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Meet Our Team

Kerrie Schnake, M.A.

Director, South Carolina Program for Infant/Toddler Care

Email: schnake@musc.edu

Kerrie L. Schnake, M.A., is the Director of South Carolina’s Infant/Toddler Specialist Network at the MUSC Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness. She established the South Carolina Program for Infant/Toddler Care (SCPITC) in 2006 for the SC Department of Social Services. Prior to moving to the state, Ms. Schnake worked in California at WestEd’s Program for Infant/Toddler Care as a Program Administrator and Research Assistant.

She is a leader in the state’s infant/toddler quality initiatives and engages in multiple cross-state collaborations to bolster South Carolina’s access to resources. She is currently guiding South Carolina’s efforts to strengthen the infant-early childhood mental health workforce by integrating polices and systems that promote use of IECMH Competency Guidelines and Endorsement. Ms. Schnake was central to the creation of the SC Association for Infant Mental Health (SCIMHA) where she now sits on the Board of Directors. Ms. Schnake’s passion as a change agent for infants, toddlers and their families has been recognized by ZERO TO THREE where she is a member of the Fellowship Class of 2018-2020, working with an international network of diverse leaders to transform systems and policies to improve the health and well-being of our youngest children.

Ms. Schnake teaches a graduate course on Relationship-Based Caregiving for Infants and Toddlers at University of South Carolina. Ms. Schnake earned a B.A. in Sociology from Cal State, East Bay and her M.A. in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Public Policy from San Francisco State University.

Anne R. Bergin, M.S., Special Projects Manager

Allison J. Becker, MAT

Infant Toddler Specialist, Pee Dee Region

Email: beckeral@musc.edu

Allison Becker is an Infant/Toddler Specialist with SCPITC, serving Chesterfield, Darlington, Florence, and Marion counties. She graduated from Columbia International University with a Masters in the Art of Teaching in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has been working in the field of early childhood since 2001. Prior to joining SCPITC, she was a public school teacher and a technical assistant/parent educator for First Steps. Ms. Becker is a certified trainer and Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) with the Center for Child Care Career Development. She has obtained certifications in WestEd PITC, ECERS-R, Cradling Literacy, ASQ-3, and The Incredible Years Parenting Program.

Anne R. Bergin, M.S., Special Projects Manager

Anne R. Bergin, M.S.

Special Projects Manager

Email: bergin@musc.edu

Anne R. Bergin, M.S., is Special Projects Manager for the South Carolina Infant/Toddler Program. In her role she provides support to the statewide operations of the SCPITC in the planning, coordination, monitoring and reporting of key program activities. Prior to her work for SCPITC, Anne was Director of Health and Public Policy for Trident United Way, serving Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties in coastal SC, and working with statewide partners to develop the 2015 Early Childhood Common Agenda for South Carolina. Anne earned a B.A. in English Literature and Mass Media from Loyola College in Maryland, and a Master’s in Health Promotion, with a focus on community health, from UNC Charlotte, North Carolina.

Kathryn Blue-Barrett

Infant/Toddler Specialist, Richland and Lexington Counties

Email: blueabar@musc.edu

Kathryn Blue-Barrett is an Infant/Toddler Specialist with SCPITC, serving Richland and Lexington counties. She has been working in the field of early childhood education since 2001. Prior to joining SCPITC, she was a technical assistance specialist with the S.C. Child Care Resource & Referral Network. Previous positions include early childhood education specialist and technical assistance specialist for First Steps, therapeutic foster care manager, literacy coordinator and preschool teacher. She is a certified trainer and technical assistance provider with the Center for Childcare Career Development, a certified adoption investigator, an accredited provider for the Positive Parents Program, and a certified trainer for Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect and Childcare Business Basics, along with PITC Modules and the SC Infant and Toddler Field Guide. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies from East Carolina University and her master’s in Individual and Family Development from South Carolina State University.

Faith Davis, Wellness Coach

Faith Davis

Well-Being Coach, Midlands Area

Email: davisfai@musc.edu

Faith Davis serves the Midlands area as Well-Being Coach for the Be Well Care Well project. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Winthrop University in SC, and her Master’s in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a concentration in Rehabilitation from California University of Pennsylvania. She is certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist, a Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) consultant, and a National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) consultant. She has 10 years of professional experience in youth development, health care and child welfare.

Beth DeHart, M.A., I-ECMH Project Manager

Beth DeHart, M.A.

I-ECMH Project Manager

Email: dehartb@musc.edu

Beth is a Union, SC native, but she feels like a Columbian since she has lived there for more than 15 years. Beth completed her B.A. from Presbyterian College in 1992 with a degree in Religion and a minor in psychology, and her M.A. from Columbia College in 2000 with a degree in Conflict Resolution. Beth’s entire professional career has been in the human services field, working primarily on issues related to adolescent risk reduction, most recently through the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Beth is passionate about living her life to make the world a better place and as such, human service work is one of her primary passions. Beth joined SCPITC as the I-ECMH Project Manager in February of 2018 and is excited to help move the needle toward improved outcomes for South Carolina’s youngest children.

