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 are committed to accomplishing our mission of preparing all kids for success in school, work and life.


David Morley, Governor's Designee, Chair

Dr. Shelley Canright, Early Childhood Educator, Vice Chair

Representative Rita Allison, SC House of Representatives

Representative Jerry N. Govan, SC House of Representatives

Senator Greg Hembree, SC Senate

Senator Gerald Malloy, SC Senate

Joshua Baker, SC Department of Health and Human Services, Director

Mary Lynne Diggs, SC Head Start Collaboration Office, Director

Michael Leach, SC Department of Social Services, Director

Dr. David Mathis, SC Department of Education, Deputy Superintendent - Superintendent's Designee

Mary Poole, SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Director

Marshall Taylor Jr., SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, Acting Director

Sue Williams, Children’s Trust of SC, Chief Executive Officer

Walter Fleming Jr., Business Community

Timothy Holt, Business Community

Julie Hussey, Parent of a Young Child

Angel Johnson-Brebner, Parent of a Young Child

Jennifer McConnell, Childcare Provider

Alexia Newman, Medical/ Childcare Development Provider

Roger Pryor Jr., Childcare Provider

Dr. Amy Williams, Medical Provider