Member Listing

Officers/Executive Committee

Dale Cousins, Chair, Community Volunteer
Dr. Mike Smith, Vice Chair, Western Wake Pediatrics
David Zonderman, PhD, Past Chair, North Carolina State University
Camille Schaffer, Treasurer - Finance Committee Chair, Community Volunteer
Arvelis Byrd, Secretary, Telamon Corp./Head Start
Mark Langford, Allocations Committee Chair, Cisco Systems
Carol Mitchell, Program Planning Committee Chair, Wake County Cooperative Extension

Active Members

Lorie Barnes, NC Association for the Education of Young Children
Kelly Caldwell, AK Environmental, LLC
Sandy Dietrich, Wake Technical Community College
Dee Faison, Community Volunteer
Jim Green, Stop Hunger Now
Shirley Herndon, Bright Beginnings Child Development Center  
Marcia Mandel, Children's Developmental Services Agency
Susan McCullen, Wake County 
Cathy Moore, Wake County Public School System
Barbara Morales Burke, BlueCross BlueShield of NC
Ramon Rojano, Wake County Human Services
Caroline Sullivan, Wake County Board of Commissioners
Charlotte Turpin, Community Volunteer
Michael Wasilick, Wake County Public Libraries
Angie Welsh, United Way of Greater Triangle
Tyrone Williamson, City of Raleigh 



Research shows that funding birth to five programs is the best way to maximize taxpayers' investments in education. Despite difficult economic conditions during the 2009-2010 fiscal year, and uncertainty in the lives of area families, Wake County SmartStart has worked diligently to support quality early child care services to families and children in the most need.