The Starfish Story
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Chris Williams, Executive Director
Chris joined WYC in February 2011 and brought with him a background of 20 plus years experience in child development and supporting causes on behalf of boys and girls as a behavioral specialist within communities such as; Detroit, Chicago,and Los Angeles. When asked what brought him to South Carolina he simply answers, "People still care here, and they do so sincerely." With a strong belief in the power of community, he is proud to say that he and his wife Demica now call the Conway/Myrtle Beach Area home.
Laura von Herrmann, Administrative Assistant
Saleem Selph, Care Coordinator
Sharon DeRose Pritchard, Client Services Coordinator
A former foster parent from Centerville, Ohio, Sharon joined the WYC team one month prior to the first child's admission in February 2001. She brought a wealth of knowledge and experience with working with foster children upon arrival and has been "grandma" to over 125 boys who have called the Center home. She has three boys of her own and three grandchildren and she is a resident of Conway.
Pat Eberhart, Lead Youth Mentor
Pat joined our staff in 2008 after spending several years working with high risk youth in other local organizations. As a mother, Pat quickly brought a consistency and stable presence into our program which landed her the position of Lead Youth Mentor. She believes in and lives by the motto that "Everything will be alright and, if not, you should shut it down and it's a wrap." Her catchy phrases and relentless encouragement keep the boys headed on the right track as they walk through daily life.
Melvin Singleton, Lead Youth Mentor
A Conway High School Alumni and former athlete, Melvin became part of the WYC family in 2011. He and his three children live in Conway.
James Keys, Youth Mentor
All the way from Washington State, James brings years of youth development experience to the center. As a football coach and youth advocate, he takes a hands on approach when working with the boys. He and his wife live in Myrtle Beach.
Felicia Dow, Youth Mentor
Josh Washington, Youth Mentor
Latisha Mitchell, Youth Mentor
Jamahl Freeman, Youth Mentor
Harold Stewart, Youth Mentor
Harry Thomas, Youth Mentor
Jermaine Taylor, Youth Mentor
Pete Wilkes III (Pooh), Youth Mentor
Pete began working part time with the Center in 2001 when the doors opened. Locally, "Pooh" has a reputation for being found at the Backyard or at Conway Recreation Department. As a long time coach, sports lover and "uncle" to hundreds of kids, he devotes his free time to giving back to the community. He has four children and two grandchildren.