About

Staff

The following list includes Wake County SmartStart departments, staff and e-mail addresses. To contact a staff member, please call Wake County SmartStart directly at 919-851-9550.

Administration
Pamela Dowdy, Executive Director
Nancy Peck, Executive Assistant
Maggie Ortiz, Receptionist

Community Outreach and Education
Phyllis Barbour, Director of Community Relations
Elizabeth Weichel, Communications Coordinator

Finance
Gary Carr, Director of Finance
Gabrielle Barnard, MAC Accountant
Sue Consolatti, Accounting Technician Payables
Liz Ziglar, Accounting Technician Payroll

Programs
Anna Troutman, Director of Programs
Sharon Clauss, Program Assistant

NC Pre-Kindergarten Program
Joan Crutchfield, Pre-Kindergarten Manager
Taty Padilla, Pre-Kindergarten Outreach Assistant
Noemi Vasquez Pre-Kindergarten Program Assistant

Program Coordination and Evaluation 
Melinda Schlesinger, Evaluation Manager
Bryce McClamroch, Program Specialist
Sasha Gomez, Wake Connections Project Supervisor
Nora Ostler, Data & Technology Coordinator
Nikki McDougald, Community Outreach Coordinator
Debi Bartholomew, Program Specialist, Early Literacy

Early Childhood Initiatives
Carol Orji, Early Childhood Initiatives Manager
Stephanie Jenkins, Quality Enhancement Specialist
Lynn Policastro, Farm to Childcare Coordinator
Gina Soceanu, Quality Enhancement Specialist
Gwen Adair, Quality Enhancement Specialist