PhD Candidate, Dissertation “Communication and Attachment in Deaf Children with Hearing Parents”
3/18 - Executive Director, Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center, Spartanburg, SC Responsible for the operation of a multi-county community mental health center with an $12.5 million budget, serving 6,000 clients with 155 staff. Services include outpatient counseling to children and adults, crisis response to three counties, support for residential care facilities and disaster response services.
Responsible for the delivery of services by the Department of Mental Health to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens of South Carolina. Advise the Director and key stakeholders on how to best design and develop the provision of a comprehensive statewide program. Provide overall coordination and direction to program implementation.
5/93 – 5/06 Program Manager, Piedmont Center for Mental Health Services, Deaf Services Program, Simpsonville, SC
Develop and supervise comprehensive statewide community based services for mentally ill Deaf adults and emotionally disturbed children. Programs include inpatient services, outpatient counseling, residential programming and psychosocial rehabilitation. Supervise 34 employees and $1,250,000 budget.
6/90 ‑ 5/93 Social Worker IV, Patrick Harris Psychiatric Hospital, Anderson, SC
Established Deaf Services Program at hospital and served as Program Coordinator. Developed programs, policies, and procedures for 22 bed in‑patient psychiatric unit for Deaf patients.
8/87 ‑ 5/90 Community Services Consultant, Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Wilmington, NC
Supervised Regional Office of the Division, providing comprehensive services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients. This included conducting workshops and in‑services training for public and private agencies on topics related to deafness and providing counseling, skills development, and advocacy.
9/84 ‑ 7/87 Coordinator, Hearing Impaired Services, Community Counseling Services, Jacksonville, IL
Provided range of mental health services including counseling, case management and crisis intervention within a Deaf Services program.
1/80 ‑5/84 School Social Worker, Illinois School for the Deaf, Jacksonville, IL
11/89 - Consultant and Presenter, Center for Mental Health Services, NASHMPD, Mental Health Interpreter Training, Various State Mental Health Authorities, Professional Organizations
8/91 - Designated Court Examiner, States of South Carolina, Georgia, Illinois
9/93 - Lecturerer and Instructor, Interpreter Training Program, Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg, SC
8/94 - 8/97 State Block Grant Reviewer, Center for Mental Health Services, Washington, DC
6/10 – 8/10 Adjunct Faculty, University of South Carolina, School of Social Work, Columbia, SC
6/85 ‑ Present National Association of the Deaf
‑S. C. Association for the Deaf, 1990 ‑
- SCAD Language Proficiency Interview; Rater, 1994 -