Ruben speaking at ADA Event on June 5th.

Greenville CAN is a network of self advocates, service providers, families, and community stakeholders working collaboratively to take actions that will strengthen our community and make it a better place to live and work for individuals with special needs and disabilities.

Our strength comes from individuals and organizations working together to create change.

Greenville CAN is not a formal organization; instead, it is a network of partners working together as a coalition with common goals.

We believe the best way to increase services, programs, access, opportunities, and resources in our community for individuals with special needs and disabilities is through collaboration and partnership.

Instead of creating new organizations to fill perceived gaps in our community, we address community needs by linking organizations together, leveraging available resources to expand capacity, and advocating for system and policy change.

GREENVILLE CAN Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team consist of the co-chairs for each workgroup plus other key community stakeholders.  Workgroups include – Driving Change, Getting Around Town, Getting Connected, Having Fun, Employment, Housing, Meaningful Activities, School Transition, and Supportive Services.


Laura Bratton – Laurens Road United Methodist Church & Dean Hybl – Ten at the Top

Greenville CAN members posing in front of the ADA tour bus.


  • Chris Sparrow – ABLE SC
  • Marion Elliott – Barbara Stone Foundation
  • Paula Carnahan – Parent
  • Alisa Bentley – Family Connection
  • Susan Leiby – Autism Society
  • Jeff Dezen – Jeff Dezen Public Relations
  • Bill Welch – Broken Wing Farm
  • Dr. Desmond Kelly – Greenville Health System
  • Susan Sachs – Project Hope Foundation
  • Sandy Hanebrink – Touch the Future
  • Carolyn O’Connell – Community Advocate
  • Alex Garvey – Bon Secours St. Francis
  • Susan Kastner – Family Connection
  • Susan Howard – Greenville County Schools
  • Cheryl Johnson – Greenville County Schools
  • John Cocciolone – Thrive Upstate
  • Dana McConnell – Center for Developmental Services
  • Ruben Alvarez – David’s Table
  • Skeeter Powell – David’s Table
  • Robin Blackwood – Community Advocate
  • Linda Marlow – Community Advocate
  • Rhonda Mumford – Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
  • Princella Lee Bridges – Bridges from Augusta
  • Randy Risser – Shriners Hospital Greenville
  • Joy Ivester – Center for Disability Resources
  • David Turnipseed – SC Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Kim Perez – Center for Developmental Services
  • Ken Dority – NAMI
  • Sally Wills – Livewell Greenville
  • Amy Hallasy – Community Advocate
  • Steve Hand – Greenville Tech


We are in the process of developing an Advisory Board that will serve as a think tank and strategic sounding board for the Leadership Team.

Confirmed Advisory Board Members as of April 2016:

  • Nick Theodore – Barbara Stone Foundation
  • Bob Morris – Community Foundation of Greenville County
  • Chanell Moore – Greenville County Parks, Recreation, & Tourism
  • Eleanor Dunlap – The Graham Foundation
  • Katy Smith – Piedmont Health Foundation
  • Ed Driggers – City of Greer
  • Amy Holbert – Family Connection of SC
  • Tom Corbin – SC Senate
  • Lindsay Bickerstaff – Center for Developmental Services / Board
  • Debi Bush – Greenville County School Board
  • Joe Dill – Greenville County Council
  • Jamie Moon – Institute for Child Success

Participating Organizations

ABLE SC, Advanced Institute for Development and Learning, Advanced Therapy Solutions, A Head Start, Applied Theater Center, Amazing Young Adults, Anderson County Disabilities and Special Needs Board, Arc of Midlands, Arc of SC, Arc of Pickens, Babynet, Barbara Stone Foundation, Big Brains Staffing, Bolda Communications, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, Boost, Bridges from Augusta, Brilliant Beginnings, Broken Wing Farm, Camp Spearhead, Carolina Dance Collaborative, Center for Family Services, Center for Developmental Services, Center for Disability Resources, CHIPS, City of Fountain Inn, City of Greenville, City of Greer, City of Mauldin, City of Simpsonville, City of Travelers Rest, Clarity, Clemson LIFE, Community Foundation of Greenville, Community Resource Solutions, Converse College, Community Options, CP Daily Living, CRD Autism Group, David’s Table, Down Syndrome Family Alliance, Einstein Academy, ExepApps, Family Connection, Family Footprint, Goodwill, Greenlink, Greenwood Genetic Center, Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Greenville Civitan Club, Greenville County, Greenville County Care Collaborative, Greenville County Department of Social Services, Greenville County Rec, Greenville County Redevelopment Authority, Greenville County Schools, Greenville County Workforce Development Board, Greenville Health System,Greenville Housing Authority, Greenville Medical Society Alliance, Greenville Society of Human Resource Managers,  Greenville Tech, Greenville Works, Harvest Hope, Help Me Grow, Hidden Treasure Christian School, ICAN Bike, Institute for Child Success, InDwellings, Kidnetics, Kidventures, Kitch Legal, Livewell Greenville, Meals on Wheels, Mentor Upstate, Meyer Center for Special Children, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Natural Health and Yoga, Northwestern Mutual- Special Steps Planning, Piedmont Health Foundation, Pro-Parents, Probate Court (Greenville), Project Hope Foundation, Rebuild Upstate, Roger C. Peace, S.A.F.E., SC Autism Society, SC Department of Disabilities & Special Needs, SC First Steps, SC School for the Deaf & Blind, SC Vocational Rehabilitation, SC Works, SC Youth Advocacy, Shape of Behavior, Shriners Hospital, Spearhead Legacy Board, Special Olympics, Springbrook Behavioral Health, Ten at the Top, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Thrive Upstate, Touch the Future, United Way of Greenville County, Upstate Circle of Friends, Upstate Forever, Upstate Transit Coalition, Upstate Warrior Solution, Washington Center, West Greenville School, YAP Inc., YMCA, Yoga-2-Go, Young Life

If your organization has been involved and is not on this list please contact Mike Teachey at

Mike Teachey

Lead Facilitator / Director – Mike Teachey

Mike Teachey is the Lead Facilitator for Greenville CAN and the Director of Community Engagement for Thrive Upstate.  Mike served as the co-chair of Greenville CAN prior to coming on board as staff.  Before joining Greenville CAN, Mike Teachey was the Director of Community Relations for the Greenville County Recreation District.  Mike served as an organizational consultant and community development specialist most of his career. As a community development specialist for the national office of Communities In Schools, Mike provided training and facilitation services to non-profit organizations across the country. Mike also has experience working in the corporate sector serving clients such as BMW and Michelin. Mike grew up in Greenville SC, attended high school at Christ Church Episcopal School, graduated from Clemson University, and is a Leadership Greenville Graduate.

Progress Through Partnerships

Logo for Thrive Upstate

When Greenville CAN reached a point where it could not continue to make progress as an all volunteer effort, Thrive Upstate agreed to lend its Director of Community Engagement to facilitate the coalition.  This is a great example of an organization putting “skin in the game” to support collective community action.

The Barbara Stone Foundation initiated the conversation that led to the creation of Greenville CAN and has provided ongoing leadership and support.  Greenville CAN is just one of many ways the Barbara Stone Foundation is continuing the legacy of Barbara Stone’s work to improve the lives of individuals with special needs and disabilities.