Our Board

The Smart Start of Forsyth County’s Board of Directors is comprised of diverse community members who remain committed to assuring that our children are healthy and prepared to succeed in school and life for generations to come. Our board members are citizens from local childcare centers, educational programs, government agencies, business communities, human services organizations, and families. Our board meetings are updated on our Meeting and Events Calendar. All SSFC board and committee meetings operate in accordance with North Carolina Open Meetings law. The board welcomes public attendance at all proceedings and allots time for public commentary.

Board of Directors 2021-22

Louis Finney Jr.

CEO, Smart Start of Forsyth County

Reggie McCaskill

Board Chair, Winston-Salem Maximum Enterprises, Inc.

Tembila Covington

Board Vice Chair, Neighbors for Better Neighbors

Sheryll Strode

Past Board Chair, Independent Consultant

Sabrina Hinton

Secretary, TLC, Inc./ North Point Academy

Bennett Bruff

Treasurer, Turlington & Company, LLP

Emily Rector

Director of Development at Salemtowne
Retirement Community

Tonya McDaniel

Forsyth County Commissioner

Anna Miller-Fitzwater

Wake Forest Baptist - Dept. of Pediatric

Brian Hart

Director, Forsyth Public Library 

Deborah “Debbie” Best

Wake Forest University

Elizabeth Lees

Forsyth Futures

Jessica McCrory

Community Advocate

Joan Troost

Wells Fargo

Katrina Tucker

Parent Advocate

Kristin Toruno

Program Supervisor, ABC of NC

Theressa Stephens

Church Child Care Center, Inc.

Honorable Judge Denise Hartsfield

Forsyth County District Court Judge

Diana Santos Johnson

Legal Aid of NC

Dorothy *Monique Pearce-Brady

NC Cooperative Extension,
Forsyth/Extension Agent 4-H

Effie McMillian

Executive Director of Equity
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Linda Barnes
Mayor, WS designee

Victor Isler
Department of Social Services

Vivien Stearns
Family Services, Inc.

Wilson “Weave” Weaver
Winston-Salem Police Department

Takeisha Redd

Assistant City Attorney

Board Notes and Resources

*Due to concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, all Board and Committee meetings are shifted to virtual settings. Each meeting will maintain the regularly scheduled day and time.

Upcoming Meetings:

All public meetings can be accessed from our "Meetings and Events Calendar".

Board: Bi-monthly on the 3rd Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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Nov 17, 2021
Jan 19, 2022
Mar 16, 2022
May 18, 2022
Jul 20, 2022

Executive Committee: monthly, each 2nd Monday, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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Oct 11, 2021
Nov 8, 2021
Dec 13, 2021
Jan 10, 2022
Feb 14, 2022
Mar 14, 2022
Apr 11, 2022
May 9, 2022
Jun 13, 2022
Jul 11, 2022

Measurement, Allocations, and Learning (MALea): monthly, each 4th Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and as needed

This program uses our vision, mission, and data-driven decision making for investment in NCPC publicly-bid funds, changing outcomes for children, their families, and educators. For any questions about meeting times or procedures, please contact Melissa Estler

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Oct 27, 2021
Nov 24, 2021
Dec 22, 2021
Jan 26, 2022
Feb 23, 2022
Mar 23, 2022
Apr 27, 2022
May 25, 2022
Jun 22, 2022
Jul 27, 2022

Finance Committee: monthly, each 3rd Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. -9:30 a.m.

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Oct 20, 2021
Nov 17, 2021
Dec 15, 2021
Jan 19, 2022
Feb 16, 2022
Mar 16, 2022
Apr 20, 2022
May 18, 2022
Jun 15, 2022
Jul 20, 2022

Development Committee: monthly, each 3rd Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

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Oct 21, 2021
Nov 18, 2021
Dec 16, 2021
Jan 20, 2022
Feb 17, 2022

Human Resources Committee: bi-monthly on the 1st Monday, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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Nov 1, 2021
Jan 3, 2022
Mar 7, 2022
May 2, 2022