Alliance for Children is a private, nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors. Our board members serve as key advocates for young children and their families, and they represent business and civic groups, churches, local government, health and human service agencies, parents and education and nonprofit organizations.

They are all volunteers who contribute their expertise, professional resources and time to advance Union County’s vision for its youngest citizens, encourage progress, and energize local change. By empowering staff, responding to community needs, and strategically managing resources, our Board of Directors is building a stronger future for Union County.

The Board of Directors makes decisions regarding the allocation of public dollars.

Board of Directors

Nina Chaffin

Koy Dawkins

Josh Francis

Angela Greene

Jack Hargett

Andrew G. Houlihan, Ed.D.

Angelia James

Dennis Joyner

Michelle Lancaster

Ashley McBride

Cheryl Neely

Gwen Perkins, M.D.

Maria Pharr, Ed.D.

Gene Robbins 

Baxter Starnes – Treasurer

Christa Tyson

Mark Watson

Hayne White – Chair

Lorey White – Secretary

Lauren Williams

Roy Young


Cynthia Hogston, Ed. D

Maria Lander, Ed. D.

Patrick Niland

Steve Ramsey