Meet the Team

First Steps Leadership Team Members:

Chelsea Richard

Director of Research and Strategy

Chelsea is First Steps’ primary point of contact for the KITS project. She is available to field all questions from staff, families, and other stakeholders.

(803) 734-1620

Mark Barnes

Director of Administration

BJ Tucker

Information Resource Manager
Beth Kienzlen

Beth Kienzlen

Database Administrator

AnLar Team Members:

Project Leadership: The AnLar Project Leadership team members are responsible for general supervision of all aspects of the KITS project from the vendor perspective. They are experienced in collaboration and coordination, and work smoothly as partners. These key personnel maintain close communication with each other and with the First Steps Leadership Team to monitor project timelines, budget, and progress with system design and development..

Amy Nicholas

Senior Project Director, Technical Assistance Specialist

Danya Smith

Technical Lead

Summer Hughey

Project Manager

Technical Development: The Technical Development team members are responsible for data migration, system integration, system architecture, coding, application development, UX design, security, and other IT-related requirements for SC First Steps KITS.

Sijin Joseph

Software Developer

Alejandro Amador

Software Developer

Matthew Nelson

Database Architect

Content Implementation/Training and Support: The Content Implementation team members are responsible for ensuring that KITS satisfies all First Steps data collection and use needs, including providing guidance on best practices related to early care and education standards. Team members also carry out responsibilities related to stakeholder engagement and user training.

Alicia Brandon

Training and Support Lead
Crystal Howison

Crystal Howison

Help Desk Specialist

Communication and Design: The Communication and Design team members are responsible for system documentation, user support, and resource development.

Anthony (Tony) Garofano

Communications and Campaigns Director

Alex Kim

Communications and Design Specialist

Emily Bytheway

Communications and Media Specialist