Corporate Board of Directors …

 and our current list of committees and meeting schedules 

Board of Directors, 2017  2018
Executive Committee
(Year) = Current Board Term

Alvin Atkinson Treasurer  (18)
Winston Salem State Universtiy

Anna Miller-Fitzwater (20)
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Bennett Bruff (20)
Turlington and Company, LLP

Brice O’Brien (’19)
RAI (retired)

Daniele Arriola (19)
Parent Advocate

Diana Santos Johnson Secretary  (19)
Bolton Law Group

Denise Hartsfield (20)
District Court Judge

Douglas S. “Doug” Punger  (18)
Attorney-at-law (retired)

Elizabeth Dampier  Immediate Past Chair  (19)

Elizabeth Perkins Lees (19)
Forsyth Futures

Eric Sadler (20)
Sadler & Plummer Family Dentistry, Inc.

Ginger Gallagher (20)
Vela Agency, Inc.

Heather Egan (20)
Novant Health

Joan Troost (20)
Wells Fargo

Katrina Tucker (19)
Parent Advocate

Larry Vellani (Ex Officio)
CEO/Executive Director

Matt Britt Chair(19)
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Mona Lovett (19)
Crosby Scholars

Reginald McCaskill (20)
Maximum Enterprises, Inc.

Sabrina Hinton  (18)
Business Woman and Educator

Sheryll Strode Vice Chair  (18)
Independent Consultant in Strategy and Change leadership

Theressa Stephens (18)
Church Child Care Center, Inc.

Trey Howe (19)
Pinnacle Finance Partners

Vivien Stearns (20)
Family Services, Inc.

Shared Responsibility, Distributed Service
(with board-service cohort designation)

Chair, Matt Britt,19
Vice-Chair, Sheryll Strode,18
Secretary, Diana Santos Johnson,19
Treasurer, Alvin Atkinson,18
Past-Chair, Elizabeth Dampier, 19


All SSFC board and committee meetings operate in accordance with North Carolina Open Meetings law. The board welcomes public attendance at all of its proceedings, and arranges for public-comment time at each meeting.

NB: Some committee rosters & meeting schedules are still in process for the 2017  18 board year. For the most recent updates, please contact Jackie Lofton at 336.714.4349 or

Corporate Board and Executive Committee meetings take place at SSFC offices, 7820 North Point Boulevard, Suite 200, Winston-Salem, NC and begin at 12:00 p.m.

Finance Committee meetings take place at the Forsyth County Government Center, 201 North Chestnut Street, Winston-Salem, NC, and begin at 8:30 a.m.

2017-18 Board and Committee Meeting Schedules

Corporate Board

September 20, 2017
December 1, 2017 (Board Retreat, Senior Services, Inc., 2895 Shorefair Dr NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27105)
January 17, 2018 (by telephone due to unsafe travel conditions; to participate, please call 336.380.6313 before 11:55 a.m.)
March 21, 2018
May 16, 2018
July 18, 2018
September 19, 2018

Executive Committee

September 11, 2017
October 9, 2017
October 30, 2017
December 11, 2017
January 8, 2018
February 12, 2018
March 12, 2018
April 9, 2017
May 7, 2018
June 11, 2018 – Meeting, no quorum for action
July 9, 2018 – Meeting, no quorum for action
August 13, 2018
September 10, 2018

Finance Committee

September 11, 2017
October 9, 2017
November 6, 2017
December 11, 2017
January 8, 2018
February 12, 2018
March 12, 2018
April 9, 2017
May 7, 2018
June 11, 2018
July 9, 2018
August 13, 2018
September 10, 2018

Executive Committee
Organizational Oversight; Governance between Board Meetings; Short Term, Emergency & Extraordinary Response.
Chair, Matt Britt,19
Vice-Chair, Sheryll Strode, 18
Secretary, Diana Santos Johnson, 19
Treasurer, Alvin Atkinson, 18
Past-Chair, Elizabeth Dampier, 19
At-large , Doug Punger, 18
At-large & NC Pre-K Committee Co-Chair, Janie Costello, 19
At-large & Development Committee, Sabrina Hinton, ’18

  • Principal Staff, Jackie Lofton, Deputy Executive, SSFC

Fiscal Operations and Financial Audit.

Chair, Alvin Atkinson, Treasurer,18
Vice Chair, Bennett Bruff, 20
At-large community member, Cynthia Cobb
Board member, Diana Santos Johnson, ’19
At-large community member, Joe Brooks
At-large community member, Mary McAfee

  • Principal Staff, Michael Redden, CFO, SSFC

Some of the following committees have yet to set regular meeting times for the 2017  2018 board year. For information about the upcoming meeting schedule for any particular committee, contact Jackie Lofton, Deputy Executive, 336.714.4349, or

Measurement, Allocations, and Learning
Vision, Mission, and Data-Driven Decision Making in Investment Decisions to Change Outcomes for Children, and Their Families and Educators.

