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.
Anne Lee is responsible for managing our childcare scholarship program, childcare trainings, and community engagement. Prior to joining Greenville First Steps, Anne Lee worked for organizations focused on literacy interventions, dropout prevention, volunteer development, and event coordination in Charleston, SC. Anne Lee graduated from College of Charleston and The Citadel, with a Masters in Literacy Education. Anne Lee is a member of United Way of Greenville’s Young Philanthropists, Association for Fundraising Professionals, USCAVA, and is active throughout the community. A Greenville native, Anne Lee lives in Greenville with her German Shorthaired Pointer, Cypress.