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February 8, 2016

Welcome to the Center, Tiffany and Marc!

As we embark on a year of unprecedented growth in our programs and mission, we're excited to announce the hiring of two people who will play key leadership roles in our expansion to serve more fathers and families than ever before.

Marc Himes has accepted the position of program manager, and Tiffany Major accepted the separate position of program manager for Destination Fatherhood.

These are both new positions, reporting to Director of Community Development and Programming Richard Barr. Marc will support our fatherhood programs across the state as well as oversee some Center projects. 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 Destination Fatherhood 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. Program services will be provided by the Center and its six local affiliated fatherhood programs, with local offices serving 12 communities across South Carolina. The Center will be working with a number of state and community partners in implementing this grant, including the South Carolina Department of Social Services, the South Carolina Department of Corrections and Children's Trust.

As program director, 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 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.

Tiffany comes to us from the Alston Wilkes Society in Columbia, where she has played a leadership role since 2011. Before that, she worked at the Columbia Family Shelter, the SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center, and the Cooperative Ministry in Columbia. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Davidson College, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina.

Marc has served as student services manager at USC's Darla Moore School of Business since 2011. Before that, he held a number of positions in the area of student services, at USC and other institutions. Like Tiffany, Marc majored in psychology -- in his case, at College of Charleston -- and obtained his Master of Social Work degree from USC.

From a pool of nearly 300 applicants, both Marc and Tiffany endured a series of interviews, including interviews with the Center team, Derrick Dease (director Man 2 Man), Wallace Evans (director of A Father's Place) and Pam Imm (our evaluator for the ACF grant).

A very special "thank you" to all involved in the interview process.

These individuals will play a big part in our greatly expanded mission -- please join me in welcoming them to the team!