Foundation Board of Directors

The Foundation is governed by a three member board of directors appointed by the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority. Board members are appointed for a two-year term and may serve up to three terms.

William Bryden 
Chairman 
Bill Bryden was appointed to the Foundation as one of three inaugural members. He is retired from IBM and active in the community. Bill previously served as a board member of the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority serving two terms as Chairman. Bill is a member of the Landfall Foundation, the Wilmington Railroad Museum Board of Directors and UNCW Adult Scholars.


Frankie Roberts
Vice Chairman 
Frankie Roberts is the co-founder and Executive Director of Leading Into New Communities, Inc. (LINC), a nonprofit agency that provides shelter and services for men and women returning from prison. Frankie has served as chairman of the New Hanover County Department of Social Services Board of Commissioners and as a member of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council Advisory Board, the Cancer Community Outreach Board and many other community organizations.


Honorable Laura Padgett
Secretary 
Laura Padgett is currently serving her fourth four year term as a member of the Wilmington City Council. Laura has been an independent financial advisor, insurance agent and stock broker, specializing in Qualified Retirement Plans. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the National Multimodal Steering Committee and has held several roles on the boards of the National League of Cities and the North Carolina League of Municipalities.


Emilie Swearingen
Emilie Swearingen currently serves as a Commissioner for the Kure Beach Town Council. She holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from North Carolina State University and lectures at UNCW in the area of Nonprofit Management. Her extensive history working with nonprofits includes, acting as a coach for UNCW’s Quality Enhancement for Nonprofits (QENO) program and providing training on Board Governance and Strategic Planning for nonprofits in an 11-county area.


Christine McNamee
Christine McNamee is the Assistant Director for Economic Services for the New Hanover County Department of Social Services. Chris previously served as a board member of the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority serving two terms as Chairman. She currently serves as secretary of the Wilmington Health Access for Teens Board of Directors and is a member of the Board of Smart Start of New Hanover County.