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.


Due to COVID-19, the June 4th Board meeting has been moved to a Zoom Meeting.  If you have questions, please contact Helen Gabriel at .

 FY 2019-2020 Meeting Schedule

  • August 1, 2019
  • October 3, 2019
  • December 5, 2019
  • February 6, 2020
  • April 2, 2020
  • June 4, 2020

Board Officers 2019-2020

Vice President
Jim Nelson
Darius Bratsafolis
Karen McClanahan  
Heather Coley 

Board Members 2019-2020

Government Sector

Patricia Rourk
Brunswick County Schools     

Catherine Lytch
Brunswick County Dept. of Social Services    

Antonia Johnson

Brunswick County Schools


Service Sector

Heather Coley
For Kids Only  

Jim Nelson
Southport/Oak Island Kiwanis

Dwight Willis
Community at Large

Amanda Taylor
The Kids Connection

Ann Craft
Community at Large

Business & Community Sector

Kim Murphy 
Community at Large

Darius Bratsafolis
Community at Large

Angela Jahr
Community at Large

Lesley Baker
Community at Large

Jeannine Mediate
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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