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 2015-2016 Meeting Schedule

  • August 6, 2105
  • October 1, 2015
  • December 3, 2015
  • February 4, 2016
  • April 7, 2016
  • June 2, 2016

Board Officers 2015-2016

Board Chair & President
Vice Chair
Interim Treasurer
Dave Kesterson
Polly Russ
Darius Bratsafolis    
Mary Snead 

Board Members 2014-2015

Government Sector

Elizabeth Boling
Office of the Sheriff

Twanda Williams
Brunswick Emergency Services

Alicia Jenkins
Cooperative Extension   

Catherine Lytch
Brunswick County Dept. of Social Services   

Rhonda Benton
Brunswick County Schools  

Service Sector

Mary Snead
Waves For Kids

Heather Coley
For Kids Only 

Penny Tysinger
Southport Women's Club

Michelle Harrison
Professional Stay at Home Moms

James Durante
Southport/Oak Island Kiwanis

Business & Community Sector

Polly Russ
Community at Large

Dave Kesterson
Community at Large

Norma Eckard
Community at Large

Darius Bratsafolis
Community at Large

Angela Jahr
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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