Three Child Welfare Executives to Join Palmetto Association for Children and Families Board of Directors

COLUMBIA, SC -- The Palmetto Association for Children and Families (PAFCAF) is excited to announce the addition of three new members to their Board of Directors. The new members include Brian Clark from Generations in Greenville, Daniel Hochstetler from Fair Play Camp in Westminster, and John Shackelford from South Carolina Youth Advocate Program (SCYAP) in Columbia.

“The Board of Directors is an integral part of the Association and its vision,” PAFCAF Chief Executive Officer, Erin Hall, commented. “The new members, along with the continuation of our three officers, will bring new insight to the rest of the board for consideration of the Association. I am confident that the 2018-2019 Board of Directors will review critical decisions and policies to benefit the quality of care provided to South Carolina’s children and families.”

All three new additions to the Board of Directors have extensive experience within each of their agencies and in the field of social services.

Brian Clark, one of the newest additions to the board, graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Sociology, immediately joining the staff of Generations, a private, non-profit treatment facility for adolescent males who are caught in the cycle of sexual abuse located in Greenville, South Carolina. Over the course of the 23 years, he has served in various positions, now currently serving as their executive director. Mr. Clark was instrumental in Generations expansion from a 20-bed facility serving one level of care to a 76-bed facility serving three levels of care.

Daniel Hochstetler began his career in child welfare in 2000 when he joined Fair Play Camp as a group counselor. Fair Play Camp is a camp for boys, ages 8 to 17, who are experiencing behavior/emotional problems and agree to placement because of a desire to change. Mr. Hochstetler served in various roles throughout his time at camp, even earning his Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Toccoa Falls College (GA) before taking the role of executive director in 2014.

John Shackelford, the third addition to the board, currently serves as Senior Director of MCO/Billing Operations and Government Affairs for the South Carolina Youth Advocate Program (SCYAP). He has over 31 years experience in services to special populations, serving multiple roles in group care facilities at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind and the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. Mr. Shackelford also served as Director of Administration for the Office of Executive Policy and Programs, providing services and general oversight to Guardian Ad Litem, the Foster Care Review Board, and other state agencies under the Governor’s Office, before finishing out his state government service prior to SYCAP with the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

“The PAFCAF Board of Directors is thrilled to have the addition of these three new members,” Bethany Vause, President of the Board of Directors, said about all three members. “We believe they will bring a unique perspective on areas of the child welfare system to benefit South Carolina’s children.”

Ms. Vause will continue to serve for a second year as board president for PAFCAF. Additionally, Vice President, Steve Dean, and Secretary, Carmen Landy will continue on the board for their second year.

The Palmetto Association for Children and Families was created in 1986 to unite the diverse agencies who serve children and families in South Carolina and give them a place to exchange ideas, gain knowledge, and work to address issues related to the quality of care given to children and their families. Member agencies have the ability to serve approximately 3,500 children at any given time. The challenges of caring for these children are great. The Palmetto Association for Children and Families works to promote the best care possible for children.

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