How to Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Smart Start of Davidson County
306 East US Highway 64
Lexington, NC  27292

Phone: (336) 249-6688
Fax: (336) 249-6687


Smart Start Staff

Executive Director
Bill Pless - Ext. 221

Accountable to the local partnership Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides professional leadership necessary to ensure the development and expansion of the human and financial resources necessary to carry out the organization’s mission of improving the quality of life for children and families in Davidson County.  In addition, this position oversees the scholarship program, parent specialists, child care referral services, and parent resources in the resource room and library.

Program Director
Mary Draughn
- Ext. 209
Mary Draughn

Administers the Quality Maintenance (QMP) and Journey to the Stars (JTS) programs by providing leadership and vision to maintain and improve the quality of early childhood experiences for children birth to age five in Davidson County.  Serves as Team Leader for quality support services for child care programs.

Administrative Coordinator
Kristie Davis - Ext. 214
Kristie Davis

Develops and maintains an administrative system to ensure an overall smooth functioning office environment.  This position maintains necessary organizational records and is the primary contact for information regarding meetings.

Hilda Sink - Ext. 222  Assistant Finance Director
Mandy Campbell - Ext. 205 Finance Director
Hilda Sink Mandy Campbell

Performs and/or manages the functions of accounting, benefits administration, budgeting, financial liaison to outside agencies, fiscal contract compliance, fiscal monitoring, grant fiscal management, human resources, and payroll for the agency.    

Program Managers

Stephanie Nelson - Ext. 211

Serves as the Ready Schools Coordinator by developing a county plan that involves collaboration with the public school systems, early care and education providers, business leaders, and families in advancing the objective of preparing all children for successful transition into kindergarten.  Administers the NC PreKindergarten program.

Child Care Scholarship Manager
Lauren Nesbitt - Ext. 223

Provides program support and record keeping services to the Quality Support Services program.  Serves as the Child Care Scholarship Program Manager by developing and implementing programmatic guidelines for our program that helps families pay for high quality child care.  Administers the NCPK parent application process.

Classroom Specialist
Gina Collins- Ext. 224
Gina Collins

Improves the quality of child care and early education by providing child care classroom professionals with tools to create, improve and maintain quality environments and by developing and implementing technical assistance plans to outline and monitor goals in each classroom/center.  Improves the quality of child care programs by supporting Family Child Care Home Providers with technical assistance/consultation in the operation of their child care programs.

Child Care Scholarship Specialist
Anabel Melgar - Ext. 215

Assists families in locating high quality child care and determining eligibility for financial assistance; administers the Child Care Scholarship Program that helps provide affordable quality child care for families who qualify for scholarships.  Processes NCPK parent applications.

Management Specialists
Sherry Brannon - Ext. 217
Chunda Teal - Ext. 212
Chunda Teal and Sherry Brannon

Improves the quality of child care programs by supporting Center Directors with technical assistance/consultation in the operation of child care programs.  These positions focus on building the business side of child care.

Parent/Provider Services Specialist
Jan Doss
jan doss

Welcomes and assists consumers to the partnership office either in person or on the telephone.  Provides technical support and program information to child care providers and parents based on developmentally appropriate activities by utilizing our resource room, library, and production room.   This position also provides parent education trainings.

Evaluation Consultant
Sarah Heinemeier

Smart Start of Davidson County is governed by a
Board of Directors.



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