Bill Pless

Executive Director

Accountable to the local partnership Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides professional leadership necessary to ensure the development and expansion of the human and financial resources necessary to carry out the organization’s mission of improving the quality of life for children and families in Davidson County.  In addition, this position oversees the scholarship program, […]

Mary Draughn

Program Director

Provides vision, leadership, development and oversight for all Smart Start of Davidson County programs, including management of the Quality Support Services, to maintain and improve the quality of programs for Davidson County children birth to age five.

Sherry Brannon

Program Manager, Quality Initiatives

Administers classroom portion of Quality Support Services (QSS) program by providing leadership, strategic planning and vision to improve the quality of the early childhood experiences and programs for children birth to age five in Davidson County. Oversees training for providers and parents and provides management technical assistance to directors.  

Alanna Hege

Technical Assistance Specialist

Improves the quality of child care and early education by providing child care classroom professionals with tools to create, improve and maintain quality environments and by developing and implementing technical assistance plans to outline and monitor goals in each classroom/center.

Beth Baker

Administrative Coordinator

Develops and maintains an administrative system to ensure an overall smooth functioning office environment.  This position maintains necessary organizational records and is the primary contact for information regarding meetings.  

Hilda Sink

Assistant Finance Director

Performs and/or manages the functions of accounting, benefits administration, budgeting, financial liaison to outside agencies, fiscal contract compliance, fiscal monitoring, grant fiscal management, human resources, and payroll for the agency.  

Mandy Campbell

Finance Director

Performs and/or manages the functions of accounting, benefits administration, budgeting, financial liaison to outside agencies, fiscal contract compliance, fiscal monitoring, grant fiscal management, human resources, and payroll for the agency.  

Lauren Nesbitt

Child Care Scholarship Manager

Provides program support and record keeping services to the Quality Support Services program.  Serves as the Child Care Scholarship Program Manager by developing and implementing programmatic guidelines for our program that helps families pay for high quality child care.  Administers the NCPK parent application process.  

Chunda Teal

Management Specialist

Improves the quality of child care programs by supporting Center Directors with technical assistance/consultation in the operation of child care programs.  These positions focus on building the business side of child care.  

Jan Doss

Parent/Provider Services Specialist

Welcomes and assists consumers to the partnership office either in person or on the telephone.  Provides technical support and program information to child care providers and parents based on developmentally appropriate activities by utilizing our resource room, library, and production room.   This position also provides parent education trainings.

Anabel Melgar

NC Pre-K Administrator

Assists families in locating high quality child care and determining eligibility for financial assistance; administers the Child Care Scholarship Program that helps provide affordable quality child care for families who qualify for scholarships.  Processes NC Pre-K parent applications.  

Gina Collins

Classroom Specialist

Improves the quality of child care and early education by providing child care classroom professionals with tools to create, improve and maintain quality environments and by developing and implementing technical assistance plans to outline and monitor goals in each classroom/center.