meet our staff

Suzanne English, Founder

Suzanne’s passion is working with children who are medically involved. “I like seeing them do things that people said they couldn’t do. I like seeing their abilities, not their disabilities,” she says. Suzanne is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Work. Later she earned her Master’s degree in Counseling. Suzanne worked for DSS as a Child Protective Investigator for six years. For over a decade, she has been an Early Interventionist. She is the proud mother of two; one of her children was diagnosed with ADD and the other with dyslexia. She is an active community member with her local church.

Brantley Jenkinson, Chief Operating Officer

Brantley has over twenty years of experience on the service provider side of the business. She is a graduate of Greenville Technical College, where she majored in Early Childhood Development. She worked as a preschool teacher for two years. She began her career as an administrative assistant for early intervention providers in the area. A few years later, she became Respite Coordinator and Companion Trainer. She enjoys overseeing the tasks that allow Beyond Early Intervention to function smoothly. Since 2014, Brantley has been serving on the Human Rights Committee for United Cerebral Palsy of SC. Brantley has one daughter, who graduated from Clemson University. Go Tigers! In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and running her dog rescue.

Cole Weiner, Training Director

Cole is a graduate from the University of South Carolina with an undergraduate degree and a Master’s degree in Social Work. She has over 5 years of experience working with children of all ages and 2 years of working with young children. Cole loves the field of Early Intervention because she loves celebrating the wins, big and small. In her spare time you can find her volunteering in the student ministry at her church, spending time with friends and family and cheering on the Gamecocks!

Kelly Oswald, Quality Assurance Coordinator

Kelly is a graduate of Winthrop University where she majored in education. She then went on to receive her Masters degree in Divergent Learning from Columbia College. Kelly has had a long career in the fields of education and Early Intervention. She loved finding strengths and potential in the children she worked within the classroom as well as the home setting. She now enjoys helping the EI staff fine-tune their skills and offer them support to make sure we are in compliance with file reviews. Being the mom of two very active children keeps Kelly busy outside of work. She is very involved in their sports and having family adventures in the great outdoors.

Midlands Office

LeeAnne Couture, Supervisor
Midlands

LeeAnne is a graduate of East Carolina University where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work. She worked for the Department of Social Services upon graduation, and has been a preschool teacher for many years. LeeAnne feels that her calling is working with young children. She has worked with children for over 15 years. LeeAnne believes “there is nothing more fulfilling than having a positive influence in the life of a child.” In her spare time you can find her spending time at the beach and traveling with her husband and children.

Lindsey Durrer, Early Interventionist
Midlands

Lindsey graduated from the University of South Carolina with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and also a Masters in Special Education. She taught for 14 years, 9 years teaching 2nd grade and 5 years in Special Education. Lindsey enjoys working directly with families to help empower them, provide resources, and watching their child meeting meaningful milestones and grow as an individual. In her spare time Lindsey enjoys cheering on the Gamecocks, crocheting, and spending time with her family.

Mary Duffield, Early Interventionist
Midlands

Mary is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, Aiken, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. After graduating she quickly found that her purpose was to work with children and families. Mary is one of 9 siblings, so her passion for working with children started at a young age. Before coming to Early Intervention, she worked for 3 years as an assistant teacher and was a private tutor for children in Aiken County.  There she supported children with Autism and behavior issues. In her free time, Mary enjoys spending time with family, cuddling with her dog, and watching makeup tutorials on YouTube. She is dedicated to the children and families she is serving at Beyond Early Intervention. 

Rebecca Rivas, Early Interventionist
Midlands

Rebecca has been supporting children with developmental delays and their families for over 10 years in the classroom and home settings. She believes helping parents and caregivers discover new ways to connect with their child is an essential goal of early intervention. She particularly enjoys working with children with Autism. Rebecca received her Masters degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina. She currently lives in the Columbia area with her husband and two daughters. A few of her favorite things include her kindle, label maker, and KitchenAid mixer.

Sarah Hodge, Early Interventionist
Midlands

Sarah Hodge is a native of SC and Alumni of South Carolina State University. She has a love of children and is very enthusiastic in her approach with them. She is committed to helping children and the families adjust smoothly through the journey of Early Intervention. Sarah is married and has 2 cats. She enjoys dancing, singing and serving at church as well as in her community. 

Upstate Office

Courtney Splawn Curry, Upstate Supervisor
Upstate

Courtney is a graduate of South Carolina State University where she earned her degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child Development. Later she went on to earn a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education at Ashford University. Courtney has been working with children in a variety of settings from birth to 6 years old for over 12 years. Courtney is a wife and mother. In her spare time she loves to travel and to spend time with her family.

Beverly Ferguson, Early Interventionist
Upstate

Beverly is originally from New Jersey. She has a BA in psychology from Rutgers University and a MA in Elementary Education from Lesley University. Beverly has worked with children for many years and has an extensive background in case management. The one-on-one interaction with children is her favorite part of Early Intervention. In her spare time, she likes going to the beach, reading, and traveling. 

Savannah Ordaz, Early Interventionist
Upstate

Sumter Office

Alexis Godwin, Sumter Supervisor
Sumter

Alexis is a graduate of Columbia College with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Family Studies. She has over nine years of experience working with children of various ages. Alexis has a passion for helping others, especially children. She enjoys having the opportunity to assist them in achieving their developmental milestones. Alexis volunteers regularly in the preschool department at her church. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, exercising and competing in races.