Corporate Board of Directors …

 and our current list of committees and meeting schedules 

Board of Directors, 2018  2019
Executive Committee
(Year) = Current Board Term

Anna Miller-Fitzwater (’20)
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Anthony Jones, Jr. (’19)
United Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church

Bennett Bruff Treasurer (’20)
Turlington and Company, LLP

Brice O’Brien (’19)
RAI (retired)

Cleopatra Morrison (’21)
Diggs-Latham Elementary, WSFCS

Daniela Arriola (’19)
Parent Advocate

Deborah Best (’21)
Wake Forest University

Deborah Reynolds (’21)
Marsh & McLennan

Diana Santos Johnson Secretary  (’19)

Denise Hartsfield (’20)
District Court Judge

Douglas S. “Doug” Punger  (’21)
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

Kelley Bendheim (’21)
Office of Early Learning, WSFCS

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  (21)
Business Woman and Educator

Sheryll Strode Vice Chair  (’21)
Executive Coach and Chair, CEO Peer Advisory Board

Susanne Wilkinson (’21)
Wells Fargo

Tembila Covington
Cooperative Extension

Theressa Stephens (’21)
Church Child Care Center, Inc.

Trey Howe (’19)
Pinnacle Finance Partners

Vivien Stearns (’20)
Family Services, Inc.

Wilson Weaver (’20)

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

Chair, Matt Britt,19
Vice-Chair, Sheryll Strode, 21
Secretary, Diana Santos Johnson,19
Treasurer, Bennett Bruff, 20
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 19, 2018
November 28, 2018 (rescheduled from Nov 21 due to proximity of Thanksgiving Holiday)
January 16, 2019
March 20, 2019
May 15, 2019
July 17, 2019
September 18, 2019

Executive Committee

September 10, 2018
October 8, 2018
Novewmber 12, 2018
December 10, 2018
January 7, 2019
February 11, 2019
March 11, 2019
April 8, 2019
May 6, 2019
June 10, 2019
July 8, 2019
August 12, 2019
September 9, 2019

Finance Committee

September 10, 2018
October 8, 2018
November 12, 2018
December 10, 2018
January 7, 2019
February 11, 2019
March 11, 2019
April 8, 2019
May 6, 2019
June 10, 2019
July 8, 2019
August 12, 2019
September 9, 2019

Executive Committee
Organizational Oversight; Governance between Board Meetings; Short Term, Emergency & Extraordinary Response.
Chair, Matt Britt,19
Vice-Chair, Sheryll Strode, 21
Secretary, Diana Santos Johnson, 19
Treasurer, Bennett Bruff, 20
Past-Chair, Elizabeth Dampier, 19
At-large , Doug Punger, 21
At-large & NC Pre-K Committee Co-Chair, Kelley Bendheim, 20
At-large & Development Committee, Sabrina Hinton, ’21

  • Principal Staff, Jackie Lofton, Deputy Executive, SSFC

Fiscal Operations and Financial Audit.

Chair, Bennett Bruff, Treasurer,20
Vice Chair, vacant
At-large community member, Alvin Atkinson
At-large community member, Cynthia Cobb
Debi Reynolds, 20
Diana Santos Johnson, 19
Tembila Covington, 21

  • Principal Staff, Michael Redden, CFO, SSFC

The following committees have yet to set regular meeting times for the 2018  2019 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 for NCPC publicly-bid funds 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, 21
Vice Chair, Elizabeth Perkins-Lees, 19
At-large community, Adam Hill
Board member, Anna Miller-Fitzwater, 20
Board member, Debbie Best, 21
Board member, Doug Punger, 21
Board member, Elizabeth Dampier, 19
Board member, Eric Sadler, 20
Board member, Ginger Gallagher, 20
At-large community, Janet Ray
Board member, Matt Britt, ex-officio, 19
At-large community member, Jessica McCrory
At-large community member, Pam Anglin
Board member, Sabrina Hinton, 21
At-large community member, Stephanie Bunch
Board member, Trey Howe, ’19
At-large community, Yamile McBride
At-large community, Yolanda Bolden

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

2018 – 2019 MALea Meeting Schedule

September 26, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
February 27, 2019
March 27,2019
April 24, 2019
May 22, 2019
June 26, 2019
July 24, 2019
August 28, 2019
September 25, 2019

Allocations Panels
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., publicly-bid program funds.

