South Carolina Child Care Inclusion Collaborative

Our Team

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Heather Googe, Ph.D.

Director and Principal Investigator

Dr. Googe has over 20 years of experience working in the field of early childhood special education and holds a PhD in Special Education from the University of South CarolinaShe is a Research Assistant Professor at the Yvonne & Schuyler Moore Child Development Research Center at the University of South Carolina. She is the Director and Principal Investigator of the South Carolina Child Care Inclusion Collaborative, Principal Investigator of the Mix EC Project, and Principal Investigator of the South Carolina Partnerships for Inclusion project. She has experience as an early interventionist working with infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families, as a preschool teacher in an inclusive preschool, as a trainer and technical assistance provider supporting child care providers to increase their use of inclusive practices, and as an adjunct instructor teaching courses in early childhood and early childhood special education for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Googe’s research and professional interests include supporting access to high-quality inclusive settings for young children with disabilities through the provision of professional development related to evidence-based inclusive practices among early childhood teachers the development and implementation of cross-sector professional development systems in early childhood. 

Dr. Googe believes early care and education providers play an important role in supporting children with disabilities/developmental delays and their families. She is passionate about supporting providers to increase their skills and knowledge related to including children with disabilities in their programs.

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Bond Nickles

Project Coordinator – All Projects

Bond Nickles has been affiliated with the University of South Carolina since 1992, when he served as a graduate assistant in the Office of the President while working on his graduate degree in secondary English education. Before joining the Child Development Research Center in February 2021, he held positions in the Office of Media Relations and the Office of Development and continues to work with the Department of Athletics as part of the game-day operations staff on football games and men’s and women’s basketball games. As Program Coordinator for the CDRC, Bond provides administrative support for four grant-funded projects: the Mix EC: Multi-Systems Inclusion Expansion for Early Childhood Project; SC Child Care Inclusion Collaborative; South Carolina Partnerships for Inclusion; and the Child Care Research Team.

SC Child Care Inclusion Collaborative (SCIC)

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Sarah Shaw, M.Ed.

Program Coordinator

Sarah Shaw joined the SC Childcare Inclusion Collaborative in October 2019 as the Program Coordinator. She provides support to our Inclusion Specialists and coordinates our developmental Screening initiatives.

Sarah earned a BS in Early Childhood Education from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and an M. Ed.in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina. Sarah was an Early Interventionist for 10 years. During this time, she provided service coordination and family training to families who have children with disabilities. Prior to early intervention, Sarah worked as a childcare teacher in several childcare centers in Albany, NY and Columbia, SC. Sarah has experience working with children from birth to five years of age.

Sarah has a daughter with whom she enjoys spending spare time. Together they enjoy the beach, museums, art, dance, and theater.

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Jennifer Taylor

Referral and Outreach Coordinator

Jennifer Taylor has been in education for over twenty years. During this time, she has served in several classrooms and administrative roles across the country in early childhood, special education, elementary, and secondary education. In her current role as the Referral and Outreach Coordinator, Jennifer is responsible for communicating with childcare programs, parents, and community partners to spread awareness of SC Inclusion Collaborative programs and initiatives. She provides administrative support to the director and the program staff which includes assistance with technology and its management. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Kimberly McCollum, M.Ed.

Inclusion Specialist

Kim McCollum joined the Inclusion Collaborative in December 2014 as an Inclusion Specialist. Prior to joining our team, Kim taught Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten for 17 years, served on the board of First Steps of Pickens County for 2 years, was a child care trainer for Lifelong Learning of Greenville County for 3 years, and was a Preschool Director for 3 years. Kim has experience in private and public schools and child care facilities.

Kim earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Southern Wesleyan University in 1993 and her Masters of Education specializing in Teacher Leadership from Walden University in 2013. Kim holds a South Carolina Professional Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood as well as being a Certified Trainer and Technical Assistance Provider with the SC Endeavors.

