Janice A. Freedman, M.P.H.

Executive Director

Since 1999, Janice has served as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation. Prior to that, she served as the agency’s First Step Campaign Coordinator directing a statewide public education campaign to improve the health of pregnant women and babies.

Janice’s 30 year career in public health has been entirely in the non-profit sector, primarily focusing on improving the health of women. She has extensive experience coordinating bilingual public education and awareness campaigns, implementing a community grants program, providing professional training and technical assistance, advising state and local policymakers and building the capacity of local community-based agencies to better serve women and families.

Janice received her MPH from UNC-Chapel Hill and her BA from Carleton College, Minnesota. In her free time, Janice likes to garden, run, raise parakeets and do crossword puzzles.


Jasmine Getrouw-Moore, M.P.A.

Young Families Connect Media Outreach Coordinator

Jasmine Getrouw-Moore joined our agency in October 2015 as the Young Families Connect Media Outreach Coordinator. Previously, Jasmine worked at the Forsyth County Dept. Public Health. There she coordinated bilingual maternal and child health programs focusing on reproductive health education and outreach to improve the health of people from birth through childbearing age.

Jasmine is highly skilled in the area of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) as well as childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting education. She is also equipped to discuss how human service professionals can reduce barriers to care using cultural sensitivity, evidence-based practices and interventions.

Jasmine received her Master of Public Administration from DePaul University and her Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education from UNC - Greensboro. When Jasmine is not thinking of ways to make our society a better place she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and her dog, Yoshi.


Karen Gupton, A.A.

Website Manager/ IT Support/ Office Administrator

Currently in her 16th year with the Foundation, Karen manages the agency’s websites, network computer system and equipment. Over the years she has held a number of roles, including office manager and bookkeeper. Karen’s belief in the mission of the organization has kept her here doing all she can to see North Carolina’s infant mortality rate continue to decrease.

In addition, Karen is pursuing an AAS degree in Web Technologies from Wake Technical Community College.

When she isn’t designing or updating the websites, or troubleshooting computer issues, Karen enjoys camping with her husband and her Morkie (Maltese Yorkie mix), Gracie Lou.


Marilyn (Lynn) Williams, B.S.

Accounts Payable

Lynn has managed accounts payable and accounts receivables for the Foundation since 2011 and has more than 10 years of experience working with nonprofits. She likes the atmosphere associated with nonprofits – especially the dedication of her co-workers for the cause of reducing infant mortality rates in North Carolina.

Lynn is a native of New Jersey but has embraced the culture and lifestyle of North Carolina. She and her husband like to explore the great outdoors here by hiking the numerous greenways and parks around the state. She also loves reading and shopping at the Raleigh Flea Market and Farmers Market. She especially enjoys family vacations at the great North Carolina beaches.

Independent Contractors


Sterling Fulton, M.H.A.

Wake Up Wake Consultant

Sterling coordinates the Foundation’s Cribs for Kids Program (Wake County). She has more than twenty years of experience planning and managing programs, training, public speaking, in resource development, most importantly, partnership and individual development.

Sterling's previous work includes serving as an Operations Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield in NY and a Managed Care Specialist with the NC Attorney General’s office helping individuals, doctors and other health care providers navigate the health insurance maze. She has managed millions of dollars of grant funds and developed and managed award-winning programs for the NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund and the NC Division of Public Health.

Sterling is a proud graduate of both Hampton University and Penn State University, and is the mother of two grown sons and the caretaker of one adorable dog, Dottie.

Board of Directors



Buck Wilson, MS
Public Health Director,
Cumberland County Department of Public Health

Born and reared in Charleston, South Carolina, Buck Wilson graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration-Management. He later earned a Master of Science in Nutrition from Winthrop University. Buck currently serves as the Public Health Director of Cumberland County Department of Public Health.

Buck’s extensive public health experience includes positions as the Public Health Director of Rutherford-Polk-McDowell Health District, District Director of Nutrition at Department of Health and Environmental Control (South Carolina), Public Health Director of Madison County and Nutrition Director at Iredell County Health Department.

Buck’s numerous leadership roles include: President of the NC Association of Local Health Directors, Vice Chair of the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation, President of Board of Directors for NC Partnership for Children and Vice Chair for SHIFT NC. In 2013, his peers awarded him the Health Director of the Year Award at the NC Association of Local Health Directors; he was also appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to the statewide Child Fatality Prevention Task Force.

Buck enjoys spending time with his family in Louisiana and Charleston. He enjoys Cajun cuisine, traveling, and anything close to water.


Vice Chair

Claire B. Niver, SPHR, CCP, CBP
Sr. Vice President
Human Resources and Corporate Affairs
Pepsi Bottling Ventures NC

Claire currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at Pepsi Bottling Ventures where she started in December 1999. There she has responsibility for Human Resources and Corporate Affairs including: Compensation and Benefits, Training and Development, Safety and Loss Prevention, Public Relations and Legislative Affairs. Prior to joining Pepsi Bottling Ventures, Claire had 14 years of experience with Burlington Industries, Inc. in a number of professional human resource capacities including Manager of Compensation and Benefits, and Director of Organizational Development.