Panel I
Doug Punger, Chair
Adam Hill
Anna Miller-Fitzwater, 20
Eric Sadler, 20
am Anglin
Yamile McBride

  • Sarah Heinemeier, Panel Liaison
Panel II
Elizabeth Dampier, Chair
Debbie Best, 21
Ellen Wenner
Ginger Gallagher
Jessica McCrory
Sabrina Hinton, 21

  • Charlette Lindell, Panel Liaison
Panel III
Sheryll Strode, Chair
Janet Ray
Stephanie Bunch
Tracey Perez
Trey Howe, 19
Yolanda Bolden

  • Michael Redden, Panel Liaison
  • Principal Staff, Charlette Lindell, Director, Business Partnerships, SSFC

Allocations Panel Meeting Schedule

– contact Charlette Lindell, 336.714.4347

Friend and Fund Raising.

Chair, Sabrina Hinton, 21
Eric Sadler, 20
Ginger Gallagher, 20
Mark Flowers, at-large community
Reginald McCaskill, 20Tembila Covington, 21
Vivien Stearns, 20

  • Principal Staff, Mark Palmer, Director, Advancement, SSFC

Board Composition and Succession
Leadership pipeline: identification through nomination.

Chair, Diana Santos Johnson, 19
Anna Miller-Fitzwater, 20
Denise Hartsfield, 20
Mona Lovett, 19
Sheryll Strode, 21

  • Principal Staff, Jackie Lofton, Deputy Executive, SSFC

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

Chair, Anthony Jones, 19
Anna Miller-Fitzwater, 20
Cleo Morrison, 21
Debi Reynolds, 21
Daniela Arriola, 19
Doug Punger, 21
Elizabeth Dampier, 19
Heather Egan, 20
Matthew Britt, 19
Mona Lovett, 19
Sheryll Strode, 21
Tembila Covington, 21
Wilson Weaver, 21
Vivien Stearns, 20

  • Principal Staff, Jackie Lofton, Deputy Executive, SSFC, and Mark Palmer, DIrector, Advancement, SSFC

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

Chair, Elizabeth Dampier, ’19
Debi Reynolds, 21
Doug Punger, 21
Heather Egan, 20
Joan Troost, 20
Reginald McCaskill, 20
Sabrina Hinton, 21
Susanne Wilkinson, 21
Theressa Stephens, 21

Schedule of Meetings
September 26, 2018

  • Principal Staff, Jackie Lofton, Deputy Executive, SSFC

Supra-Organizational Committee

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

Co-Chair, Kelley Bendheim, SSFC Board Member, 21
(Designated by Superintendent, WSFC Schools)
Co-Chair, Matt Britt, Chair SSFC Board of Directors,19

Belinda Beard, Elementary Educator & Principal, WSFCS (retired) (member since 2015)
Blanche Stevens, Exceptional Children Program, WSFCS (member since 2006)
Bob Feikema, Head Start, Family Services, Inc. (member since 2015)
Cindy Nava Sánchez, SSFC, Parent Representative (member since 2018)
Doug Punger, SSFC Board Member, 21 (member since 2014)
Katrina Tucker, Parent / Consumer (member since 2015)
Katura Jackson, CCR&R, Child Care Resource Center, Inc. (member since 2001)
Kim McClure, YMCA of NW NC, Inc. (since 2018)
Larry Vellani, CEO, SSFC, ex-officio
Michael Lawless, Pediatrician (retired) (member since 2011)
Phygenia Young, Forsyth Technical Community College (member since 2015)
Sabrina Hinton, Provider & SSFC Board Member, 21 (member since 2017)
Theressa L. Stephens, Provider & SSFC Board Member, 21 (member since 2011)
Tiffany Lamarque, Child Care Development Fund, DSS (member since 2018)

Resource Persons”
Glen Starnes, WSFCS, Principal Gibson Elementary (non-voting, technical assistance)
Kelly Hales, WSFCS, Executive Director, Federal Programs, (non-voting, technical assistance)
Paula Grubbs, WSFCS, Pre-K Program Manager, (non-voting, technical assistance)
Victoria Fulton, WSFCS, Program Manager, Project Impact, (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.

((awaiting new dates for the rest of the year)
September 13, 2018, orientation meeting
October 4, 2018 (at Media Center, Gibson Elementary School, 2020 Walker Road, W-S, NC 27106)
November , 2018
January , 2019
March , 2019
May , 2019