Kim has been married since 1991 and they have four children. In her free time, Kim enjoys spending as much time as possible with her children, family, and friends or going to the movies and reading.

Kim provides training and technical assistance to child care providers in the following counties: Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee, Laurens, Newberry, Greenwood, McCormick, Abbevilleand Anderson.

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Nichole Hudgens, M.Ed.

Inclusion Specialist

Nichole Hudgens joined the Inclusion Collaborative in January 2018 as an Inclusion Specialist. Prior to joining the Inclusion family, Nichole served as a Quality Coach with the South Carolina Childcare Resource and Referral Network for four years. Nichole earned a BA in Early Childhood Education from Clemson University and received her master’s degree in Education from Ashford University. Nichole also taught pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and upper elementary school. Nichole holds a certification as a Certified Trainer and Technical Assistance Provider with the SC Endeavors. Nichole is a firm believer that “You can’t do life alone”, so to stay connected she and her daughter are involved at Newspring Church-Columbia Campus and enjoy spending time with their small group. Nichole enjoys, Broadway, traveling, Clemson Football, and having new experiences with her daughter.

Nichole provides training and coaching to child care providers in the following counties: York, Chester, Lancaster, Fairfield, Kershaw, Union, Richland, Lexington, Saluda, Edgefield, Aiken, Barnwell, and Bamberg.

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Karen B. Middleton, M.A.

Inclusion Specialist

Karen B. Middleton is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. She joined the SC Inclusion Collaborative in January 2013 as an Inclusion Specialist. Prior to joining the Inclusion Collaborative, She worked in many facets of Head Start, serving as both an Education Specialist and Center Coordinator for 22 years.  She has worked with both Aiken Barnwell Head Start and GLEAMNS Human Resource Commission.

Additionally, she was a Grantee Performance Support Specialist with STG International, Inc. providing training and technical assistance throughout Head Start Region IV.

She received her Masters of Arts in Human Behavior and Conflict Management from Columbia College. In addition, she received a certificate of 40 hours in Civil Mediation Training from Columbia College.

Karen has an A.A. in General Studies from North Greenville College. She received a BS in Child and Family Development from Benedict College. While attending Benedict College, she received a Certificate in Child Protective Services from the Social Work Department. She is also a President’s Trophy Scholar. She is a Certified Trainer, Technical Assistance Provider through SC Endeavors, also TPOT, TPITOS Reliable and a Certified Pre-K CLASS Observer.  

She has received many professional training hours, certificates, and honors. She is a member of NAEYC and The High/Scope Educational Research Foundation.

Karen enjoys traveling, shopping, listening to music, especially jazz, and photography. Her personal motto is “The sky is the limit and always continue to aim high.” 

Karen provides training and technical assistance to child care providers in the following counties: Calhoun, Orangeburg, Allendale, Hampton, Jasper, Beaufort, Colleton, Dorchester, Berkeley, and Charleston. 

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Phines Black, M.Ed.

Inclusion Specialist

Phines J. Black is a native of Florence, South Carolina. She joined the SC Inclusion Collaborative in January 2018 as an Inclusion Specialist. Prior to joining the Inclusion Collaborative, she worked as a 4K Preschool Lead Teacher for three years with South Carolina First Steps. In 2016, she was awarded 4K Teacher of the year in her regional area. She has worked in the education field for many years and has touched many little lives along the way. Phines believes as educators, we are a part of the brick and mortar that builds that sturdy foundation for our children.
She received her BS from Grand Canyon University in Elementary Education with a Dual Major in Special Education and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She is a certified Trainer and Technical Assistance Provider through South Carolina Endeavors.
She has received many professional training hours and certificates. She is a member of South Carolina Early Childhood Association and South Carolina Education Association. Phines enjoys cooking, spending time with family, and traveling. Phines provides training and technical assistance to child care providers in the following Counties: Chesterfield, Marlboro, Darlington, Lee, Sumter, Clarendon, Williamsburg, Georgetown, Horry, Florence, Marionand Dillon.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” - Maya Angelou
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Mallory Cannaday

