Aileen Yount

Aileen Yount

Early Interventionist - Upstate Office

My name is Aileen Yount, and I have been with Bright Start since September 2012 and have worked as an Early Interventionist since September ... more

803-238-4044

aileenyount@brightstartsc.com

Alison Heinecke

Alison Heinecke

Administrator - Midlands Office

I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors Degree in Health Promotion and Education with an emphasis on Child and ... more

803-413-3980

alisonheinecke@brightstartsc.com

Andrea Ferree

Andrea Ferree

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

Before starting my Psychology Degree at The University of South Carolina, I worked at a preschool here in Columbia. I always knew I had a ... more

803-261-0129

andreaferree@brightstartsc.com

Anna Pridgen

Anna Pridgen

Service Coordinator - Midlands Office

I was born and raised in Columbia, SC. While in grade school, I volunteered with special needs children quite often. When deciding on ... more

803-261-0543

annapridgen@brightstartsc.com

April Smith

April Smith

Early Interventionist - Upstate Office

I always knew I wanted to work with children. When I graduated from USC Upstate in 2003 with a degree in Psychology, I was ready to find a ... more

864-346-8331

aprilsmith@brightstartsc.com

Becky Miller

Becky Miller

Service Coordinator - Midlands Office

In college at USC, I entered the Exercise Science program and was involved in the Perceptual Motor Development Lab where I was able to work ... more

803-261-0052

beckymiller@brightstartsc.com

Becky Peters

Becky Peters

Service Coordinator - Midlands Office

My name is Becky Peters, and I am a Service Coordinator Supervisor at Bright Start. I have been a team member at Bright Start for 10 years. ... more

803-665-5133

beckypeters@brightstartsc.com

Beth Bunge

Beth Bunge

Administrator - Midlands Office

I started Ohio State University knowing I wanted to major in Child Development and work with children in any capacity. I majored in child ... more

803-463-8484

bethbunge@brightstartsc.com

Beth Carter

Beth Carter

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

Upon graduating Clemson University, with a degree in education, I began my career in Lexington School District One as a shadow for a child ... more

803-463-6319

bethcarter@brightstartsc.com

Beth Deason

Beth Deason

Administrator - Midlands Office

Upon completion of my graduate studies in Speech – Language Pathology, I worked in the public school system with children 3 through 12 ... more

803-261-0116

bethdeason@brightstartsc.com

Brantley Bonnette

Brantley Bonnette

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

When I walked into Bright Start in early 2008, I knew that I had found what I'd been looking for: a group of caring professionals with a ... more

803-261-8266

brantleybonnette@brightstartsc.com

Brennan Stinney

Brennan Stinney

Service Coordinator - Midlands Office

I am a native of Columbia, SC and hold a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Music from Columbia College. I also obtained a Master’s ... more

803-530-3298

brennanstinney@brightstartsc.com

Catherine Perez

Catherine Perez

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

Every job I have ever had has been centered on children. Growing up in Jackson, MS, I was a babysitter when I was very young, worked as a ... more

803-665-4102

catherineperez@brightstartsc.com

Crystal Clark

Crystal Clark

Early Interventionist - Upstate Office

Growing up and attending school in the Upstate, my desire to make a difference in children’s lives came from my third grade teacher Mrs. ... more

864-621-2933

crystalclark@brightstartsc.com

Donna Griffith

Donna Griffith

Early Interventionist - Upstate Office

I knew I was called to work with children from a very early age. My mom used to call me “the pied piper” because children were always ... more

864-325-2465

donnagriffith@brightstartsc.com

Dorinda Huggins

Dorinda Huggins

Speech Therapist - Midlands Office

I am very excited to have recently join the Bright Start family as a speech language pathologist. At this time, I am on a PRN status as I ... more

803-917-2076

dorindahuggins@brightstartsc.com

Elise Washington

Elise Washington

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

When I was a little girl I knew that I wanted to be a teacher or work with children in some way. I attended Columbia College where I ... more

