Eric Bellamy

Chief Partner Engagement Officer

I will live what I teach, support, and believe to build a better community for my children and others.

Eric provides strategic leadership for emerging prevention programs such as Family Resource Centers while continuing to oversee the home visiting program. He joined the team in 2010 and played a key role in building a statewide home visiting infrastructure that is well-respected nationally and across our state. He also was instrumental in the expansion of the Strengthening Families Program across the state.

He currently serves on the board of directors for the Association of State and Tribal Home Visiting Initiatives (ASTHVI), a two-year term that began in 2020. When the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) funding was up for renewal by the U.S. Congress in 2018, Eric testified before the House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Humans Resources to help ensure continued support for home visiting across the nation. Additionally, he has managed nearly $81 million in federal home visiting funds during the course of his tenure at Children’s Trust.

Prior to joining the organization, he had a long career in human services, youth development, and health education.

A native of Bridgeport, Connecticut, Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in health promotion from Coastal Carolina University and remains a big fan of the Chanticleers. He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society and the Eta Sigma Gamma national health education honor society.

Eric Bellamy

Chief Partner Engagement Officer

803-744-4057

ebellamy@scchildren.org

Leesa Nelson

Parent Engagement Coordinator

I strive to empower family systems so that my community and state can be safe and healthy for families. I am here to help create and support places where both children and their families can continue to grow into better people every day. Ultimately, I long to see families having access to beautiful, safe, and joyful lives.

As the parent engagement coordinator, Leesa Nelson will work with Children’s Trust programs, the Family Resource Center network and state-level partners to build parent engagement, support and advocacy initiatives.

Leesa has more than 14 years of experience working with families experiencing complex trauma. She is Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certified; she is a certified trainer of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® by the Crisis Prevention Institute; and she is trained in adverse childhood experiences and the Strengthening Families Program.

She holds both a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s in community mental health counseling from Clemson University.

Leesa Nelson

Parent Engagement Coordinator

803-744-4035

lnelson@scchildren.org

Courtney Matthews

Program Assistant

Courtney assists with planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating home visiting, which includes support for contracted training deliverables and conference-related events for home visiting and prevention initiatives. She supports maintenance of ongoing contact with prevention professionals, including evaluations, coordination of on-site and regional trainings, and contact for technical assistance needs.

She previously served four years as a community specialist with the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice. She earned a bachelor’s degree in child and family studies from Columbia College.

 

Courtney Matthews

Program Assistant

803-744-4034

cmatthews@scchildren.org

Alek Reaves

Family Engagement and Resource Coordinator

Alek Reaves coordinates and monitors the South Carolina Family Resource Network and supports Family Resource Centers (FRC) within our state.

Before joining Children’s Trust, she worked in the field of sexual violence prevention and provided primary prevention education to children, youth and adults. She developed a parent and guardian program to support adult resourcing for ongoing conversations with youth about their development and building healthy relationships. She also was a liaison at a school and provided in-school and out-of-school support to middle school youth and their families.

Alek earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina.

Alek Reaves

Family Engagement and Resource Coordinator

803-744-4029

areaves@scchildren.org