Inclusion Specialist - School Age Inclusion Specialist

Mallory has been working with children in various capacities for almost ten years. She has enjoyed providing assistance and guidance for children, families, and providers throughout her career path; and has found a special calling to focus on children with disabilities. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s in psychology and is now proud to be an employee! After graduating, she went on to work in a nearby school district while also working at a local children's home. She later went on to work as an early interventionist for over five years before joining the South Carolina Inclusion Collaborative team. 
Mallory believes it takes a collaborative team to help children reach their full potential. She has enjoyed working in various roles and learning how to strengthen the bond between families and providers.
She is a proud mom of one daughter. Mallory enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and shopping.

Mallory provides training and coaching across the state for school-age providers such as after-school programs and summer camps. She is currently in the process of receiving her Recreation Specialist certificate through the National Inclusion Project.

Multi-Systems Inclusion Expansion for Early Childhood (Mix EC)

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Kate Ascetta, Ph.D.

Co-Principal Investigator

Kate Ascetta is an assistant professor of Early Childhood Special Education. Before pursuing her Ph.D. at University of Oregon, she worked in a variety of settings with young children and early childhood teachers. She began as an early childhood special education teacher for young children who had experienced trauma. Prior to beginning her doctoral program, she was an assistant principal at a Head Start program. Ascetta's research interests include the development and assessment of effective instructional practices, specifically online, that promotes professional growth in teachers and leads to increased language and communication skills in young children. She studies interventions designed to promote language-rich classrooms environments and increase the sustained use of evidence-based practices in early childhood classrooms.

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Nicole Randall, M.S.

Project Manager – Mix-EC

Nicole Randall joined the Mix-EC: Multi-System Inclusion Expansion for Early Childhood Project in March 2021 as the Project Manager. Prior to joining the Mix-EC Team, Nicole supported early childhood professionals with promoting the social-emotional development of young children in her role as an Education Specialist and Behavior Specialist for a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency in North Carolina. Over the past several years she has gained extensive experience in the Human Services and Early Childhood Education Field working with children, adolescents, and adults as a Preschool Teacher, Job Coach, Inpatient Discharge Planner, Adjunct Instructor and Early Learning Coach.
Nicole holds a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction degree from Florida State University and her Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina where she majored in Psychology.

Nicole's favorite activities include playing board games and traveling with her husband and their two children.
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Carrie Trivedi, M.Ed.

Lead Behavior Specialist

Carrie Trivedi is the Lead Behavior Specialist with Pyramid PIECES: Promoting Integrated Early Childhood Emotional and Social Supports. In this role, Carrie leads Program-Wide Pyramid Model Implementation in childcare as well as the Pyramid PIECES Community of Practice.

Prior to joining Pyramid PIECES, Carrie served as the 4K Behavior Coach in School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties.

Carrie earned a BA in Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She loved being a Gamecock so much that she returned to earn her Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education.

Carrie holds a South Carolina Professional Teaching Certificate as well as being a Certified Trainer and Technical Assistance Provider with SC Endeavors.

Carrie has been married since 2009. She and her husband have two beautiful daughters that they spoil every day. In her free time, Carrie enjoys Gamecock football, going to Disney World with her family and being a cheer mom!

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Erin Martin

Inclusion Specialist – Family Child Care Home Statewide

Erin Martin joined the Mix EC team in March of 2021 as an Inclusion Specialist for Family Child Care Home providers. She provides support to FCCH providers by professional development related to evidence-based practices that providers can use to support the inclusion of children with disabilities/developmental delays and to support healthy social and emotional wellbeing of the young children in their care.
Erin earned a BS in Family Consumer Science Business with a concentration in Child Development from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC. She has 10 years of experience in early intervention and worked as an early intervention supervisor. During this time, she provided service coordination and family training to families that had children receiving services through BabyNet and the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. Erin also worked in Washington, DC with Little Feet and Hands as their first Developmental Therapist. Prior to early intervention, Erin worked as a childcare teacher in several childcare centers in Columbia, SC, and with Richland County First Steps. Erin has experience working with children from birth to five years of age.
Erin is a wife and mother to four amazing children. Together they enjoy park adventures, baking, and taking trips.
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Stephanie McAvoy, M.Ed.

