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Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth is located at:

The Special Children’s School
4505 Shattalon Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Family Support Network Team


Chris Gentry

Director, Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth

Chris has served as the Director of the Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth since January 2004. This program offers a multitude of support services to families who have children with special needs, including onsite hospital/NICU support, parent-to-parent matching, sibling programs, educational opportunities for caregivers, and information and referral services. Chris has over 30 years of experience serving families of young children with a focus on quality childhood experiences and environments. She has worked in public and private school settings, as well as with NC’s Smart Start Initiative. Her educational background includes Social Work, Pastoral Care and Non-Profit Management.

Jodi Pardue

Family Support Coordinator

As a Family Support Coordinator, and a parent herself, Jodi Pardue supports families who have children in Brenner Children’s’ Hospital NICU and families in our community who have children with any special needs. We help families find resources and make connections with other families and agencies that can also help support them in their journey.

  • Tel: 336.703.4289
  • Location: Brenner Children's Hospital NICU

Amy Hooker

Family Support Coordinator

Amy Hooker serves as a Family Support Coordinator. As the parent of two former “preemies” (a daughter born at 34 weeks gestation and a 10 day NICU stay and a son born at 24 1/2 weeks gestation and a 5 month NICU stay, also diagnosed with a rare congenital condition) it Amy’s passion to support other families who may be traveling the same road.

Michele Valladares

Bi-lingual Family Support Coordinator

Joy Hales

Family Support Coordinator

    Rosa Sanchez

    Bi-lingual Family Support Coordinator

    Rosa Sanchez has a wealth of experience as the parent of a son who has quadriplegia cerebral palsy as well as some other medical complications.  Hector attended The Special Children’s School and The Children’s Center and is currently finishing his freshman year at UNC-G! Rosa’s son Joel is a recent graduate of NC State and her son Alex is a freshman in high school.  Rosa has been married for 25 years to her husband Lazaro and has lived in Kernersville for 26 years.  Rosa is bilingual and is originally from CD Juarez, Mexico.

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