vendor and Entertainment Coordinator
Nancy moved to New Bern two years ago, and she, her husband, and daughter became a part of the Ghent neighborhood three years ago. Nancy is an interior designer working from home, specializing in fresh and current, yet budget-friendly design. She loves the Ghent neighborhood for the sense of community it inspires.
Suzannah Cockerille: Mardi Gras Graphic Designer, Copywriter, and Event MC
Suzannah is a writer, poet, and freelance copywriter and graphic designer. She's lived in New Bern for thirty years. The things Suzannah loves most about Ghent are the beautiful old houses and that Ghent is filled with friendly neighbors who care about each other—plus, it's a great neighborhood for a laid-back bike ride.
Terri Philyaw & Mary Traina: Parade Coordinators
Terri Philyaw and Mary Traina have been living in the Ghent area for two years. They report that "living in this area is absolutely the best - charming homes, great neighbors, and the feeling of being home!"
Terri is from North Carolina and is currently employed with the Defense Logistics Agency. Mary moved to North Carolina from Virginia after retiring from D.L.A. and is an active volunteer in New Bern.
Steve Kelly: Committee Member, New Bern Mardi Gras Co-Founder
Steve has lived in Eastern NC most of his life and in Ghent since January 2006. He says there's a sense of community in New Bern that can't be surpassed, and finds that feeling is especially true in Ghent.
Steve, along with Vana Prewitt, founded "Ghent" Mardi Gras, organizing the first small event in 2015, and Steve and Vana were the first New Bern Mardi Gras King and Queen.
Steve's been retired from MCAS Cherry Point for more than 15 years, retired from Down East Folk Arts Society a few years ago, and produced the Twentieth Century American Composers live music revues At the Gallery at the Bank of the Arts for the first four years of that series.
Cyndi Papia: Mardi Gras Website Developer, I.T. Chair, Social Media
Cyndi moved to New Bern in June 2018, from New England to Craven St., then to Ghent in October 2018.
She is a freelance website designer and developer and started her business, Office To-Go, in 1998.
This is Cyndi's second year on the Mardi Gras committee. She is also a Neighborhood Watch block captain, member-at-large on the Ghent Neighborhood Association, and volunteers for many New Bern events. She can be reached at Info@OfficeTo-Go.com.
Nancy Hill: Accountant, Public Relations
Nancy is a Pennsylvania native who spent twenty years in Texas before arriving at last in New Bern in 2011. She's a gardener and cat lover, and found what she joyfully calls her perfect home in Ghent.
Nancy has worked for Bank of America for more than two decades, most recently as a Process Designer in the area of Consumer Lending and Small Business, making her the ideal Mardi Gras accountant. This is Nancy's second year on the Mardi Gras committee.