Bett Farrell Williams
Chief Communications Officer
I build energy for prevention so that more will join us.
Bett guides Children’s Trust in their communication strategy and public relations work and leads the communications team. She has 25 years of experience in advertising and marketing, fundraising, operations and event management.
Outside of her professional responsibilities, Bett is chair of the governance committee for the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. and has previously been the governance chair for the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands. She is a graduate of Leadership Columbia and has served as the president of the Junior League of Columbia, where she is a sustaining member.
Bett is a graduate of Wake Forest University with majors in English and politics.
I create designs in hopes that others are inspired to do great things in life.
Todd enjoys transforming ideas into exciting and intriguing designs. His experience in design and communication will help grow and strengthen the mission and vision of Children’s Trust.
He is a graduate from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in fine art, and he also holds an associate degree in graphic design from Greenville Technical College. He loves hearing about new gadgets and apps that make his job more fun and exciting, especially when he discovers something that really catches his eye.
Maggie Lynn, MSW
I believe that a true story, told well, has the power to change the world. Creating lasting and systemic change that supports a brighter future for children in South Carolina will take all of us working together. I hope the stories we share will inspire people to turn their passion for community change into community good across the state.
Maggie is responsible for developing communications strategy for the Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) South Carolina communications work, including participant outreach and community-level marketing. She also partners with staff on other communications and fundraising projects.
With a master’s degree in social work from the University of New England, which includes a concentration in organizational and community social work, she has previously worked with nonprofits in Georgia, Ohio, Italy, and Germany, focusing on building capacity and creating process improvement across multiple program areas.
I believe we have to make connections to better serve families and strengthen communities.
Michael leads our Child Abuse Prevention Month activities through cultivating partnerships in local communities across the state. He serves as a project manager for communications with a focus on providing support for conferences and events. He leads the team in measuring success through online analytics and serves as a liaison to development. Michael also is a master trainer in adverse childhood experiences as well as the protective factors.
His experience growing up as the only biological child in a foster family exposed him to the widespread issues of child abuse, neglect and unintentional injury. It was this experience that led him to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector, especially in support of child welfare.
Before joining the organization, Michael served Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) with roles in marketing communications, development and community relations, gaining experience in the strategic planning and the marketing process. He’s a graduate of Anderson University with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing.
As the Lipscomb associate, Melanie serves on the communications team and contributes in the planning and execution of Child Abuse Prevention Month activities across a wide spectrum of public relations activities. In addition, she assists the program and the policy departments with communications functions such as content creation and media outreach.
A Charleston native, she is a senior at the University of South Carolina, where she is studying political science and business administration. Her interests include public policy and human rights. She’s also an active member of Kappa Delta sorority, a longtime supporter of Prevent Child Abuse America. Children’s Trust is home to Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina, and USC’s Beta Zeta chapter of Kappa Delta is the organization’s largest fundraiser.
Communications Content Specialist
Kids bring so much pure joy to the world. All of them deserve the opportunity to experience happy, healthy lives and grow up in environments that allow them to reach their full potential.
Neil tells the stories behind the prevention work the organization does in keeping South Carolina’s children safe. He focuses on the programs, conferences, events, partners and people of Children’s Trust with an eye toward explaining the many different facets of what we do for families and kids.
After 28 years as a reporter and columnist with The State in Columbia, Neil brings that journalistic experience to his role here. He covered news, features, sports, education and business over the course of his media career. He’s a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in English.