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


Gayle E. Headen, Executive Director
Phyllis Barbour, Director of Community Relations
Maggie Ortiz, Receptionist
Nancy Peck, Executive Assistant
Elizabeth Weichel, Communications Coordinator



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



Anna Troutman, Director of Programs
Sharon Clauss, Program Assistant


Joan Crutchfield, Pre-K Manager
Shalonda Holley, Pre-K Specialist
Taty Padilla, Pre-K Outreach Assistant
Taushau Wilkinson, Pre-K Enrollment Assistant
Irma Concepcion, Pre-K Program Assistant

Strategic Engagement Initiatives

Melinda Schlesinger, Manager, Strategic Engagement Initiatives
Sasha Gomez, Wake Connections Project Supervisor
Bryce McClamroch, Program Specialist
Nikki McDougald, Community Outreach Specialist
Caroline Janes, Community Outreach Coordinator
Denise Rossi, Program Specialist, Early Literacy

Early Childhood Initiatives

Carol Orji, Manager, Early Childhood Initiatives
Lynn Policastro, Healthy Initiatives Program Coordinator
Stephanie Jenkins, Quality Enhancement Specialist
Gina Soceanu, Quality Enhancement Specialist
Gwen Adair, Quality Enhancement Specialist
Kashama Leo-Henry, Quality Enhancement Specialist