Who We Are

Our Staff

Our dedicated, compassionate staff makes a difference across South Carolina one father at a time.

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Karriem Edwards


Karriem joined the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families as President in the summer of 2022. Previously, Karriem held the position of Vice President of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County in Florida. He is a philanthropic leader with more than 20 years of proven success in program development, training, management, and fundraising. Karriem has an enthusiasm and drive to carry his nonprofit experiences to the realm of fatherhood programs and engagement. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University and the Social Enterprise Institute at Harvard Business School.

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Scott Brabham

Director of Finance

Scott joined the Center in 2019 as the Director of Finance. He oversees the finance and accounting functions for the Center and statewide fatherhood organizations. He provides financial oversight, implementation and compliance. A graduate of Wofford College, Scott recently served with The Greyson Group as their assistant controller.

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Kiki L. Walton, MA

Director of Organizational Development and Operations

Kiki joined the Center in January 2014. Previously, she worked with the South Carolina Department of Education, Office of Adult Education. Kiki is a veteran of the Air Force, in which she served as a human resources manager. Serving as the Director of Organizational Development and Operations, Kiki is responsible for internal operations, staff and team development, Center human resources and development, workflow management of Center projects, and also acts as a liaison with the executive directors at each of our six statewide fatherhood organizations. She holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership.

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Judy Everett

Development Manager

Judy has consulted with the Center staff since January 2011. She researches, prepares and submits local, state, and federal government and foundation grants, state and national corporate grants, and United Way grants. As grants manager she ensures that program activities are implemented in accordance with successful grant proposals, facilitates grant implementation meetings, and prepares extensive funders' reports.

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Marc Himes

Director of Community and Agency Relations

Marc supports our network of fatherhood organizations across the state and manages several projects for those organizations and the Center. He supports program growth and training for local programs, with local fatherhood programs, identifies programming and personnel issues, assists in educating external audiences, and helps coordinate and plan special Center events. Marc came to the Center at the start of 2016 after serving as student services manager at USC's Darla Moore School of Business since 2011.

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Dawn Pender, MSN, APRN-BC, FNP, CPNP

Access to Men's Healthcare Project Director and Nurse Practitioner

Dawn directs the Access to Men's Healthcare component in three program sites. She also provides health education, direct care and treatment for fatherhood participants and forms partnerships with local healthcare providers for continuation of services and treatment for program participants. She designed the Men's Health curriculum and is often called upon to provide insight on the challenges of reaching out to low-income men and addressing their unique health needs.

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Joel Philp

Director of Evaluation and Quality Improvement

Joel is responsible for developing data-based decision making and evaluative inquiry agency-wide. He leads information management, data interpretation, and data use. He also conducts and disseminates research and evaluations to support continuous quality improvement and to help advance the local, state and national research base in fatherhood. Joel has over 20 years of evaluation experience in the areas of education, public health, and child welfare. He received his doctorate in psychology from the University of South Carolina and worked for 10 years as a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Child and Family Studies in USC's College of Social Work. He most recently served as the Senior Director of Research at The Evaluation Group.

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Tana Vanderbilt

Jobs Not Jail Project Director and Legal Consultant

Tana joined the Center in March 2020 after having retired as General Counsel of the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. Her background has been in the field of child welfare and has worked previously with the Children’s Law Center and the South Carolina Department of Social Services. Tana will provide oversight and technical assistance for Jobs not Jail and provide ongoing technical assistance and training to local program staff on legal issues.

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Lawrence E. Ford, D.Min.

Director of Marketing and Communications

Dr. Lawrence Ford joined the leadership team in the role of Director of Marketing and Communications in 2023. 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. His education includes the University of California San Diego, Columbia International University, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Liberty University.

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Callie Cox Witt

Marketing & Communications Consultant

Callie joined the Center in 2021. She serves both fund development and communication teams. Callie leads donor communications, creates and monitors funding databases, and assists in social media writing and donor-centric communications strategies. As a graduate of the University of South Carolina Mass Communication Graduate Program, she has utilized her skills as an editorial coordinator at Columbia Lifestyle Magazine and other media roles in the Midlands.

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Jerell Wesley

Senior Program Manager

Jerell currently serves as Senior Program Manager. He joined the Center in November of 2022 as Program Manager for the fatherhood programs. Jerell came to the center from Midlands Fatherhood Coalition where he served as an Intervention Specialist. Wesley has served in the non-profit community for more than 10 years in human services and case management. Wesley is also a Chaplain in SC Army National Guard. Wesley invests his time serving the homeless population in Kershaw and Sumter counties. He received his MDIV and MA in counseling from Columbia International University. Wesley has worked for various organizations promoting and advocating for self-sufficiency, family reunification, bringing resources to poverty communities, and advocating mental health awareness.

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LaTonya Fleming

Program Manager

LaTonya joined the Center in 2023 as Program Manager for Ready 4 Life, an initiative dedicated to engaging youth in South Carolina. She previously held the position of Family First Prevention Services Program Coordinator with the SC Department of Social Services. She has worked in government and non-profit communities for over 15 years, facilitating and implementing intervention programs for children and families. LaTonya’s unwavering passion lies in her dedication to serving these vulnerable populations and providing them with invaluable support to overcome the seemingly insurmountable challenges they face. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Columbia College and her Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University.

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Denise Nelson

Administrative Assistant

Denise joined the Center in 2024 and serves as an Administrative Assistant. She assists the Center in all areas of organization, compilation, and support. She is responsible for administrative duties for the Center’s Team, Board of Trustees, extended consultants, contractors, supporting office management, and managing day-to-day office operations. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining the Center, she worked 10 years serving as an administrative professional in the school system. Denise brings with her a fierce passion for father’s rights. This position combines her executive and administrative experience with her excitement to make a difference in the lives of fathers and families.

Interested in joining our team? Explore our current job opportunities.