ICS announced that its board of directors recently elected new officers. ICS board members represent a diverse range of backgrounds and specialties, all of which strengthen ICS’s systems-level perspective.
Dr. Desmond Kelly was elected as ICS Board Chair. Dr. Kelly was one of six founding board members of ICS and much of what ICS is today is due to his visionary leadership.
Dr. Kelly is the Associate Dean for Research at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. He also serves as the Chief Medical Research Officer for the Health Sciences Center (HSC) at Prisma Health-Upstate where he leads research development through engagement and support of clinical faculty in collaboration with HSC university partner researchers in transformative health research initiatives. He is the Associate Program Director for the DeLoache Fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics and Outreach Director for the South Carolina LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) Program.
Dr. Kelly is the co-founder and Medical Director of Help Me Grow South Carolina, a program that facilitates screening and early identification of developmental and behavioral disorders in young children and linkage of them and their families to treatment services.
We offer our sincere gratitude to outgoing ICS Board Chair, Ann Robinson. Ann is a Senior Vice President with Bank of America and, under her leadership, ICS realized several important policy successes and expanded its focus on addressing inequities inherent in the early childhood system.
Other newly elected ICS Board Officers include:
As ICS celebrates its tenth anniversary, we are grateful for all of our board members. The success of ICS is due to the hard work, dedication and vision of our board of directors. As we reflect on our first decade improving early childhood outcomes, we will offer additional insights and reflections throughout the year.