Linda Staunch is President and CEO of Linda Staunch & Associates, an innovative public relations/marketing communications business in New Bern, North Carolina. Her clientele has spanned a range of businesses, professions, and organizations including tourism, health care, economic development, education and small business initiatives. In addition to expertise in public relations, marketing and advertising, Linda has extensive experience in event planning and management. In 2010, she was the Executive Director of New Bern’s 300th Anniversary, a year-long event involving national and international outreach and including strategic planning, event management, media relations, fundraising, and much more. Her portfolio of event marketing includes coordination and consultation with Pepsi’s 100th Anniversary celebration in 1998, Pepsi America’s Sail in 2006, the Morehead City Sesquicentennial in 2007, and many small events and expos. Over the years, Linda has won numerous awards for public relations, marketing and strategic communications.
For 15 years, Linda co-produced and hosted the popular television show “Around Town….with LindaStaunch” which appeared on the FOX network in the Eastern NC region and on the local cable channel. The program featured a vast array of local, state and national personalities and activities.
Linda has been active in numerous local, state and national professional organizations. She serves as Chairman of the board of the North Carolina Community Foundation and is past president and a charter member of the Craven County Affiliate board. She is a member of the North Carolina Symphony board and President of the Symphony board in New Bern. She is also a member of the executive board of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill and serves on the board of the Twin Rivers YMCA. A longtime Rotarian, Linda was the first female member and the first female President of the New Bern Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow.
Former board activity includes Past President of the New Bern Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Craven County Tourism Development Authority, and board member of the North Carolina Chamber. She has served on the board of Leadership North Carolina and was presented the Richardson Preyer Alumni award. She has served on the boards of Mount Olive College, UNC School of the Arts,, Swiss Bear Downtown Development, Merci Clinic, American Red Cross of Eastern Carolina, the Craven County Chapter of the American Heart Association, New Bern Military Alliance, Craven Community College Foundation and the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum. She is an Advisory Board member of the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, a charter member of the Coastal Women’s Forum and served on the Advisory Board of the NC Governor’s Conference for Women.
In the past, Linda has served on the boards of the American Hospital Association Society for Health Care marketing and Public Relations and the Carolinas Health Care Public Relations and Marketing Society where she received the John Thomason award for Public Relations. She also served many years on the North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council in Raleigh, NC. In addition, she has been tapped for numerous task forces and advisory committees including Craven County Strategic Planning efforts in 1998 and 1994. She is a frequent guest speaker covering a variety of topics. Linda was named one of the 2011 Women of Achievement by the NC Federation of Women’s Clubs.
Prior to establishing her business in 1995, Linda was a member of the Senior Executive team at Craven Regional Medical Center, a leading health care provider in Coastal Carolina. There she was responsible for marketing, public relations, strategic planning, government relations and volunteer administration.
Linda is a graduate of Peace College in Raleigh, NC and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. She earned a Master’s Degree at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
Linda lives in New Bern and has 3 adult daughters and 4 grandchildren. She is a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church.