803-261-8017

elisecaskey@brightstartsc.com

Hannah Crosby

Hannah Crosby

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

I was born and raised in Aiken, SC in a family of 4 girls- I know, my poor dad! I was thankful to have older sisters to look up to and ... more

803-391-6925

hannahcrosby@brightstartsc.com

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Heather Blackwell

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

I was born and raised in Columbia. I was privileged to grow up in a home with a younger sister with special needs. My sister is truly one of ... more

803-530-0722

heatherblackwell@brightstartsc.com

Heather Crosby

Heather Crosby

Service Coordinator - Midlands Office

I was born and raised in Marietta, Ohio and later studied music and business at Indiana University and the University of South Carolina. ... more

803-413-4008

heathercrosby@brightstartsc.com

Helen Jackson

Helen Jackson

Early Interventionist - Upstate Office

Spending my early years in a daycare, I have always had a great connection with children. I started my education in Child Development at ... more

864-201-3825

helenjackson@brightstartsc.com

Janis Moore

Janis Moore

Service Coordinator - Midlands Office

“Sometimes the best way to forget about our own challenges is to help someone else with theirs.” I am proud to have been born and ... more

803-714-0486

janismoore@brightstartsc.com

Jenny Brown-Shern

Jenny Brown-Shern

Service Coordinator - Midlands Office

Born and raised throughout the Midwest, I have an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor's Degree in Science with a focus in ... more

803-463-1639

jennyshern@brightstartsc.com

Jessica Henderson

Jessica Henderson

Administrator - Midlands Office

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803-929-1112

jessicahenderson@brightstartsc.com

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Jessie Emery

Service Coordinator - Upstate Office

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864-325-1265

jessieemery@brightstartsc.com

Jill Graves

Jill Graves

Early Interventionist - Upstate Office

I began working with children with special needs in high school when I volunteered to teach swim lessons at my community pool. I developed a ... more

864-202-0025

jillgraves@brightstartsc.com

Kathy Sykes

Kathy Sykes

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

While studying Psychology at Columbia International University, I became an ABA Therapist for a child with Autism. Upon graduation from CIU, ... more

803-238-4872

kathysykes@brightstartsc.com

Katie Gural

Katie Gural

Administrator - Upstate Office

I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor's Degree in Global Supply Chain and Operations Management as well as Human ... more

864-202-3233

brightstart2@yahoo.com

Katie Haning

Katie Haning

Early Interventionist - Upstate Office

I attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia, majoring in Early Childhood Education, and knowing I wanted to work with children ... more

864-205-3910

katiehaning@brightstartsc.com

KelLeigh Dantzler

KelLeigh Dantzler

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

The summer before my senior year at Columbia College, where I majored in Psychology, I was given an opportunity to work with a four year old ... more

803-446-1673

kelleighdantzler@brightstartsc.com

Kelli Floyd

Kelli Floyd

Speech Therapist - Midlands Office

I began my journey as a speech language pathologist after graduating from Columbia College in 2004. I joined a team at a primary school and ... more

803-413-3701

kellifloyd@brightstartsc.com

Kellye Walker

Kellye Walker

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

I knew that working with children was what I wanted to do, I just didn’t know in what capacity. In 2004, I began my studies at Francis ... more

803-446-5842

kellyewalker@brightstartsc.com

Kendra Gurtler

Kendra Gurtler

Speech Therapist - Midlands Office

My name is Kendra Gurtler, and I have worked for Bright Start since April 2013. I am a native of KY and moved to SC in the fall of 2009. I ... more

803-206-1419

kendragurtler@brightstartsc.com

Kerri Wikel

Kerri Wikel

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

Before accepting a position at Bright Start in April of 2013, I was a head coach of a competitive gymnastics team. There were many aspects ... more

