About the Partnership

We were founded in 1995 to administer the Smart Start grant in Ashe County. Since that time we have expanded to include a domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and awareness program. 


Our mission is to help create opportunities for success

Our vision is a strong, successful community.


Administrative Office
Phone: 336.982.4588 | Fax: 336.982.8860

Kim Barnes | EXT: 224

Executive Director


Tonya Roark | EXT. 223

Finance Director


Elizabeth Lane

Program & Clerical Assistant

Early Childhood and Education Program
Phone: 336.982.8870

Marilyn Agnew

Early Childhood & Education Consultant

A Safe Home for Everyone
Phone: 336.982.8851 | Hotline: 336.246.5430

Amber Dixon

A.S.H.E. Program Director


Jessica Peele

Housing & Resource Advocate


Anna Church



Vickie Flanagan

Victim Advocate

Family Foundations
Phone: 336-982-4588

Melissa Fowler

Family Support Specialist


Heather Greene

Family Support Specialist

Our Board of Directors
Ashe County Partnership for Children is a private, nonprofit organization governed by a 24-member Board of Directors. Board members represent business and civic groups, churches, local government, health and human service agencies, parents and education and nonprofit organizations. They are all volunteers who contribute their expertise, professional resources and time to building a stronger future for Ashe County.  Professional staff assists the Board.
Julie Landry Board Chair/Retired
David Blackburn Vice Chair/Ashe Baptist Association
Jamie Little Co-Vice Chair / Ashe County Schools
Susanne Moore Secretary/Ashe County Library
Donna Weaver Treasurer / Reitred
Mike Kincaid Blue Ridge Energies
Tracie M. Downer Ashe County Department of Social Services
Chris Robinson / Kendra Perkins Wilkes Community College
Gary Wolfe Retired
Kendra Blevins GE Aviation
Joedy Eller LifeStore Bank
Betty Lou Houck Betty’s Half Pint Childcare
Randy Barr AEV
Jennifer Greene Appalachian District Health Department
Courtney Benson Daymark
Diane Killen Ashe Developmental Day School
Sara Houser Ashe Memorial Hospital
Karen Bare Appalachian Utilities
Travis Birdsell NC Cooperative Extension
Kitty Honeycutt Ashe County Chamber of Commerce
Amy Miller BROC Head Start
Will Vannoy Vannoy Construction
Tracy Tullish Go Postal
Kate Yates Parent
Our Committees. The Driving Force. 
Executive/Facilities Committee

Consists of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Past Chair and other appointed Board members

  • Has authority over the basic management of the Partnership
  • All actions taken are reported to the Board
  • Serves as the personnel committee
  • Oversee decisions made regarding the maintenance and operations of the Partnership office building and property


Oversight/Finance Committee

 Consists of Board Members who volunteer or are appointed and do not have a conflict of interest.


  • Oversees the Partnership’s financial management and the annual audit by the State Auditor’s Office
  • Reviews operating budgets
  • Reviews contracting and accounting policies and makes recommendations to the Board
  • Provides fiscal and programmatic oversight of Smart Start funds
  • Reviews budget amendments and all requests for funding and forwards recommendations to the Board
  • Annually reviews monitoring results of funded programs
Resource Development Committee

Consists of Board Members who volunteer or are appointed and have an interest in fundraising, grants and marketing efforts that will promote the Partnership and support the programs it operates.


  • Heads up and oversees fundraising efforts/events
  • Assists in seeking out and writing grants that will help fund programs and projects of the Partnership 
  • Oversees marketing efforts to promote the Partnership and its programs

Employment Opportunities

Currently there are no positions available.   

Internships are available for academic credit or experience. The first step to becoming an intern is to contact   Kim Barnes, Executive Director to discuss the internship.  If your goals as a prospective intern match a progam need, project, or initiative at the Partnership, you will be asked to complete an internship application and submit a resume and cover letter.  An interview will then be scheduled and if selected, you will be asked to complete a background check and drug screen prior to your first day with us as an intern.