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, LPC, LPCS, NCC
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 Safety Care, 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 has been a part of the CFS team since 2011 and specializes working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and Parenting issues.

In her spare time, Tamara enjoys traveling and hopes to explore the world. She is interested in photography, cooking and boutiques.

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.

Edna

Mercedes Crayton, MA, LPC
RBHS Program Support Manager

Mercedes Crayton is a Licensed Professional Counselor and obtained her undergrad degree in Psychology with a minor in Child, Youth, and Family Studies, and Education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She went on to pursue and obtain her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Originally from Omaha, NE, she moved to South Carolina from Arkansas where she was the Clinical Director of an SWS program for women battling substance abuse. Mercedes has experience treating a multitude of disorders and trauma, ranging from anxiety and depression to psychotic disorders. Mercedes has worked with individuals, families, groups, DHS, and respective court systems for both adults and children.

She focuses on working with the individual as a whole, with the goal of assisting clients to return back to their baseline of functioning, providing support and available resources. In her spare time, she enjoys watching sports, actively engaging in sports, playing with her kids, reading a good book, and hanging out with her family. If Mercedes could be any superhero, she would be Edna Mode from The Incredibles because she is corky, reliable, and unphased by chaos.

Rogue

Ashlee Bredael, MS, LPC, NCC
Outpatient Program Support Manager

Ashlee received her Bachelor of Science degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Deaf Studies. She received her Master’s degree from WCUPA as well in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Ashlee is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).

Ashlee has background experience working with children on the Autism spectrum and children and adolescents who struggle with various presenting problems, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and PTSD/ trauma related disorders. Ashlee joined CFS in August of 2021 as an outpatient counselor, she utilizes various methods of counseling including CBT, mindfulness-based strategies, play, and she has completed all required trainings to implement Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Ashlee is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to South Carolina in the summer of 2021. When she is not working with clients, Ashlee enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking, and outdoor activities with her dog. If Ashlee could be any superhero, she would be Rogue for her independence and determination.

invisible-woman

Susan Elter
Office Manager/Intake Coordinator

Susan joined our team in June of 2020 and is the office manager and intake coordinator. Susan in a transplant form NY and has been in South Carolina for 3 ½ years. She and her husband have 2 adult children and a puppy Harper that has helped fill the empty nest.

Since joining CFS, Susan is compassionate about giving back to the community and loves being involved in the many events where CFS gives back. In her time out away from the office, she loves spending time at the beach, reading, hiking, crafts, and trying new restaurants.

If she were a superhero, she would be Invisible Woman AKA Susan Storm. Susan works behind the scenes, cares deeply about the people around her, and uses her talents to help hold the team together.

Merida

Marianne Jones
Billing Specialist/Physician Liaison

Marianne has been a part of the CFS family since 2018 managing all billing and physician related services Her goal is to spend her working years doing something that will leave her corner of the world a little better than she found it, which she feels that she has been able to do at Carolina Family Services.

Marianne is a mother of 3 and soon-to-be-GiGi of 1 grandchild. Her hobbies are reading, listening to 90's Alt Rock (Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc.) and learning useless information/fun facts. She loves any place with a beach, and while she's not a sports fan, she will support Gamecocks just to irritate Clemson fans.

Her favorite quotes are "The world breaks everyone, and, afterwards, some are stronger in the broken places." by Ernest Hemingway, and "Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything-that's how the light gets in." by Leonard Cohen.

If she were a superhero, she would Merida from Brave, because she means well and her heart is in the right place, but seems to make a mess of everything.

Daredevil

Alan Lopez
Operations Manager

Alan Lopez learned at an early age that family is everything. He enjoys working at Carolina Family Services because of the commitment to help families and to be a part of a team that makes a difference.

Alan studied at Greenville Tech and will attend USC Upstate for Information Management and Business. Alan plans to obtain a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. He is bilingual and he is able offer Spanish interpreting and translation for families. Alan is also CPR certified.

Alan is close to his Latino heritage. His family is most important to him, and he states that his family’s needs are put over his own at times, and they take care of one another no matter what.

Alan’s interests include music from various genres, including hip-hop, blues, country, rock, and oldies. His favorite television shows are Breaking Bad, The Get-Down, Narcos, Stranger Things, and The Walking Dead. He is a fan of the Clemson Tigers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Alan is also vinyl collector, and he loves to dance. He is striving to become more competitive in break-dancing. Alan likes to read, travel, go to shooting ranges, and he is also a car enthusiast.

Alan’s chosen superhero is Daredevil.