Meet our members
Courtney Buckmon is a mother of a 4-year-old son from Barnwell, S.C. She has a passion for service and helping others.
Jalisa Byrd is a mother of 4 years old Jaxon. She graduated from Winthrop University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in social work and has worked for Darlington County Community Action Agency for nearly two years as a family service specialist. In addition, she also works part-time as a cashier at Food Lion.
Coming from a family where majority are in poverty, her goal is to one day serve on the board of a successful organization that helps those in poverty. One of her greatest accomplishments is being able to purchase her own home at age 29. She is a firm believer and lives by the verse “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Fun fact: Jalisa recently become a plant mom and has two plant babies that are still alive and blossoming.
Brenda Cantey is a mother of three; one daughter who is 30 years old and two sons ages 5 and 6. She works in Human Resources as a Learning and Development Manager in Healthcare and is passionate about inspiring people to become lifelong learners. She is also a graduate of USC-Columbia and more recently, Columbia International University.
Deneshia Craig is a mom of four children, ages 2, 4, 6 and 11. She loves to read, shop and spend time with her family, but her passion is helping people.
Sara Espinoza is a stay-at-home mom of two children, ages 6 and 3. She is originally from Ecuador but lived half of her life in South Florida. She is a graduate from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with a degree in Commercial Photography and Broward College with a degree in Marketing Operations. Sara enjoys volunteer work for nonprofit organizations and child advocacy.
Brittany Fogle is a native of Orangeburg where she currently works as a full-time social worker for a nonprofit organization. She has a passion for helping and supporting women and their families which is why she chose to become a member of the SC Family Voice Council. In her spare time, she enjoys creating memories with her son, Bryson.
Sarah Nevarez is a mother to one and works with non-profits in the Columbia area. She has a particular passion for helping those who have experienced trauma or health challenges regain stability and begin to thrive again. She also enjoys reading, hiking, travel and leadership roles with her neighborhood and volunteer groups.
Dana Quattlebaum-Gaskins is a mother, wife, sister to many, and a laughable friend to most. She holds a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. For more than 10 years in the Columbia area, she has enjoyed encouraging others through volunteering, community service and daily work.
Tammy Riley is a mother of three, grandmother of two, and a community mom to many. She has worked in the educational system for over 24 years. She also has served as the PTA fundraiser coordinator, Girl Scout troop leader/service unit cookie manager, cheerleader coach, youth Sunday school teacher, youth director, and so many other programs and projects. She has a love for baking and crafting/Do-it-Yourself projects.
CaNihja Simon is from Marlboro County and a recently completed her Childcare Specialist certificate from Northeastern Technical College. She loves helping others and spending time with her daughter Olivia and their family. CaNihja wants to help families work together for the good of children. She believes that a safe happy childhood starts at home.
Tracey Wilson is from the Pee Dee region in Dillon County and has two beautiful daughters, Ava (1) and Mya (3). She enjoys traveling, listening to music, reading, attending church and cooking. Tracey works as a traveling commercial delivery driver.
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