Meet our Board of Directors


Experts in their fields and passionate about early education, our Board of Directors are made up of members representing local government, state agencies, private business, education, nonprofits, religious organizations, childcare providers, parents, and members of the community. The governing board provide oversight and develops policies for local Smart Start programs and services. The board is also responsible for ensuring the accountability of the Partnership. The board meets, at a minimum, four times a year on the second Tuesday of each month.


Kathy Artis

Kathy Artis (Chair)
Term ends November 2020

Dianne Bynum (Member)
Term ends August 2020

Levonia Sams-Kenton (Member)
Term ends March 2020

Loria Williams (Treasurer)
Term ends December 2020

Kenneth W. Manuel (Member)
Term Ends May 2022

Berna Stephens (Secretary)
Term ends August 2020

Lori Morings (Member)
Term ends September 2020

Julie Docteur (Member)
Term ends December 2019

Margaret Gaines (Member)
Term ends March 2020

Pamela Perry (Vice Chair)
Terms ends December 2020

Jacqueline White

Jacqueline White (Member)
Term ends September 2020

Judith Northcott (Member)
Term ends December 2021

Hope Eley (Member)
Term ends December 2019

Kathleen Wright

Kathleen Wright (Member)
Term ends: December 2019

Warren Heitzenrater (Member)
Term Ends May 2022

Michael Ellis (Member)
Term ends May 2022