South Carolina Safe Sleep Coalition

At the request of the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children, Children’s Trust formed a statewide Safe Sleep Coalition in January 2012.  The coalition represents more than 20 organizations convening to address rising rates of unsafe sleep practices that result in injury and death for children younger than one year old. The coalition includes hospital systems, public social service agencies, nonprofit organizations and state agencies. The coalition will continue to add members that can provide leadership roles in their local communities.


  • Keisha Adams
    Program Coordinator, Division of Injury & Violence Prevention
    S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control
  • Leigh Bolick
    Director, Child Care Services
    S.C. Department of Social Services
  • Jennifer Buster
    Director, Office of Children’s Services
    S.C. Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
  • Chaka M. Davis, RNC-NIC, MSN, MPH
    Regional Systems Developer
    PHR Perinatal Systems
  • Mary Lynn Diggs
    Director, Head Start
    S.C. Department of Social Services
  • Kent Dill
    Asst. Deputy Coroner
    Greenville
  • Parks Evans
    Deputy Coroner
    Greenville
  • Christie Fisher
    Program Coordinator for Cribs for Kids of the Midlands
    Palmetto Health
  • Keith Frazier
    Director, Greenville County Department of Social Services
  • Kandi Fredere, MHA, PhD, MCHES
    Assistant Health Director
    S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control Region 1, Greenwood
  • Cynthia D. Fryer, MA
    Manager, Children’s Advocacy/Safe Kids Upstate
    Greenville Hospital System Children’s Hospital
  • Dominic B. Gault, M.D.
    Medical Director, Division of Pediatric Sleep Medicine
    Greenville Hospital System Children’s Hospital
  • Gwynne B. Goodlett
    Senior Policy Analyst, Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children
    Children’s Law Center
  • Michelle Greco, RNC-MNN, CCE, BSN
    Greenville Women’s Hospital
    Women’s Education Department & Beginnings and Beyond Program
  • Laura Grimes, D-ABMDI
    Lexington County Coroner’s Office
    Forensic Death Investigator
  • Taffney Hooks
    Trauma Program Manager, Division of EMS and Trauma
    S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Meg Jewell, MA
    Regional Systems Developer, Piedmont Region
  • Sara Beth King, RN, MPH
    State Nurse Consultant, Nurse-Family Partnership
    S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control
  • Cynthia S. Lara
    Director, Child Care Licensing
    S.C. Department of Social Services
  • Derek Lewis
    Governor Appointee
    S.C Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee for Children
  • Breana N. Lipscomb, MPH
    State FIMR Director, MCH Bureau-Planning and Evaluating Coordinator
    S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control
  • Mary Anne Mathews
    Director of Parenting
    South Carolina First Steps
  • Maggie Michael
    Executive Director
    South Carolina Children’s Hospital Collaborative
  • Terri Negron, RN MN
    Director of Nursing, Women’s Hospital
    Greenville Hospital System
  • Julie Smithwick, LMSW
    Executive Director
    PASOs Programs
  • Linda C. Veldheer, Ph.D.
    Director, Head and Spinal Cord Injury Division
    S.C. Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
  • Elizabeth A. Walker-Sheppard, MPA
    EMSC Program Manager
    S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control, Division of Emergency Medical Services
  • Shae R. Sutton, PhD
    Director, Division of Biostatistics
    Public Health Statistics and Information Systems, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Sue Williams
    Chief Executive Officer
    Children’s Trust of South Carolina