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.
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.
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.
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.
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.