Who We Are


Richland County Children Services is governed by a board of local residents and has a fulltime staff of more than 100 employees whose primary mission is to assist children and families in need. The agency board meets in regular session at 3:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.

Board Members

Pat Heydinger, Chair

Nicole Blakley, Vice Chair

Jim Nicholson, Secretary

Jason Murray, Esq., Treasurer

Judy Forney

Bill Hope

Mary Stentz

Scott Gatchall

Bennie Allen - Stanford  


Leadership Team

Nikki Harless, MSW LISW-S, Executive Director

Nicole Foulks, MSW LSW, Assistant Director

La'Shaun Reuer, BSW, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

Kevin Goshe, MBA, Director of Finance/Building & Grounds Director

Tara Lautzenhiser, MSCJ, Program Manager

Sarah Soliday, MBA, Human Resources Manager

Angie Poth, MBA, MIS/Program Support Services

Amy Hackedorn, MBA, Sup. of Administrative Services