Our Teams

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In Henderson County, your local Smart Start has spent more than 25 years finding the best ways to help children in our community succeed. We’re here to make sure you – the parents, early educators and leaders in our community – have what you need to help children learn, grow and succeed.

How? We help you make important connections.

When you take just a few easy steps with your local Smart Start, you’re one step closer to giving our kids a happy, healthy childhood – one that helps them grow up to be successful adults.

Connect with us today!

Smart Start Staff
Sonia Gironda Executive Director

 Contact Sonia for information about the Smart Start Network, Publicity, and Board of Directors.

Erica Woodall Assistant Director

Contact Erica for information about Finances and Contracts.

Kelly Hart Program Director

 Contact Kelly for information about Data and Evaluation.

Ashley Lamb Program Coordinator

Contact Ashley to Volunteer or for Child Care Subsidy and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

Kendal Heck Kindergarten Transition Coordinator

Contact Kendal about Kindergarten Transition and Sesame Street in Communities.

Adrienne Gilbert-Stevenson Program Manager

Contact Adrienne about our regional resiliency project.

Lorraine Norwood Office Administrator

When in doubt, Lorraine can connect you with the staff you need!

Smart Start Board of Directors


 Cynthia Wilcox, Chair

Independent Insurance Agent

 Summer Stipe, Vice Chair

Crafted by Juniper

Amber McFee-Blanco, Treasurer

First Bank

Honey Burrell, Secretary

Community Member, Flat Rock Together

Jessica Bentley

WNC Bridge Foundation & Boy Scouts of America

Kim Berry

Henderson County Department of Public Health

Julia Buchanan

Henderson County Government

Michael Burrell

Community Member, Woodworkers Association

Jennifer Kinney

Carolina HR

Terry Maybin

Tomorrow's Hope Child Development Center

Laci Ott

Community Member, Parent

Sherri Pridmore

Community Member

Rebecca Reid

Community Member

Heather Taylor

Town of Fletcher

Marsha Justice

Henderson County Public Schools


Smart Start board meetings take place at Grace Lutheran Church and are open to the public unless closed for a confidential discussion. For more information about meeting logistics, please contact Assistant Director, Erica Woodall.


 2023-2024 Meeting Schedule for the Smart Start Board of Directors

Thursday, August 24, 2023, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 8:30 AM

Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 8:30 AM

Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 8:30 AM

Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 8:30 AM

Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 8:30 AM