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About

Staff

The following list includes Wake County Smart Start departments, staff and e-mail addresses. To contact a staff member during our closure period due to COVID, please email staff that are working remotely.

Administration
Gayle E. Headen, Executive Director
Nancy Peck, Executive Assistant

Community Relations and Development
Diana Fenves, Director of Community Relations and Development
Jennifer MacPherson, Communications Manager

Finance
Gary Carr, Director of Finance
Gabrielle Barnard, MAC Accountant
Sue Bush, Accountant
Jennifer Hoch, Accounting Technician Payroll
Arletta Marshall, Accounting Technician Payables

Early Childhood Initiatives
Carol Orji, Director of Early Childhood Initiatives
Christina Mitchell, Office Manager
Emily Diaz, Receptionist

Lynn Policastro, Manager, Early Childhood Initiatives
Tamiko McCullough, Healthy Initiatives Program Coordinator
Stephanie Jenkins, Quality Enhancement Specialist
Gwen Adair, Quality Enhancement Specialist
Kashama Leo-Henry, Quality Enhancement Specialist
Deidra McMillan, Quality Enhancement Specialist

Pre-K
Joan Crutchfield, Manager, NC Pre-K
Sabrina McKennies, Pre-K Specialist
Ana Gallo, Pre-K Outreach Assistant
Taushau Wilkinson, Pre-K Enrollment Coordinator
Gloria Daniels, Pre-K Program Assistant
Lisa Flores, Family and Application Support Assistant

Wake ThreeSchool
Taylor Young, Manager, Wake ThreeSchool
Vacant, Wake ThreeSchool Specialist
Gina Soceanu, Social Emotional Learning Specialist
Kinrecka Anderson, Wake ThreeSchool Enrollment Coordinator
Melissa Radice-Peguero, Wake ThreeSchool Program Assistant

Strategy and Impact
Alex Livas-Dlott, Director of Strategy and Impact

Program Coordination & Evaluation
Bryce McClamroch, Manager, Program Coordination & Evaluation
Alex Setzer, Data Coordinator
Kimberly McNeil, PCE Program Coordinator

System Improvement & Public Engagement
Sasha Gomez, Manager, System Improvement & Public Engagement
Nikki McDougald, Community Outreach Specialist
Vanessa Guzman, Community Outreach Coordinator
Caroline Janes, Wake Connections Project Coordinator
Denise Rossi, Program Specialist, Early Literacy
Marta Maldonado, Family Engagement Specialist
Ramona Maldonado, SIPE Program Assistant