Meet Our Team

Kerrie Schnake, M.A.

Director of South Carolina’s Infant/Toddler Specialist Network

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 Network (SCPITC Network) in 2006 with the support of the SC Department of Social Services. Prior to her work in South Carolina, Ms. Schnake was part of WestEd’s Program for Infant/Toddler Care in California, serving on the Partners for Quality team (California’s Infant/Toddler Specialist Network) and the Research and Evaluation team. Since embarking on her work in South Carolina Ms. Schnake has been a leader in the state’s infant/toddler quality child care initiatives including multiple interstate collaborations that have resulted in the adoption of South Carolina’s Infant/Toddler Guidelines and the creation of the South Carolina Infant/Toddler Field Guide. She also teaches the Infant/Toddler Practicum course at USC. Ms. Schnake has her 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.

Allison J. Becker, MAT

Infant Toddler Specialist, Pee Dee Region (Chesterfield, Darlington, Florence, and Marion Counties)

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.

Cindy Esposito

Infant Toddler Specialist, Lowcountry (Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley Counties)

Email: espositc@musc.edu

Cindy Esposito is the SCPITC Network’s Infant/Toddler Specialist primarily serving child care programs in the Lowcountry (Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties). Originally from the northeast, Ms. Esposito brings more than 30 years of experience that allows her to blend her early childhood expertise with her social work background (children’s services, adoptions and a maternity shelter). Ms. Esposito’s experiences include employment as a family worker in early childhood education programs, teacher/director at an infant/toddler program and a family child care specialist. In addition, she enjoyed four years as an infant/toddler specialist in New York before becoming part of SCPITC’s network. Ms. Esposito’s early childhood interests include early literacy, environments and parenting.

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, Program Assistant

Andrea Georgules

Program Assistant

Email: georgule@musc.edu

Andrea Georgules is the Program Assistant 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.

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.

Andrea Smith

Infant Toddler Specialist, Lowcountry Area

Email: smitandr@musc.edu

Andrea Smith is the SCPITC Network Infant/Toddler specialist primarily serving childcare programs in the Lowcountry (Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties). Andrea relocated from New York to South Carolina in 2010 to be closer to her family. Andrea has been a Preschool Director for 9 years and has over 14 years’ experience in management. Andrea graduated from Adelphi University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science with a concentration in Early Childhood education. Andrea is dedicated and passionate about the importance of quality childcare programming for children and their families. She has had many successes as a Preschool Director and aims to make a difference on a much larger scale.

Patricia H. Voelker

Infant Toddler Specialist, Upstate/Spartanburg Area

Email: voelker@musc.edu

Patricia H. Voelker works in the Upstate/Spartanburg area as an Infant/Toddler Specialist for the SCPITC Network. She is a former Department Chair in Early Childhood Education with 32 years of Early Childhood experience teaching adults and working with early childhood staff and children at Spartanburg Technical College. Ms. Volker’s certifications include SC Educator Certificate in Early Childhood/Psychology, TAP, Master Certified Trainer (CCCCD) and PITC Modules I-V. Ms. Voelker received the Mary Black Foundation “2005 Community Champion Award in Early Childhood Development” given in the Upstate area.

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).

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Kerrie L. Schnake, Director
MUSC Boeing Center for Children's Wellness
1 Carriage Lane, Unit J
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