The Leadership Cohort of Endorsement seekers was initiated in 2018. These professionals are pursuing Endorsement with guiding assistance from MI-AIMH and a reflective supervision professional.
Lauren Figurski, Assistant Part C Coordinator
BabyNet State Office / SC First Steps
Lauren has been the Assistant I.D.E.A Part C Coordinator for BabyNet under the SC Department of Health and Human Services since January 2017. Prior to that, she worked as an Early Intervention Service Coordinator in Charlotte, North Carolina for five years after relocating from Detroit, Michigan. Lauren has a Bachelor of Science in Family Community Services degree from Michigan State University. She is working on finishing a Master’s degree in Psychology with a specialization in Childhood and Adolescence. When not working Lauren enjoys reading, painting, spending time with friends and taking her dogs on outings.
Cathy Joyner, Staff Resource and Development Coordinator
Charleston/Dorchester Mental Health
Cathy is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has been with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) since 1989 where she has served in several key leadership and service roles including: coordinating outreach efforts after Hurricane Hugo; providing treatment for intensive home-based families and for Babynet; serving infants and toddlers whose parents had mental health and/or substance abuse diagnoses; and providing treatment for adolescents who had experienced physical abuse. Her current role involves coordinating, developing and providing staff training and working with individual clinician’s doing co-therapy, mentoring and providing clinical consultation. Cathy is a contributing author to three books on treatment of trauma and in 2015, she developed and taught a Special Topics Psychology course for the Citadel on Clinical Supervision. She is the mother of three and the grandmother of 8.
Alesia Lowe, Clinical Director
A Child’s Haven
Alesia Lowe has lived in Greenville South Carolina for over 30 years. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor with a Master’s degree in Counseling. She has 18 years of mental health counseling experience. She is currently the Clinical Director at A Child’s Haven, a non-profit therapeutic childcare facility that treats children and their families. Over the past 4 years, she has worked with children ages 3-5 years old and their families. In 2016, the Infant Toddler Center for children ages 3 months - 24 months was implemented and Alesia has been working to assist in building the program capacity. She is certified in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Family Check-up, and Parents as Teachers evidence-based models. She is also certified Dialectic Behavior Therapy and she has been certified in Multisystemic Therapy conducting intensive in-home therapy with juvenile offenders and their families. Alesia also served as a therapeutic foster parent for 6 years and cared for 8 foster children over a 10-year period. She is a graduate of Leadership Greenville class of 43 and has joined the group of outstanding alumni in Greenville county.
Sara Beth Martin, Manager, SC Operations
Nurse Family Partnership
Sara Beth Martin is the Manager, South Carolina Operations and has been with Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office since 2014. Sara Beth’s experience with Nurse-Family Partnership spans over ten years, including her early work as Nurse Home Visitor, State Nurse Consultant and Nurse Consultant. Her background in maternal child health, public health nursing, as well as in home visitation combined with her passion for serving moms and babies have guided her career path. She holds a BS in Nursing from Binghamton University and a Master of Public Health degree from Benedictine University.
Angela D. Moreland, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Medical University of SC
Angela is an Assistant Professor at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Purdue University in 2009 and completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship and post-doctoral research fellowship at the NCVC. Currently, her primary projects focus on prevention of maltreatment, as well as other negative consequences, among substance-using and adolescent parents of young children. Dr. Moreland is the Director of the Head Start Mental Health Consultation and Treatment Program through MUSC, which serves young children and their families throughout the Charleston area. Finally, she currently serves as the Director of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training in the Department of Psychiatry Residency Training Program; supervises interns and postdoctoral fellows in clinical cases through the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center; and carries her own caseload of children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a range of mental health concerns.
Kerrie Schnake, Director
SC Program for Infant/Toddler Care, MUSC Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness
Kerrie is the director of South Carolina’s Infant/Toddler Specialist Network hosted at the Medical University of South Carolina’s 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 South Carolina, Kerrie worked in California at WestEd’s Program for Infant/Toddler Care and as a Research Assistant at the WestEd Center for Child and Family Studies. Kerrie serves on the Governor’s Advisory Committee on the Regulation of Child Care Facilities, Citizens Review Committee, and SCale Down Child Care Committee. She also coordinates the state’s efforts to build infant-early childhood mental health workforce competencies. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Cal State, East Bay and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Public Administration from San Francisco State University.
Rebecca “Becky” Sharp, Senior Program Manager
SC Department of Social Services
Becky has worked with children, adolescents and families for nearly 30 years in a variety of public and private agency settings in both South Carolina and her native home state of West Virginia. Seventeen of those years have been spent within SCDSS, where she has served as Director for Intensive Foster Care and Clinical Services and Adoption Services Divisions; coordinated implementation of Trauma Informed systems of care and other statewide agency and inter-agency initiatives as called for in the 2015-1019 federal Child and Family Services state plan; revamped initial foster home licensing business processes; and most recently has shepherded the National Training Initiative 8 state pilot of web-based child welfare and adoption training through to successful adoption by the agency as a child welfare core competency. She has also worked in residential treatment, in private practice as an in-home therapist, and as an educator, trainer and consultant covering a variety of human service areas at local, state and national levels. Becky received dual Masters Degrees in Social Work and in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina, and is a Licensed Master level Social Worker in the state of South Carolina.
Mary Ellen Warren, Ph.D., Associate Professor
USC School of Medicine, Clinical Neuropsychiatry & Behavioral Science
Mary Ellen Warren, PhD, joined the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science in 2006 following a twelve-year appointment as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at USC Developmental Pediatric Clinic. Dr. Warren holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario as well as a Master of Arts and Doctorate in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Warren is a licensed psychologist with special interests in infant/early childhood mental health. She is a ZERO TO THREE Leaders for the 21st Century fellow (2007-2009) with certification in two evidence-based parenting interventions: PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy) and Triple P (Positive Parenting Program). As an Associate Professor of Clinical Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at USC-SOM, Dr. Warren provides direct treatment to young children that supports the primary care-giving relationship and their overall mental health. Research interests include parenting interventions, early childhood mental health, workforce development, and interdisciplinary training.