803-261-6381

kerriwikel@brightstartsc.com

Kimberly Travaglini

Kimberly Travaglini

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

Before completing my degree in Behavioral and Social Sciences with a concentration in Early Childhood Education, I worked as a Preschool ... more

803-261-3085

kimberlytravaglini@brightstartsc.com

Kristy Kerlin

Kristy Kerlin

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

Kristy Kerlin is currently a resident of Aiken, SC. She has worked in Early Intervention for a total of 2 ½ years. Prior to early ... more

803-221-1939

kristykerlin@brightstartsc.com

Lakeisha Parks

Lakeisha Parks

Early Interventionist - Upstate Office

Most of the jobs that I have had have been centered on helping others. I graduated from Lander University majoring in Sociology with an ... more

864-346-4728

lakeishaparks@brightstartsc.com

Lauren Bailey

Lauren Bailey

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

I have had a love for children for as long as I can remember. As a child and teenager, I helped my mom in the church nursery on Sundays and ... more

803-238-3362

laurenbailey@brightstartsc.com

Lauren Hyman

Lauren Hyman

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

* Graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2002. * Has been working with special needs ... more

803-665-6275

laurenhyman@brightstartsc.com

Leslie Burriss

Leslie Burriss

Early Interventionist - Upstate Office

I received my degree in Special Education from Winthrop University. After graduation, I worked in the healthcare field for over 11 years as ... more

803-261-0493

leslieburriss@brightstartsc.com

Linda Kunz

Linda Kunz

Service Coordinator - Upstate Office

Originally being from Tennessee, I graduated from Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology minor. ... more

864-201-6829

lindakunz@brightstartsc.com

Lindsay Gantt

Lindsay Gantt

Speech Therapist - Midlands Office

I currently live in Goose Creek, SC with my husband (Trey), two year old boy (Drew), and a yellow lab named Hooper. We enjoy going to USC ... more

803-261-8427

lindsaygantt@brightstartsc.com

Megan Jaramillo

Megan Jaramillo

Speech Therapist - Midlands Office

I first became interested in speech therapy in college when talking with a cousin who was a practicing speech language pathologist. She ... more

803-530-0698

meganjaramillo@brightstartsc.com

Megan Lauritzen

Megan Lauritzen

Early Interventionist - Upstate Office

Early on, I knew I had an enthusiasm for working with children. Throughout high school, I spent my weekends providing childcare and my ... more

864-787-4406

meganlauritzen@brightstartsc.com

Meredith Burgoon

Meredith Burgoon

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

My name is Meredith Burgoon. I was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. I graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University in August of 2012. ... more

803-413-9757

meredithburgoon@brightstartsc.com

Meredith Copeland

Meredith Copeland

Early Interventionist - Upstate Office

I started working with children and babies in the summer of 1997, teaching swimming lessons in the summer. While in high school, I had the ... more

864-329-4059

meredithcopeland@brightstartsc.com

Milly Ann Epps

Milly Ann Epps

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

I have lived in Aiken for almost 30 years, and have been an early interventionist for Bright Start in Aiken since May 2005. Before working ... more

803-295-1648

millyepps@brightstartsc.com

Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole

Service Coordinator - Upstate Office

While attending the University of South Carolina after high school, I began working part time with a family with two children with Autism. ... more

864-201-4187

nataliecole@brightstartsc.com

Nicholas Butcher

Nicholas Butcher

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

I first began my work in the field of special needs in 2007 through Applied Behavior Analysis for children with Autism ages 1-12. Initially, ... more

803-413-6139

nicholasbutcher@brightstartsc.com

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Paolina Szemraj

Speech Therapist - Upstate Office

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570-269-3076

paolinaszemraj@brightstartsc.com

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Porsche' Battle

Speech Therapist - Midlands Office

I am really excited about recently joining the Brightstart family! I graduated from South Carolina State University in 2005 (B.A.) and 2007 ... more

