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. 

Executive Staff

Candice L. Hillman, M.S.M.
Executive Director

Vikki Pruitt, M. P. H.
Deputy Director

Monica Howard
Fiscal Manager



LeKesha Alford First Steps Coordinator

Dawnn Brown, B.A.
Parent Educator

Uvette Dowdell, B.A. Parent Educator

Shawana L. Frazier, B.A.
Project Manager

Shunte Gaines
Parent Educator

Diane Kerekanich, B.A.
Parent Educator

Brenda Moore

Rochelle Myers
Lead Parent Educator

Steven O’Neil, B.A. WIOA Success Coach

Cheryl Strobridge Administrative Assistant/Facilitator

Sophia Thomas, M.S.
Parent Educator

Cassondra Wimberly
Training Coordinator


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.


Kevin Wade

Marilyn Norris
Vice Chair

Elsa Bustamante

Camille Morgan

Delois Davis

Elizabeth Gainous, Ed. D.
Immediate Past Chair

Donald Bradley
Emanuel Bryson
Misti Childers
Jonathan Davis Vonteice Davis
Neal Dickert, J.D.
Tonia Gibbons
Tavia Harris
Amanda Heath, J.D.
Lola Johnson

Sheryl Jolly, J.D.
Stephen Martell, L.P.C.
Iasha Nichols
Jordan Pierce
Matthew Priester
James Sabb
Denise Sellars Sherry Smith
Bobby Williams Shakela Williams


Consortium Partners

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: 

  • Healthy Children

  • Children Primed for School

  • Children Succeeding in School

  • Stable, Self-Sufficient, and Productive Families

  • Thriving Communities

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.