Yolan Esquivel

Infant/Toddler Specialist, Charleston Area

Email: esquivel@musc.edu

Yolan Esquivel is an Infant/Toddler Specialist serving the Charleston area who partners with teachers, directors, families and other stakeholders to provide responsive childcare which focuses on family, culture, and relationship-based care. She has worked in the early childhood field more than a decade in a variety of settings and has been a certified teacher since 2012. In addition to this, she holds a B.A. in Early Childhood/Elementary/Special Education and M.Ed. in Special Education from Arcadia University. Yolan believes that early childhood education is a dynamic, multifaceted field that requires skills from every aspect of life. She also believes that creating an environment that is physically inviting, safe, organized yet flexible and catering to the needs of all children is imperative. Yolan prides herself on being an early childhood professional who strives to guide all children towards becoming eager and active learners that are capable of discovering and creating knowledge. Yolan is a strong believer that family involvement is an integral aspect of children’s’ educational success. Therefore, child care programs should work assiduously towards accurately and respectfully representing the cultures and diversities in the students’ families and communities and welcoming them in the classroom.

Beatrice Geiger

Infant/Toddler Specialist, Midlands Area

Email: geigerbe@musc.edu

Beatrice Geiger is a passionate advocate for quality foundations for children. She has earned an associate’s degree in Human Services from Midlands Technical College and a Bachelor of Art in Child and Family Studies from Columbia College. Most recently, she was the manager for region two’s Child Care Resource and Referral services at United Way of the Midlands. She has held a position as an Early Childhood Education Specialist with Richland County First Steps and was a teacher in a NAEYC-accredited program. She has served in the early education field in various capacities for 25 years. She is a certified trainer and Technical Assistant Provider with the Center for Child Care Career Development. Her background has always consisted of helping children and families achieve their highest level of success.

Andrea Georgules, Administrative Support Manager

Andrea Georgules

Administrative Support Manager

Email: georgule@musc.edu

Andrea Georgules is the Administrative Support Manager for the South Carolina Program for Infant/Toddler Care. She manages office and program operations for the Infant Toddler Specialists throughout the state. Andrea came to SCPITC in 2015 from her home state of Delaware, where she was a legal assistant for over 12 years to corporate and family law attorneys. Her experience in assisting family law attorneys with court appointed cases sparked her interest in volunteering with family based organizations. Andrea knows first-hand how important early experiences and secure relationships are in molding a child’s future. Andrea holds a B.S. in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University in Dover, Delaware.

Dorthelia Griffin

Infant/Toddler Specialist, Upstate/Greenville Area

Email: griffido@musc.edu

Dorthelia Griffin is an Infant/Toddler Specialist with SCPITC serving the Upstate/Greenville area. Her experience includes 13 years as a Head Start teacher and 11 years as a Parent Educator working with children ages birth to three. Dorthelia is a Certified Trainer and Technical Assistant Provider (TAP) with the Center for Child Care Career Development. She has an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood from North Greenville College and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Limestone College. Dorthelia believes in empowering parents to be their child’s first teacher.

Alexis Johns, M.S.

Administrative Assistant

Email: jonsale@musc.edu

Alexis Johns is the Administrative Assistant for the South Carolina Program for Infant/Toddler Care. She provides programmatic support for the Infant Toddler Specialists across South Carolina and the administrative offices here in Charleston. Prior to joining SCPITC, Alexis worked in student leadership engagement at the College of Charleston. She also served as an AmeriCorps member with Reading Partners for two years in volunteer management and literacy intervention. Alexis has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and an M.S. in Human Resource Education from Louisiana State University.

Lucie Maguire Kramer, MS, RDN

Program Coordinator

Email: maguirel@musc.edu

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, such as the Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Designation.

Amy Jordan

Infant/Toddler Specialist, Horry and Surrounding Counties

Email: jordana@musc.edu

Amy Jordan is the Infant/Toddler Specialist serving Horry and surrounding counties. She has served in the early childhood field in various capacities for 18 years. Prior to joining SCPITC, she was a technical assistance specialist with Horry County First Steps. She has also held positions as a Quality Enhancement Specialist with Smart Start of Brunswick County and was a preschool teacher in a 5 star program in North Carolina. She is a certified trainer and technical assistance provider with the Center for Childcare Career Development. Amy holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Mount Olive College in Wilmington, NC.

Ginger Miller

Infant/Toddler Specialist, Florence and Marion Counties

Email: millergi@musc.edu

Ginger Miller is passionate about children and early childcare education with a degree from Clemson University. Ginger has been in the early education field for 19 years and has worked with the ABC Quality Care Program for Early Care and Education for the last 17 years helping to increase Quality Care in Child Care Programs for the State of South Carolina. After completing her PITC courses from WestEd, Ginger then trained to reliability in the Environment Rating Scales in ITERS, ECERS, SACERS and FCCERS. She is one of two anchors on the ERS in South Carolina. She serves the Florence and Marion Counties.

