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Kathy Mayfield-Smith
President  & Co-founder

Assistant Director, Div. of Health and Families Studies, Institute for Families in Society
University of South Carolina

Kathy is the parent of 3 children, 2 with some special needs.  Her experience with children with special needs is extensive.  She was also the caregiver for her mother.

Rebecca Smith

Past Director, Sr. Companion Program
Senior Resources
Member of Silver Haired Legislature

Rebecca is instrumental in planning the annual Respite Solutions Conference. 

Gail Marion

Rhodes Respite Care Director
First Presbyterian Church


Gail is the immediate-past Program Director for the S.C. Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  She was caregiver for her mother.

Ernie Tate

Official Rep of M.S. Society
Retired business CEO
Volunteer w/ Government relations Committee, Nat’l MS Society, and Affordable Housing Coalition of SC


Maria Patton,  LBSW

Director, SC Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem Program
Lt. Gov. Office on Aging

Maria is the parent of 2 daughters and a proud grandmother.  She was the former director of Community Long Term Care Program and cared for her mother in her last years.

Courtney Davis, MHA

Program Manager/APS Training Manager
Center for Child and Family Studies
College of Social Work, USC

Courtney is responsible for the care of her father.  She brings a youthful perspective to our board and is active with the Conference Planning committee.

Elected Advisors

Redick Loring

Retired, Partners in Policymaking Director,
Pro-parents. Former DDSN & ARC employee

Long connected with S.C. Disabilities and Special Needs, Redick also directed the American Red Cross and is active in retirement in Sr. Ministry at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.  She continues to volunteer with the Partnership of Disability Advocates.  Redick was a caregiver for 3 family members at various times,  including her father.



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