MHC Partners For Children Leadership

United Way of Henry County & Martinsville is Proudly Partnered with MHC Partners For Children (formerly Smart Beginnings) to provide support to local families and ensure that each child is prepared to enter grade school healthy, well-cared for, and ready to learn.

MHC Partners for Children Officers

Felicia Preston

Past President
Theresa Bechtel

Incoming President


Mitzi Dailey

Council Members

Philip Wenkstern (Ex-Officio)
United Way of Henry County and Martinsville

Reverend Mathew Brown
St. Paul High Street Baptist Church

Renita Mayhan
Parent/Community Representative 

Sandy Strayer
Henry County Public Schools

Larissa Rash
Fidelity Bank

DeShaunta Hairston
Books and Crannies

Denise Fultz
Henry County Public Schools

Dr. Jan Harrison
Patrick Henry Community College

Shirley Williams
Happy Feet Early Learning Center

Linda Dorr 
Community Volunteer, Altrusa Member

Susan Sabin
Spencer Penn Center

Angela Barnes
PCCA Head Start

Whitney Armstrong-Collins
The Armstrong Law Firm

MHC Partners For Children Staff

Melanie McLarty

Early Education & Family Resource Coordinator
Ruth Anne Collins

Healthy Beginnings Coordinator +
Technical Assistance Specialist

Brenda Jordan

Family Navigator
Diane Smith

Child Care Business Development Specialist
Sharon Cobbler

Early Literacy Coordinator
Erica James

Child Care Back-Office Support Specialist
Kim Hairfield