Path Finders Team Services, LLC Early Interventionists and Case Managers will assemble a team that best meets the consumer’s physical, medical, developmental, and emotional needs. With the direction, information, and support provided by Path Finders Team Services, LLC, families, caregivers, and consumers will be empowered with knowledge and skills enabling them to make the best decisions possible in order to engage the community around them. Goals and objectives will be driven by families, caregivers, and consumers and facilitated by Path Finders Team Services, LLC in order to maximize potential.
After graduation from the College of Charleston with a degree in Sociology I set out to find my first “real” job. I was hired as a Service Coordinator. While I have always known I wanted to do something that made a difference in the lives of other people I spent the next twelve years in the field of Service Coordination. The families and the consumers I worked with taught me more than I could ever learn in a text book. I knew I had found the field I wanted to make my life’s work. After my twelve year career as a Service Coordinator and Supervisor I decided it was time for a change, for the past seven years I have been the Executive Director of Pattison's Academy.
I absolutely love working with children and adults with disabilities, I missed the daily interaction with the people we were serving and their families. I wanted to get back to what was important, listening, interacting and participating in the lives of the people I wanted to help.
I have always wanted a hobby, but never could sit still long enough to have one. I am busy keeping up with my two amazing boys, William 13 and Nathan 10. When I am not taxi driver, referee or short order cook I am reading. I LOVE to read. I have a wonderful supporting family and amazing friends. Life is good!
I earned my Bachelor’s at The University of North Texas in Denton. My Bachelor's Degree includes the subjects of Nonprofit Management, Speech and Hearing Disorders, and English with a double minor in Counseling and Child Development. Working with children and families in need has always been a passion of mine. Over the past two years, I have served as an Adoption Counselor, helping pregnant women meet their individualized needs through adoption planning, grief counseling, conflict mediation, goal setting, and genuine care. Concurrently, I worked as a CASA Special Advocate for children removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.
I have a heart for helping children with numerous economic, emotional, medical, physical, and cultural backgrounds. I have volunteered in the Child Life department of Baylor’s Our Children House, Rocky Top Horse Therapy, and a JumpStart reading program. I haves worked one-on-one with kids with autism, tutored students with learning disabilities, and worked with groups of children with emotional difficulties such as PTSD. I am excited about my next quest to help loving families with the rest of the Path Finders Team.
I have always had a great love of children but wasn't sure where it was going to take me. After graduation from Winthrop University with a degree in Psychology and Child Development I began working with preschoolers in early literacy programs in Dorchester County. I quickly discovered Early Intervention and began an eight year career as the Lead EI in Dorchester County before starting the Early Intervention and Service Coordination programs for Pattison’s Academy.
I love working with children and adults with disabilities. Watching their progress and growing with their families is the most fulfilling aspect of my job.
I live in Summerville with my husband and three children and 2 dogs. We are very active at Bethany United Methodist where I run the Bridges program for children with disabilities including the monthly respite program for families of children with disabilities.
As the sister of a twin with Spina Bifida and severe hearing loss as well as a little brother with Autism Spectrum Disorder, intervention services have always been apart of my life. It wasn't long before I realized the significance of what was happening while my siblings were getting to “play.” I knew I wanted to be apart of something as special as that was.
After graduating from Clemson University with a B.S. in Psychology, I was given an incredible opportunity to teach at Trident Academy in their ASD program. It was in my time there that I was able to truly cultivate my passion for children with disabilities, working with their families and creating teams to enable children to reach their upmost potential. Shortly after my time with Trident came to end, I came across Path Finders and could not be happier. Path Finders creates an outlet for everything I love, stand for and believe in to come together in one place. Now, I am working towards my Masters in Education: Student Services with hopes to reach more children as the years go on.
I love nothing more than spending my weekends in Clemson, cheering on my Tigers! If I’m not there, you can find me playing with my springer spaniel, Moose or hanging out at my parents’ farm. I think green tea is superior to coffee and dark chocolate can solve any problem. Most importantly, I love living life with the people I love the most in the place I love most. Go Tigers!
I have always found such joy and inspiration working with children. This love first blossomed during my college years serving as an after school mentor and summer camp counselor within the Charleston community. Through these roles I gained experience working with special needs children and developed some of my most rewarding relationships as an educator. From then on, I knew I would always have a desire to make a difference and thus made the decision to have a career working with young minds.
After graduating from the College of Charleston with a degree in Psychology, I decided to deepen my knowledge about the education of young minds and worked as a preschool teacher for two years. While gathering a wealth of knowledge about the development of children, I realized something was missing and longed to make more meaningful connections and larger impacts. After finding Pathfinders I decided that Early Intervention was where I would next succeed!
I can always be found out and about Charleston exploring the downtown area where life never stops. I enjoy live music, kayaking and the beach. I also love giving back to the community and volunteering my time and effort to great causes, and am looking forward to having more opportunities to do this through work with Path Finders. I am thankful to live in one of the best places that offers everything I love in life!
My passion for working with children who have disabilities and special needs began at a young age. When I was eleven I was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes and quickly realized that within every “disability,” there are even greater abilities. Because of this, I am passionate about helping other children succeed in finding their abilities and live life to the fullest.
I earned my B.A. in Psychology at the University of South Carolina. While in college, I volunteered a lot within the special needs community through organizations such as Best Buddies, Camp Adam Fisher, Pattison’s Academy, and in a children’s room at my local church.
In my free time you can most likely find me at the dog park. My husband and I have a young and very energetic Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Calhoun that takes up the majority of our time. I also enjoy trying out new Charleston restaurants, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends. I am very excited to be part of the Path Finders team and cannot wait to see what the future holds!