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(Columbia, SC, March 8, 2021)—Family Connection of South Carolina—the state’s federally-appointed Parent Training and Information Center–is pleased to welcome Cathy Stevens of Furman University to their board of directors. 

Ms. Stevens is the Director of the White-Riley-Peterson Afterschool Policy Fellowship at Furman University. She also directs the WhatWorksSC Clearinghouse Award program and assists with the Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative and serves on the community advisory council for Prisma Health Children’s Hospital – Upstate. Cathy and her husband Erik Ching, have three children, Anders, Halle, and Evan.  

“We are delighted to have Cathy Stevens serve in this volunteer leadership role. Her passion and vision will help Family Connection forward our mission and serve more families across our state” said Amy Holbert, CEO of Family Connection of South Carolina.

Also serving on the Family Connection of South Carolina Board of Directors are: Karen Crider, State Treasurer’s Office; Glenn Hutto, Assistant Principal at Irmo Middle School; Elizabeth Kinney, School Psychologist; Cara O’Neill, M.D., Chief Science Officer and Co-Founder of Cure Sanfilippo Foundation and Board Secretary; David Palkovitz, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER at Apollon Wealth Management and Board Vice President; John Roberts, Associate Attorney at Willoughby & Hoefer, P.A. and Board President; Jenny Anderson, Marketing Director, Big Blue Marble Academy; Antjuan Seawright, President/CEO, Sunrise Communications; Sarah Sharpe, Independent Living Specialist and EQUIP Young Adult Leader, ABLE South Carolina; Mitchell L. Yell, Ph.D., Fred and Francis Lester Palmetto Chair in Teacher Education and a Professor in Special Education at the University of South Carolina. 

About Family Connection of South Carolina

For 30 years, Family Connection of South Carolina has been changing lives by making connections, raising awareness, and promoting inclusion for those with disabilities and healthcare needs. We offer programs and services to ensure that parents, professionals, and caregivers have access to available resources to help their children reach their full potential. Our work focuses on five areas: Parent Support, Healthcare, Education, Training and Advocacy. For more information or to make a referral or donation, visit or call 800-578-8750. Visit Family Connection on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.