The Committee generally meets the FOURTH WEDNESDAY of the month (See below). For any questions about meeting times or procedures, please call Charlette Lindell, 336.714.4347

Chair, Sheryll Strode, 18
Vice Chair, Elizabeth Perkins-Lees, 19
At-large community, Adam Hill
Board member, Anna Miller-Fitzwater, ’20
Board member, Doug Punger, 18
Board member, Elizabeth Dampier, ’19
Board member, Ginger Gallagher, ’20
At-large community, Janet Ray
Board member, Janie Costello, ’19
Board member, Matt Britt, ex-officio, 19
At-large community member, Jessica McCrory
At-large community member, Pam Anglin
Board member, Sabrina Hinton, 18
At-large community member, Stephanie Bunch
At-large community member, Tan McDougal
Board member, Trey Howe, ’19
At-large community, Yamile McBride
At-large community, Yolanda Bolden

  • Principal Staff, Charlette, Lindell, Director, Compliance & Quality Assurance, SSFC, and  Sarah Heinemeier, Research and Evaluation Consultant, SSFC

2017 – 2018 MALea Meeting Schedule

October 23, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
November 20, 2017, special called subcommittee meeting to review DPIL applications, 12:30 p.m.
November 29, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
January 22, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
February 28, 2018, 12:00 p.m.
March 28, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – Meeting, no quorum for action
April 25, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – Meeting, no quorum for action
May 23, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – Meeting, no quorum for action
June 27, 2018, 12:00 p.m.
July 25, 2018, 12:00 p.m.
August 22, 2018, 12:00 p.m.
September 26, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Friend and Fund Raising.

Chair, Sabrina Hinton, ’18
Ginger Gallagher, ’20
Heather Egan, ’20
Mark Flowers, at-large community

  • Principal Staff, Jackie Lofton, Deputy Executive, SSFC

Board Composition and Succession
Leadership pipeline: identification through nomination.

Chair, Diana Santos Johnson, 18
Anna Miller-Fitzwater, ’20
Denise Hartsfield, ’20
Mona Lovett, ’19
Sheryll Strode, ’18

  • Principal Staff, Jackie Lofton, Deputy Executive, SSFC

Strategic Issues
Generative Visioning, Strategic Planning, Seizing Opportunities, Weighing Community Sentiment, Crafting Messages.

Chair, Alvin Atkinson, 18
Anna Miller-Fitzwater, ’20
Daniela Arriola, ’19
Doug Punger, ’18
Elizabeth Dampier, ’19
Heather Egan, ’20
Matthew Britt, ’19
Mona Lovett, ’19
Sheryll Strode, ’18

  • Principal Staff, Jackie Lofton, Deputy Executive, SSFC

Human Resourcing
Governance Issues related to Employment, Motivation, Performance, and Compensation

Chair, Elizabeth Dampier, ’19
Doug Punger, ’18
Joan Troost, ’20
Sabrina Hinton, ’18
Theressa Stephens, ’18

Allocations Subcommittee
Reporting to Measurement, Allocations, and Learning Committee (MALea); reconstituted every year. Review program funding proposals and make recommendations to SSFC, Inc., Board of Directors for use of NCPC, Inc., program funds.

In 2015-16 & 2016-17 business cycles, the MALea Committee fulfilled the functions of the Allocations Subcommittee.

  • Principal Staff, Charlette Lindell, Director, Business Partnerships, SSFC

Allocations Subcommittee Meeting Schedule

see above under full MALea Committee

Supra-Organizational Committee

NC Pre-K Committee
Develop, implement, and support the operations and growth of the Forsyth County Pre-K Program.

Co-Chair, Janie Costello, SSFC Board Member,19
(Designated by Superintendent, WSFC Schools)
Co-Chair, Matt Britt, Chair SSFC Board of Directors,19

Artetta McKinney, Child Care Development Fund, DSS
Belinda Beard, Elementary Educator & Principal, WSFCS (retired)
Blanche Stevens, Exceptional Children Program, WSFCS
Bob Feikema, Head Start, Family Services, Inc.
Doug Punger, SSFC Board Member, 19
Katrina Tucker, Parent / Consumer
Katura Jackson, CCR&R, Child Care Resource Center, Inc.
Larry Vellani, CEO, SSFC, ex-officio
Mary McAfee, SSFC Board Member, 17
Michael Lawless, Pediatrician (retired)
Phygenia Young, Forsyth Technical Community College
Sabrina Hinton, Provider & SSFC Board Member, 18
Theressa L. Stephens, Provider & SSFC Board Member,18

Resource Persons”
Amy Nail, Instructional Superintendent, WSFCS (non-voting, technical assistance)
Paula Grubbs, Pre-K Program Manager, (non-voting, technical assistance)
Kelley Blendheim, Early Learning Coordinator, WSFCS (non-voting, technical assistance)

Principal Staff, Jenny Whitley, Director, Teaching & Learning Services, SSFC

Normally meeting bi-monthly on the THIRD THURSDAY of the scheduled month at Noon at SSFC offices.

September 21, 2017
November 16, 2017
January 18, 2018
March 15, 2018
May 17, 2018