meet our staff

 

Beyond_E.I_9-11-15-2[2] 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 and middle school in Lexington.

Beyond_E.I_9-11-15-4[1] Brantley Jenkinson, Chief Operating Officer

Brantley has over eighteen 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. After moving to Columbia, 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 adult daughter, who graduated from Clemson University.

Beyond EI- June 2017-9.jpg Kelly Oswald, Early Interventionist/Supervisor

Kelly grew up in Columbia. She earned her undergraduate degree from Winthrop University, and went on to receive her Master’s degree in Education from Columbia College. She has been working in the field of Early Intervention for six years. Before entering this field she worked in a preschool setting and as an Elementary School teacher. Kelly loves working with families, she enjoys seeing the results of the services they receive. Kelly is a wife and the mother of two small children. In her spare time she  enjoys spending time with her family at the beach and at their family farm.

Beyond EI- June 2017-3.jpg Roshanda Riggins, Early Interventionist

Roshanda is a graduate of Benedict College where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development. She has thirteen years of experience working with infant and preschoolers. Roshanda has been working in the field of Early Intervention for the past seven years. She is thrilled to work with young children and families because it has been, and continues to be a very rewarding experience. Roshanda is the Mom of two children. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with Family and friends, couponing and travel.

Beyond_E.I_9-11-15-5[1] Alexis Lucas, Early Interventionist

Alexis is a graduate of Columbia College with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Family Studies. She has over six 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.

Beyond EI- June 2017-11.jpg Mallory Cannaday, Early Interventionist/Supervisor

Mallory graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  She has been working with children and families in different settings and various ages for over 5 years.  Her most recent job consisted of her working with Preschool children with developmental delays.  She has a passion for children and loves watching them learn and grow.  Mallory is a mom to one child.  She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, friends and pets.

Beyond EI- June 2017-1.jpg Whitney Starling, Early Interventionist and Trainer

Whitney found her passion for helping people with special needs in college during an internship at the York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs. After graduating from Winthrop University, Whitney became an Early Interventionist at YCBDSN in Rock Hill until she and her husband moved to Columbia in 2010. Since then, Whitney has worked with various early intervention companies, been on the planning committee for the Columbia Buddy Walk (’12, ’13) and completed multiple conferences on sensory processing disorder. Whitney enjoys spending time with her husband and her two young children.

Beyond EI- June 2017-2.jpg Erin Martin, Early Interventionist

Erin is a graduate of South Carolina State University.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Family Consumer Science with a concentration in Child Development.  She began her career in child care. Erin has 11 years of child care and early intervention experience combined working with birth to preschoolers. She has attended trainings on routine based intervention in Washington DC and numerous trainings in child development over the years.  She has a passion to make a difference, one child at a time. Erin makes an effort to connect with families and listen to their concerns. She is a wife and mother to four children. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and cooking for her family.

Beyond EI- June 2017-6.jpg Jill Whitaker, Early Interventionist and Quality Assurance

Jill Whitaker graduated from Presbyterian College with a BA in Special Education.  She received her Masters of Education from The University of South Carolina in Early Childhood Special Education. After teaching Preschool Special Education for 4 years she was an Early Interventionist and Service Coordinator before staying home with her children for several years. While her youngest child was in preschool, she taught preschool for 4 years. She is excited to now be working again as an early interventionist and in quality assurance with Beyond Early Intervention.

 

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Beyond EI- June 2017-7.jpg Meghan Dyches, Early Interventionist

Meghan grew up in Columbia. She graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Family Studies. Meghan has five years of experience working with children of various ages. Before becoming an E.I. Meghan was a two year old preschool teacher. Her passion has always been working with children and their families. She enjoys being able to help children reach their developmental milestone. In her spare time Meghan enjoys traveling with her husband, rescuing animals, and spending time with family.

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Beyond EI- June 2017-8.jpg Sarah Beth Helsley, Early Interventionist

Sarah Beth graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina. Before starting Early Intervention, she taught special education for six years. She has a passion for working with children with special needs and watching them grow! Sarah Beth loves spending time with her husband and daughter, going to the beach, running outside, volunteering at her church, and going to Clemson for football games!

 Tara Tara Scoma

Tara graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Social Work. She has over 4 years of experience working with children of various ages. She enjoys helping families and working with children because she is able to make a lasting difference in their lives. Early intervention provides an opportunity to see children progress and learn new skills. When she isn’t working, Tara spends her time with her husband, baking, exploring the mountains, serving with her church, and singing in her church choir.

Kenya Kenya Middleton

Kenya graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in Social Work. She later went on to gain her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. She has worked with children of all ages over the past 7 years and particularly enjoys working with preschool ages. She has a passion for helping kids and watching them learn and achieve. She volunteers twice a month in the nursery and youth department at her church. Kenya is a mom to one child. She loves reading, traveling, spending time with family and friends, journaling, and serving with her church.

Kristy Kristy McAllister 

Kristy is a graduate of Cazenovia College with a Bachelors in Psychology. She is from Syracuse, NY and relocated with her family to Lexington in 2017. She has over 20 years of experience woking with children with disabilities and developmental delays, as well as children in the mental health system who have experienced trauma. She is passionate about her work and enjoys building relationships with the families she serves and helping their children meet their milestones. She has a younger sister with Spina Bifida who received early intervention when she was a child. Kristy has worked in Early Intervention and therapeutic foster care over the past decade. She enjoys spending time with her two boys, her husband, while exploring SC and traveling to visit family all over the east coast.

 

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