DSS Chief of Staff, Joan Meacham will serve as acting state director of DSS following Alford’s retirement. Joan Meacham has over 30 years of experience in SC State Government. She is the retired State Director of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services and moved up through the ranks in that agency after 8 years with SC Dept. of Juvenile Justice. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, she has a BS in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude and a M. Ed. with a major in Counseling. Joan has served in leadership positions in many non-profit organizations and public entities.

Joan B. Meacham 
Acting State Director
(803) 898-1805 

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

Tony Catone
General Counsel
(803) 898-7368 

Anthony J Sellers
Inspector General 
(803) 898-8005

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

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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