Staff Members

The staff of YCFS is made up of dedicated individuals with a variety of backgrounds. Each staff member has over 10 years of experience in providing early childhood services.

David W. Lisk, Sr.

Executive Director

Work Overview:

22 years in the corporate world in an industrial setting, primarily in a sales development role. Ten years, co-owner, with my wife, of two child development centers, one in Fort Mill and one in Charlotte. The last 5 years involved with York County First Steps, initially as a Board Member and then the since 2009 as the Executive Director.

Philosophy and Directions for York County First Steps:

From my business background and the last ten years involved in the Child Development Center, the jump from industry to helping at risk children is not as large as it may seem. In the end, building relationships is what counts,  not only in life, but also in business. Through my involvement with YCFS I have become much more aware of the county-wide need for helping children prepare for their success in school. To achieve the goal of preparing children of York County, especially the at-risk children, we must continue to harness a multitude of partners and agencies.

I see two key efforts as primary priorities for my role as Executive Director of the YCFS office; the first is to increase our community presence and involvement with the eventual aim to increase overall funding. With my background in business, I hope to act as a bridge to the business community,  increasing awareness and involvement in our programs and initiatives. The second priority is to build upon our existing partnership base in our county to help with interventions and funding assistance to raise the overall quality of our sponsorships.  By doing so, we can maximize the overall impact of our assistance to our children and their families.


Susan Hagood

Program Administrator

I have been Program Assistant for York County First Steps since August 2000.  My job includes overseeing the childcare voucher program for teenage parents in order for them to obtain a high school diploma.  I also handle general office duties and assist the Executive Director.  I have lived in Rock Hill, SC for 26 years, but am originally from Alabama.  I received a BS degree in Business from the University of West Alabama. I have been married for 28 years; have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.


Susan Robinson

Early Childhood Specialist

For the past ten years I have worked as an Early Childhood Specialist for York County First Steps.  My love of working with children and child care providers began over sixteen years ago, when I first began working in a child care center. I have served in ever capacity from teacher, to cook, to director, and have gained valuable knowledge from every experience.  To aid me in my career as Specialist, I have earned a Masters in Counseling with both agency and school certification at Winthrop University, and most recently a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina.  My goal is to serve the child care providers of York County to help them grow in the knowledge of early childhood, so they can become a force in the lives of the children they serve.