Meet Our Team

Bill Blake
Executive Director

Bill is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in Business Administration. He resides in Currituck, NC with his wife Leanne. He has served on numerous non-profit boards, volunteered abroad on mission trips and is very active in church, serving as a Pastor at McBride United Methodist Church in South Mills.  He loves sports and outdoor activities as well as spending time with his six grandchildren.

Bill will be focused on “locals helping locals” as he works to strategically align the business community, donors and partner agencies across our region.

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Heidi Prentiss
Administrative Assistant

Heidi is our amazing Administrative Assistant. She only works part time, but you'd never know it! She keeps everyone straight on what is happening and keeps track of donations.

Heidi has been the Executive Director of Albemarle Hopeline and YMCA of the Albemarle.

She and her husband Don are big Wake Forest fans!

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Kelly Hoeltzel
Community Care
Collaborative Manager

Kelly is a Perquimans county native, a graduate of Appalachian State University (Go ‘Neers!), and a returned Peace Corps volunteer. Kelly has been involved in community service in the Albemarle area since she started volunteering with her 4-H club in Hertford at the age of 9. She has a heart for relationship building, community care, and social justice.

Kelly is focused on connecting clients to the best resources available and encouraging personal and community-based development.

In and out of the office Kelly loves a good conversation about life, an inspiring quote, and anything colorful. She lives in Hertford with her family and enjoys creating new recipes, DIY projects, and riding her bicycle near the river. 

 Suzann Schlichter
Coronavirus Assistance Coordinator

Suzann is living the retired life doing what she loves most; serving God and her neighbors. After following her husband, David, during his almost 30 year US Army career, they retired in peaceful Camden County. Suzann raises a backyard flock of chickens that she tends with her patient flock dog, Trooper. In addition to spending time outdoors with her birds, she loves spending time with her three adorable, active grandkids. 


Suzann has been active in missions and ministry since the 1980’s. She attended Ohio Christian University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Suzann currently serves with NC Baptist On Mission’s Disaster Relief team, and has been distributing food boxes to her county through the “Farmers to Families” program. When she’s not working with the United Way, you’ll find her singing with her church choir and leading a Senior Adult Women’s Bible Study.

We are neighbors supporting neighbors across Northeastern North Carolina. Join us.