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Upcoming board and executive committee meetings can be found at the bottom of this page.


Click on staff members names to email them directly, or call 910.815.3731 +ext.
For staff photos, click here.

Alanna Holmes Finance Associate, ext.1000
Ana Kane Parent Educator
Ciara Montgomery – Child Care Resource & Referral Specialist, ext. 1015
Jane Morrow – Executive Director, ext.1002
Janel Washington – Positive Parenting Coordinator, ext. 1024
Jennifer Gallo – Community Outreach and Engagement Coord., ext.1028
Kelly Purvine – Administrative Assistant, ext.1021
Kelly Puzon – Behavior and Inclusion Support Consultant, ext.1017
Kim Boyce – Program Director, ext.1006
Krista Smith Child Care Resource and Referral Consultant, ext.1023
LaKeasha Glaspie – Child Care Health Consultant, ext.1001
Melanie Nelson – Family Services Manager, ext.1003
Mindy Davis – Early Care and Education Manager, ext.1010
Natalie Pond – Child Care Resource and Referral Consultant, ext.1008
Rachel Williamson – Early Literacy Specialist, ext.1027
Tina Hughes – Financial Director, ext.1014
Tracy McCormick – Parent Educator, ext. 1005
Wes Rose – Parent Educator, ext. 1004
Winter Horner – Parent Educator, ext. 1019

Board of Directors


Craig Kelly, President, Community Member, Youth Violence Intervention Specialist
Clayton Roberts, Vice President, Municipal Representative, City of Wilmington
Lisa Trotta, Treasurer, Business Representative, PPD
Mary Beth Rubright, Secretary, Assistant Director of Social Services


Board Members

Anna Cook, Parent of young child
Brittany Fountain, Parent of young child
Carla Turner, Appointed Designee for Health Director, New Hanover County Health Department
Cheryl Aguilar, Family Childcare Home Provider
Charlrean Mapson, Faith Community, Price Cathedral AME Zion
Clayton Roberts, Municipal Representative, City of Wilmington
Craig Kelly, Community Member
Diane Pappayliou, Community Member
Ginny Morris, Community Member
Josh Smith, Appointed Designee for School Superintendent, New Hanover County Schools
Justin Lewis, Community Member
Lisa Trotta, Business Representative, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Lisa Wurtzbacher, Appointed Designee for New Hanover County Manager
Marie Bergh-Cook, Appointed Designee for the Cape Fear Community College President
Meredith Jones, Community Member, UNCW – Watson School of Education
Mary Beth Rubright, Appointed Designee for Director, New Hanover County Department of Social Services
Michelle Catts, Business Representative, GE Hitachi
Morgan King, Appointed Designee for Cooperative Extension Director
Rob Zapple, Appointed Designee for the Board of County Commissioners
Sarah Flaherty, Childcare Center Director
Sarah Goins, Community Member
Shannon Smiles, Head Start Representative
Susan DeMarco, Appointed Designee for the Public Library Director, New Hanover County Library


Board of Directors Meeting Dates for Fiscal Year 2021-2022

All board and committee meetings are open to the public.

Meetings are at 6:00 pm at the Smart Start Office unless otherwise noted.

  • September 27, 2022
  • Board Retreat- To Be Determined
  • January 24, 2023
  • March 28, 2023
  • June 27, 2023

Executive Committee Meeting Dates

Meetings are at 1:00 pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Smart Start office (with the exception of December and March when it will be the 2nd Wednesday).

  • July 20, 2022
  • Aug 17, 2022
  • Sept 21, 2022
  • Oct 19, 2022
  • Nov 16, 2022
  • Dec 14, 2022
  • Jan 18, 2023
  • Feb 15, 2023
  • Mar 8, 2023
  • Apr 19, 2023
  • May 17, 2023
  • June 21, 2023

Meetings are held at the Smart Start Office unless otherwise noted.

  • Finance Committee
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  • Advocacy Committee
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  • Development Committee
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  • Planning & Oversight Committee
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  • Allocation Committee
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  • Nominating Committee
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