Susan Cogdill serves as the WCPC Executive Director. She holds an undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master in Arts from ASU. She has a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. Her work experience includes nonprofits at the local, state and national level. Susan has been given the privilege to work with families and children for over 30 years.
One of her greatest rewards is being a part of the early years and watching a child grow from infancy to a happy, healthy and successful adult. She believes that providing parents and children with the right opportunities and necessary tools creates success in our community both now and in the future.
Child Development Specialist
Stacy Daniels is the Child Development Specialist at the Wilkes Community Partnership for Children. She provides technical assistance and consultation to child care centers and family child care homes to improve quality of centers in Wilkes County. Technical assistance support includes licensing information, star rated licensure maintenance/improvement, training opportunities, certified preschool CLASS observer and assistance creating more natural outdoor learning environments.
Stacy is a 2014 graduate of Appalachian State University with a Masters in Child Development Birth – Kindergarten. She previously worked at FIPP Early Head Start as a classroom teacher. Stacy is passionate about the care of young children.
Angelica Mejia is an AmeriCorps member and coordinator of Cooking Matters programs at the Wilkes Community Partnership for Children.
Angelica graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Throughout college, she was involved in youth development serving preschoolers, middle schoolers, and high schoolers through tutoring programs and teaching assistant positions. Working with this population, Angelica discovered her desire to work to improve the quality of life of low income families and people from diverse backgrounds. She believes that accessibility to resources that provide options to living healthy lives should be a right afforded to all. Angelica is interested in pursuing a Masters degree in Public Health with concentrations in Health Behavior and Maternal, Child, and Family Health
Family Support Coordinator
Stephanie moved to Western NC in 2007 after she fell in love with the area on a visit with family. She met her husband in Boone, where they have lived since 2008. They welcomed their baby girl in June 2015 and their baby boy in November 2017. She loves spending time with her family and friends, and enjoys painting, attending concerts and curling up with her fur babies (two dogs, two cats and three miniature goats).
Stephanie holds a BS in Psychology and has been working and volunteering with children’s organizations since the birth of her daughter. She has previously volunteered with, served as a board member and worked for the Children’s Council of Watauga County. She has 10+ years of administrative experience as well as experience in early intervention, working directly with young children and their parents/caretakers. She knows how important the early years are and is passionate about providing education and support for the parents and caretakers of these young citizens. She believes the more support parents have during these years, the more successful their children will become as adults. She serves as the Family Support Coordinator, overseeing the parenting programs offered by the Partnership. She loves being able to serve families in Wilkes County and hopes all parents take advantage of these wonderful programs.
Kirstin Devlin is the Child Care Health Consultant at the Wilkes Community Partnership for Children. She works to promote healthy and safe environments for young children in Wilkes County. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Carolina University in Emergency Medicine. Kirstin has been in the medical field since 2009, most recently practicing as a certified NC Paramedic. She offers health consultation, coaching, health education and health advocacy in our community with the ultimate goal of improving the health and safety of early care and education settings. “The first wealth is health.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Evelyn Aguilar is the Community Outreach Coordinator at Wilkes Community Partnership for Children. She works to promote early literacy programs such as Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Reach out and Read, and outreach events promoting the programs of the Partnership for Children.
Evelyn graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. Previously she worked in marketing roles at Shurtape and Valdese Weavers. Her work experience includes running social media campaigns and implementing marketing strategies. She is passionate serving the community and ensuring that children are given the opportunities and tools to have a brighter future. “There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all.” – Jackie Kennedy
Gail Cecile works as the Child Care Resource and Referral assist. With over 29 years of experience in early childhood programs Gail assists in the day to day operations of the program including managing the Lending Library, assisting in outreach activities, distributing information to child care facilities and families and supporting staff in projects. Gail is the formerowner/director of The Children’s Center of Wilkes (previously known as Jack-n- Jill Child Care).
