Michael Leach currently serves as the State Director for the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS), where he plays a pivotal role in leading and shaping social services across the state. With a career marked by a deep commitment to the well-being of children and families, Mr. Leach brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role.
Prior to his confirmation by the South Carolina State Senate on April 18, 2019 as State Director at DSS, Mr. Leach dedicated over a decade of his professional life to the Department of Children's Services in Tennessee. In his capacity there, he held various significant positions, each contributing to his extensive knowledge of the field. Notably, he served as the Deputy Commissioner of Child Programs, where he played a vital role in shaping policies and programs that directly impacted the lives of children in need.
Mr. Leach's previous roles included leadership in a diverse array of operations, including as the Executive Director of the Office of Continuous Quality Improvement, Director of Performance and Quality Improvement, Director of Independent Living, and Director of Systems Integration. In each of these positions, he consistently demonstrated his commitment to improving the quality and effectiveness of services provided to vulnerable youth and families. Before his involvement with government child welfare agencies, Mr. Leach previously served at the Vanderbilt Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic in Tennessee, where he honed his skills in supporting young individuals in their mental health journeys. His experience also encompasses facilitating crisis response services at a community mental health center and managing cases in congregate care, adding a holistic perspective to his understanding of the social services landscape.
With an exceptional career spanning the public and non-profit sectors, Mr. Leach continues to lead by example, fostering positive change in the lives of thousands of children and families throughout South Carolina. His dedication to innovation, quality improvement, and compassionate leadership makes him a driving force in the realm of social services.
Don Grant, Deputy State Director
Kelly Cordell, Director
Agency Quality Assurance and CQI
Suzanne Sutphin, Director
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Information Security Officer
Chief Transformation Officer
Child Support Services
Tim Mose, Director
Child Welfare Services
Emily Medere, Deputy State Director
Chief External Affairs Officer/Legislative Liaison
Data, Accountability and Research
Diana Tester, Director
Amber Gillum, Deputy State Director
Glenise Elmore, Director
Individual and Provider Rights
Chip Payne, Director
Jose Encarnacion, Director
Beth Adkins, Director
Professional Development and Innovation
Garry James, Director
Office of Strategic Planning and Innovation
Miranda L. Creech
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