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.

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

Community Relations and Development
Phyllis Barbour, Director of Community Relations and Development
Jennifer MacPherson, Communications Manager
Maggie Ortiz, Receptionist

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

Alex Livas-Dlott, Director of Programs
Sharon Clauss, Office Manager

Early Childhood Initiatives
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

Joan Crutchfield, Manager, NC Pre-K
Sabrina McKennies, Pre-K Specialist
Taty Padilla, Pre-K Outreach Assistant
Taushau Wilkinson, Pre-K Enrollment Coordinator
Gloria Daniels, Pre-K Program Assistant

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

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

Carol Orji, Manager, ThreeSchool
Taylor Young,Wake ThreeSchool Specialist
Gina Soceanu,Quality Enhancement Specialist
Kinrecka Anderson, Wake ThreeSchool Enrollment Coordinator
Melissa M. Radice Peguero, Wake ThreeSchool Program Assistant