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Meet the Team

Below you will find SC CCR&R's staff and coaches. Together we work to increase accessibility to and frequency of quality, affordable child care in the state of South Carolina.


Melissa McDonald

Primary Investigator

Tresa Nelson, M.Ed.

Program Manager

Samantha Janicki, M.Ed.

Program Manager

Tara Judge

Business Manager

Holly Barnett-Starrett

Technology Support & Special Projects Coordinator


Christian Stevens

Child Care Referral Specialist

Aimee Dubé

Homeless Support & Child Care Referral Specialist


Teneshia Slempa

Outreach Specialist


Monica Akers-Bellamy, M.Ed.

Family Child Care Quality Coach: Upstate & Pee Dee

Heather Reyes, M.Ed.

Family Child Care Quality Coach: Midlands & LowCountry

Joy Huyck

Dual Language Learner Quality Coach

Andrea Cureton, M.S.

Quality Coach: Clarendon, Sumter, Lee, Florence

Linda Doherty, M.Ed.

Quality Coach: Pickens & Greenville

Darlene Faucette, M.Ed.

Quality Coach: Oconee, Anderson, Abbeville, & Greenwood

Tunisiann Howard, M.S.

Quality Coach

Bonnye Hughes Peebles, M.Ed.

Quality Coach: Newberry, Fairfield, Lexington, Saluda, & Edgefield

Sherry Ly Ching Chen King, M.M.

Quality Coach: Spartanburg, Laurens, Union, & Cherokee

Julia Laporte, M.Ed.

Quality Coach: McCormick, Aiken, Orangeburg, & Calhoun

Alison McDowell

Quality Coach

Justine Phelan, M.Ed.

Quality Coach

Kimberly Sowell, M.A.

Quality Coach: Kershaw (excluding Blythewood) & Richland

Monica Stukes

Quality Coach: Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Marlboro

Leslie Terry, M.Ed.

Quality Coach: Barnwell, Bamberg, Allendale, Hampton, Colleton, Jasper, & Beaufort

Manija Torian

Quality Coach: Marion, Horry, & Georgetown

Cassandra Young-Carter, M.B.A.

Quality Coach: York, Chester, Lancaster, & Blythewood