Susan Alford, Director of the SC Department of Social Services, has worked for over 30 years developing youth programming in South Carolina, serving as Director of the Girls Center and Associate Executive Director for Operations at Clemson University's Youth Learning Institute in South Carolina, and as both Interim Chief of Staff and Associate Director for Policy and Planning at the SC Department of Juvenile Justice. The recipient of numerous awards, Ms. Alford is a national speaker on topics such as trauma-informed interventions, gender-responsive programming, strategic planning, quality management issues for the public sector, and the development of programs for at-risk youth. Ms. Alford holds a Diploma degree in Criminology from the University of Cambridge, England, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology from the University of South Carolina.


Joan Meacham
Chief of Staff
(803) 898-1805

Barbara Derrick
Deputy State Director, Administration
(803) 898-0330

Tony Catone
General Counsel
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Anthony J Sellers
Inspector General 
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Taron Brown Davis
Deputy State Director, Child Welfare Services
(803) 898-1370

Amber Gillum
Deputy State Director, Economic Services
(803) 898-7474

Tim Mose
Director, Child Support Services

Kelly Cordell
Director, Adult Advocacy
(803) 898-7654

Karen L. Wingo
Director, Communications & Legislative Affairs
(803) 898-8030

John L. Strait, III
Director, Internal Audit
(803) 898-7458

Pamela T. Bryant
Ombudsman & Director, Constituent Services
(803) 898-1512

Marilyn M. Matheus
Director, Media Relations/Public Information
(803) 898-7858


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