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


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Aimee Allen – Parents as Teachers Educator
Alanna Holmes Finance Associate
Beth Bowen – Positive Parenting Coordinator
Brianne Walsh– Parents as Teachers Educator
Channing Huggins – Positive Parenting Educator
Debbie Harrell – Finance Director
Jane Morrow – Executive Director
Jennifer Gallo – Family and Community Educator
Kelly Puzon – Early Childhood Consultant
Kim Klein – Early Childhood Consultant
Krista Green Early Childhood Consultant
Krista Turner – Program & Evaluation Director
LaKeasha Glaspie – Physical Activity & Nutrition Consultant
Laura Pollard – Receptionist/Support Services Associate
Liat Weingarten – Parents as Teachers Coordinator
Lisa Burriss – Family Services Manager
Matt Schaeffer – Early Childhood Consultant
Mindy Davis – Early Care and Education Manager
Natalie Pond – Early Childhood Consultant
Stephanie Harris – Family and Community Educator

Board of Directors

Khadijia Tribié Reid, President, Parent of a Child Receiving Smart Start Services, MedNorth Health Center
Justin Lewis, Vice PresidentCommunity Member, Ward and Smith, P.A.
Betty Clark, Treasurer, Community Member, Noah’s Ark Children’s Center
Meredith Jones, Secretary, Community Member, UNCW – Watson School of Education
Board Members
Ashlye Hernandez, Community Member, NHRMC
Benjamin Baldwin,  Parent of a Child with Special Needs/ LICC Representative, Delta Behavioral Health
Bernadette Baker, Community Member, Retired DCDEE Child Care Consultant
Beth Schrader, Appointed Designee for the County Manager
Betty Clark, Community Member, Noah’s Ark Children’s Center
Claire Corbett, Parent Representative, NHRMC
Cliff Barnett, Faith Community, AME Warner Temple
Diane Pappayliou, Community Member, Rountree Losee, LLP
Harry Tuchmayer, Public Library Director, New Hanover County Library
Jennifer Varella, Community Member, Kids & Company
Justin Lewis, Community Member, Ward and Smith, P.A.
Karen Weaver, Business Leader, PNC
Kenneth Sarvis, Community Member, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office
Khadijia Tribie Reid, Parent Representative, Med North
LaChawn Smith, Appointed Designee for the NHC Superintendent of Schools
Leslie King, Non-Profit Child Care Related Organization, CA-naeyc
Lisa Trotta, Community Member, PPD
Mary Cato, Community Member, Chubby Cheeks Child Care
Meredith Jones, Community Member, UNCW – Watson School of Education
Michelle Winstead, Director, New Hanover County Department of Social Services
Phillip Tarte, Director, New Hanover County Health Department
Rhonda Tighe, Appointed Designee for the Cape Fear Community College President
Rob Zapple, Appointed Designee for the Board of County Commissioners
Shannon Smiles, Appointed Designee for Head Start Representative
Tammy Orr, Community Member, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy


Board of Directors Meeting Dates

(Meetings are at 6:00 pm at the Smart Start Office)

  • June 26, 2018
  • September 25, 2018 – Annual Meeting meeting rescheduled for 10-9-18 due to Florence
  • December 4, 2018 – Board Retreat
  • January 22, 2019
  • March 26, 2019
  • June 25, 2019
Executive Committee Meeting Dates

(Meetings are at 12:30 pm at the Smart Start Office)

3rd Tuesday of each month (exception: November – 2nd Tuesday)

  • 2018: 8/21, 9/18, 10/16, 11/13, 12/18 – 9-18-18 and 10/16 meetings consolidated to 10-2-18 due to Florence
  • 2019: 1/15, 2/19, 3/19, 4/16, 5/21, 6/18

July 17,2018 executive committee meeting cancelled.

Finance Committee Meeting Dates

(Meetings are at 12:00 pm at the Smart Start Office)

  • 2018: 9/18 cancelled due to Hurricane Florence
  • 2019: 1/15, 3/19, 6/18
Other committees of the board

(Meetings posted as they are scheduled.  Meetings are held at the Smart Start Office unless otherwise noted.)

  • Advocacy Committee
    • Meetings TBA
  • Development Committee
    • July 24, 2018
  • Planning & Oversight Committee
    • November 9th at 3:00 pm
  • Allocation Committee
    • Meetings TBA
  • Nominating Committee
    • Meetings TBA