Senior Managers/Directors

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Executive Director

Evelyn Ash Turner, MPA

Evelyn received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in special education from Presbyterian College. She also holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Charleston.

Evelyn has been employed by the Disabilities Board of Charleston County since 1989. Throughout her career, she has served as a day program instructor, job coach, job developer, residential administrator, service coordination director, DSS-licensed child care administrator, family support director and now executive director. Evelyn is also an abuse prevention instructor, holds a Part C Early Intervention Credential, and is a former MANDT instructor.

Evelyn has served on the Mayor’s Council on Homelessness and Affordable Housing, the Charleston Area Metro Chamber of Commerce Regional Health Professionals Advisory Board, is a former board member and past president of the Carolina Children’s Charity and has served as the state chapter chairperson and conference chairperson of the American Association of Intellectual Disabilities. Evelyn currently coaches a Miracle League Team and is the immediate past president and the golf tournament chairperson for the Charleston Miracle League.

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Deputy Executive Director / Director Quality Assurance

Laura Villeponteaux, MA, LMSW

Laura graduated from College of Charleston in 1983 and earned her master’s degree in interdisciplinary gerontology as well as her master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern Mississippi.

After completing her internship with the Institute for Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1993, Laura went on to join the Disabilities Board of Charleston County in 1996. She started her career as the director of social services in the ICF program. Laura has also served as the associate residential director, supervising the ICF and CRCF homes from 2000 to 2003.

Laura currently serves as the director of quality assurance for the Disabilities Board of Charleston County and was appointed deputy executive director in 2008 by the board of directors.

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Director, Adult Day Services/ Operational Management

James P. Kilgallen (Jim)

Jim began his career serving people with intellectual and related disabilities as a direct-support provider in 1985 while attending the University of South Carolina.

Jim received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina, and worked in the Administration of Residential Programs until 1992 at which time he became the director of day services with the Disabilities Board of Charleston County.

As the director of day services and operational management for more than 25 years, Jim has extensive knowledge and experience in employment of people with intellectual and related disabilities, career preparation and group employment as well as sheltered employment.

Jim also has many years of experience in transportation, maintenance, and risk management systems in organizations providing services on behalf of people with intellectual and related disabilities.

Human Resources Director

Anitra Jiles, MHRD

Anitra Jiles earned an associate’s degree in public service from Trident Technical with a concentration in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Limestone College and earned Dual Masters Degree in Human Resources Development, Masters Degree in Leadership and Management from Webster University.

Anitra has over 16 years of diverse human resources in areas of subject matter expertise include employee relations, talent acquisition, performance management, payroll, benefits administration, and workers compensation.

Anitra industry of expertise include, state and local government, in Workforce Development, Healthcare, Hospitality Management and K-12 education. She has previous experience with DDSN.

Anitra has served as a member of the Charleston Young Professionals (CYP) with the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

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Director of Residential Services

Sharon Coleman

Sharon received her bachelor’s degree in special education from Winthrop University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Charleston Southern University.

After beginning her career as a special education teacher in Lake City, South Carolina, Sharon spent 8 years as a field director for a corporate child development center serving South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. She also worked as a DHEC surveyor, where she was responsible for the inspection of ICF/ID facilities.

Sharon has more than 10 years of experience working to improve the lives of individuals living in DDSN residential settings. She has served as Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP), residential director and executive director. Sharon is currently a CRCF licensed administrator.

A very resourceful and crafty individual, Sharon works on furniture, equipment and anything else that needs a little extra attention. When she’s not working hard to ensure all of our residents feel special and enjoy life, Sharon enjoys crocheting, ceramics and stained glass work.

Director of Finance

Benzina Holmes

Bio coming soon…