Partnership of Ashe

The Partnership of Ashe was 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 have also enhanced our family support programs to offer more support to families with children.


Our mission is to build partnerships, provide educational programs, and connect people to resources.

Our vision is a strong, community where everyone can succeed.

Our Staff

Our Board of Directors
Partnership of Ashe is a private, nonprofit organization governed by a 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 / Ashe County Children’s Endowment
David Blackburn – Vice Chair / Ashe Baptist Association
Jamie Little – Co-Vice Chair / Ashe County Schools
Tracy Tullish – Secretary / Ashe Ship and Print
Donna Weaver – Treasurer / Retired
Dr. Landon Allen – New River Family Wellness
Courtney Benson – Daymark
Kendra Blevins – GE Aerospace
Amanda Craven – LifeStore Bank
Becky Greer – Wilkes Community College, Ashe Campus
Michelle Hardy – Mount Jefferson Child Development Center
Kitty Honeycutt – Ashe County Chamber of Commerce
Kala Johnson – Skyline Skybest
Pam Lather – Retired Author
Tracie McMillan – Ashe County Department of Social Services
Laura McPherson – Ashe County Public Library
Jessica Muldowney – Appalachian District Health Department
Shannon Olive – Edward Jones Investments
Angela Osborne – Grandparent
Tasha Rountree – Blue Ridge Energy

Board of Directors' Meeting Schedule

The following meeting are scheduled for 2022-2023.  Please email for meeting access information.  

  • July 2023                         No Board Meeting
  • August 16, 2023             Board Meeting                 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • September 2023             No Board Meeting
  • October 18, 2023            Board Meeting                 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • November 2023              No Board Meeting
  • December 13, 2023        Board Meeting                 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • January 2024                  No Board Meeting
  • February 21, 2024          Board Meeting                 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • March 2024                     No Board Meeting
  • April 17, 2024                 Board Meeting                 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • May 2024 (TBD)            Board Meeting                  10:00am – 12:00pm
  • June 2023                        No Board Meeting

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

Audit Reports

2021-2022 Audit Report
2020-2021 Form 990
2019-2020 Audit Report
2015-2016 Audit Report