Committee on Children

We believe how we treat children is the most accurate indicator of our state's future.

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About the Committee

The Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children is a consortium of appointed citizens, legislators, and agency directors charged with the critical responsibility of identifying and studying key issues facing South Carolina's children, then promoting sound strategies for the development of children's policy. The Committee makes recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly to use in consideration of policy, funding, and legislation to benefit our children's future.

Meet the members who serve on the Committee on Children below.

Appointed by the President of the Senate

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The Honorable Brad Hutto
State Senator
District 40 - Orangeburg

Serving on the Committee since 2010

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The Honorable Darrell Jackson
State Senator
District 21 - Columbia

Serving on the Committee since 2010

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The Honorable Katrina Shealy
State Senator
District 23 - Lexington

Serving on the Committee since 2017

 

Appointed by the Speaker of the House

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The Honorable Beth Bernstein
State Representative
District 78 - Columbia

Serving on the Committee since 2017

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The Honorable Neal Collins
State Representative
District 5 - Easley

Serving on the Committee since 2015

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The Honorable Mandy Kimmons 
State Representative
District 97 - Ridgeville

Serving on the Committee since 2019

Appointed by the Governor

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Ms. Marie Land,
Manning

Serving on the Committee since 2012

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Mr. W. Derek Lewis,
Greenville

Serving on the Committee since 2012

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Dr. Kay Phillips, Ph.D., LISW,
Summerville

Serving on the Committee since 2017

Ex Officio

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Michael Leach, Director

Department of Social Services

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Freddie Pough, Director

Department of Juvenile Justice

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Kenneth Rogers, MD, Director - Department of Mental Health

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Molly M. Spearman, State Superintendent of Education

Committee Staff

Morgan Maxwell, MSW, J.D. 
Legislative Resource Attorney
Contact: (803)777-4350
MorganMMaxwell@sc.edu

Shealy Reibold, J.D.
Senior Resource Attorney

Contact: (803)777-1979
ShealyReibold@sc.edu

Dr. Liyun Zhang, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Contact: (803)777-1226
Zhang349@mailbox.sc.edu

Children's Law Center Leadership

L. Michelle Dhunjishah, J.D.,

Director

Carolyn S. Morris, LMSW,

Assistant Director