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Meet Our Team

Kerrie L. Schnake, M.A., IMH-A

Director, South Carolina Program for Infant/Toddler Care

Email: schnake@musc.edu

Kerrie established the South Carolina Program for Infant/Toddler Care in partnership with the SC DSS Division of Early Care and Education in 2006. Today, the program is housed at the MUSC Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness. Prior to moving to South Carolina, Kerrie was a Program Administrator and Research Assistant for the California-based WestEd Program for Infant/Toddler Care.

As a leader in the state’s infant/toddler quality initiatives, Kerrie engages in multiple cross-state collaborations to bolster South Carolina’s access to resources. Kerrie was central to the creation of the South Carolina Association for Infant Mental Health (SCIMHA) for which she now serves as Board Chair. And she is engaged daily in guiding South Carolina’s efforts to strengthen the child- and family-serving workforce by integrating polices and systems that promote the use of IECMH Competency Guidelines and Endorsement®. She was a member of South Carolina’s inaugural cohort to seek Endorsement® and was awarded the Infant Mental Health Advocate Endorsement® in May 2019.

Kerrie’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.

Kerrie earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Cal State, East Bay and her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Public Policy from San Francisco State University. She teaches a graduate course on Relationship-Based Caregiving for Infants and Toddlers at the University of South Carolina.

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

Allison J. Becker, MAT

Infant Toddler Specialist, Pee Dee Region

Email: beckeral@musc.edu

Allison Becker serves Chesterfield, Darlington, Florence, and Marion counties. 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. A Certified Trainer and Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) with the S.C. Center for Child Care Career Development, Allison has obtained certifications in WestEd PITC, ECERS-R, Cradling Literacy, ASQ-3, and The Incredible Years Parenting Program. Alison graduated from Columbia International University with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

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

Anne R. Bergin, M.S.

Special Projects Manager

Email: bergin@musc.edu

In her role as Special Projects Manager, Anne provides home office support to the statewide operations of SCPITC through strategic 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 on early childhood advocacy efforts. Anne earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Mass Media from Loyola College in Maryland, and a master’s degree in Health Promotion, with a focus on community health, from UNC Charlotte, North Carolina.

Kathryn Blue-Barrett, M.S.

Infant/Toddler Specialist, Richland and Lexington Counties

Email: blueabar@musc.edu

Kathryn 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 serving as an 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 (TAP) with the S.C. Center for Child Care Career Development, a certified adoption investigator, an accredited provider for the Triple P Positive Parenting 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 a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies from East Carolina University and a master’s degree in Individual and Family Development from South Carolina State University.

Faith Davis, Wellness Coach

Faith Davis, M.S.

Well-Being Coach, Midlands Area

Email: davisfai@musc.edu

As a Well-Being Coach for the Be Well Care Well project, Faith supports child care teachers as they develop routines in self-care. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Winthrop University in S.C., and her master’s degree 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 more than 10 years of professional experience in youth development, health care and child welfare.

Yolan Esquivel, M.Ed.

Infant/Toddler Specialist, Charleston Area

Email: esquivel@musc.edu

Yolan partners with teachers, directors, families and other stakeholders to provide responsive child care focused on family, culture, and relationship-based care. She believes that early childhood education is a dynamic, multifaceted field that requires skills from every aspect of life, and 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. To that end, she encourages child care programs to accurately and respectfully represent and welcome in the classroom, the cultures and diversities in the students’ families and communities. Yolan has been a certified teacher since 2012, and brings more than a decade of experience in a variety of early childhood settings. She holds a B.A. in Early Childhood/Elementary/Special Education and an M.Ed. in Special Education from Arcadia University.

Beatrice Geiger, M.Ed.

