About CIS Caldwell

Our Mission

The mission of Communities In Schools of Caldwell County is to provide a safe nurturing environment where students are connected to community resources and supported to achieve academic success.

Our Vision

Every child in Caldwell County Schools will graduate, be globally competitive and prepared for life in the 21st Century.

Our Values

  • Provide one-on-one relationships with caring adult mentors and/or role models
  • Provide community involvement and engagement
  • Provide a safe learning environment
  • Provide referrals to community resources for physical and mental health
  • Provide hands-on career and educational opportunities

Board of Directors

CIS Caldwell is governed by an independent board made up of representatives from county agencies, the schools, the community college, county government, social agencies, and businesses. The CIS Caldwell program is viewed as a community program addressing community problems.  In 1989, the board was the beginning of a partnership between business leaders and the public schools that has grown into a model of collaboration in the state of North Carolina.

A special thanks to all board members who came before and serve now for the vision of building a community of support through CIS Caldwell.

Communities In Schools of Caldwell County Board of Directors 2023:


Danette Landrum, Blue Ridge Energy Accounting, Board Chair

Deborah Smith, UNC Caldwell Healthcare, Vice President

Barry Hayes, Hayes Chemical, Secretary

Pete Craymer, Retired, Board Treasurer

Kim Arnett, Director of Caldwell County Department of Social Services

Angie Ashley, Executive Director Caldwell Council on Adolescent Health

Chris Bumgarner, Patrol SergeantLenoir Police Department

Dr. Kim Case, Retired School System

Ryan Cooper, Principal of William Lenoir Middle School

Julie Couch, Coordinator Adult Career Readiness at CCC&TI

Sterling Anders, Nationwide Insurance

Rahn Chase, V.P. First Citizens Bank

Dottie Darsie, Retired

Alvin Daughtridge, Retired

Donald Duncan, Caldwell County Manager

Max Dyer, V.P. Laz-Y-Boy, Past President

Chris Eidse, Pastor of Connections Ministries WaterLife Church




Denise Fleming, Caldwell County Health Department

Carrie Foddrell, Educator

Becky Gibbons, Retired Educator

Scott Hildebran, Lenoir City Manager

Stephen Jones, Pastor of Student Ministries Living Hope Church

Darrell Keener, Retired CPA

Cherry Moss, Retired CISCC Site Coordinator

Dr. Don Phipps, Superintendent of Caldwell County Schools

Dr. Mark Poarch, President at CCC&TI

Tyler Reese, Caldwell District Manager Blue Ridge Energy

William Romero, Teacher Caldwell County Schools

Shay Starnes, Bernhardt Furniture

Troy Stutts, North Carolina Government

Dr. John Thuss, Retired Veterinarian

Robbie Wilkie, Caldwell County Commissioner

Jamie Willis, Executive Director United Way

CIS Caldwell Staff

Keith Hindman Executive Director

Debbie Eller Executive Director Emeritus/Consultant

Kelly HeltonData Manager


Site Coordinators:

Kelly Helton Gamewell Middle School

DJ (Dennis) Brown Granite Falls Middle School

Allison Anders Hudson Middle School

Lindsay Hallead William Lenoir Middle School

Devell Maxwell Hibriten High School

Anthony Robbins South Caldwell High School

Melissa Reynolds West Caldwell High School


Social Workers:

Janie Mangum – GFMS, HHS, HMS, SCHS 

Eddie Peoples – GMS, WLMS, HHS, WCHS