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

Staff

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

Aimee Allen – Parents as Teachers Educator, ext.1016
Alanna Holmes Finance Associate, ext.1000
Aria McClellan – Parents as Teachers Educator, ext.1019
Beth Bowen – Positive Parenting Coordinator, ext.1004
Channing Huggins – Positive Parenting Educator, ext.1024
Cody Smith – Behavior and Inclusion Support Consultant, ext.1007
Dayla Mendez Child Care Resource and Referral Specialist, ext.1015
Jane Morrow – Executive Director, ext.1002
Jennifer Gallo – Community Outreach and Engagement Coord., ext.1028
Kelly Purvine – Receptionist/Support Services Associate, ext.1021
Kelly Puzon – Behavior and Inclusion Support Consultant, ext.1017
Kim Boyce – Program Director, ext.1006
Krista (Green) Smith Child Care Resource and Referral Consultant, ext.1023
LaKeasha Glaspie – Child Care Health Consultant, ext.1001
Matt Schaeffer – Child Care Resource and Referral Consultant, ext.1011
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
Ruth Roldan – Parents as Teachers Educator, ext.1005

 

Board of Directors

Officers

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

Brittany Fountain, Community Member, Parent of young child
Carla Turner, Assistant Health Director, New Hanover County Health Department
Cheryl Aguilar, Community Member, Family Childcare Home Provider
Charlrean Mapson, Faith Community, Price Cathedral AME Zion
Clayton Roberts, Municipal Representative, City of Wilmington
Craig Kelly, Community Member, Youth Violence Intervention Specialist
Diane Pappayliou, Community Member, Butler Snow, LLP
Ginny Morris, Community Member
Josh Smith, New Hanover County Schools
Justin Lewis, Community Member, Ward and Smith
Lisa Trotta, Community Member, PPD
Lisa Wurtzbacher, New Hanover County
Marie Bergh-Cook, Appointed Designee for the Cape Fear Community College President
Meredith Jones, Community Member, UNCW – Watson School of Education
Mary Beth Rubright, Director, New Hanover County Department of Social Services
Michelle Catts, GE Hitachi
Morgan King, Cooperative Extension
Rob Zapple, Appointed Designee for the Board of County Commissioners
Sarah Flarherty, Community Member
Shannon Smiles, Director of Early Childhood Education
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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