She is a graduate of the Early Childhood program at Wilkes Community College and is trained in the Child and Adult Care Food Program with 25 years of program implementation. She holds an Early Childhood Administrator Credential I & II. Gail believes there are two great days in a child’s life-the day they are born and the day they discover “why”.
Erin Kirby is the Behavior Support Specialist at Wilkes Community Partnership for Children. Erin has a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Appalachian State University. Previously she worked as a lead teacher in a Hickory child care center. Erin also has experience working with children in a psychiatric residential treatment facility. Her work also includes experience in an all-inclusive classrooms. Erin loves working with children and is very passionate about young children. Helping to improve the quality of child care of child care is important to Erin.
Sylvia Minton serves as the Spanish Interpreter/ Translator at Wilkes Partnership for Children. She assists in the day to day operations in Outreach activities, Motheread, Circle of Parents, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and distributing information to Hispanic families in the community as well as supporting staff in projects.
Sylvia previously worked at The Little Angels Head Start Program in Bronx, New York as a Pre – k teacher for over ten years. Here in Wilkes Sylvia volunteered as a Spanish Interpreter/ Translator at Wilkes Pregnancy Center for three years and worked at Wilkes County Health Department as a clinical assistant and Spanish Interpreter/ Translator. Sylvia believes that allowing children to be an individual to grow and learn in their own unique way helps them to be comfortable with themselves.
Nikki grew up in Wilkes County, where she was a teacher at Moravian Falls for three years and in Alexander County schools for seven years. She taught second grade for seven years and taught the Academically Gifted for three years. She quit teaching after the birth of her daughter and has remained a stay at home mom for six years after the birth of her twin boys.
Nikki is the graduate of UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Visual and Performing Arts. She also has her Masters in Elementary Education through Appalachian State.
Nikki is a Play 2 Learn Facilitator through the Partnership where she leads a preschool class for parents and children once a week at the Presbyterian Church in North Wilkesboro. She is also a Triple P Practitioner for the Partnership which is a multi-level system of family intervention for parents of children who have or are at risk of developing behavior problems.
Jenna Greene is the Healthy Habits Coordinator working in 15 child care centers participating in the Physical Activity and Nutrition grant from NC Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control. Her work in the centers includes: Be Active Kids; Grow It, Try It, Like It; and Go NAPSACC-Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care.
Jenna is a 2016 graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in Nutrition and Foods- Dietetics. She has previously worked as a Nutritionist for the NC Women, Infants, and Children program.
Working with children and their families within the community to ensure that they are healthy and prepared for the future brings joy to Jenna. “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” --Hippocrates
Natasha Black and Kristie Johnston are the child care team at the Partnership for Children working with the Circle of Parents activity. While parents are participating in the Circle of Parents Program, Natasha and Kristie provide developmental learning activities for children in a safe environment. Both enjoy working with young children. Natasha also serves as an assistant in the Play 2 Learn Program.
Mary Sallie Styers, Play 2 Learn Facilitator, is a graduate of Appalachian State with a certificate in special education. She also holds a Birth to Kindergarten degree. She worked in Wilkes County Schools where she served as an administrator and teacher for 15 years. Other work experience includes Preschool Director of Wilkesboro Baptist Preschool for 8 years. Mary Sallie volunteers with several community organizations including Ebenezer Children’s Home, Wilkes County Schools and Drives for Drake. Children have a special place in Mary Sallie’s heart and she loves working with them. Mary Sallie has never found a child she could not work with.
Anita Day is a Play 2 Learn Facilitator for the Partnership twice a week at the North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in Special Education, cross-categorical. Anita has had the privilege to work with children ages 5 to 10 years old in Wilkes County Schools where she served as and Exceptional Children's Teacher for over 30 years, both full time and part time.
Anita's volunteer work includes: Communities in Schools, Wilkes County Schools, Relay for Life and Church, She loves children and is passionate about children learning and growing and is willing to help in any way she can. "Children learn as they Play. Most importantly in Play children Learn how to Learn" O. Fred Donaldson