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Rev. George Loveland



Pastor George serves Winstead United Methodist Church.  He is married to the Rev. Tuck Taylor, who serves West Nash United Methodist Church and lives in Wilson.


Fred Hight

Immediate Past Chair​

A lifelong resident of Wilson, Fred has tutored for many years at Vick Elementary School and has a heart for the students and work of Seeds of Hope Wilson.  He is married to Sanda, a retired teacher, and is a member of Winstead United Methodist Church.


Peggie Shultz

Vice Chair​

Peggie and husband, Barry, are part of the Winstead United Methodist Church community.  Peggie has served on the Hand in Hand ministry for several years and coordinated Adult Classroom Readers for the 2019-2020 school year in conjunction with the Teaching & Community Garden.

Oredia Burt



Oredia is a member of Christ Deliverance Tabernacle Ministries where she is very active in community outreach.  She is also a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.  Oredia is married and lives in Wilson.


Joyce Wolfe

​Board Member


Joyce is retired and serves as handbell director for Winstead United Methodist Church's two handbell choirs.  She has volunteered at Vick for many years as a tutor and Classroom Buddy. She lives in Wilson with her husband, Jake.



Alison Howard

​Board Member


Alison is the Bookmobile/Outreach Librarian at the Wilson County Public Library.  She is a member of West Nash United Methodist Church and is married with two children.


Mandy Jenkins

​Board Member


Mandy is a member of Winstead United Methodist Church and the Media Specialist for Vick Elementary School and is Teacher of the Year at Vick for the 2020-21 school year.  She lives in Wilson with her husband and two sons.


Maria Resendiz Ledezma

​Board Member


Maria is mother to three sons, two of which are students at Vick Elementary School.  Maria is also a member of the ELL Class that meets at SOHH and is a member of the Wilson AMEXCAN Protoras Committee which helps to coordinate events for the Wilson Hispanic Community.


Vicenta Cariño

​Board Member


Vicenta is Teacher Assistant at Vick Elementary School and a member of St. Therese Catholic Church.  She is the Hispanic Ministry Coordinator for SOHW and works tirelessly on behalf of the Wilson Hispanic Community.



Rev. Maurice Barnes

​Board Member


Rev. Barnes is Pastor of White Rock Presbyterian Church and is the Equity Coordinator with Wilson County Schools as well as the coordinator for Gentlemen's Agreement.



Bishop M.K. Smith

​Board Member


Bishop Smith is Pastor of Christ Temple of Praise Church and is the newest board member of Seeds of Hope Wilson.  Welcome, Bishop Smith.



Julia Newton

​Board Member


Julia is the Garden Coordinator for the Seeds of Hope Teaching & Community Garden.  She is a Master Gardener and has guided the progress of the gardening program.  She and her husband, Will, live in Wilson.



Gary Farmer

​Board Member


Recently retired from the Wilson County School Board, Gary serves the Wilson community in many ways including using his farming equipment to periodically plow and mulch the  Seeds of Hope Teaching and Community Garden.



Vielka Givens

Ex Officio Board Member ​


Vielka is the Student Development Specialist at Vick Elementary School and serves on the Seeds of Hope Board by virtue of her position at Vick.


Jim Howard

Executive Director

Jim became Seeds of Hope's new Executive Director in January, 2021.  He and wife, Alison, have lived and worked in Wilson for many years.  They have two grown children, Emily and Andrew and are members of West Nash United Methodist Church.

MaryEllen Bass



MaryEllen was one of the founders of the Hand in Hand ministry at Winstead Church and has consistently volunteered at Vick Elementary School for the past 14 years. She lives in Elm City with her husband, Gary, and is a member of Winstead United Methodist Church.