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Cara Senterfeit, B.S., MLIS, NBCT, is a National Board Certified Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She has taught students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing for 20 years in a variety of educational settings, as well as serving as an administrator at the district level for a Midlands’ D/HOH program. Unable to accept the status quo with regard to intervention and education of students with a hearing loss, she co-founded Beginnings SC to focus on proactive intervention and parent education and empowerment. When Cara is not working, she spends her time crafting, cooking, hanging out with her kids, and creating things for her friends and family.
Mary Reaves, MRC, CRC, worked for 10 years providing individual and family therapy, serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. She has extensive training in deafness, Deaf culture, counseling issues with deaf/hard of hearing, hearing loss and its impact on family systems. Mary co-founded Beginnings SC to focus on proactive intervention and parent education and empowerment. In her free time, Mary bakes with her three kids, sews, enjoys yoga, and goes on date-nights with her husband, Larry.
Carmony Corley, BS, MAT, previously worked in education for two years. Prior to joining the team at Beginnings SC, she gained experience in multiple grassroots nonprofit roles, including co-founding a national organization. She is an active member and volunteer of several charitable organizations in the Midlands and serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of Harbison State Forest. She also owns her own photography business, Carmony Corley Photography, through which she books photography sessions and sells nature prints. Carmony enjoys hiking with her husband, photography, running, biking, yoga, reading, and making efforts to protect our environment and advance sustainability practices.
Rachel Chandler Is currently studying Speech Language Pathology at Columbia College. She plans to focus her work as a Speech Therapist to work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Rachel’s passion for American Sign Language began as she was introduced to Speech Therapy and saw ASL implemented into therapy sessions. In her free time she enjoys crafting, volunteering, and participating in a wide variety of organizations at her school.
Anna Cathryn Olle, BA, attained her Bachelors of Art Therapy from Converse College in 2015. She is currently enrolled as an advanced year student in the Masters of Social Work (MSW) program at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Her specialization is Children, Youth, and Families, and her primary interest is serving individuals with disabilities and other special health care needs. Anna Cathryn’s passion for advocacy and serving the Deaf Community sparked from her experience as an Art Therapy Intern at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind/ Cedar Springs Academy. In addition to graduate school, Anna Cathryn works as a graduate assistant for a professor in the USC MSW department. Her favorite way to spend free time is creating art and shag/swing dancing.