Staff & Board of Directors


Bladen Smart Start invites you to contact our staff to learn more about what we have to offer. Below is a list of contacts.

Dr. Margaret Lawrence
Executive Director

Lauren Ventura
Director of Programs

Joshua Batchelor
Program Assistant

Carolyn Cromartie
Be Active Kids & Color Me Healthy Coordinator

Tocarra Osborne
Partnership Engagement Coordinator

Kayla Brianne
KBR Grant Coordinator

TaN'ya Graham
Early Childhood Support Specialist



Board of Directors

Bladen Smart Start is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, representing Business/Community, Government, and Services. Former and current board members, along with citizens-at-large, serve on the board's committees. Below is a list of the partnership's board officers and members.

  • Ann Brown
  • Dr. Kenneth Dinkins, Board Chair
  • Terri Duncan
  • Sheila Dunlap
  • Vickie Gillespie, Treasurer
  • Dr. Patricia Faulk, Vice Chair
  • Anita Hall
  • Angela Hines
  • Dr. Amanda Lee
  • Rufus Lloyd
  • Gregory Martin
  • Sheila Nance
  • Quessie Peterson
  • Dr. Joan Taylor
  • Vicki Smith
  • Dr. Jason Atkinson
  • Richard "Sling" Shaw
  • Matthew Schaeffer

Board Meetings

  • The full Board of Directors meets every other month and on the last Wednesday of the month (July, September, November, January, March and May).
  • Meetings are open to the public and minutes are a matter of public record.