Management Team

Meet Our Hardworking Management Team

Superwoman

Jennifer Brooks, PhD, LPCS
CEO

Jennifer Brooks, PhD, LPCS is the current leader of the superhero team at Carolina Family Services, which she founded in her living room over a decade ago. Jennifer earned all of her degrees through the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!!) and is a licensed Professional Counselor and Counselor Supervisor in the state of South Carolina. She specializes in working with families where sexual abuse has occurred and is a certified trainer in the treatment of sexual behaviors through the Kempe Center.

In addition to her daily duties at CFS she also provides specialized assessments, conducts trainings for outside agencies, and teaches as an adjunct professor in Clemson’s Clinical Counseling Program.

Jennifer would most identify with Supergirl, the female counterpart to the iconic superhero leader Superman. Like Superman, Supergirl shares in his physical and internal strength and values loyalty above all else.

Wonder Woman

Tamara Siders, MA, LPCS
Outpatient Program Director

Tamara Siders received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Clemson University. She also has a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling from Webster University. Tamara is an LPC and a LPCS, and is a NCC Nationally Certified Counselor. She is TFCBT and CALOCUS certified. Tamara is in the process of completing Clemson University’s program to become a Board Certified Behavior Analysis, as well as training to become a Registered Behavior Technician.

Tamara loves boutiques and traveling.

Her chosen superhero is Wonder Woman. Tamara chose Wonder Woman because she is able to battle the daily struggles of life while providing and caring for two children as a single mother, including one diagnosed with ASD, as well as attend school, work a full time job, and maintain her online boutique.

Wonder Woman

Kimberly Cannon, MA
RBHS Program Manager

Kimberly “Kim” Cannon has a special place in her heart for children and adolescents, and she enjoys working with this population. Kim received a Bachelor of Science in therapeutic recreation from Benedict College, and she received a Masters of Arts in rehabilitation counseling from South Carolina State University. Kim recently completed the coursework needed to take the LPC Exam, and she plans to take the exam and obtain her LPCI in early 2017.

Kim has been with Carolina Family Services since 2008, and she currently serves as a program manager for the RBHS Program. Kim’s leadership skills are one of her strengths.

Kim enjoys tennis, basketball, fantasy football, and most of all, taking care of her darling Yorkie-Poo, Poco. Growing up Kim loved Lynda Carter, so she chooses Wonder Woman as her superhero.

Supergirl

Katina Jones, LISW-CP
RBHS Program Manager

Katina Jones believes in strength based counseling that empowers clients to take control of life situations. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland University College in Okinawa, Japan, as well as a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Highland University in Clovis, New Mexico. Katina is licensed social worker and she is certified to teach “Circle of Security” parenting classes. Katina has achieved a remarkable success rate, with clients that have experienced true life changes. Katina worked with children adolescents and their families within the New Mexico state child protective services system, and she is a certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Katina will complete her certification in Board Certified Behavior Analysis in early 2017.

Katina’s chosen superhero is Super Girl, because she is mild mannered and likes to help others.

Thor

Patrick Johnson
Human Resources Manager

Patrick Johnson feels blessed to work with amazing people at Carolina Family Services. He has an Associates degree from Lander University, and he is DHEC certified and trained in TCI restraint and de-escalation. Patrick began his career working with intellectually disabled adults and the Special Olympics. He also worked with children in residential treatment facilities and residential programs for nineteen years. Patrick was a supervisor, cook, and choir director for Generations Group Home for ten years, and he was the supervisor of the Lifeskills Program at Springbrook Behavioral Health for six years. Patrick has been with Carolina Family Services for seven years, and he enjoys his new role as Human Resources Director.

Patrick is a single father with four boys. His eldest son is grown, and Patrick savors every day with his three younger boys, as he knows they too will leave the nest soon!

The superhero Patrick chose for himself is Thor.

Mighty Mouse

Jimmy Smith, D. Min
Special Projects Manager

Jimmy Smith states that his greatest achievement in life is being married to his wife, Joyce, for over 47 years. He takes pride in his beautiful family with Joyce, which includes three children and eight grandchildren.

Jimmy Smith has a counseling style that is conversational and direct. He believes in balancing genuine caring in building relationships to empower clients to achieve their goals.

Jimmy has an Associates degree in Liberal Arts from Anderson College, a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Social from Campbell University, as well as Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Family Counseling / Biblical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jimmy also has a Doctorate in Ministry with a concentration in Pastoral Care from Erskine Theological Seminary.

Jimmy was a Buck Sargent in the U.S. Air Force and he has also been a Pastor, presiding in churches in Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He was the Chaplain with Hospice and with the Sheriff’s Department in several states.

Jimmy’s interests include: NCSI, HGTV, Movies (especially John Wayne movies) and music, including Celtic, Jazz, and Southern Gospel and Christian music. Jimmy also enjoys Shag dancing, Square Dancing, and carpentry.

Jimmy’s chosen super hero is Mighty Mouse because, “When there’s a wrong to right, Mighty Mouse will join the fight.”

The Invisible Woman

Gina Ruiz
Director of Finance

Gina Ruiz received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Management. She is also a Certified Medical Office Manager, a Certified Medical Coder, and a Certified Medical Insurance Specialist.

Gina enjoys writing poetry, camping, and kayaking. She also plays softball, volleyball, and hadball.

If Gina could be a superhero, she would be The Invisible Woman, Susan Storm . Gina states that as the Invisible Woman, she would be able to help people in need and protect her identity without having to wear a disguise.

Wonder Woman

Stephenia Haney
Children's Conferencing Coordinator

Stephenia Haney appreciates the opportunity to make a positive and healthy difference in the lives of others. She has extensive experience working in the human service field. She works with her team helping to coordinate Family Group Conferences with Dept. of Social Services and other officials. Stephenia and her energetic team helps to serve the families with a support system and tools to apply to every day needs to support their families. The conferences also help DSS to effectively close and transition cases.

A super hero Stephanie identifies with is Wonder Woman. Stephenia and Wonder Woman display similarities of having a passion for helping people and putting the lives of children and families as the priority.

Captain Marvel

Lindsay Oswald, M.Ed, LPC
Marketing Coordinator

Lindsay enjoys providing a positive strengths based approach to therapy because she believes that children and families possess strengths, resources, and the ability to overcome adversity. She provides a laid back nonjudgmental approach to therapy and loves working to empower and instill hope in children and their families each day. Lindsay graduated from Clemson University with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is also a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and also certified to administer CALOCUS Assessments.

Lindsay also received her bachelors degree in Business Management from Clemson University and provides the marketing and outreach for Carolina Family Services. She enjoys being able to speak to the community about the remarkable work Carolina Family Services has provided as well as all of the companies plans for the future. Lindsay hopes that through her marketing and outreach she will be able to help maximize the numbers of families whose lives can be positively impacted in our community. If you are interested in hearing more about Carolina Family Services or would like someone to come speak to your organization please email Lindsay at lindsay@carolinafamily.org requesting information.

Lindsay lives in Greenville with her husband and dog, Piper. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, traveling, cooking, crafting, and Clemson football! If Lindsay could be a superhero she would be Captain Marvel so that she could pursue her love to travel at super human speed and utilize her strength and sixth sense to know how best to help others in a therapeutic setting.