Smart Start of Partnership for Children is governed by an active Board of Directors representing parents, health care, public agencies, private businesses, communities of faith, child care centers, educational institutions, civic organizations and concerned citizens. Board Members are volunteers who contribute their expertise, professional resources and time to building a stronger future for Henderson County.

2022-2023 Board of Directors


Chair – Cynthia Wilcox, Independent Insurance Agent

Vice Chair – Summer Stipe, Owner, Crafted by Juniper

Treasurer – Amber McFee-Blanco, First Bank

Secretary - Honey Burrell, Community Member


Board Members

Jessica Bentley, WNC Bridge Foundation

Kim Berry, Henderson County Department of Public Health

Honey Burrell, Community Member

Michael Burrell, Community Member

 Renay Knapp, NC Cooperative Extension

Shannon Marlowe, Henderson County Public Schools

Terry Maybin, Tomorrow's Hope Child Development Center

Amber McFee-Blanco, First Bank

Laci Ott, Parent of Young Children

Summer Stipe, Crafted by Juniper

Heather Taylor, Town of Fletcher

Lisa Whitney, Henderson County Public Library

Cynthia Wilcox, Independent Insurance Agent


 2022-2023 Meeting Schedule for the Smart Start Board of Directors

Thursday, August 25, 2022 at 8:30 AM

Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 8:30 AM

Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 8:30 AM

Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 8:30 AM

Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 8:30 AM

Thursday, June 22, 2023 at 8:30 AM


 2022-2023 Meeting Schedule for the Executive Committee 

All Executive Committee meetings are held virtually at 10 AM.

July 21, 2022

August 18, 2022

September 15, 2022

October 20, 2022

November 17, 2022

December No Meeting

January 19, 2023

February 16, 2023

March 23, 2023

April 20, 2023

May 18, 2023

June 15, 2023

Smart Start Meetings are open to the public unless closed for a confidential discussion. For more information about the meeting logistics, please contact Erica Woodall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..