About the Partnership

Our mission is to nurture an active, supportive community that provides choices, opportunities and encouragement for all children and families in Ashe County to become healthy, educated and self-reliant.

Shared Vision
Ashe County is a prosperous community whose residents, especially children and families, are provided a broad range of resources, helping ensure their futures as productive individuals and the county’s future as a strong economic entity in a globally competitive world.

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. We created Family Central in 1999 at the former Ashe Central High School.

Administrative Office
Phone: 336.982.4588 | Fax: 336.982.8860

Kim Barnes | EXT: 224

Executive Director

Executivedirector@ashechildren.org

Tonya Roark | EXT. 223

Finance Director

tonyar@ashechildren.org

Missy Cruey

Administrative Coordinator

missyc@ashechildren.org

Early Childhood and Education Program
Phone: 336.982.8870

Marilyn Agnew

Early Childhood & Education Consultant

ececonsultant@ashechildren.org

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

Amber Dixon

A.S.H.E. Program Director

ASHEdirector@ashechildren.org

Jessica Peele

Housing & Resource Advocate

handradvocate@ashechildren.org

Sexual Assault Advocate/Sexual Assault Response Team Specialist

SAAdvocate@ashechildren.org

Vickie Flanagan

Victim Advocate

victimadvocate@ashechildren.org

 

Family Foundations
Phone: 336-982-4588

Melissa Fowler

Family Support Specialist

familysupport@ashechildren.org

Heather Greene

Family Support Specialist

familysupportspecialist@ashechildren.org

Our Board of Directors
Ashe County Partnership for Children is a private, nonprofit organization governed by a 14-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. A professional staff assists the Board.

Keith McClure Board Chair/Retired
Julie Landry Vice Chair/Retired
Diane Killen Treasurer/Ashe Developmental Day School
Sara Houser Secretary/Ashe Memorial Hospital
Donna Weaver Department of Social Services
Rev. David Blackburn Ashe Baptist Association
Carolyn Shepherd NC Cooperative Extension
Chris Robinson Wilkes Community College
Gary Wolfe Retired
Patricia Calloway Generations Developmental Day Center
Joedy Eller LifeStore Bank
Betty Lou Houck Betty’s Half Pint Childcare
Jamie Little
Beth Lovette Appalachian District Health Department
Suzanne Moore Ashe County Public Library

Our Committees. The Driving Force. 

Executive Committee

Members: Rev. David Blackburn, Shelley Elliott, Secretary, Julie Landry, Keith McClure, Treasurer, Chris Robinson, Board Chair, Carolyn Shepherd, Donna Weaver, Gary Wolfe.

  • 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

Chris Robinson, Board Chair
& Janet Braithwaite, Past Vice Chair

Finance/Audit Committee

Members: Diane Killen, Betty Houck, Beth Lovette, Keith McClure, Chris Robinson, Board Chair, Gary Wolfe.

  • 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
Oversight Committee

Members: Rev. David Blackburn, Carolyn Shepherd, Shelley Elliott, Secretary, Julie Landry, Keith McClure, Treasurer.

  • 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
Facilities Committee

Members: Joedy Eller, Chris Robinson, Donna Weaver, Gary Wolfe.

Employment Opportunities

We have no positions available at this time. 

Internships
Internships are available for academic credit or experience. The first step to becoming an intern is to complete the Internship form below (on page 5 of the Internship Application) and submit it with a cover letter and resume to  Kay Philipp, Interim Executive Director. We will contact you for an interview if your goals as a prospective intern match a departmental need, project or initiative at the Partnership.

Download the Internship Application – See Additional Resources on Right.