Brant grew up in central North Carolina and attended Davidson College. Following a career with a Fortune 25 manufacturer, a major media company and a significant investment company where he progressed to Division CFO of each, Brant rose to Principal of Thompson Bills & Associates. There he led an expanded scope of consulting projects which identified and implemented improvements affecting ownership, finances, and personnel. Brant created the affiliated B-EZ Systems, LTD, a personal leadership coaching, change management firm, and has earned the trust of hundreds of individuals with their planning for the future in uncertain times. Brant has been married for 37 years, is an active member of First Baptist Church and volunteers for many local organizations. He has also distinguished himself as a soccer referee for major league matches and has instructed international level referees and members of the US Soccer National Team.
Karen is an experienced business professional. She was the President of BDK Resources, Inc for over 20 years and owner/operator of a Virginia retail business. Her work experience includes a wide variety of retail business administration and operations, planned giving campaigns, and assistance to military families at the American Red Cross. As a military spouse, Karen has lived overseas and traveled extensively. Karen’s volunteer activities include serving on the Board of Directors of Craven County Habitat for Humanity, Re-Store Board Member, and as a member.
Randy Gray is a CPA Partner in a local firm. He has served as a Rotarian for 20 years, and is current treasurer of New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club. Randy’s Rotary achievements include: past President of New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club, sustaining Member of Rotary Foundation and three time Paul Harris Fellow. He has also served two years on the District Finance Committee and two years as District Conference Treasurer/Registrar.
Robert (“Bob”) served 22 successful years in the U. S. Marine Corps. He was a helicopter mechanic, crew chief, and a jet engine mechanic. As a supervisor, he held Quality Assurance billets in several areas of aircraft maintenance. In 2005, Bob received his Associate’s degree in Applied Science in Business Administration and in 2007 his 2nd Associate’s degree in Applied Science in Heating, Air conditioning, and Refrigeration. While studying Bob was also working in the logistics department at various Target, Inc. stores in Eastern N. Carolina. Bob first joined Rotary in 2009 while living in Onslow County. As a member of the Richlands Rotary Club, he attended Rotary Leadership Training in 2012 and 2014 and held the position of Assistant Sargent-at-Arms. In 2015 he became Club Vice President and became President in 2016. Bob transferred to the New Bern Club in 2017 after moving to this area. A multiple Paul Harris Fellow, he enjoys traveling, boating, fishing, and other outdoor activities. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge, participates in Craven County Veterans functions, and fundraising events, and is the current Color Guard Commander, Sons of the American Revolution, New Bern Chapter, and attends Garber Methodist Church.
impast PRESIDENT/Club Services Chair
Following 10-year of service in the US Marine Corp, Barry left to start American Travel Centers. This nationwide travel agency was headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, and specialized in corporate travel services. After selling the agencies in 1992 Barry started a career in advertising working for Bell Atlantic/Verizon. Retiring after 25-years Barry moved to New Bern, NC. Volunteer activities have included serving as a Board Member- Better Business Bureau Virginia, Board Member- United Way, Board Member- Boy Scouts of America, and Chairman of the Board- Rappahannock Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Club Service / Membership / Rotary Foundation
Deedra Durocher served as President of New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club from 2016 to 2017 and will now coordinate Rotary Foundation giving for the Club. She first joined Rotary as a member of the Wakefield Rotary Club in South Kingstown, Rhode Island in 1989, inducted into the club within the first year Rotary International permitted women to join as full members. During her years with Wakefield Rotary, she received her first Paul Harris Fellow recognition, was named Rotarian of the Year for 1995-96, served as Rotary Foundation Chair for five years, and chaired the Rotary’s Narragansett Fine Arts Festival for 24 years to raise funds for the club’s scholarship program. After moving to New Bern in December 2014, she joined New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club. She was presented an award for Most Outstanding New Member in June 2015 and served as the Club’s Rotary Foundation Chair for 2015-16. She has been both volunteer and staff at non-profits for much of her professional life and owned a camera store and portrait studio with her husband for 29 years. Deedra is currently employed as Volunteer & Resource Coordinator with Habitat for Humanity of Craven County. She is committed to the principles and goals of Rotary, making the 4-Way Test the basis of her daily personal and professional life.
Before relocating to Eastern North Carolina Richard Goldstein was a Rotarian for more than a decade. He was fortunate to be a member of the Club that inspired his father to serve at both the local and district levels, including District Governor. Richard’s father and mother were Paul Harris society members. So it is with fond memories and great pleasure that he joined the New Bern Breakfast Rotary and has also become a Paul Harris sustaining member. Richard is an insurance broker/agent specializing in Voluntary Benefits with AFLAC and through MSIS he educates and enroll seniors in Medicare supplements and other senior products from drug plans to dental vision and hearing programs. He also advises clients on life insurance, long-term care and annuities.
