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Wordle-1We are a team of passionate, hard-workers, dedicated to inspiring hope for parents with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, deaf or hard of hearing parents, and the professionals that work with these families.

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Cara Senterfeit, Executive Director, BS, MLIS, NBCT

Cara 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, and hanging out with her kids.

Contact: csenterfeit@scbegin.org  | 803-463-8526

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Mary Reaves, Director of Programs, MRC, CRC

Mary 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.

Contact: mreaves@scbegin.org | 803-206-6895

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Carmony Corley, Program Coordinator, BS, MAT

Carmony serves as project manager for all events at Beginnings, including the extremely successful annual fundraiser, raising critical funds in support of Beginnings’ Parent Education Program.

Contact: ccorley@scbegin.org

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Megan Dorn, Parent Education Specialist, BS

Megan graduated from Gallaudet University with a BS in Family and Child Studies. Megan has experience providing services in Early Intervention for families of deaf and hard of hearing children.

Megan is a deaf adult that uses American Sign Language while also wearing a cochlear implant.

She loves to travel while also being a huge advocate to the Deaf community. She resides in Columbia, SC with her husband, Christopher, and son Crosby.

Contact: mdorn@scbegin.org | VP: 803-336-1002

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Joe McLean, Marketing and Communications Intern

Joe serves as the Marketing and Communications Intern at Beginnings SC. He is currently a student at the University of South Carolina pursuing a degree in public relations. He assists in all marketing and social media efforts for Beginnings. Joe has past experience in social media marketing with Student Gamecock Television, which is a Student Media organization on the USC-Columbia campus. When Joe isn’t working, he enjoys swimming, spending time with his friends and watching sports.

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