Our Staff

Our Staff

Joy Jay, Executive Director 

Joy graduated from Jacksonville State University in 1978, and her career began in the mental health field at the Alabama Institute of Mental Health Care. Joy has worked with the SC Department of Mental Health, the SC Mental Health Partnership, and the SC Housing Authority.

Joy’s non-profit experience includes being in charge of a high-risk children’s program in Spartanburg for seven years, Director of the Mental Health Association of Aiken County for five years, and Director of the Aurora Foundation for six years. She has a total of 30 years of non-profit and mental health experience. In July 2002, Joy became the Director of Mental Health America of South Carolina. She has since initiated MHASC’s flagship educational programs for Suicide Prevention and Don’t Duck Mental Health for children as well as expanded MHASC’s service programs including developing 600 housing units for persons with mental illness.

 

 

Natasha M. Scott, MA, LPC-I, Director of Operations

Natasha Scott has been working with Mental Health America since September 2012. She transitioned from Clinical Director to Director of Operations over the past months. Natasha holds a BS in Psychology from George Mason University and an MA in Counseling with an emphasis on Community Mental Health from Webster University. She recently has become an LPC-I. Natasha is also a certified CPI instructor as well as a CARF Surveyor. She has extensive experience in the field of behavioral health with 10 plus years of direct client services.

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, she has traveled extensively globally and lived in several countries throughout the Middle East and Southeast Asia. She moved to South Carolina from Staten Island, NY in 2003, beginning her career with the forensic population then branching out into community mental health. Natasha has honed her clinical skills over the years providing multiple services to adults afflicted with chronic and persistent mental illness. She has a strong passion for the work she does and is engaged in several community related programs focused on assisting persons served with maintaining stability. Presently, she also oversees the Shelter Plus Housing program that enables those considered to be homeless by HUD guidelines gain access to affordable, stable housing throughout the state of South Carolina. She believes in the work that MHASC does and is a strong advocate for persons served.




 

Kayce Bragg, MA, LPC, CAC/P, Clinical Director

Kayce Bragg is the Clinical Director for Mental Health America of South Carolina. She supervises all clinical programs which currently include Bridges Clubhouse in Cayce, SC and Our Place Clubhouse in North Charleston, SC. She is committed to providing quality and client-centered Psychosocial Rehabilitative Services while complying with both CARF and SC DHHS standards and work hand-in-hand with the local mental health centers as well as other organizations to ensure continuity of care in our quest to help those living with serious and persistent mental illness to recover to their full potential. She strives to provide relevant information and important skills-building for our members while fostering a supportive place for them to build relationships with others.

 

 

Jean Ann Lambert, Community Resource Director

Jean Ann is the Community Resource Director and has over 30 years in the Mental Health field. She travels the state educating the public and professionals about Mental Health Disorders, Suicide Prevention and Children / Teen issues through a program called "I.C. Hope". Also offered is Mental Health First Aid, a Training and 3 year Certification. She helps to provide needs to the clients and residents, such as clothing, toiletries, housewares and Leisure Activities. Our mascot, I.C. Hope, a 6 ft. Duck, whose motto is "Don't Duck Mental Health"! is available to attend Festivals and Special Events all around the State of South Carolina.

Jean Ann was born and raised in Georgia.  She has a Bachelor degree in Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Psychology.  Jean Ann attended USC School of Medicine to obtain a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with a Certificate in Psychiatric Studies.  She has been working for MHASC for 13 years and has over 30 years experience in the mental health field.

Jean Ann is married with 3 children, 2 dogs and a cat.  She loves to travel, bake and walking in the sunshine.

 

 

Darlene Riggins, Housing Coordinator

Darlene Riggins is the Housing Coordinator for Mental Health America. She has worked in the housing industry since 1981. Her work experience began in the Atlanta, Georgia housing market and has been working with MHA since 2013 overseeing supportive housing communities that provides affordable housing to the chronic mentally challenged population in an environment that increases their chance to live independently located in Charleston, Columbia and the Orangeburg, SC area. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Savannah State University, a South Carolina Real Estate License and a Certified Occupancy Specialist certification in the Housing industry.









 

Greta Swink, Financial Administrator

Greta Swink grew up in Columbia, SC and has served MHASC since 1996. She has a degree in accounting and 25 years of experience in the field. Greta enjoys reading, traveling and snow skiing.  She is married, has 2 children (twins), 2 dogs and 2 cats.