Smart Start Staff

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Sonia Gironda

Executive Director

sonia@smartstartpfc.org

Sonia serves as the Executive Director of Smart Start Partnership for Children. She has 28 years of experience working with children and families. She holds a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling and is married. She is the mother of two teenagers and when she is not doing the important work of Smart Start Partnership for Children she is spending time with her children and quilting. 


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Erica Woodall

Assistant Director

erica@smartstartpfc.org

Erica Woodall is the Assistant Director of Smart Start Partnership for Children. She has a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Washington and has worked in the nonprofit sector for the last 19 years. She has two school-aged children and enjoys being with family, sunshine, hiking and camping.


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Kelly Hart

Program Director

kelly@smartstartpfc.org

Kelly serves as the Program Director for Smart Start Partnership for Children. She has 12 years of experience working in social services in the nonprofit sector. She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling. When she is not overseeing programs she is spending time outdoors, traveling, baking, crocheting, and reading good books. 


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Ashley Lamb

Program Coordinator

ashley@smartstartpfc.org

Ashley Lamb joined Smart Start Partnership for Children in March 2021 in a new role as Program Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and has worked in Human Resources and small business management. You may recognize her from her role as a facilitator with the local Henderson County Racial Equity Collective. While she loves spreadsheets, she loves people even more. Ashley is excited to bring her passion for education and equity to our team. 


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Ruth Ramírez-Tafolla

Data and Program Support Specialist

ruth@smartstartpfc.org

Ruth Ramírez-Tafolla joined Smart Start Partnership for Children in September 2021 in a new role as Data and Program Support Specialist for Family Connects. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo and has worked in the nonprofit world for the last 16 years. She has two teenage daughters and enjoys spending time outdoors.


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Adrienne Gilbert

Regional Resilience Project Manager

adrienne@smartstartpfc.org

Adrienne serves as the Regional Resilience Project Manager of the Western Regional Smart Start Resilience Collaborative. She joined our team in February of 2022. She has 15 years of experience working with families and children, both in direct services and various program management roles. She holds a master’s degree in public health in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from Emory University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in English Literature and Fine Arts. She has a passion for relationship development on the micro and macro levels and is passionate about connecting people to create systems that better serve our communities children and families. She and her husband have a middle school aged daughter and when she is not staying busy during the workday, she loves to create art for local art shows, camp, walk, and spend time with her friends and family.


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Kendal Heck

Kindergarten Transition Coordinator

kendal@smartstartpfc.org

Kendal joined Smart Start Partnership for Children in March 2022 to serve in a new role as the Kindergarten Transition Coordinator. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She has worked as a teacher in elementary, preschool, and ESL classes for the past ten years. She is enthusiastic about Early Childhood Education, forming meaningful relationships, and assisting all children and their families in making a meaningful and successful transition to kindergarten. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, and gardening.


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Lorraine Norwood

Office Administrator

lorraine@smartstartpfc.org

Lorraine serves as the Office Administrator at Smart Start. She has 25 years of experience working in journalism, archaeology, and office admin. She holds bachelor’s degrees in English/Creative Writing and anthropology, as well as a master’s degree in archaeology. She is drawn to the work of Smart Start because she is passionate about early intervention, early childhood development, and developing resiliency in children. She has two grown daughters and two granddaughters. When she isn’t working at Smart Start, she is writing her novels, treasure-hunting at thrift shops, and (pre-Covid) hopping on a plane to England to participate in archaeological excavations.