Lee Porter

Chief Program Officer

I love so that others thrive.

Lee guides the team responsible for S.C. Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting, Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention, Community Support for Young Parents, Safe Kids South Carolina, the Strengthening Families Program, and all prevention training. He also serves on the organization’s executive team and coordinates the program advisory committee.

Lee’s background in the worlds of foster care and education included program development and implementation, adult education and training, and leadership within complex and highly-regulated environments. He has served as a senior facilitator for the Schools Attuned program in neurodevelopmental diversity, and he was director of program development and chief program officer at Epworth Children’s Home in Columbia prior to joining Children’s Trust.

He is a certified trainer for the Children and Residential Experience (CARE) curriculum with the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research at Cornell University. Lee has a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a master’s degree in education from the University of South Carolina.

Lee Porter

Chief Program Officer

803-744-4035

lporter@scchildren.org

Alison Askins

Event Planner

Supporting children and families means healthier communities and a healthier future for everyone. I believe that everyone can relate to the mission of Children’s Trust. We were all children once!

Alison plans and implements high-quality events, including training, program, board, and other ad hoc events and functions.

She previously served as the director of volunteer programs at Pawmetto Lifeline and volunteer services senior specialist at the American Red Cross Asheville Mountain Area Chapter. She also volunteered at the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge as a development committee member and event chair.

Alison earned a bachelor’s degree in public and international affairs from the University of Georgia.

Mission statement: Supporting children and families means healthier communities and a healthier future for everyone. I believe that everyone can relate to the mission of Children’s Trust. We were all children once!

Alison Askins

Event Planner

803-744-4047

aaskins@scchildren.org

Eric Bellamy

Director of Program Integration

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

Eric oversees operation of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program and the Strengthening Families Program (SFP) for Children’s Trust.

Eric has worked with this organization since 2010, after several years of human services, youth development, and health education experience. With a passion for children and adolescent health services, he has worked on such initiatives as adolescent pregnancy prevention, Hurricane Katrina/Rita Relief projects, and infrastructure building for children’s mental health and substance abuse services.

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

Director of Program Integration

803-744-4057

ebellamy@scchildren.org

JaCori Gambrell

Program Assistant

JaCori fulfills administrative needs for the Strengthening Families Program, home visiting, and various conferences. She maintains timelines for projects and trainings, including planning, registrations, coordination with other agencies, and preparing necessary materials.

She graduated with leadership distinction from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in the Arnold School of Public Health. She was previously employed by the Boulevard Consulting Group.

JaCori Gambrell

Program Assistant

803-744-4034

jgambrell@scchildren.org