June 13, 2023

SC Center for Fathers and Families Announces Ford, Carter in New MarComm Roles

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The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, a non-profit ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System since 2002, is pleased to announce our latest team additions.

Jai-Anna Carter, a communications associate on staff since 2021, has been promoted to Communications Manager. Jai-Anna is a creative communicator and visual artist with a passion for storytelling through videography and photography. Her role at the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families involves conceptional digital media content creation, traditional printmaking, and implementing communication strategies that will impact the Center’s primary audiences in its mission to engage fathers around the state to become more present and involved in the lives of their children and families.

“I want my work to help the Center build relationships with the fathers in our programs and provide touch points with our donors that will encourage greater participation in this vital mission to fathers and families,” comments Carter.

Dr. Lawrence Ford has recently joined the leadership team at the Center in the role of Director of Marketing and Communications. He brings more than two decades of non-profit leadership to the Center with global experience in the areas of publishing, media, events, public relations, and education. He has lived and worked on three continents conducting training programs, establishing mission centers, and managing aid distribution. Additionally, Dr. Ford is an adjunct professor in the graduate school at Columbia International University (CIU), mentoring Ph.D. students in ministry leadership programs.

“The work of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families I see as a vital mission in our state,” Ford said. “Healthy and engaged fathers contribute to healthy and productive children for generations to come. My aim is to take our mission strategy and impact to the next level – because fathers matter.”

Karriem Edwards, President of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, commented, “We are excited about how these changes will enhance our ability to share the success our dads are achieving every day!”


The mission of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is simple: To provide the means for fathers to be great dads. We bring attention to problems, policy challenges, and best practices, then tackle issues that unintentionally keep fathers and children apart. Our work is motivated by families and shaped by evidence. To learn more about our work, please visit our website at