Our Board

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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.


Peggie Shultz


Peggie attends Winstead United Methodist Church.  She has served on the Hand in Hand ministry at Winstead for several years. She has played handbells for over 25 years and still loves it.  She and her husband have one daughter.  


Heather Winstead


Heather is a member of West Nash United Methodist Church and the Rehab Director at a senior living facility in Cary. Heather and her wife, Christen, have a beautiful daughter. Both Heather and Christen were born and raised in Wilson and Heather is happy to be back in Wilson serving her community.



Rev. Heather Wong

Pastor, West Nash United Methodist Church

Heather recently moved to Wilson and serves as the pastor of West Nash UMC. Married to Phil, they have two children, Samantha and Matthew. 


Rhyan Breen

​Board Member


Rhyan Breen is a local attorney and current Wilson County School Board Member. He is the husband to a woman he doesn't deserve and the father of two precocious children.

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.



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.



Sanda Hight

​Board Member

Sanda  Hight is a life-long resident of Wilson.  She is retired from Wilson County Schools after a long career as an English teacher and is currently a substitute teacher in Wilson County.  As a member of Winstead United Methodist Chruch, she is interested in church outreach, especially with the public schools.  She enjoys reading, writing, and being an amateur cellist.  She and her husband Fred have two children and four grandchildren.



Julia Newton

​Board Member


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



Rev. Daniel Pinell

​Board Member

Daniel Pinell is the vicar of the congregations of St. Mark Episcopal Church and La Guadalupana de Wilson. He, his wife, and their four small children moved from Ocala, Florida to Wilson, NC in 2021. Before moving to Florida, they lived in Oakland, California, serving as missionaries among the immigrant community with InnerCHANGE. He and his wife are interested in learning how to grow fresh food and learning how to eat foods that are in season, and helping others do the same. He’s passionate about books, movies, and a strong cup of coffee.



Eva Smithwick

Board Member


Eva is a credit risk officer with a 25+ year career in banking.  She volunteers in the SOHW Teaching and Community Garden, and is an active member of the community.  She and her husband, Aaron, live in Stantonsburg. 



Peggy Wilson

​Board Member

Peggy is a retired educator with 36 years of teaching with Wilson County Schools.  She is married with 3 grown children and 5 grandkids.  She is a long time member of Winstead UMC and has been involved with the Hand in Hand Ministry for 20 years.  She is looking  forward to serving  on the board of SOH.

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Rev. Rachel Kwashe

​Pastor, Winstead United Methodist Church

Ex-Officio Board Member


Rachel moved from Durham, where she completed her Masters of Divinity degree, to Wilson with her dog in July 2021.



Martha Levey

Librarian, Vick Elementary School

Ex-Officio Board Member


Martha S. Levey is originally from Wilson and has moved back after living in Emerald Isle for many years.  She is married and has two children.