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.
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.
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.
Joining the team in December 2019, Carrie Ann has 12 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She holds a Masters in Education and has experience in grant writing, fundraising events, and donor relationship building. When she is not sharing the good work Smart Start does with the community she is running or spending time with her family.
Samantha joined Smart Start in January 2021 as an intern and loved the work so much, she never left! She now serves as the Community Alignment Specialist for Family Connects. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work and is currently working at becoming a Master of Public Affairs, both degrees from Western Carolina University. She has four years of experience working with children and families directly through child care and social services, and is extremely passionate about resiliency, early intervention and early childhood development. She and her husband both love nonprofit work and have two young children. Samantha enjoys spending her free time hiking, cooking, gardening, and painting.
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.
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.