WCPFC Staff

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 39 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 twelve grandchildren.

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 111
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Charlene Lucas - Assistant Executive Director/Child Care Subsidy Coordinator

Charlene Lucas is a native of Wilson County and has worked in some capacity in early childhood for 25+ years. She obtained a BS degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Mount Olive and a Master’s degree in Human Services Counseling from Regent University. In addition, she is a United States Army Veteran. Ms. Lucas believes that all children should be given a positive and healthy start to life and that parents should feel comfortable in the stayplace of their children while they are working or in school. She is the Coordinator for the Child Care Subsidy Program, a program designed to financially assist families in Wilson County who need help to cover some of their child care costs. She has been employed with the Wilson County Partnership for Children agency since 2007.

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 125
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Charlene Lucas - Assistant Executive Director/Child Care Subsidy Coordinator

Charlene Lucas is a native of Wilson County and has worked in some capacity in early childhood for 25+ years. She obtained a BS degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Mount Olive and a Master’s degree in Human Services Counseling from Regent University. In addition, she is a United States Army Veteran. Ms. Lucas believes that all children should be given a positive and healthy start to life and that parents should feel comfortable in the stayplace of their children while they are working or in school. She is the Coordinator for the Child Care Subsidy Program, a program designed to financially assist families in Wilson County who need help to cover some of their child care costs. She has been employed with the Wilson County Partnership for Children agency since 2007.

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 125
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Tammie Ruffin - Child Care Resource and Referral Services Coordinator

Tammie Ruffin is a native of Wilson County and has worked in the Early Childhood field for over 20 years. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Birth-Kindergarten: Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development with emphasis on Leadership and Program Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has served in many roles from teacher assistant, education coordinator, center director to her current role as Child Care Resource and Referral Coordinator. Tammie believes that it’s important to ensure that providers/caregivers have the resources/tools they need to be able to continue providing quality care and creating learning environments that are designed to meet the developmental needs of all children so that they are able to thrive and reach their fullest potential. Tammie joined the WCPFC team in 2018.

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 124 Email Tammie

Tammie Ruffin - Child Care Resource and Referral Services Coordinator

Tammie Ruffin is a native of Wilson County and has worked in the Early Childhood field for over 20 years. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Birth-Kindergarten: Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development with emphasis on Leadership and Program Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has served in many roles from teacher assistant, education coordinator, center director to her current role as Child Care Resource and Referral Coordinator. Tammie believes that it’s important to ensure that providers/caregivers have the resources/tools they need to be able to continue providing quality care and creating learning environments that are designed to meet the developmental needs of all children so that they are able to thrive and reach their fullest potential. Tammie joined the WCPFC team in 2018.

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 124
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Eunice Carrasco-Hill - Lead Technical Assistant Coordinator

My name is Eunice Carrasco-Hill born and raised in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Has worked in the Early Childhood Professional field for over 29 years, obtained a Master in Public Administration from Ashford University, and Certification in Master Gardner from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension and Natural Medicine from the Chestnut School of Natural Medicine. Moreover, in May 2018 I obtained a Certification in Early Childhood Outdoors Learning with Natural Resources to Prevent Child Obesity from the North Carolina State University. I had served in many roles from Executive Director, Center Director, Translator and Interpreter, Bilingual Specialist, Hispanic Outreach Coordinator, NAEYC Validator, Project Manager for the Food Justice and Just Food Coordinator, Executive Director of the Youth Agriculture Program for Exceptional Children in Halifax and Edgecombe County Public Schools, and the spoke person for the Healthy Eating and Active Living in Halifax County. Eunice joined the WCPFC team in 2018

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul” by Alfred Austin

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 116
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Eunice Carrasco-Hill - Lead Technical Assistant Coordinator

My name is Eunice Carrasco-Hill born and raised in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Has worked in the Early Childhood Professional field for over 29 years, obtained a Master in Public Administration from Ashford University, and Certification in Master Gardner from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension and Natural Medicine from the Chestnut School of Natural Medicine. Moreover, in May 2018 I obtained a Certification in Early Childhood Outdoors Learning with Natural Resources to Prevent Child Obesity from the North Carolina State University. I had served in many roles from Executive Director, Center Director, Translator and Interpreter, Bilingual Specialist, Hispanic Outreach Coordinator, NAEYC Validator, Project Manager for the Food Justice and Just Food Coordinator, Executive Director of the Youth Agriculture Program for Exceptional Children in Halifax and Edgecombe County Public Schools, and the spoke person for the Healthy Eating and Active Living in Halifax County. Eunice joined the WCPFC team in 2018

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul” by Alfred Austin

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 116
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Jessica Wiggs - Early Childhood Specialist

Jessica Wiggs is the Early Childhood 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. 120
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Jessica Wiggs - Administrative Specialist

Jessica Wiggs 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
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Shalonda Holley - NC Pre-K Coordinator

Shalonda Holley is the NC Pre-K Coordinator for Wilson County Partnership for Children.  Previously, Shalonda was a NC Pre-K Specialist in Wake County.  She has received a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Life Education from Spring Arbor University.  In addition, she has worked in Early Childhood Education for 9 years.  She believes that all children should have equal opportunities to thrive, so they realize their full potential in school, work and life.

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 115
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Meg Sargent - Physical Education Nutrition Specialist/ Early Childhood Specialist

Meg is the Physical Education/Nutrition Specialist for Wilson County Partnership for Children. Meg was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. In 2013 Meg graduated from East Carolina University with a BS in Public Health with a minor in Kinesiology. Since graduation, Meg has worked with different health and wellness programs in central North Carolina including childhood and adult diabetes prevention, best practice nutritional programming, personal training, weight loss programs, functional fitness and much more. Overall health is not just physical, but also reaches into emotional, mental, spiritual and social wellbeing. It is so important for children to get a healthy start to ensure that they can be the best and happiest that they can be. Meg believes that a healthy lifestyle is attainable at any age, any ability level, even with the most chaotic of schedules. Meg is excited to be part of WCPFC’s dedication to healthy, well prepared children. She joined the WCPFC team in 2017. Outside of work, Meg enjoys being active outdoors-running in local races, hiking with her lab puppy, boating and water sports, horseback riding, softball and tennis-anything to get outdoors and moving when the weather is nice.

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 120
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Amparo Hernandez - Interperter

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

Jennifer Hammett - Office Coordinator

Jennifer Hammett is the Office Coordinator for the Wilson Partnership for Children. She was raised in California and moved to North Carolina in 2004. She has an Associate’s degree in Child Development, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Administration. She has worked with children in many roles including preschool teacher, assistant kindergarten teacher, playgroup facilitator, and substitute teacher. She is accredited in Triple P (Positive Parenting Program). She has a passion for serving children and families. Jennifer believes children and caregivers should have every opportunity available to achieve their goals. She feels it is important for families to feel supported as they work to reach their potential. She is married with four children and lives in Nashville, NC. She joined the WCPFC family in 2020.

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 110
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Mandy Boykin - Fiscal Specialist

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 112
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Amparo Hernandez - Interperter

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