Michael K. Gaskin was born in Greenwood, SC to the late Earthy and Mamie Gaskin. He is married to Sharon and they have three sons Mychal, Marquez, John, and a daughter KeShonda. He was a 1979 graduate of Greenwood High School, and enlisted in the United States Air Force in August of that year. After 21 years of active duty service, Michael retired having served two tours of duty at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., with the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for Public Affairs, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs and Drug Enforcement. His last active duty assignment was with the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Detachment 770, Clemson University. In August 2001, he was hired to serve as Greenwood County First Steps Executive Director. Michael has spearheaded this initiative from an outsourced structure single office to a highly functional and productive “in-house” organization. He is a Certified Trainer through the South Carolina Center for Child Care Career Development. He is the founder and Administrator of “Real Fathers are Dads” Fatherhood Initiative, and the co-founder of “Real Mothers are Moms” Programs. He is an accomplished motivational speaker. Michael will serve as the Chairman of the Up State Citizen Review Panel in January 2012. He has earned three Associate Degrees; two from the Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, AL (Information Management and Administration), and one from Piedmont Technical College, Greenwood, SC (Business). His Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration was received from Southern Wesleyan University, Central, SC. Mr. Gaskin has earned two Master degrees; Masters of Science in Management from Southern Wesleyan University, and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ. He currently is pursuing his Doctorate in Business Administration at Walden University.
Angela Pruitt was born in Greenwood, SC to Fletcher and Linda Sorrow. She is married to David, and they have one daughter, Madison. She graduated from Abbeville High School in 1995. After high school graduation, she attended Lander University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a Counseling Emphasis and a Minor in Child and Family Studies in 1999. She worked at Connie Maxwell Children’s Home as Cottage Relief Staff and in Crisis Care during college and after graduation. After leaving Connie Maxwell, she went to work for the Abbeville County Department of Social Services as Coordinator for the Teen Companion Program. In September 2001, she was hired as the Abbeville County First Steps Executive Director. She is very active in the community, serving as Secretary in the Abbeville Rotary Club and a member of the Upstate Citizens Reviewed Panel. She is also a Certified Trainer with the South Carolina Center for Child Care Career Development. She obtained her Masters in Human Services with an Emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University in 2010, and is currently attending Liberty University to obtain a second Masters in Professional Counseling. She has over 15 years of experience working with children and families. She has provided oversight for parenting programs for over ten years.
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