Meet the talented Historic Ghent neighborhood volunteers who are making New Bern's very own Mardi Gras better than ever in 2019.
Chirona Penny - Mardi Gras Chair
Chirona is a real estate agent with Wiechert Realtors at Waves Edge. She and her husband, Art, make up "TeamPennyENC" and are opening a Weichert Realtors office in New Bern soon. Chirona and her husband have lived in Ghent for a little over a year and love walking their two dogs together along the friendly sidewalks of Ghent each morning.
This is Chirona's second year on the Mardi Gras committee and first year as Mardi Gras chair. Chirona is excited about her Mardi Gras 2019 team and especially excited to make New Bern's Mardi Gras "purpler" than ever this year!
Chirona can be reach via email at Info@TeamPenny.com.
Margaret Bartlett - Sponsors 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.
This is Margaret's third year on the Mardi Gras committee. She can be reached at 252-634-7937 and by e-mail at Margaret@MargaretBartlett.com.
Catherine Statt - Social Media & Blaine Staat - Advertising
Blaine and Cat moved to New Bern in July 2018 after living away from the East Coast for far too long. She’s from Virginia, he was raised in South Carolina; Ghent is their happy place. They have a son in Virginia Beach, a daughter in Morocco, and their two youngest pursuing dreams at Berea College. They currently share their home with three dogs, one cat, a lot of love, and very little sanity.
Suzannah Cockerille - Social Media
Suzannah is a writer, poet, and freelance copywriter and graphic designer. She's lived in New Bern just shy of 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.
This is Suzannah's second year on the Mardi Gras committee. Find Suzannah online at ShinyButter.com.
Nancy Bradley - Vendor Coordinator
Nancy moved to New Bern two years ago, and she and her husband and daughter became a part of the Ghent neighborhood a year 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.
Cyndi Papia - Website Developer
Cyndi moved to New Bern in June 2018, from New England, and moved to Ghent in October. She is a freelance website designer/developer and started her business, Office To-Go, in 1998. She shares her home with Charlie, a rescued cat; and Fred, her Betta fish.
When she's not building websites, you’ll find Cyndi volunteering for nonprofit organizations and all things animal/wildlife related. She can be reached at Info@OfficeTo-Go.com
Mary Giere-Merrell - Sponsors Coordinator
Mary has been a florist for 36 years and manages the Harris Teeter floral department. She's a mom of four and beloved "MeMe" to four grandchildren. Mary is on the Ghent Neighborhood Association board, a member of the executive leadership board for the New Bern Heart Association's annual Heart Ball, on the advisory board for Tryon Palace, on the advisory board for the New Bern Woman's Club's annual Holly & Ivy Homes tour, and regularly gives talks and demonstrations on floral design to local garden clubs and other groups.
Mary has lived in Ghent for three years, and this is her third year on the Mardi Gras committee. She can be reached at 910-297-7308 or Unforgettable_heart67@yahoo.com.
Scarlett & Mike Schlitt
Pam Sewell and her husband are twenty-year residents of Ghent. Pam has chaired the Mardi Gras committee for the past two years, alongside her role as the New Bern Mardi Gras Queen and ambassador.
This is Pam's third year on the committee and as Queen. Pam is active throughout the community and volunteers for a number of organizations, including one of her favorites, the Coastal Capital Humane Society.
Pam is available to speak on the history and traditions of Mardi Gras and can be reached at OsikSewell@aol.com.