Abby Wilson, MHA

Director of Community Initiatives

I support efforts to strengthen community and familial bonds so that everyone thrives.

Abby is responsible for leading a collaborative, population-level approach in the implementation of the evidence-based Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) across the state. This initiative will be co-created by the Triple P South Carolina governance, support, and delivery systems/teams that include our other partners, The Duke Endowment, the Impact Center at Franklin Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and Triple P America.

Abby serves on the FRIENDS National Advisory Council, which provides guidance on program modifications and implementation to the training and technical assistance body for the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevent grantees around the country. She also works with FRIENDS on their Child Neglect Prevention Workgroup, charged with finding the best strategies to prevent child neglect, the largest type of maltreatment in our state.

She serves as a volunteer arbitrator for the Lexington County Juvenile Arbitration program and co-facilitates a life skills class for these youth multiple times a year. Abby holds a master’s degree in health administration degree from the University of South Carolina as well as a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Clemson University.

Abby Wilson, MHA

Director of Community Initiatives

803-744-4060

awilson@scchildren.org

Virginia Bikas

Community Capacity Coach

I am excited to see this program and messaging grow in the community that I live. The chance to have even a small part in ensuring that children are able to grow and live in homes and communities that are working towards a common message (positive parenting) and common goal (reduce child abuse and neglect) is very exciting.

Virginia is responsible for supporting countywide implementation of the evidence-based Positive Parenting Program (Triple P). She oversees Triple P initiatives in Greenville County and additional counties as program expansion continues. She leads workforce development activities that include coaching, consultation and technical assistance to Triple P service organizations, and she coordinates practitioner peer support.

Before joining Children’s Trust, she worked at Family Connection of South Carolina for five years, where for the last two years, she delivered Triple P Stepping Stones to families of children with special health care needs.  With a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina Upstate, she has dedicated her career to doing work in the area of child well-being, which included a stint as a guardian ad litem for several years.

 

Virginia Bikas

Community Capacity Coach

803-744-4040

vbikas@scchildren.org

Mariah Kowalkowski

Community Capacity Coach

Early childhood development is such a distinctive time to create positive relationships and experiences between parents and children. I am excited to be a part of something that ensures that children grow up in happy, healthy environments by working within my community toward a common goal.

Mariah is responsible for supporting countywide implementation of the evidence-based Positive Parenting Program (Triple P). She oversees Triple P initiatives in Georgetown County and additional counties as program expansion continues. She leads workforce development activities that include coaching, consultation and technical assistance to Triple P service organizations, and she coordinates practitioner peer support.

Prior to joining Children’s Trust, she served as the director of family services at Habitat for Humanity of Horry County for two years working with families completing the Home Buyer Program and current Habitat homeowners. A graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in public health, she also previously worked as the wellness program manager at Catholic Charities Pee Dee.

Mariah Kowalkowski

Community Capacity Coach

803-978-7898

mkowalkowski@scchildren.org