Dedicated individuals focused on the needs of children and families of the Augusta-Richmond County community.
APC's staff is committed to leading the charge to raise awareness among members of the community and community leaders of the barriers, challenges and successes in Augusta-Richmond County. Every staff member plays an important role in serving the community and furthering APC's mission.
Candice L. Hillman, M.S.M.
Vikki Pruitt, M. P. H.
LeKesha Alford First Steps Coordinator
Dawnn Brown, B.A.
Uvette Dowdell, B.A. Parent Educator
Shawana L. Frazier, B.A.
Diane Kerekanich, B.A.
Lead Parent Educator
Steven O’Neil, B.A. WIOA Success Coach
Cheryl Strobridge Administrative Assistant/Facilitator
Sophia Thomas, M.S.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees consists of 26 members representing all sectors of the community. Out of the 26 seats, there are eight that are reserved for representatives from the Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services, Richmond County Board of Education, Department of Juvenile Justice, Community Mental Health agency, East Central Regional Health District, local government, faith community, and consumers of services. This body is responsible for overall governance of the organization to include policy making, sustainability/resource development and enhancing the organization’s public standing.
Elizabeth Gainous, Ed. D.
Immediate Past Chair
Jonathan Davis Vonteice Davis
Neal Dickert, J.D.
Amanda Heath, J.D.
Sheryl Jolly, J.D.
Stephen Martell, L.P.C.
Denise Sellars Sherry Smith
Bobby Williams Shakela Williams
The Collaborative Partners represent local agencies/organizations, private citizens, the board of education, local government, churches, hospitals, community centers, and colleges and universities. Representatives from these agencies/organizations meet quarterly to discuss issues and accomplishments in the community concerning children and families. The discussions address gaps in services, as well as duplication in services and needed systems change. It is also an opportunity for sharing information and networking.
Each year, one of these meetings is dedicated to discussing updates for the Community Annual Plan, currently from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. The council is divided into five committees. Each committee focuses on a set of benchmark objectives, established as a result of a community needs assessment pertaining to the following areas:
Children Primed for School
Children Succeeding in School
Stable, Self-Sufficient, and Productive Families
The benchmark objectives serve as the basis for the development of the Community Annual Plan. For each benchmark objective, baseline conditions and strategies are identified by the corresponding strategy teams. Furthermore, the partners declare what roles they will assume and make commitments in particular areas to ensure that services, programs and activities are available for consumers.