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.

Vacant

Chair​

 

 

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.

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Peggie Shultz

Vice Chair​

Peggie has attended Winstead United Methodist Church since October 2014.  She has served on the Hand in Hand ministry at Winstead for several years and coordinated Adult Classroom Readers for the 2019-2020 school year in conjunction with the Teaching & Community Garden.

MaryEllen Bass

​Secretary

 

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.

Oredia Burt

Treasurer​

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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Heather Winstead

​Board Member

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 been married for 2 years and they 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.

 

 

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Rev. Rachel Price

​Pastor, Winstead United Methodist Church

Ex-Officio Board Member

 

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

 

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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.