Board Members

 Karma worked as a health educator for March of Dimes, Chicago Lung Association, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Navistar International. In 1991, she started her promotional products business, Health Promotion Services. Karma made Beaufort her home in 2002, and she has been a club member for 15 years. In addition to her current co-presidency, Karma was also President from 2014-18. Community service is her passion, and Karma’s talents include graphic design, communications, and strong leadership. She is a member of Beaufort Ole Towne Rotary Club, Beaufort Garden Club and Shepherd of the Sea Lutheran Church.

Our retirement to Beaufort was one of the best moves my husband and I ever made. Our family summered in Emerald Isle every year and I always loved coming to Beaufort for dinner, even hoping to retire here. Previously I grew up on Long Island before settling and raising a family in Winston-Salem. We have four grown children and five grandchildren. I love to sail, knit, read and paint.

Karma Rodholm


Marilyn Shuping


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Kay Carter

Co-Vice President

A club member since 2016, Kay retired to the Crystal Coast following a 40-year career in media and communications. She was previously a reporter for WRAL-FM & NC News Network, and later worked in corporate communications for RJ Reynolds, Syngenta, Progress Energy and most recently Hanesbrands in Winston-Salem. As our communications committee chair, Kay leverages her writing, media and PR skills to increase the club’s visibility and reputation. She and her husband, Tom, attend First Methodist Church in Morehead City.


Lori spent most of her working life in surgical devices sales and retired last year. She is active in her church, volunteers in the community and serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations. She enjoys cooking and entertaining, playing tennis and spending time with friends and family.  Her busy life includes husband, Phil, daughter, Reagan, and cutest dog ever, Carter.

Lori Jones

Co-Vice President

Mary has a long history of volunteer service to multiple organizations. A

former CPA with 30 years of financial

and management experience, she

changed direction to study at the New

York School of Interior Design and

launch her own successful design firm.

She retired from the design profession when she moved to Beaufort and puts

her creative energy into her jewelry

design company, Queen Bee Joux LLC. She also serves as the current treasurer

of Friends of the Maritime Museum.

Mary is an avid entertainer, cook,

reader and traveler.

Mary Ann Tormey


A native of NC, MaryAnn spent her early years just 90 miles west of Beaufort. She graduated in 1988 from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BSN (nursing). Her experience was in adult clinical cardiac electrophysiology. With her husband Patrick, she has three daughters. The young family moved from NC to MA for 5 years and then returned to NC. Through the years, the Tomeys have raised horses, llamas, a house-trained bunny, guinea pigs, a talking parakeet, and always a devoted dog or two. Their nest is now empty except for one goofy dog named Max. MaryAnn and family enjoy boating. And she plays tennis, golf, and/or pickleball daily, but explains that she is only truly good at tennis. 

Mary Prager



Shana Bates


A club member since 2018, Shana is the Banking Center Manager for United Bank. She is a graduate of ECU with a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising and a minor in business administration. Shana’s career includes 10 years in retail sales management and 16 years in banking. She is a native of Beaufort who lived in Greenville and Raleigh, but moved back to her hometown in 2007 to be near family. She and her husband, Brian, have two children, Brynna and Ryan. Shana enjoys volunteering, boating, and watching her children play sports.


Catherine Elkins


My lovely life in reverse - Food activist, farmer, build more homes, move to Gloucester, home builder, treasurer for this and that, Habitat site supervisor, mom, move to Chapel Hill, mom, ice cream plant accountant, back to PA, stepmom, move to VT, Quaker, happy family in suburban Philadelphia with three younger brothers (and we're all still talking!). Favorite words - 'you're Hathaway's mom!' or 'Peter and Eric's mom is our field trip driver today', long past but still favorite. Husband Chris enjoys different things like fishing and boat building since retiring from UNC-CH, perfect travel companion in our little RV. Two dogs, two grandchildren, more memories to come.

Fran Pigott-Harding

Past President

A native of Carteret County, Fran’s corporate career in Marketing Communication/Public Relations in financial services, Insurance and education took her from California and Texas to New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. Returning to NC, she purchased a home in Beaufort in 2013. Today she resides in Morehead City. Fran is also busy promoting the NC Coastal Lifestyle with her business as a NC Real Estate Broker. She loves the beach; Diesel, the perfect dog; keeping in touch with family in New Jersey, Texas, Florida, and Beaufort, of course; and networking with friends around the world.