Family Connection of South Carolina Announces Elizabeth Kinney as Board of Directors President

Elizabeth Kinney

Columbia, SC — Family Connection of South Carolina recently elected Elizabeth Kinney, of School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties, as president of the board of directors. Mrs. Kinney has served as a board member since 2020. John Roberts, Partner at Burr & Forman, served as president from 2019 – August 2022. Mr. Roberts will remain a member of the board.

“We are honored to have Elizabeth move into this new role on our board of directors,” said Amy Holbert, Chief Executive Officer of Family Connection. “Her compassion and energetic vision will help us continue to provide innovative programs, resources, and services to families who have a child with a disability or chronic health condition.”

As a Columbia native and school psychologist for more than 10 years, Elizabeth Kinney has seen the positive impact of Family Connection’s work in families from the Midlands and across the state. She and her husband, Charles, have two children, Tripp, and Ellington. The Kinney’s experience with Family Connection became more personal when their daughter Ellington was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder causing significant developmental delays. The outreach, support, and resources offered by Family Connection have been invaluable to their family.

Also serving on the Family Connection of South Carolina Board of Directors: Karen Crider, State Treasurer’s Office; Glenn Hutto, Assistant Principal at Irmo Middle School; Alfonso Franco, Community Impact Director for the American Heart Association; Cara O’Neill, M.D., Chief Science Officer and Co-Founder of Cure Sanfilippo Foundation and Board Secretary; John Roberts, Partner, Burr & Forman; Monty Robertson, Director of the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina; Jenny Anderson, Vice President of Marketing at Big Blue Marble Academy; Antjuan Seawright, President/CEO, Sunrise Communications; Cathy Stevens, Director of the White-Riley-Peterson Afterschool Policy Fellowship at Furman University; Mitchell L. Yell, Ph.D., Fred and Francis Lester Palmetto Chair in Teacher Education and a Professor in Special Education at the University of South Carolina.

Since 1990, Family Connection of South Carolina has been changing lives by making connections, raising awareness, and promoting inclusion for those with disabilities and specialized healthcare needs. We offer programs and services to ensure that parents, professionals, and caregivers have access to available resources to help their children reach their full potential. Our work focuses on five areas: Parent Support, Healthcare, Education, Training and Advocacy. BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is an ongoing sponsor of Family Connection of South Carolina. For more information or to make a referral or donation, visit or call 800-578-8750. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, and Instagram.

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