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.