Infant/Toddler Specialist, Midlands Area

Email: geigerbe@musc.edu

Beatrice is a passionate advocate for quality foundations for children who has served in the early education field in various capacities for more than 25 years. Her experience and interest has always been helping children and families achieve their highest level of success. Prior to joining SCPITC, she managed Region II services for the S.C. Child Care Resource and Referral Network at United Way of the Midlands. She has been an Early Childhood Education Specialist with Richland County First Steps and was a teacher in a NAEYC-accredited program. She is a Certified Trainer and Technical Assistant Provider (TAP) with the S.C. Center for Child Care Career Development. Beatrice holds an associate degree in Human Services from Midlands Technical College, a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies from Columbia College and a master’s of education in Early Childhood from the University of South Carolina.

Andrea Georgules, Administrative Support Manager

Andrea Georgules

Administrative Support Manager

Email: georgule@musc.edu

Andrea manages office and program operations for SCPITC’s statewide Infant/Toddler Specialists and Well Being Coaches. Prior to joining the team in 2015, Andrea was a legal assistant for more than a decade to corporate and family law attorneys in her home state of Delaware. Her experience 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 Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University in Dover, Delaware.

Dorthelia Griffin

Infant/Toddler Specialist, Upstate/Greenville Area

Email: griffido@musc.edu

Dorthelia’s experience includes 13 years as a Head Start teacher and 11 years as a Parent Educator working with children ages birth to three. She believes in empowering parents to be their child’s first teacher. Dorthelia is a Certified Trainer and Technical Assistant Provider (TAP) with the S.C. Center for Child Care Career Development. She holds an associate degree in Early Childhood from North Greenville College and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Limestone College.

Amy Jordan

Infant/Toddler Specialist, Horry and Surrounding Counties

Email: jordana@musc.edu

Amy has nearly two decades of service in the early childhood field in various capacities. 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 (TAP) with the S.C. Center for Childcare Career Development. Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Mount Olive College in Wilmington, NC.

Lucie Maguire, M.S., RDN, CLC

Manager, Be Well Care Well and Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Designation

Email: maguirel@musc.edu

After an initial career as a Civil Engineer, Lucie earned a master’s degree in Nutrition from Clemson University, and went on to complete her dietetic residency at MUSC. She has been with the MUSC Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness ever since. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Lucie spent several years supporting K-12 school-based initiatives designed to improve nutrition and physical activity through policy, systems and environmental changes. Lucie’s interest and advocacy for breastfeeding as a protective factor for childhood obesity created an opportunity for Lucie to support common goals for infant and toddlers. In 2016, she was instrumental in launching the South Carolina Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Designation, for which she continues to manage and improve training, review, and maintenance activities for programs seeking the Designation. In 2017 she earned Certified Lactation Counselor® certification. Her focus on child care has been expanded with SCPITC’s three-year teacher well-being pilot project, Be Well Care Well, which is informed by the K-12 Healthy Schools Checklist and designed to promote and support child care teachers in intentional self-care techniques across eight dimensions of wellness.

Natalia Mayes, M.A., Project Manager for IECMH Competencies and Endorsement

Natalia Mayes, M.A.

Manager, IECMH Competencies and Endorsement

Email: mayesna@musc.edu

Ms. Mayes leads and promotes statewide adoption of IECMH Competencies and Endorsement®. In this role she also serves as the Board Liaison for the South Carolina Infant Mental Health Association (SCIMHA.) Prior to her work for SCPITC, Natalia was Assistant Director of Early Learning at Olympic Educational Services District 114 in Washington state, where she also served as Board Chair for the Washington State Association for Head Start and ECEAP. A primary focus of her work was alignment with local native tribes around early learning. In these various roles, Natalia collaborated with statewide partners to promote a common mission and increase access to services. She developed a coaching model for early care teachers serving underserved infant and early childhood populations in cultural competence, diversity and inclusion, and also implemented cultural competence training for state leaders. Natalia volunteers as the Communications Lead for South Carolina’s Save the Children Action Network engaging in domestic and international advocacy initiatives for early childhood populations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Jacksonville University, a master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Infant and Early Childhood program evaluation from Southeastern University.

