The Center Team
Patricia (Pat) Littlejohn
As program officer for the Sisters of Charity Foundation, Pat was instrumental in the development and leadership of the Fatherhood Initiative when it began in 1997. She was an integral part of the formation and establishment of the Center in 2002. She has served in the Executive Director's role since 2005. Under her leadership, the Center has sustained the Fatherhood Initiative, expanded the model to include innovative programming in alternatives to incarceration and access to healthcare and championed governmental policy and practice change to support responsible fatherhood. In addition to her role as Executive Director, she is an advocate for fathers and quality fatherhood program services and is often called upon to speak about the importance of father engagement and best practices in fatherhood programs.
Richard (Ricky) B. Barr, MA
Director of Community Development and Programming
Richard joined the Center in January 2011, but served as the first director of the Columbia Fatherhood Engagement Initiative from 1999 - 2003. Serving as the liaison between six fatherhood programs and the Center, Richard provides technical assistance to programs by facilitating implementation, improvements and championing success. He is a key contributor to forming state and community partnerships essential to programmatic enhancement. Richard provides extensive consultation to agencies across the state on the delivery of father-friendly services. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and meetings statewide and nationally.
Marc will play a pivotal role as we work with DSS and other partners to greatly expand our fatherhood programs to all 46 counties in South Carolina. He will support our fatherhood programs across the state as well as oversee some Center projects. He will support program growth and expansion activities, provide oversight for selected projects with local fatherhood programs, identify programming and personnel issues, assist in educating external audiences, and help coordinate and plan special Center events. Marc, who came to the Center at the start of 2016 after serving as student services manager at USC's Darla Moore School of Business since 2011, will report to Director of Community Development and Programming Richard Barr.
Program Manager for Destination Fatherhood
Tiffany will direct operations across the state for our new Destination Fatherhood project, funded by a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Under Tiffany's direction, the project will help thousands of fathers with parenting and relationship skills, economic stability and mobility, all with the ultimate goal of improving their children's well-being. The project will have a special focus on recruiting and serving fathers between the ages of 18 and 24 who were formerly incarcerated, aging out of foster care, and/or dropped out of high school. Tiffany came to the Center in early 2016 after playing a leadership role at the Alston Wilkes Society in Columbia since 2011.
Kiki Dean, MA
Kiki joined the Center in January 2014. Kiki is a veteran of the Air Force, in which she served as a human resources manager. Before joining the Center, she worked with the South Carolina Department of Education, Office of Adult Education. Serving as the operations manager for the Center. Kiki is responsible for overall internal operations. She holds a masters degree in organizational change and leadership.
Kristin Horzen, MBA
Director of Finance
Kristin joined the staff at the end of November 2015. Previously, she was interim executive director of the South Carolina Bar Foundation. Before that, she was director of finance at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, for 12 years. Collaborating with the Sisters of Charity Health System Finance Department, she oversees the Center's financials and grants accounting/reporting; monitors accounting of local programs and provides on-going technical assistance to programs.
Gale has consulted with the Center since September 2011 and provides oversight and technical assistance for Jobs-Not-Jail and training to local program staff on child support issues. She interfaces with local programs, the Center and the child support, judicial/legal community while also supporting external communications primarily on legal and child support. Gale helped to champion a project for the automation of pro se modification via internet technology, training and community outreach and most recently the Expungement Guide for Criminal Records.
Judy has consulted with the Center staff since January 2011. She researches, prepares and submits local/state/federal government and foundation grants, state and national corporate grants, and United Way grants. As grants manager she ensures that program activities are implemented in accordance with successful grant proposals, facilitates grant implementation meetings, and prepares extensive funders' reports.
Dawn Pender, MSN, APRN-BC, FNP, CPNP
Access to Men's Healthcare Project Director and Nurse Practitioner
Dawn directs the Access to Men's Healthcare component in three program sites. She also provides health education, direct care and treatment for fatherhood participants and forms partnerships with local healthcare providers for continuation of healthcare services and treatment for fathers enrolled in Center programs. She has designed and refined the Menâs Health curriculum and is often called upon to provide insight on the challenges of reaching out to low-income men and addressing their unique health needs.
K. Wayne Thornley
Director of Communications
Director of Evaluation and Quality Improvement
Joel is responsible for developing and promoting data-based decision making and evaluative inquiry agency-wide. He provides assistance to programs centers on information management, data interpretation, and data use. He will also conduct and disseminate research and evaluations findings for continuous quality improvement and to help advance the local, state and national research base in fatherhood. Joel has over 20 years of evaluation experience in the areas of education, public health, and child welfare. He received his doctorate in psychology from the University of South Carolina and worked for 10 years as a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Child and Family Studies in USCâs College of Social Work. He most recently served as the Senior Director of Research at The Evaluation Group.
Felicia manages and implements social media strategies, as well as communications plans for the Center and local programs. Before joining the Center, Felicia was a social media consultant with the Columbia Urban League and the marketing co-chair with the National Kidney Foundation Team of South Carolina. Previously, she was social media coordinator with the University of South Carolina. Felicia also brings with her several years of experience in television news media.