Behavior Specialist

Stephanie McAvoy is originally from the Boston, Massachusetts area, and as much as Boston is one of her favorite cities attending college at Wingate University made her get in touch with her heart for living in the South. After graduating from Wingate, she began her journey in the field of Early Childhood Education. She moved back to Massachusetts to complete her Graduate Studies at Lesley University in Special Education. While there, she was nominated and received a certificate through Boston University with their Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership Core Certification Program.
As of October of 2021, she accepted a position with the Mix EC team as a Behavior Specialist with the Behavior Support Network. She provides behavior support services in child care programs throughout South Carolina. She comes to us with over 15 years of experience beginning with gaining her teaching foundation with Bright Horizons in Charlotte, NC, and then transferring to Massachusetts as Program Coordinator with Bright Horizons, as she pursued her master’s degree.
In addition, Stephanie held the following positions: Behavior Specialist with Massachusetts Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) providing Technical Assistance and Training to Child Care Programs throughout 50 cities and towns; Assistant Director & Director with Head Start/Early Head Start; Developmental Specialist with Early Intervention Services in MA; and, most recentlyfound herself circling back to providing technical assistance and coaching again as a Healthy Social Behavior Specialist in NC.
Stephanie believes in looking at roots of behaviors of young children so we can come together to build a team-centered plan to know, support, and see that every behavior is a means of communication and an opportunity for us to teach children new skills. She is excited to be a part of supporting children, their families, and the whole early childhood team through building relationships and supporting the implementation of evidence-based practices throughout South Carolina.
She loves the outdoors, being by the ocean air, reading, sporting events, and being around family and friends.

BabyCoach and CRAwl

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Kate K. Chappell, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., C.P.N.P.-P.C.

Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Kate Chappellis a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of South Carolina, College of Nursing, and practices as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of South Carolina. She has been nursing faculty since 2007and teaches in didactic, clinical, and simulation settings across the BSN and Nurse Practitioner programs. Her research and practice interests include caregiver vigilance for child sexual abuse, creating equitable access to resources that address trauma, integration of social determinants of health across nursing curriculums, and resource support for children with significant healthcare needs. She is a member of several professional organizations including the South Carolina Nurses Association and serves as the Advocacy and Policy Chair for the Developmental, Behavioral, and Mental Health Special Interest Group in the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

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Victoria H. Davis, D.N.P., A.P.R.N., C.P.N.P.-P.C.

Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Victoria Davis is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the University of South Carolina, College of Nursing and practices as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Florida. She has been a nurse educator since 2015 and teaches in didactic, clinical and simulation settings across the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Her research interests include preventive and accessible care for the school-age population and the integration of social determinants of health across nursing curricula. She is a member of several professional organizations including the South Carolina Nurses Association and serves as a state board member for the South Carolina National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

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Naomi Barker, M.S.

Project Coordinator

Naomi Barker joined CRAwl: Child Care Ready for All in June 2021 as the Program Coordinator. She coordinates the training program for child care providers of children with significant health care needs and facilitates families securing childcare services ready to provide care for children with health care needs.
Naomi earned a BS in Biology from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and an MS in Genetic Counseling from the University of South Carolina.
Naomi is passionate about patient advocacy and is dedicated to improving medical-related challenges in all aspects of individuals’ lives. She completed her thesis, “An Exploration of the Genetic Counselor’s Role in the Individualized Education Program,” in2021. Currently, Naomi is practicing as a CardiovascularGeneticCounselor in Charleston, SC.
Naomi enjoys traveling, trying new recipes and restaurants, and playing soccer