Board of Directors

2023 Collins Children’s Home Board of Directors

Board Chairman

Rev. Robert W. Bell, Ph.D. “Robby”

(from Young Memorial Church)
Due West, SC


Board Member

Kyle Blackwell

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


Board Member

Casey Bowling

Seneca Police Chief
Seneca, SC

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Board Member

Dr. Ivy Henderson Ellerby

Forensic Psychologist / Researcher
Seneca, SC


Board Member

Ashton Gottschall

Attorney – Hubbard & Gottschall Law
Seneca, SC

Board Member

Tim Murphy

Senior Project Manager – Trehel Construction
Seneca, SC

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Board Member

Cindy Swafford

Senior Vice President – Oconee Federal Savings & Loan
Seneca, SC 29678

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).


Karly Cobb

Case Manager

Karly graduated from Anderson University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She previously served as a case worker with the Department of Social Services for six years.

She has always lived in the SC Upstate, having grown up in Townville, and now lives in Westminster. She’s a great blessing to Collins Home and we look forward to having her with us for years to come.


Christina Rodriguez

Advancement Associate

Christina is the pleasant voice you hear when you call us. She wears many hats – from taking donations by phone to keeping track of the RSVPs for our fundraising events, to warmly welcoming our amazing volunteers. Ultimately, she keeps our office running smoothly.

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House Parents

Jeff and Becky Lunsford

Misty and Richard Veronee