Claire earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has completed post graduate programs at the University of Michigan’s Ross Business School and UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. She has been certified by WorldatWork as a Compensation and Benefits Professional and by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.

Claire currently serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has served as the Secretary for the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation since 2013.



Michael James Lotterhos, CPA
Davis Moore

Mike Lotterhos is the CFO at Davis Moore in Raleigh, NC, He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in North Carolina, with experience working at several Raleigh accounting firms over the years.

From 2001 to 2007, Mike served as the Vice President of Corporate Realty Advisors – a boutique real estate consulting firm specializing in reducing corporate occupancy costs. He played a key role in significantly growing annual revenues and in 2007 Mike helped position the company for a successful sale to Jones Lang LaSalle, an acquired corporate realty advisor firm.

Mike received his Masters of Accounting from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Kenan Flagler Business School and his Bachelors degree in Business Management from North Carolina State University.

Previously, Mike served on other nonprofit boards and he currently serves as the Treasurer for the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation and Chair of the Audit Committee. He is a licensed private pilot and he and his wife have two young children.



Matt Barker, BS
Vice President of Marketing and Interactive Sales
TeleHealth Services

As Vice President of Marketing and Interactive Sales at TeleHealth Services in Raleigh, NC, Matt Barker has more than 15 years of experience in marketing, sales, and executive leadership. He is a nationally recognized expert in the infusion of healthcare technology into an enhanced patient experience. Matt’s professional responsibilities encompass business strategy, marketing, sales and customer development. His innovative approaches have extended to other major patient engagement programs with Kaiser Permanente, Hospital Corporation of America and Catholic Health Initiatives.

Guiding his company's patient-centric focus, Mr. Barker helped lead the transformation of TeleHealth Services from a tools provider to the largest comprehensive patient education and entertainment solutions provider in the country.

Mr. Barker received his Bachelors degree in Business Marketing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and earned masters’ certifications in Digital Marketing and Lead Generation Marketing.



Megan L. Anderson, BA

Financial Sales Manager
First Citizens Bank
Megan L. Anderson, BAFinancial Sales Manager
First Citizens Bank

Megan Anderson has been with First Citizens Bank in the Research Triangle Area for four years, where she serves as an Assistant Vice President and a Financial Sales Manager. She works with financially active individuals and small business owners to uncover needs and develop solutions to enhance their financial picture. Megan’s areas of expertise include residential and commercial real estate lending, deposit strategies and cash management solutions. She also connects clients with other services such as wealth management and retirement planning, merchant processing and personal and business insurance.

Megan has a Bachelor of Arts from Meredith College and is active in the Junior League of Raleigh where she has served with Step Up Ministry, League Training Team and the Quick Impact Community Volunteer team. She is also a graduate of the Junior League of Raleigh’s Capital Leadership Initiative and currently serves on the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation’s Audit Committee.


Laura T. Blanchard, MD, MSPH

Piedmont Health Services
Laura T. Blanchard, MD, MSPHPediatrician
Piedmont Health Services

Dr. Laura Blanchard loves kids! She currently serves as a general pediatrician with Piedmont Health Services in Burlington, NC, at both the Charles Drew Community Health Center and Burlington Community Health Center. Her medical career as a public health pediatrician started in Raleigh, NC, at Wake County Human Services in the Child Health Clinic, where she served from 2007-2014.

Dr. Blanchard is a life-long Tar Heel, earning her Bachelor of Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, becoming a MD at the UNC School of Medicine and completing her Masters of Science in Public Health at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Blanchard completed her Pediatrics Residency at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA and currently lives in Chapel Hill with her husband Matt, their two amazing children and a household of pets.


David Ellis, MPA

Deputy County Manager
Wake County
David Ellis, MPADeputy County Manager
Wake County

David Ellis was selected as Deputy County Manager in February 2015. He most recently served as Assistant City Manager in Charlottesville, Virginia. He brings more than 20 years of local government experience.

He served as Assistant City Manager in Charlottesville for three years. In Fairfax County he served as assistant to the County Executive for nine years. In Fairfax, David managed the Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the Department of Code Compliance. He also established a regional system of human services as the Assistant Director of Human Services.

Ellis holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University and received the designation of credentialed manager through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

Ellis oversees the Community Services Department, Environmental Services Department, Human Services Department, Cooperative Extension, Capital Area Workforce Development, and Soil and Water Conservation.


Charles C. Ivey, EdS

Executive Director
Partnership for Children of Wayne County
Charles C. Ivey, EdSExecutive Director
Partnership for Children of Wayne County

Charles C. Ivey, currently the Executive Director of the Partnership for Children of Wayne County, is a lifelong educator and children’s advocate. After serving 35 years in the Wayne County Public School System, Charlie retired from public education in 2011 and quickly assumed the leadership of the Partnership for Children of Wayne County (Smart Start).