New Generations and Interact
Cecilia Chittick has lived in Craven County for the past 12 years. She is a licensed teacher and worked at Saint Paul’s Catholic School for several years prior to taking over management of the family business of Home Inspection Professionals. Cecilia joined Rotary in 2015 and has taken on the responsibility of creating and running the Craven County Community Interact Club. She is also the Scholarship Chair for the Todd Denson Memorial Scholarship, and Co-Chair for the Annual 4 Way Essay Contest.
International Service and Oktoberfest Director
Barbara Huffman de Belón
Barbara began her Rotary adventure in February of 2007, becoming a member of the Lehighton, PA Rotary Club, classified as an Information Security Consultant. Thanks to a PDG member within her club, she was introduced to both large and small clubs in her northeastern Pennsylvania district, and started in her service as the club’s greeter. In subsequent years, she served as vice president, followed by club president, and Assistant Governor for her cluster. Her service to Rotary International began in 2013 when she was selected for the governor track. Barbara served as Governor for District 7410 during the 2015-16 Rotary year. During that year, she shepherded a global water and sanitation project in San Pedro/Sula, Honduras. Along with governor duties, Barbara qualified as a Rotary Leadership Institute faculty and delivered courses throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey districts. She received her Rotary foundation Major Donor status in January, 2019. PDG Barbara is looking forward to becoming involved in both the New Bern Breakfast Rotary as well as the District.
Assistant Directors and Committee Chairs
Club Service – Programs -Newsletter-website
Janet moved to New Bern in 1996 when she retired from nursing. She had been an RN and Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner. She has been a Real Estate Broker since 1997. During her time in New Bern Janet has served on many non-profit boards and on the City of New Bern Planning Board. Her roles in Rotary have been Public Image Chairman and Sprocket Editor as well as helping with fundraisers and local Rotary service projects.
Barton Phillips is a retired electrical Engineer. He owned an engineering consulting company in Southern California. He has had extensive programming experience. He was president of his Granby Colorado Rotary Club in 2010 where he lived for 10 years.
Club Service – Health & Happiness / Assistant Secretary
I retired in 2014 and moved to River Bend from Dallas, TX after over 35 years of working with computers. Most of my career was working with general ledger/accounting software for banks, which included programming, consulting, teaching and supporting the bank using the software. Now that I am retired, I enjoy volunteering at RCS (with Rotary) and Habitat for Humanity doing office work. When not volunteering, I enjoy working in my yard, enjoy the beach and travel.
Community Service – CART Program
John Griffin joined the New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club in April of 2006 and has been an active member ever since. Formerly he served as Newsletter Editor for the Leavenworth, Kansas, club, as President in 1988-89 for the Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia, club, and was a member of the New Bern Evening club. In 2005 John retired from his service in research and development for the Federal Government and enjoys reading and genealogy. John also serves as Treasurer for the New Bern chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America and also as Treasurer for the Hunter’s Ridge of New Bern Home Owner’s Association. A multiple Paul Harris fellow, John has served the New Bern Breakfast Rotary club for a number of years as the CART Program chair, coordinating club contributions for research into Alzheimer’s disease.
Community Service – OktoberFest Co-Chair
Joni Bass has been a member of the New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club since 2012. She has served as Sargent-at-Arms, Service Project chairperson and is now the OktoberFest co-chairperson. For the past 20 years Joni has been employed at CarolinaEast Foundation as a Donor Database and Events Manager. Her leisure activities include traveling with her husband and visiting antique stores and vintage car shows. Joni joined Rotary because of both the local and international involvement in healthcare and education. She is a strong advocate of two key Rotary programs, eradicating polio and Alzheimer’s research because her family has been touched by both these debilitating diseases.
Community Service – Kicks-for-Kids
Tom Gingrich is the owner of the Tom Gingrich State Farm Insurance Agency. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s degree from Boston University. Tom became a member of the New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club in 2009 and served as President in 2011-2012. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and member of the Bequest Society. Tom currently organizes the annual Kicks-for-Kids project. Outside of Rotary Tom is very involved with Garber United Methodist Church where he is Secretary of the Board of Trustees and serves on mission trips to Haiti. Tom is also the past Chairman of the Board of the Twin Rivers YMCA.
Community Service – Highway Cleanup
Allen Curtis is a native of New Bern, NC. After graduating from New Bern High School, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard as an avionics technician second class. Allen then had a 25-year career with UPS, which included customer account representative, shift supervisor, and logistics. Allen has served on the Garner, NC chapter of the American Red Cross Relay for Life Cooking for a Cure team for many years. As part of the team, Allen led the cooking team in preparing for annual community-wide barbeque fundraisers. Additionally, Allen has served in leadership roles in the Garner United Methodist Church as a finance committee member, mission projects, and youth group activities and almost 40 years of membership in the St. John’s #3 Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and Sudan Temple.