Carol Osborn

Infant/Toddler Specialist, Lowcountry, serving Beaufort, Bluffton, and Hilton Head in Beaufort and Jasper Counties

Email: osbornca@musc.edu

Carol Osborn is an Infant/Toddler specialist with the SCPITC in the Lowcountry, serving Beaufort, Bluffton, and Hilton Head in Beaufort and Jasper Counties. She has been working in the field of early care and education for over 30 years. Prior to moving to St. Helena Island in 2014, Carol worked in Upstate New York, Northern Virginia and Washington DC. She has been a preschool owner/teacher, family resource parent education coordinator and director, center director, and consultant/trainer. She was a Senior Trainer for ZERO TO THREE Literacy, Learning and Life Professional Development project and was one of the authors of Cradling Literacy: Building Teachers’ Skills to Nurture Early Language and Literacy from Birth to Five. She also worked for Fairfax County Office for Children as a childcare specialist and mentor and held the position of Director of the Virginia Preschool Initiative from 2010 to 2014. She continued her work as a consultant for SC First Steps, music and art preschool teacher, center mentor and Beaufort First Steps workshop presenter. She is a certified trainer and technical assistance provider with the Center for Childcare Career Development, has certification in PITC Modules, and is certified as CDA PD Specialist. She earned her Associates in Applied Science Degree in early childhood education from Russell Sage, Albany Junior College and BA in Educational Studies from SUNY Empire State with a concentration in Early Children Education and Adult and Higher Education. Carol is committed to her lifelong passion for supporting the well-being and education of young children and their families.

Justine Phelan

Infant/Toddler Specialist, Charleston Area

Email: phelanj@musc.edu

Justine Phelan is an Infant/Toddler Specialists serving in the Charleston area. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Plymouth State University in Plymouth,New Hampshire. Justine relocated to Charleston in 2014, from New Hampshire, after several other family members had moved south. Justine has had many years of experience working as a teacher in infant and toddler classrooms. Most recently, she was a Curriculum Coach with Charleston County First Steps, working with their Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership program. Justine is a Certified Trainer and a Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) with SC-CCCCD. She is trained in the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS) and has also obtained certifications in WestEd PITC.

Jessica Sharp

SCPITC Field Manager

Email: sharp@musc.edu

Jessica Sharp is the SCPITC Field Manager. Her previous early childhood experiences include direct service with children and families as an Infant/Toddler Teacher, and as the Director of a nationally-accredited center, as well as indirect service through her work on community-level educational initiatives for the United Way of Greenville County. Jessica has a BA in Art from Furman University, an MAT in Early Childhood Education from Converse College, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina.

Sara Stewart, MS

Well-Being Coach, Grand Strand Area

Email: stewasar@musc.edu

Sara Stewart is the Well-Being Coach for the Be Well Care Well Project serving the Grand Strand area. Her background education consists of a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion from Coastal Carolina University, and a Master’s Degree in Child and Family Studies, with a concentration in Family Support and Parenting Education from Wheelock College in Boston. In addition, she is a Massage Therapist and Infant Massage Instructor. Prior to joining SCPITC, Sara served as the Western Massachusetts Regional Coordinator for the Reach Out and Read program. She has experience teaching the following Health Promotion classes at Coastal Carolina University; Health Education in the Elementary/Primary Schools, Personal and Community Health, and Issues in Family Life and Sexuality. She has worked in Early Intervention programs in both South Carolina and Massachusetts as a Child Developmental Specialist, and Program Director. Her passion for family nutrition led to the creation of her own business after the first of three children was born. She partnered with local farms and food producers to offer a delivery service of fresh baby food and family meals. Sara’s professional experience reflects her commitment to the health and well-being of children and families.

Tomeiko Wright

Infant/Toddler Specialist, Lancaster and Surrounding Counties

Email: wrightto@musc.edu

Tomeiko Wright is the Infant/Toddler Specialist for the SCPITC Network, serving Lancaster and surrounding counties. She brings 17 years of experience in the area of Early Childhood to her position. Ms. Wright obtained undergraduate degrees and certifications from the University of South Carolina and York Technical College, her Masters of Management and Leadership from Webster University, and her Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. She has worked as the Parent Education Coordinator for Lancaster Early Head Start, Executive Director for Life Skills Opportunity Corporation, CDA Advisor/Seminar Instructor and has several years experience serving as a Certified Trainer and Technical Assistant Provider (TAP), lead classroom teacher, and mentor. She also has obtained certifications in WestEd PITC, Parents-as-Teachers 0-K, ECERS, Program Assessment Scale (PAS), Child Care Basics, and Triple P (Positive Parents Program).