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.

* 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.

Louis A. Finney, Jr., CEO
Board Member

Bennett Bruff, Finance Comm. Chair

CPA, Turlington & Company LLP

Debbie Best
Professor of Psychology, Wake Forest University

Doug Punger, Chair Human Res. Comm.
Attorney at law (retired)

Katrina Tucker
Parent Advocate

Susanne Wilkinson
HR Consulting Partner, Wells Fargo

Theressa Stephens
Childcare Owner/Director, Church Child Care Center, Inc.

Dorothy Pearce-Brady
NC Cooperative Extension, Forsyth

Sheryll Strode, Board Chair
Executive Coach and Chair, CEO Peer Advisory Board

Tembila Covington, Secretary
Chair, Board Composition & Succession Committee

Debi Reynolds
HR Consultant, Marsh & McLennan Agency

Elizabeth Lees Perkins, MALea Chair
Director of Data and Research, Forsyth Futures

Sabrina Hinton, Dev. Committee Chair
Owner/Director, TLC, Inc./North Point Academy

Vivien Stearns
Head Start Director, Family Services

Allen Joines
Mayor, Winston Salem

Tonya McDaniel
County Commissioner

Jessica McCrory

Reginald McCaskill, Vice Chair
CEO, Winston-Salem Maximum Enterprises, Inc.

Anna Miller-Fitzwater
Pediatrician, Wake Forest Health

Diana Santos Johnson
Attorney, Legal Aid of NC

Joan Troost
Vice-President / Lending Officer, Wells Fargo

Wilson Weaver
Assistant Police Chief, Winston Salem Police Department

Trey Howe
Pinnacle Finance Partners

Linda Barnes
Winston-Salem Mayoral Office designee

Kristin Toruno
Program Supervisor, ABC of NC

Cleopatra Morrison
Diggs-Latham Elementary, WSFCS

Denise Hartsfield
District Court Judge

Kelley Bendheim
Department of Education

Brian Hart

Director, Forsyth County Public Library

Stephanie Bunch
Project Manager, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Effie McMillian
Executive Director of Equity/ Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools

Victor Isler

Emily Rector

Upcoming Meetings: All public meetings can be accessed on our "Meetings and Events Calendar"

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

  • Wednesday, January, 20, 2021
  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021
  • Wednesday, May 19, 2021
  • Wednesday, July 21, 2021

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

  • Monday, December 14, 2020
  • Monday, January 11, 2021
  • Monday, February 8, 2021
  • Monday, March 8, 2021
  • Monday, April 12, 2021
  • Monday, May 10, 2021
  • Monday, June 14, 2021

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

Join Zoom Meeting

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

  • Monday, Dec. 14, 2020
  • Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021
  • Wednesday, Jan 27, 2021
  • Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021
  • Wednesday, Mar 24, 2021

Finance Committee: monthly, each 2nd Monday, 8:30 a.m. -9:30 a.m.

  • Monday, December 14, 2020
  • Monday, January 11, 2021
  • Monday, February 8, 2021
  • Monday, March 8, 2021
  • Monday, April 12, 2021
  • Monday, May 10, 2021
  • Monday, June 14, 2021

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

Join us on Zoom

  • Thursday, December 24, 2020
  • Thursday, January 28, 2021
  • Thursday, February 25, 2021
  • Thursday, March 25, 2021
  • Thursday, April 29, 2021
  • Thursday, May 27, 2021
  • Thursday, June 24, 2021

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

  • Monday, December 7th, 2020
  • Monday, February 1st, 2021
  • Monday, April 5th, 2021
  • Monday, June 7th, 2021

* Strategic Issues Committee meetings are pending the completion of the 2020 Strategic Plan Board review.