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

Deanna West-Torrence, Chair

Renee Bessick, Vice Chair

Michelle Kowalski, PhD, Secretary

Jason Murray, Esq., Treasurer

Richard Grega

Patrick Heydinger

Nicole Blakley

Jim Kulig, LISW

Pam Siegenthaler



Leadership Team

Nikki Harless, Interim Executive Director

Marsha Coleman, Clinical Director

Edith Gilliland, Legal Services Manager

Kevin Goshe, Director of Finance

Tim Harless, Director of Community Outreach and Programming

Nicole Foulks, Program Manager