PAM GENANT, CHAIR
Originally from Maine, Pam has a bachelor's degree in Nursing and joined the United States Army Nurse Corps in 1990. She met and married her husband at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, while she was assigned to the 5th MASH. After finishing her commitment to the U.S. Army, she moved with her husband to Germany. Upon returning to the States, they decided to raise their two sons here in Burke County. Pam has been a resident of North Carolina since 1998 and because of her love of the area, she volunteers her time within this community.
SETH GARDNER, 1st VICE CHAIR
Born and raised in Morganton, Seth became active in politics in 2018 running for NC State House for District 86. After serving on two campaign committees for local elections, he was elected to the first vice chair position for BCDP.
Currently working as an IT Incident Escalation Technician and finishing a Bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity from Montreat College, much of Seth’s time outside of his school, work, and party duties is spent researching digital privacy and security and educating individuals on methods of protecting themselves in this Internet-connected age. Seth is engaged to Ana Stojcevic, and his focus remains on improving Burke County for this and future generations.
LESLIE KERN, 2nd VICE CHAIR
I was raised in Lexington, North Carolina, on the best barbecue in the world. I graduated from nursing school and worked in public health in Floyd County, Georgia. After working in the health field for a number of years, I switched to teaching first grade, kindergarten, and reading. I am now retired, do tutoring, and teach an ESL class. I am married to Chris Kern, physician’s assistant extraordinaire, who is retired from Broughton Hospital. We raised two wonderful girls and have three charming grandchildren.
CATHI EDWARDS, 3rd VICE CHAIR
I’m originally from Queens, New York, but have lived in Burke County off and on since high school. I became a Democrat because of Watergate; before that event, I would have probably been a Republican, like my folks. They thought our politicians cared about us, were moral, and had America’s best interests at heart. Well, we found out different, didn't we?
PATRICIA OLSSON, SECRETARY
I’m originally from Upstate New York. I’m a registered nurse and practiced for 34 years in New York, Florida, and North Carolina. My husband Arthur and I have five children and nine grandchildren. I enjoy hiking and fishing, and I practice yoga and meditation daily. My passion when I was younger was raising thoroughbred race horses; my new passion is electing local Democrats to serve Burke County, and a Democratic president in 2020!
MAUREEN DOUGHER, TREASURER
Maureen has a master’s in Spanish and is a retired teacher from Western Piedmont Community College. She is also a devoted mother and grandmother. Among the many volunteer opportunities that keep her busy, Maureen makes time to be the BCDP treasurer.