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Help has arrived for families and teachers in the areas of pediatrics, breastfeeding, child nutrition, speech-language disorder or delays, and our state’s child care quality improvement system! This is the place for families and infant and toddler professionals to go to ask questions and receive free professional feedback.

Got questions about a healthy weight, healthy eating or anything about child nutrition? Ask our Registered and Licensed Dietitian.

Do you need assistance accessing information and resources regarding breastfeeding? Ask our WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator.

Need some assistance with disorders or delays in articulation, fluency, voice, receptive language, expressive language, pragmatic language, oral motor skills and/or swallowing?  Ask our ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologist.

Are you struggling with staying up to date on current medical needs for your child?  Do you need additional support regarding your child’s physical well-being?  Ask our Board-Certified Pediatrician.

Do you need further information or clarification regarding our state’s child care quality improvement system?  Ask our ABC Program Expert now.

Ask Our Registered and Licensed Dietitian 

Lucie Maguire Kramer, MS, RDN

Registered and Licensed Dietitian

Lucie is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist serving as Program Coordinator for the Medical University of South Carolina Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness since August, 2012. After leaving her previous career as a Civil Engineer, Lucie obtained her Master’s of Science in Nutrition from Clemson University in 2011. She then completed her dietetic residency at MUSC. Lucie’s main role is to implement, modify and expand initiatives that improve nutrition and physical activity for children.


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Ask Our WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator

Teneka Hughey, M.S., CLC, IBCLC

WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator

Teneka Hughey is the WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator for the Midlands Public Health Region. Teneka’s career began her with SC DHEC in 2008, where she served as a nutritionist for the WIC progam. Teneka has 15 years worth of experience in the field of public health and is an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC).

Teneka earned a Masters Degree in Nutritional Science from South Carolina State University in 2005, and a Bachelors Degree in Public Health/Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina in 2001. She enjoys working with children and families in the public health and nutrition, and participating in initiatives to expand public knowledge, importance, and normalcy of breastfeeding.


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Ask Our ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologist

Michele Martin

ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologist

Michele Martin is a PITC certified mentor/trainer. She has more than 30 years of experience working with children and families in a variety of settings, including working as Director of an early childhood school readiness initiative, Director of a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R), and 15 years’ experience working with Head Start centers. Michele is a Master Certified Trainer and Level 2 Certified Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) with the SC Center for Child Care Career Development, and is also a SC-licensed, ASHA-certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She earned a B.A. degree from Columbia College and a M.S. degree from the University of Alabama. From 2011-2016 Michele served as an SCPITC Infant/Toddler Specialist working with child care programs in the Midlands area.

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Ask Our Board-Certified Pediatrician

Deborah Greenhouse, M.D., FAAP

Board-Certified Pediatrician

Dr. Deborah Greenhouse has been a practicing pediatrician at Palmetto Pediatric Clinic in Columbia, SC since 1992. She received her undergraduate degree from Clemson University. In 1989 she earned her medical degree from Emory University and completed her pediatrics residency at Richland Memorial Hospital in 1992. She has also been a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine since 1992.

Dr. Greenhouse serves as the president of the S.C. Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She also sits on the S.C. Medical Association Obesity Task Force and the S.C. DHEC Immunization Advisory Council. She is a member and past chairperson of the Richland 2 School District Medical Advisory Committee.

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Ask Our ABC Program Expert

Cathy Kovacs

ABC Program Expert

Cathy Kovacs has worked with children and families as a professional in early childhood education for more than 25 years. She began in child care as an owner and director of her own program, before serving as a teacher and director in an Early Head Start program. Cathy is now a Program Manager for ABC Quality, a program of SC Department of Social Services in the Division of Early Care and Education. ABC Quality is the state rating and improvement system that helps South Carolina parents find high quality child care.

Cathy is enrolled in a Master’s degree program in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina and is on track to complete the program by May 2017. In 2014 she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Services with emphasis in Early Care and Education from Columbia College.

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Ask Our SCDSS Child Care Licensing Expert

Bob Howard

SCDSS Child Care Licensing Expert

Bob Howard has been with SCDSS for over 19 years and has served the past five years as the Program Manager in the Central Office of Child Care Licensing. His main function is policy development and he coordinates the policy meetings and word-crafts the policies for the Child Care Licensing manual. Bob participates with Central Office staff and the Region Supervisors in the development of procedures and serves as a consultant to the regions through the coordination of staffing issues with the supervisors and his coworkers in the Central Office.

Bob reviews all staff requests for administrative reconsideration of deficiency citations and drafts correspondence for the director. Much of what he does is problem resolution through interpretation of the statutes and regulations. Bob’s main project in 2011 concentrated in the implementation of the new CPSC standards for cribs.

Before moving to Columbia, Bob was the Region Supervisor for the Charleston region for almost 10 years, and before that he worked in Child Protective Services for almost 5 years. Prior to joining SCDSS, Bob worked as an alcohol and drug Clinical Counselor for the Charleston County Substance Abuse Commission and was a Clinical Counselor in the Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at MUSC.

Bob earned his BS in Psychology from the College of Charleston in 1978 and also served in the Navy for two terms and the Air Force.

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Ask Our Licensed Physical Therapist

Stephanie Delk, Ask the Expert, Physical Therapist

Stephanie Delk

Licensed Physical Therapist

Stephanie Delk is a Licensed Physical Therapist who resides in Virginia and is employed at Child Development Resources, a nationally recognized Early Intervention agency that provides services for children from birth to three years of age who have disabilities or delays in their development.

Stephanie holds a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Evansville, and a Masters Degree in Human Movement Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She has over 19 years of experience in the field and has practiced in a wide variety of settings including pediatric hospitals, outpatient centers, Neonatal Intensive Care Units, school systems, and early intervention programs.  She especially enjoys working with children and families in their homes and natural environments.

Ask Our Chief Fire Marshal

Frank Maples, Ask the Expert, Chief Fire Marshal

Frank Maples

Chief Fire Marshal

Frank Maples is Chief Fire Marshal for the S.C. Department of Social Services. His responsibilities include conducting fire and health safety inspections of child care facilities across South Carolina. He supervises a staff of 6 fire marshals.

Frank studied business administration at North Greenville Junior College. He began his firefighting career in 1984 with the City of Columbia Fire Department. He has served as fire marshal, inspector and investigator. Active in many professional organizations, he is past president of the South Carolina Fire Marshals Association.

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Contact Information

Kerrie L. Schnake, Director
MUSC Boeing Center for Children's Wellness
1 Carriage Lane, Unit J
Charleston, South Carolina 29407
Tel: (888) 811-2018