Michael Leach

Michael Leach is the State Director for the South Carolina Department of Social Services.  Prior to his appointment, Mr. Leach served with the Department of Children’s Services for more than 10 years, most recently as the Deputy Commissioner of Child Programs.  There, he also served as Executive Director of the Office of Continuous Quality Improvement; Director of Performance and Quality Improvement; Director of Independent Living and Director of System Integrations. Mr. Leach has done extensive public speaking related to his experience with the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool, Extension of Foster Care and helped the child welfare agency maintain accreditation through the Council on Accreditation. Mr. Leach was also a therapist at the Vanderbilt Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic in Tennessee and has experience in facilitating crisis response services at a community mental health center and case management in congregate care.


Chief of Staff
Emily Parks
(803) 898-0585


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


Chief Financial Officer
Don Grant


Child Support Services
Tim Mose, Director
(803) 898-9240


Child Welfare Services
Karen Jointer Bryant, Deputy State Director
(803) 898-1370


Pamela T. Bryant, Director
(803) 898-1512


Data, Accountability and Research
Diana Tester, Director
(803) 898-7880


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


General Counsel
Tony Catone
(803) 898-7368


Human Resources
Deirdre Blake-Sayers, Director
(803) 898-1912


Individual and Provider Rights
Deanene P. Thornwell, Director
(803) 898-7221


Information Technology
Jose Encarnacion, Director
(803) 724-5325


Inspector General
Anthony J. Sellers
(803) 898-8005


Internal Audits
Beth Adkins, Director
(803) 898-7458


Legislative Liaison
Connelly-Anne Ragley
(803) 898-4357


Staff Development and Training
Garry James, Director
(803) 734-1398



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