Corporate Board of Directors …

**Due to concern with the spread of COVID-19, the March 18th, 2020 Board of Directors meeting will be shifted to a virtual meeting to occur during the original meeting time, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Board of Directors, 2019-2020

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

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

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  Lees (’22)
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

Reginald McCaskill (’20)
Maximum Enterprises, Inc.

Sabrina Hinton  (21)
Business Woman and Educator

Sheryll Strode, 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, Sheryll Strode
Vice-Chair, Reginald McCaskill
Secretary, Tembila Covington
Treasurer, Bennett Bruff
Past-Chair, Matt Britt


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.

Corporate Board, Executive Committee , and Finance Committee meetings take place at SSFC offices, 7820 North Point Boulevard, Suite 200, Winston-Salem, NC.

2019-2020 Board and Committee Meeting Schedules

Corporate Board

September 18, 2019
November 20, 2019
December 16, 2019- **Special Called Meeting**
January 15, 2020
March 18, 2020
May 20, 2020
July 15, 2020
September 16, 2020

Executive Committee

September 9, 2019
October 14 2019
November 5, 2019
December 9, 2019
January 8, 2020
February 10, 2020
March 9, 2020
April 16, 2020
May 11, 2020
June 8, 2020
July 6, 2020
August 10, 2020
September 8, 2020  (moved to Tuesday)

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee meets the 2nd Monday of every month, 8:30 a.m. -9:30 a.m

September 9, 2019
October 14, 2019
November 11, 2019
December 9, 2019
January 6, 2020
February 10, 2020
March 9, 2020
April 16, 2020
May 11, 2020
June 8, 2020
July 6, 2020
August 10, 2020
September 8, 2020

Executive Committee
Organizational Oversight; Governance between Board Meetings; Short Term, Emergency & Extraordinary Response
Chair, Sheryll Strode
Vice-Chair, Reginald McCaskill
Secretary, Tembila Covington
Treasurer, Bennett Bruff
Past-Chair, Matt Britt
At-large & Strategic Issues Committee Chair, Anthony Jones
At-large & Human Resourcing Committee, Doug Punger
At-large & NC Pre-K Committee Co-Chair, Kelley Bendheim
At-large & Development Committee, Sabrina Hinton

  • Principal Staff — Jackie Lofton, Interim Executive Director

Fiscal Operations and Financial Audit
Chair, Bennett Bruff, Treasurer
Vice Chair, vacant
At-large community member, Ariel Hickman
At-large community member, Mark Flowers
At-large community member, Alvin Atkinson
Board member, Diana Santos Johnson

  • Principal Staff — Kent Graham, Interim CFO

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 Dana Sandknop, 336.714.4363
Chair, Elizabeth Lees
Vice Chair, vacant
At-large community, Adam Hill
Board member, Anna Miller-Fitzwater
Board member, Debbie Best
Board member, Doug Punger
Board member, Eric Sadler
Board member, Ginger Gallagher
At-large community, Janet Ray
At-large community member, Jessica McCrory
At-large community member, Pam Anglin
Board member, Sabrina Hinton
At-large community member, Stephanie Bunch
Board member, Trey Howe
At-large community, Yamile McBride
At-large community, Yolanda Bolden

  • Principal Staff — Dana Sandknop, Coordinator, Compliance & Quality Assurance; Sarah Heinemeier, Research and Evaluation Consultant

2019 – 2020 MALea Meeting Schedule

The committee generally meets the 4th Wednesday of every month.

November 27, 2020
January 22, 2020
February 26, 2020
March 25, 2020
April 22, 2020
May 27, 2020
June 24, 2020
July 22, 2020
August 26, 2020
September 23, 2020


Location:  Smart Start of Forsyth County
7820 North Point Blvd. Ste. 200
Time: 10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

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

If interested in participating on an allocation panel, contact Dana Sandknop at 336-714-4363.

  • Principal Staff — Dana Sandknop, Coordinator, Compliance & Quality Assurance

Allocations Panel Meeting Schedule

(awaiting new dates for 2019-20)

Friend and Fund Raising

Chair, Sabrina Hinton
Board member, Eric Sadler
Board member, Ginger Gallagher
At-large community member, Mark Flowers
Board member, Reginald McCaskill
Board member, Vivien Stearns

  • Principal Staff — TBD

Board Composition and Succession
Leadership pipeline: identification through nomination

Chair, Tembila Covington
Anna Miller-Fitzwater
Denise Hartsfield
Sheryll Strode
Diana Santos-Johnson

  • Principal Staff — Jackie Lofton, Interim Executive Director

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

Chair, Anthony Jones
Anna Miller-Fitzwater
Cleo Morrison
Debi Reynolds
Elizabeth Dampier
Elizabeth Lees
Eric Saddler
Heather Egan
Sheryll Strode
Tembila Covington
Wilson Weaver
Vivien Stearns

  • Principal Staff — Tan McDougal, Coordinator, DPIL

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

Chair, Doug Punger
Debi Reynolds
Heather Egan
Joan Troost
Reginald McCaskill
Sabrina Hinton
Susanne Wilkinson
Theressa Stephens

Schedule of Meetings
(awaiting new dates for 2019-20)

  • Principal Staff — Jackie Lofton, Interim Executive Director

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
(Designated by Superintendent, WSFC Schools)
Co-Chair, Sheryll Strode, SSFC Board Chair

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 (member since 2014)
Jackie Lofton, Interim Executive Director, ex-officio
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)
Michael Lawless, Pediatrician (retired) (member since 2011)
Phygenia Young, Forsyth Technical Community College (member since 2015)
Sabrina Hinton, Provider & SSFC Board Member (member since 2017)
Theressa L. Stephens, Provider & SSFC Board Member (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)

Principal Staff — Jenny Whitley, Director of Teaching & Learning Services

Meeting Dates
Friday, February 28, 2020 at 12 p.m.
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 12 p.m.