About the Partnership

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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


Tonya Roark | EXT. 223

Finance Director


Missy Cruey

Administrative Coordinator


Child Care Family Resource
Phone: 336.982.8870

Marilyn Agnew

Child Care Family Resource Director


Vickie Roark

Child Care Health Consultant


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

Deanna Stoker

A.S.H.E. Program Director


Stacy Cox

Case Manager


Amber Dixon

Sexual Assault Advocate/Sexual Assault Response Team


Tara Hartzog

Domestic Violence Children’s Shelter Advocate

Emily Isaacs

Shelter Manager

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.

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


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 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.