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

CISCC 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 CISCC 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 CISCC.

Communities In Schools of Caldwell County Board of Directors 2022:


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

Sterling Anders, Nationwide Insurance

Rahn Chase, V.P. First Citizens Bank

Dottie Darsie, Retired

Alvin Daughtridge, Retired

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

Chris Eidse, Connections Pastor Waterlife Church

Denise Fleming, Caldwell County Health Department

Carrie Foddrell

Becky Gibbons, Retired Educator

Scott Hildebran, Lenoir City Manager


Stephen Jones, Pastor of Student Ministries Living Hope Church

Darrell Keener, Retired CPA

Mike LaBrose, Caldwell County Commissioner

Dr. Mark Poarch, President at CCC&TI

Dr. Don Phipps, Superintendent of Caldwell County Schools

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

Lisa Vaughn, Caldwell County Schools 

Will Wakefield, Director of Caldwell County Department of Social Services

Sara Wert, Self Employed

CIS Caldwell Staff

Debbie Eller – Executive Director

Keith Hindman – Assistant Director 

Kelly HeltonData Manager


Site Coordinators:

Kelly Helton Gamewell Middle School

DJ (Dennis) Brown Granite Falls Middle School

Cherlene  Siraton Hudson Middle School

Lindsay Hallead William Lenoir Middle School

Devell Maxwell Hibriten High School

Melissa Walsh South Caldwell High School

Melissa Reynolds West Caldwell High School


Social Workers:

Janie Mangum  –   GFMS, HHS, HMS, SCHS 

Eddie Peoples – GMS, WLMS, HHS, WCHS