Michael Leach is the State Director for the South Carolina Department of Social Services.  Prior to his appointment, Mr. Leach served as Deputy Commissioner over Child Programs at the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services for more than 10 years.  There, he also served as Executive Director of the Office of Continuous Quality Improvement; Director of Performance and Quality Improvement, Director; Independent Living and Director of System Integrations. He has done extensive public speaking related to his experience with the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool, Extension of Foster Care and 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.


Joan B. Meacham 
Chief of Staff
(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
Director, Communications/Ombudsman 
(803) 898-1512

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


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