Staff Profiles

Josh Bass, President

Josh joined the Chamber staff in May of 2011. A long time resident of Currituck, he graduated from Currituck High School and then went on to UNC Chapel Hill. Josh has previous work experience in education and the real estate industry.  Josh has a lifetime of community involvement with organizations, such as, the Whalehead Preservation Trust, the NC Cooperative Extension Service, the Outer Banks History Center, Pilmoor Food Pantry, the Currituck Economic Development Advisory Board, Future of Hampton Roads, the Currituck Education Foundation, the Currituck County Historic Commission, the North Carolina Travel and Tourism Board, the North Carolina Local Government Commission. Josh and his wife Monica live in Currituck with their sons and Boston Terrier.

Juanita Krause, Membership Director

Juanita joined the Chamber staff in December of 2016 as the Membership Director.  Prior to joining the Chamber, Juanita worked in Construction Management and Residential Development field. Previous to her tenure in construction management, Juanita worked as a Real Estate professional.

A native to Cape May, New Jersey, Juanita and her husband Greg moved to Currituck County in 2006.  Juanita developed a strong sense of devotion to the community, delivering Meals on Wheels for the Currituck County Senior Center, working as a community advocate for the benefit and protection of Currituck and served as Moyock Elementary school PTA Treasurer. Since moving to Currituck County Juanita dedicated her time raising her boys and becoming very active in their youth athletic programs, education and school activities.  In her spare time Juanita likes spending time with her family, gardening, angling and enjoying all that Currituck outdoors has to offer.

Michelle Kirnan, Office Manager

Michelle joined the Chamber staff March 2017 as our office manager.  Prior to joining the Chamber, Michelle worked in commercial lending as a loan processor and account manager.  She also has experience as an operations manager.  You may have met Michelle through her membership with the Chamber from 2013 as the owner of a local portrait photography business.  Because of the combination of these industries and fields, she brings with her a passion for helping business professionals.

Michelle has been active in the community with local organizations such as the Chamber, Currituck Tennis Association, and more.  She retired as a photographer in early 2019 and now focuses her time on family.

Mary Simmons, Administrative Assistant

Mary joined the Chamber staff in May of 2019 as the Administrative Assistant. Prior to joining the Chamber, Mary worked in Currituck County Schools for 29 years, and Chesapeake Public Schools for 6 years as a teacher and school library media specialist. During her tenure with Currituck County Schools, Mary wrote and won many grants benefiting the school libraries and promoting literacy. She currently works as a Faculty Adjunct for Old Dominion University teaching online classes and supervising student teachers. Mary is a member of the Historic Preservation Commission in Currituck County.

Staff headshot images by Currituck Headshots by Laura Walter Photography.

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