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Leadership

Board of Directors

2024 Collins Children’s Home Board of Directors

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Board Chairman

Rev. Robert W. Bell, Ph.D. “Robby”

2019-2023, 2024-2026

Retired – Young Memorial Church
Due West, SC

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Board Member

Kyle Blackwell

2018-2020, 2021-2023, 2024
Purpose Wealth Management –
Raymond James
Easley, SC

Board member Al Bynum

Board Member

Al Bynum

2024-2026
Retired – Attorney
Seneca, SC

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Board Member

Dr. Ivy Henderson-Ellerby

2020-2022, 2023-2025
Forensic Psychologist / Researcher
Seneca, SC

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Board Member

Ashton Gottschall

2022-2024
Attorney – Hubbard & Gottschall Law
Seneca, SC

Board Member

Wanda McCart

2024-2026
Retired – Sales Manager
Seneca, SC

Board Member

Tim Murphy

2024-2026
Senior Project Manager – Trehel Construction
Seneca, SC

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Board Member

Jeff Nesseth

2024-2026
Managing Director – Main Street Investment Management
Seneca, SC

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Board Member

Cindy Swafford

2024-2026
Senior Vice President – Oconee Federal Savings & Loan
Seneca, SC

We are excited to introduce the people who work tirelessly to support our children and the Collins Children's Home every day.

Kelly Ross

Executive Director

I am a proud native of Oconee County, South Carolina, and an alumnus of West-Oak High School. After high school, I attended Spartanburg Methodist and played basketball for one year. During my first year of college (1991), the United States entered the first Gulf War. I vividly remember those early moments of the conflict unfolding on TV in my dorm room. A few months later, I would go from student-athlete to US Army soldier.
On July 14, 1991, I left for basic training, and after graduating from basic, I went to Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, where I became a radiologic technologist. During my eight years of military service, I earned two Good Conduct medals and the National Defense Ribbon. While serving in the Army, I became nationally licensed by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists as a Radiology, Mammography, and MRI Technologist. Over the years, God provided opportunities to serve others and provide for my family through the skills I learned in the Army.

In 2005, I chose a career pivot that would alter the course of my life. God further developed my passion for Jesus and others when I became the Small Groups and Guest Experience Director at Foothills Church in Seneca, SC. This role grew my faith and revealed a true gift for visionary and strategic planning. These skills were tested at the highest levels during two successful stents as the CEO of Foothills Care Center and Piedmont Women’s Center (2012-2018 at Foothills Care Center (FCC), and 2018-2023 at Piedmont Women’s Center).

jamie martin is the director of programs and services

Jamie Martin

Director of Family Ministries

Jamie leads our Child Services team as director of Programs and Services. This includes case management, house parent teams, continuous improvement of our current services, and the development of future programs.

She earned her B.A. in Religion (2007) and Masters in Human Resource Development (2023). She has a combined 11 years in vocational ministry, serving families, children, and youth of varying ages throughout that time. As a Registered Behavior Technician, she served children in K-12 schools. Most recently, she worked as the Assistant Director of Student Accessibility Services at Clemson University, where she met with college students to determine disability-related accommodations for equal access, collaborated with departments and campus partners, and participated in policy-making discussions.

tina justice is case manager

Tina Justice

Case Manager

Tina has worked for Collins Home for over 20 years starting as a house parent in our Boy’s Home with her husband, Daryl, to the Case Manager position. She is integral to the care of our kids and house parents, managing all that comes with being sure our kids are cared for wholistically. 

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Christina Rodriguez

Development Associate

Christina came to us from New York over 5 years ago, coming from working at her family’s business for nearly 13 years and has been a blessing to us since. 

She wears many hats – from taking donations by phone, to organizing fundraising events, to warmly welcoming our amazing volunteers and donors, to managing our social media platforms. Ultimately, she keeps our office running smoothly.

agatha bodwell is administrative assistant

Agatha Bodwell

Administrative Assistant

Agatha is the friendly voice you hear when you call our office! She assists in bookkeeping, donor communication and office management. 

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House Parents

Who We Serve

Jessica and joel basyari

Misty and Richard Veronee

Relief House Parents

Donna and Mike Abbott

crystal crawford is a relief house parent

Crystal Crawford