Board of Directors

Smart Start of Brunswick County is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of members from the Government, Services and Business/Community sectors. Members include representatives of non-profit services, schools, child care, health & social service agencies and businesses & community at large.


Board Meetings are  held on the first Thursday of every other month. Meetings are held at 8:30 am in the second floor conference room in the David Sandifer Building at the  Brunswick Cty Gov't Center, 30 Government Center Drive, Bolivia, NC.


 FY 2017-2018 Meeting Schedule

  • August 3, 2017
  • October 5, 2017
  • December 7, 2017
  • February 1, 2017
  • April 5, 2017
  • June 7, 2017

Board Officers 2017-2018

Board Chair & President
Vice Chair
Darius Bratsafolis
Jim Nelson
Dave Kesterson  
Heather Coley 

Board Members 2017-2018

Government Sector

Patricia Rourk
Brunswick County Schools     

Catherine Lytch
Brunswick County Dept. of Social Services   


Service Sector

Heather Coley
For Kids Only 

Jim Nelson
Southport/Oak Island Kiwanis

Dwight Willis
Community at Large

Business & Community Sector

Dave Kesterson
Community at Large

Darius Bratsafolis
Community at Large

Angela Jahr
Community at Large

Karen McClanahan
Community at Large

Joan Morris

Community at Large


      The Board of Directors works to develop:

  • Community partnerships that will provide a seamless system of services for all young children and families.
  • Awareness of and involvement in activities that support families and children
  • Programs and services to ensure that every child enters school prepared for success
  • Access to high quality, affordable, early childhood care and education for all children
  • Access to appropriate health care services for children
  • On-going fiscal and programmatic accountability standards evaluation.
For questions or comments directed to a Smart Start board member or if you are interested in becoming a board member, Contact Us .

Smart Start of Brunswick County 2015 Audit information can be found here.

Open meetings and public records requirements can be found here.


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