A native of Duplin County, Charlie completed both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching at the University of North Carolina, and earned his Educational Specialist degree from East Carolina University. He began a teaching career at Southern Wayne High School in 1976 and was named Wayne County’s Teacher of the Year in 1981. He then served for several years as Assistant Principal of the school. In 1988 he became Principal of Spring Creek School (K-9th grades) before becoming Principal at another elementary school. In 1997 Charlie was recognized as Wayne County’s Principal of the Year.

Charlie’s passion for children lead to his involvement with the Partnership for Children of Wayne County, serving first on its Board of Directors starting in 2006, and becoming its Executive Director in 2011.


John Jo, JD

Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell and Jernigan, LLP
John Jo, JDPartner
Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett,
Mitchell and Jernigan, LLP

John Jo is a partner with the law firm of Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP in Raleigh, NC where he started as an attorney in 2006. He concentrates his practice in business-related litigation and insurance recovery counseling, representing clients in a variety of industries in matters such as contract disputes, commercial torts, insurance coverage and shareholder disputes. John has been named a “Rising Star” in North Carolina by Super Lawyers each year since 2012, and was also named to the Lawyers of Color “Hot List – Southern Region” in 2014.

John obtained his Bachelor of Science and Juris Prudence degrees with honors from Duke University and is a proud fan of the Duke Blue Devils. He currently resides in Wake Forest, NC with his wife, a family physician, and two children. In addition to serving on the board of the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation, John serves as the board’s first Chair of the Governance Committee. He has also served as a mentor for the Boys and Girls Club in Wake Forest and also participates in the Volunteer Lawyers Program of Legal Aid of North Carolina.


Amy McConkey

Vice President
North Carolina Beverage Association
Amy McConkeyVice President
North Carolina Beverage Association

Amy McConkey currently serves as Vice President at the North Carolina Beverage Association, the state’s leading policy and public education advocate for the non-alcoholic beverage industry.

Before joining the NC Beverage Association in 2010, she was Legislative Specialist at Smith Anderson law firm, representing clients including the NC Medical Society and the NC Travel & Tourism Coalition. Early in her career, she was a staff reporter for NC StateWatch, a government news publication now known as The Insider, owned by The Raleigh News & Observer.

A native of North Carolina, Amy attended UNC-Chapel Hill where she double-majored in Political Science and Journalism. She currently resides in Raleigh with her husband Brent and two young children. In addition to serving on the board of the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation, Amy serves as immediate past chair of Keep NC Beautiful. She also serves on the board of the Association Executives of North Carolina and is a former chair of the NC Young Lobbyists Association.


Kimberly McDonald, MD, MPH

Medical Director
Wake County Human Services
Kimberly McDonald, MD, MPHMedical Director
Wake County Human Services

Since 2013, Dr. McDonald has been the Medical Director for Wake County Human Services providing medical and compliance oversight for all department programs, direction for quality assurance and accreditation, and consultation for clinical issues and emergency preparedness. Dr. McDonald has 14 years of experience as a preventive medicine and public health physician, with additional professional experience in primary care and women’s health practice, ophthalmology training, health services administration and health information technology for clinical practices.

Dr. McDonald is board certified in Preventive Medicine and Public Health and holds a Masters in Public Health and Health Services Administration from the Uniformed Services University. Her medical degree comes from Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Prior to coming to Wake County, Dr. McDonald worked in a private health information technology company and also served as Director and Medical Epidemiologist for NC’s Public Health Eastern Region Surveillance Team which coordinated emergency planning and response activities for 25 counties. Prior to 2006, Dr. McDonald served as a Medical Officer in the United States Navy.

Currently, Dr. McDonald is a member of national and state level professional associations. Throughout her career, she has received numerous awards, commendations and academic honors.


Dr. Lorraine Wilson, DNP, RN

Nursing Instructor
Watts School of Nursing
Dr. Lorraine Wilson, DNP, RNNursing Instructor
Maternal and Infant Health
Watts School of Nursing

Lorraine Wilson currently works as a Nursing Instructor for Watts School of Nursing after numerous years working as a clinical nurse in maternal and infant health. She spent years working at WakeMed Hospital with the maternal women and infants and working for a home visitation program through Wake County educating first time mothers. She often lends her spare time teaching as an adjunct faculty for local community colleges.

Lorraine received a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from North Carolina A&T State University. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on community and public health from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her Doctorate of Nursing Practice was earned from the same institution.

Lorraine is a member of national and state nursing organizations. She volunteers for the Ronald McDonald House, homeless shelters, and youth organizations. Lorraine’s mission is to positively impact her community with health education and purposeful actions for healing.

Directors Emeritus

Thomas J. Bacon (DrPH)

Retired, UNC Chapel Hill
Area Health Education Center

Stuart Bondurant, MD

Retired, UNC Chapel Hill
School of Medicine

Howard Fitts, EdD

North Carolina Central University

Robert (Bob) Garren, MBA

International Textile Group

Judge Bob Hunter, JD

Retired, N.C. Court of Appeals

Charles A. Sanders, MD

Former Chairman & CEO, Glaxo, Inc.