Ginger Miller

Infant/Toddler Specialist, Florence and Marion Counties

Email: millergi@musc.edu

Ginger Miller is passionate about children and early care and education with a track record of nearly two decades working in the field. Prior to joining the team, Ginger was a Quality Assessor for the SC DSS, Division of Early Care and Education, ABC Quality Program, supporting child care programs to improve quality care practices. Upon completion of 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. Ginger holds a degree from Clemson University.

Carol Osborn

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

Email: osbornca@musc.edu

Carol is committed to her lifelong passion for supporting the well-being and education of young children and their families, and has been working in the field of early care and education for more than 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, Virginia, Office for Children as a child care 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 (TAP) with the S.C. Center for Child Care Career Development, has certification in PITC Modules, and is certified as CDA PD Specialist. She earned an associate degree in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education from Russell Sage, Albany Junior College and a bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies from SUNY Empire State with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and Adult and Higher Education.

Justine Phelan

Infant/Toddler Specialist, Charleston Area

Email: phelanj@musc.edu

Justine relocated from New Hampshire to Charleston in 2014, after several other family members had moved south. She brings wither her many years of experience working as a teacher in infant and toddler classrooms. Before joining SCPITC, Justine was a Curriculum Coach with Charleston County First Steps, working with their Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership program. She is a Certified Trainer and Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) with S.C. Center for Child Care Career Development, is trained in the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS) and has also obtained certifications in WestEd PITC.
Justine earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire, and is on track to complete a Master of Education degree Early Childhood from the University of South Carolina in December 2020.

Jessica Sharp, MAT

Manager, Infant/Toddler Specialist Network

Email: sharp@musc.edu

Jessica brings a history of direct and indirect service to children and families to her role as the manager South Carolina’s Infant/Toddler Specialist Network. She has been an infant/toddler Teacher and also was Director of a nationally-accredited child care center. Prior to joining SCPITC, she supported early care and education through community-level initiatives of the United Way of Greenville County. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from Furman University, a Master of Art in Teaching degree in Early Childhood Education from Converse College, and is currently a doctoral degree candidate in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina.

Sara Stewart, M.S.

Well-Being Coach, Grand Strand Area

Email: stewasar@musc.edu

Sara’s professional experience reflects her commitment to the health and well-being of children and families. She has worked in early intervention programs in both South Carolina and Massachusetts as a Child Developmental Specialist and Program Director. Prior to joining SCPITC, Sara served as the Western Massachusetts Regional Coordinator for the Reach Out and Read program. She is a massage therapist and infant massage instructor with a bachelor’s degree 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. She has taught several classes at Coastal Carolina University including: Health Education in the Elementary/Primary Schools, Personal and Community Health, and Issues in Family Life and Sexuality. After the first of her three children was born, she channeled her passion for family nutrition into a small business in which she partners with local farms and food producers to offer a delivery service of fresh baby food and family meals.

Tomeiko Wright, M.A., Ed.S., M.Ed.

Infant/Toddler Specialist, Lancaster and Surrounding Counties

Email: wrightto@musc.edu

Tomeiko is a life-long learner with more than 20 years of experience in early childhood. Her varied background includes serving as the Parent Education Coordinator for Lancaster Early Head Start, Executive Director for Life Skills Opportunity Corporation and CDA Advisor/Seminar Instructor. She is a Certified Trainer and Technical Assistant Provider (TAP) for the S.C. Center for Child Care Career Development, has been a lead classroom teacher, and a mentor. Tomeiko earned undergraduate degrees and certifications from the University of South Carolina and York Technical College. She holds a Master of Arts in Management and Leadership from Webster University, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University, and a Master of Education in Early Childhood from the University of South Carolina. Tomeiko is certified in WestEd PITC, Parents-as-Teachers 0-K, ECERS, Program Assessment Scale (PAS), Child Care Basics, and the Triple P Positive Parenting Program.