DSS Chief of Staff Joan Meacham is serving as Acting State Director of DSS after former Director Susan Alford’s retirement. Meacham has more than 30 years of experience in S.C. state government. She is the retired director of the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, where she moved up through the ranks in that agency after eight years with the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, magna cum laude, and a master’s degree in counseling. Meacham also has served in leadership positions in many non-profit organizations and public entities.

Joan B. Meacham 
Acting State Director
(803) 898-0585

Barbara Derrick
Deputy State Director, Administration
(803) 898-0585

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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