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.
Alesia Lowe-Jenkins, MA, Director of Counseling Services
Spartanburg Methodist College
Alesia is the Director of Counseling Services at Spartanburg Methodist College where she provides therapy services to college students. Prior to this for five years she was Clinical Director at A Child’s Haven, a non-profit therapeutic child care facility that serving children and their families. She is the owner of Lowe Counseling and Supervision, LLC where she provides supervision for individuals seeking independent licensure. She has a BS in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from Lander University and a MA in Counseling from Webster University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor with 19 years of mental health counseling experience working with adults, adolescents, young adults, juvenile offenders, children and families. She is a graduate of Leadership Greenville 43. Over a 10-year period Alesia served six years as a therapeutic foster parent and cared for eight foster children. Alesia participated in South Carolina’s Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® Leadership Cohort, and was Endorsed® as an Infant Family Associate in March 2019.
Sara Beth Martin, BSN, MPH, 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. Sara Beth participated in South Carolina’s Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® Leadership Cohort, and
was Endorsed® as an Infant Family Associate in March 2019.
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.
Beth DeHart, MA, Director of Long Term Care
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 DeHart participated in South Carolina’s Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® Leadership Cohort, and was Endorsed® as an Infant Family Associate in March 2019.