The Team

Meet the People At Wilson County Partnership for Children

Dr. A. NaDene Tucker


Executive Director

NaDene has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership. She has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for the past 37 years. She has served in the roles of preschool teacher, K-5 teacher, Education Coordinator, Early Childhood College Instructor, Child Care Resource and Referral Coordinator, Early Childhood Center Director, Early Childhood Department Head, Regional Manager for Bright Horizons, and Associate Dean. Nothing is more important to her than families having access to high quality care for their children 0-5 years and providing enhanced professional development for early childhood educators. NaDene has been employed with Wilson County Partnership for Children since January 2014. NaDene resides in Greenville, NC; she is married with four children and eleven grandchildren.

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 111

Sharryn Johnson


Finance Manager

Sharryn Johnson is the Finance Manager for Wilson County Partnership for Children. Sharryn was born and raised in Hillsborough, NC. She graduated from Shaw University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Management in 2000. She brings over 30 years of accounting, finance and human resources experience to the Partnership. Sharryn has a son and a daughter in Wilson. She is the proud parent of two fur babies. Sharryn joined the Partnership team in 2016. She looks forward to being able to provide excellent service to the Partnership and the community.

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 112

Gwen Ballard


NC Pre-K Coordinator

Gwen Ballard is the Coordinator for the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program formerly known as The More At Four Program. The program was developed by former Governor Mike Easley. The program was designed to provide high quality educational experiences to enhance school readiness for eligible four year olds. Wilson County currently has four NC Pre-K sites and eight classrooms. As the coordinator she is responsible for recruiting eligible four year olds, monitoring the sites for general State compliance, conducting assessments when needed, facilitating workshops for lead and assistant teachers, managing the state-on-line reporting systems (NCKIDS and NC Pre-K Plan), attending regular NC Pre-K Committee Meetings, and providing technical assistance to NC Pre-K sites. She has worked with this program since 2004.

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 115

Charlene Lucas


Child Care Subsidy Coordinator

Charlene Lucas is a native of Wilson County and has worked in some capacity in early childhood for 20+ years. She obtained a BS degree in Early Childhood Education from Mount Olive College and is a United States Army Veteran. Ms. Lucas is the Coordinator for the Child Care Subsidy Program, a program designed to assist families in Wilson County who need help to cover some of their child care costs. Parent(s) must be employed or enrolled in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college or university. Other eligibility requirements do apply. She has been employed with the Wilson County Partnership for Children agency since 2007.

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 125

Shalonda Holley


Child Care Resource and Referral Coordinator

Shalonda Holley is the CCR&R Coordinator for Wilson County Partnership for Children, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Family life Education from Spring Arbor University. She has worked in Early Childhood Education for 6 years. Previously, Shalonda Holley was a Family Coach/Program Coordinator for Early Childhood Connections. She believes that all children and their families deserve the same opportunity to succeed, regardless of any demographic, geographic, or economic considerations. She has been employed by Wilson County Partnership since 2014.

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 124

Lorena Gonzalez


Lead TA Coordinator for Shape NC

Lorena is a  bilingual professional with 23 years of experience working with children and families.  Her career grew through her experience with several Head Start programs in NC where she started as a teacher and then became a Family Advocate, Center Director and Family Services Director.  Lorena’s experience also includes working in mental health, public school and private child care.  She earned her Associate Degree in Early Childhood from FTCC in Winston Salem and a Bachelor in Sociology from Salem College, also in Winston Salem.  Lorena is a recent graduate of UNC Chapel Hill where she earned my Master of Education with a focus on Early Intervention and Family Support.  Lorena is a firm believer in parents/families being a child’s first and most important teacher in life and she believes in the spirit of collaboration to ensure that children and families have the appropriate support and guidance they need to be successful.  Lorena joined the Partnership team in 2017.

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 116

Barbara Scott


Early Childhood Specialist

Barbara Scott is the Early Childhood Specialist. She has worked in Early Childhood Education and Child Development programs for over 27 years in either a childcare/daycare setting or the Head Start program. Her passion is educating young children and watching the growth of those total transformations that take place over time.  Barbara has a Masters of Arts Degree in Education from Ashford University in Early Childhood Education/ Specializing in Special Education. She is currently learning and receiving  training and resources to be able to enhance her knowledge as an Education Specialist for childcare providers and parents here in the Wilson county. Barbara joined the  Partnership team in 2017.

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 110

Jessica Ray


Administrative Specialist

Jessica Ray is the Administrative Specialist for Wilson County Partnership for Children. She obtained a BA in Psychology from Meredith College. She is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling with a focus on children and family counseling. Jessica is passionate in her belief that by providing children with a solid foundation to start school that it provides those children with the ability to have a successful school experience. Jessica joined the team at Wilson County Partnership for Children in 2014.

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 113 / 114

Sabrina Ellis



Sabrina Ellis is the receptionist/assistant for Wilson County Partnership for Children. She moved to Wilson in 2009 with her two children. Sabrina attended Wilson Community College in 2010 to obtain her CNA license. She worked as a CNA for 2 ½ years until being laid off in 2013. She joined a program at OIC that placed her into the Title V program for seniors at Upper Coastal Plain. The Title V program matched Sabrina to Wilson County Partnership for Children. Sabrina feels that was the best thing that could have happened to her. She worked as a volunteer for Title V at WCPFC for eighteen months before being hired as the receptionist/assistant. Sabrina thinks that everyone, especially children, should have a chance for a good life. Sabrina believes that dreams start with education, which is why WCPFC is there to assist the community and ensure that the children of Wilson County start out with the best possible education. Sabrina has been employed with Wilson County Partnership for Children since 2015.

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 114
eMail: Sabrina

Brenda Barnes



Brenda Barnes is a native of Elm City, North Carolina. She recently returned to her roots after working in the accounting field for thirty five (35) years in the state of New York. Having settled in Wilson, N.C., Brenda wanted to find something rewarding to do to become a productive member of the community. That desire lead her to the Upper Coastal Plains Title V Program (“Title V”). She worked in the Title V program for two and a half years before being paired to work with the Wilson County Partnership for Children (WCPC).

While working for WCPC under the Title V Program, Brenda realized the impact the agency is having on the early childhood educational development of children in Wilson County. As the mother of four, she knows the value of early childhood education and its impact on the future success of children.

When the Title V Program ended in June of 2017, Brenda was offered a position with the WCPC. She eagerly accepted the opportunity to become a member of the WCPFC team in 2017.

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 119

Amparo Hernandez



Hi, my name is Amparo Hernandez. I'm working as a part time Spanish interpreter for Wilson County Partnership for Children.
I'm Hispanic, married, have two lovely children.
I have been working part time as a Spanish translator for almost 9 years in various places assisting families who need an Spanish interpreter.
And I will be more than happy to assist you here, at Wilson County Partnership for Children..

Telephone: (252) 206-4235


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Next Meetings

Next Executive Committee Meeting Date:
October 18, 2017
Next NC Pre-K Committee Meeting Date
November 13, 2017
Next Board Meeting Date: 
September 27, 2017
Next CCR&R Committee Meeting Date:
November 8, 2017

How To Contact Us



Wilson County Partnership for Children
109 Park Avenue West
PO Box 2661
Wilson, NC 27893

Office Hours

Monday thru Thursday 8:00am to 5:00pm
Friday 8:00am to 3:00pm
Office is closed on weekends



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