2020 - 2021 Board of Commissioners

Steve Strickland, Chairman

Steve Strickland was appointed to the Housing Authority Board in October of 2016. His family moved to New Bern in 1988. He graduated from New Bern High School (1997) and East Carolina University (2001 – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and Finance, 2003 – Master of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Taxation). After beginning his professional career in Raleigh, NC with McGladrey & Pullen, LLP in 2003, Mr. Strickland returned to New Bern with the firm in 2005. In 2012 he accepted a position with East Carolina University to serve as the Tax Accountant for the University and its related foundations. Mr. Strickland is a member of Temple Baptist Church and has served the City of New Bern as a member of the Board of Adjustment since his appointment in October of 2015.

Carol Becton

Carol B. Becton was appointed to the Housing Authority of the City of New Bern's Board of Commissioners in 2012. Carol was married to the late Capt. James E. Becton of the New Bern Police Department for 34 years and has three children Jvanete, Shade, and Devin and two grandchildren. She is a native New Bernian. Carol attended North Carolina Central University, East Carolina University, and Undenominational Bible Institute. She worked in the Craven County school system for 34 years retiring as principal of Trent Park Elementary in 2008. As a citizen devoted to serving her community, Carol has served on various boards and in many organizations. As an active member of Theta Beta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and the New Bern Climbers Club, Carol serves as chaplain in both organizations. Among her civic activities are: Craven Regional Library Board of Trustees, The New Bern Historical Society, Craven County Arts Council, Uptown Business Association, and the 300th Anniversary Committee.

Pete Monte, Vice-Chairman

Pete Monte moved to New Bern with his family at a young age and has called New Bern home ever since. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in engineering. Mr. Monte served his country honorable in the United States Army. In 1980, Pete Monte in partnership with his late father, Robert Monte, founded Monte Printers. The business is still in successful operation through the hard work and efforts of Pete and Firth Monte.

His favorite pastimes are cooking, reading and traveling. He and Firth have three children and one grandchild. Along with his family, Pete Monte is a member of Garber Methodist Church. He is also a Rotarian. Mr. Monte was appointed to the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners in 2014 and was elected Board Chair in 2015.

Lisa Hardy

Molichia (Lisa) Hardy is a native of New York City. She moved to North Carolina more than 16 years ago. She was elected to serve on the Housing Authority of the City of New Bern's Board of Commissioners in 2010. She also serves as the Resident Council President for the New Bern Towers. Ms. Hardy has one primary goal while serving as Resident Commissioner and Council President: helping to empower others. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading, singing in the choir, and making crafts.

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