843-676-5243

PPB90@YAHOO.COM

Rachel Walker

Rachel Walker

Speech Therapist - Upstate Office

When I started at Anderson University, I wasn't sure what I wanted to major in, but I knew I wanted to work with children. During college, I ... more

864-201-0193

rachelwalker@brightstartsc.com

Rebecca Quenneville

Rebecca Quenneville

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

I am married and a mother of one 4-year-old son. I have been an Early Interventionist for 16 years. I began my journey as an early ... more

803-261-0177

rebeccaquenneville@brightstartsc.com

Rupal Patel

Rupal Patel

Administrator - Midlands Office

I graduated from Devry University with a Bachelor's degree in Operations Management with a focus in Logistics. I worked for a little while ... more

803-227-3757

rupalpatel@brightstartsc.com

Sarah Gaskins

Sarah Gaskins

Early Interventionist - Upstate Office

My passion for working with young children started at an early age. As one of four siblings, I grew up surrounded by children. As soon as I ... more

864-205-2584

sarahgaskins@brightstartsc.com

Sarah Jewell

Sarah Jewell

Early Interventionist - Upstate Office

Every job I have ever had has centered on children. From babysitting as a young teenager, working in the church nursery, teaching swim ... more

803-463-9295

sarahjewell@brightstartsc.com

Sarah Myers

Sarah Myers

Speech Therapist - Midlands Office

I earned my Master’s of Speech Pathology from the University of South Carolina in 2010. I have experience working in the public school ... more

803-413-8207

sarahmyers@brightstartsc.com

Sarah Shaw

Sarah Shaw

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

I graduated from The College of Saint Rose in Albany NY in 2004. I had intended to become an elementary school teacher, but by the end of ... more

803-238-5288

sarahshaw@brightstartsc.com

Shawn Thomas

Shawn Thomas

Administrator - Midlands Office

After graduating from the University of South Carolina, I worked in Corporate America for a few years and thought I had found my niche. As ... more

803-397-6790

shawnthomas@brightstartsc.com

Sheryl Manning

Sheryl Manning

Service Coordinator - Midlands Office

Early on I knew that I wanted to teach in some capacity and due to my love of history, pursued a degree in History at Clemson University, ... more

803-665-5696

sherylmanning@brightstartsc.com

Stacey Law

Stacey Law

Speech Therapist - Upstate Office

Prior to graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2002 with a Bachelors in Liberal Arts, I wasn't quite sure what my next step ... more

864-202-1070

staceylaw@brightstartsc.com

Stacy Kephart

Stacy Kephart

Early Interventionist - Upstate Office

I have been married to my husband, Tim for 9 years. We have a daughter, Madilyn, who is four years old. We live in Rock Hill,SC. I graduated ... more

803-446-5548

stacykephart@brightstartsc.com

Stephanie Lageman

Stephanie Lageman

Early Interventionist - Upstate Office

I began working with children and adults with special needs at Camp Spearhead when I was only 16 years old. From the very first day of camp, ... more

864-329-7427

stephanielageman@brightstartsc.com

Tanvi Solanki

Tanvi Solanki

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

During my undergraduate years at the Bombay University, I was fascinated by how humans develop from conception to adulthood (although I ... more

803-931-6317

tanvisolanki@brightstartsc.com

Teri Todd

Teri Todd

Administrator - Midlands Office

During the summer of 1990, I worked as a camp counselor at the YWCA and had two children in my care that had a seizure disorder and another ... more

803-463-5063

teritodd@brightstartsc.com

Virginia Morrissey

Virginia Morrissey

Early Interventionist - Upstate Office

I always knew that I wanted to work with children in some capacity, and it was not long into my first college internship when I fell in love ... more

864-346-6840

virginiamorrissey@brightstartsc.com

Whitney Williams

Whitney Williams

Early Interventionist - Midlands Office

Growing up, I was fascinated with the concept of child development, and I participated in activities and jobs that involved working with ... more

803-269-1883

whitneywilliams@brightstartsc.com