Who We Are

Board of Trustees

South Carolina First Steps thrives on the dedication, input and guidance of our Board of Trustees. Our Board represents a statewide group of leaders consisting of designated legislators, current and former educators, heads of state agencies, members of the business community and parents of young children. These individuals make up a cohesive board that mirrors the diversity of the families we serve throughout the state.

With our board's leadership, we're committed to accomplishing our mission of preparing all kids for success in school, work and life.


Chip Stanley, Chairman

Julie Hussey, Vice Chair

Senator Greg Hembree

Representative Rita Allison

Senator Gerald Malloy

Representative Jerry N. Govan

David Mathis, Superintendent of Education Designee

Mary Lynne Diggs, Head Start Collaboration Office

Sue Williams, Children’s Trust of SC, CEO

Joan Meacham, DSS, Acting Director

Richard Toomey, DHEC, Director

Joshua Baker, DHHS, Director

Mary Poole, DDSN, Interim Director

Walter Fleming, Jr., Business Community

Alexia Newman, Early Childhood Educator

Timothy Holt, Business Community

Roger Pryor, Jr., Child Care Provider

Jennifer McConnell, Child Care Provider

Dr. Shelley Canright, Early Childhood Educator

Angel Johnson-Brebner, Parent of Young Child

Dr. Amy Williams, Medical Provider