Staff & Board

Our Team



Derek Lewis

Executive Director

Derek joined Greenville First Steps in 2008 as executive director after serving as director of youth and teen services with the YMCA of Greenville. Derek serves as a Trustee of the Greenville County School Board. He also sits on a variety of community boards including the United Way Community Impact Cabinet, SCANPO- the SC Association of Non-Profit organizations, and the SC Children's Theatre. He also serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the South Carolina Joint Citizens and Legislator Committee on Children. He was part of Leadership Greenville Class 36 as well as a member of Leadership South Carolina. He is also a member of the South Carolina Education Policy Fellowship program (2011) and was named one of Greenville’s Best and Brightest 35 and Under (2009). Derek is married to Hedrick Lewis, Children Ministry director at Christ Church Episcopal Greenville, and they live in Greenville with their son, William. email-icon-clear


Beth Jamieson

Strategic Operations Director

Beth is responsible for moving Greenville First Steps forward and communicating our mission to the public, including promoting School Readiness and Read Greenville. She serves on the Safe Kids’ Cribs for Kids Advisory Council, Prince of Peace Catholic School planning committees, and the Domestic Violence Prevention month task force and is a member of PULSE. A graduate of Clemson University, Beth worked for YMCA Camp Greenville prior to joining Greenville County First Steps. She and her son, David, live in Greenville and are active members of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. email-icon-clear
Nicole Sheppard

Nicole Sheppard

Program Director

Nicole is responsible for managing the Positive Parenting Program® (Triple P), an internationally recognized evidence-based parenting intervention. Prior to joining Greenville First Steps, Nicole worked 18+ years providing direct clinical and psycho-educational services at a local non-profit organization. Her focus was the prevention/intervention of adolescents’ behavioral issues, strengthening the health of families who had experienced trauma and adversity, and educating and advocating for domestic violence survivors. Nicole graduated from the University of South Carolina- Columbia with a degree in Sociology and Social Work. She serves as a member of the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council of Greenville County, Greenville Safe Communities, and attends the monthly School Resource Officer council meetings. Nicole also volunteers each summer at the Officer Allen Jacobs G.R.E.A.T. each summer as a camp counselor. Nicole is a Greenville native, and lives with her beloved husband Tom and cat Lily. email-icon-clear

Board Members

Needs and Resource Assessment - Data Trends, December 9, 2022

2023 Board Meeting Schedule: Dates to be set at December 2022 Meeting.

Board Minutes

Financial Transparency