The staff of YCFS is made up of dedicated individuals with a variety of backgrounds. Many staff members have had over 10 years of experience in providing early childhood services.
David W. Lisk, Sr., Executive Director of York County First Steps
Executive Director of York County First Steps
David Lisk spent over 20 years in a corporate industrial setting primarily in marketing and business development roles. He has focused the last 15 years on assisting preschool children and their families as they prepared for their children to enter school, initially as the General Manager / Owner for a private childcare provider with locations in NC and SC. During the last 11 years, he served as a Board Member and then as the Executive Director of York County First Steps. Through all the opportunities to learn and gain experience, the capacity to develop and grow collaborative relationships has been consistent in his career. The opportunity to work within communities to leverage these relationships to help our future generations reach their life’s potential is where he derives the greatest satisfaction. He works to use his business skills to advance the efforts of community organizations providing early interventions in the most effective manner. David earned a BS Degree in Engineering from UNC at Charlotte with continuing education in Marketing and Business Relations from the University of Michigan. He has also received certification from Winthrop University in Non-Profit Management.
Susan Hagood, Program Assistant
Susan has been the Program Assistant for York County First Steps since August 2000. Her job includes overseeing the childcare voucher program for teenage parents in order for them to obtain a high school diploma. She also handles general office duties for York County First Steps and York Regional Nurse-Family Partnership. Another one of her duties is to assist the Executive Director. She has lived in Rock Hill, SC for 30 years, but is originally from Alabama. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with minors in Sociology and Human Resource Management from the University of West Alabama. She has been married for 33 years to Roger Hagood. She has three children, Alane 31, John 28, and Will 18. She also has four grandchildren, Lexi, Parker, Caleb and Riley Anne.
Susan Robinson, Early Childhood Specialist
Early Childhood Specialist
For the past fifteen years Susan has worked as an Early Childhood Specialist for York County First Steps. Her love of working with children and child care providers began over twenty years ago, when she first began working in a child care center. She has served in every capacity from teacher, to cook, to director, and has gained valuable knowledge from every experience. To aid her in her career as a Specialist, she has earned a Masters in Counseling with both agency and school certification from Winthrop University, and most recently a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina. Although her education and experience are truly irreplaceable, she has found that while raising her own two children, Trey 9, and Emery 4, she has gained a deeper respect and appreciation for the uniqueness of children and the teachers who guide them. Her goal continues to be 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 all the children they serve.
Julie Toppen, NFP Program Manager
NFP Program Manager
Julie has practiced nursing for over 25 years in a variety of settings. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Valparaiso University. Her passion for health promotion and disease prevention led her to attain a Master’s of Public Health degree from Benedictine University in 2015. She has also earned a Certificate in Health Education and Promotion.
After living her whole life in Indiana, working as a Registered Nurse, and raising a family, she and her husband and her golden retriever moved down to South Carolina. Julie enjoys the warm weather that South Carolina offers and therefore spends much of her free time outdoors.
Julie is motivated by her faith in God and compassion for others. She considers it a blessing to serve women and children through the Nurse-Family Partnership program and the York County First Steps. Julie believes early intervention, education, encouragement, and empowerment are key for success in health and in life.
Julie leads the local Nurse-Family Partnership team as the Program Manager. Along with her nursing knowledge and skills, she brings her abilities to build relationships, collaborate with community partners, evaluate program outcomes, develop strategic plans, and foster professional development. Her personal mission is to serve her colleagues, community partners, and clients with excellence.
Rebecca Eifert, NFP Home Visitation Nurse
NFP Home Visitation Nurse
Rebecca Eifert is a lifelong resident of Chester, SC. She attended Trinity Christian School in Rock Hill, SC, and graduated from Charleston Southern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2005. Rebecca began working as a nurse in 2005 on a women’s medical / surgical unit. After a year on this unit, Rebecca transferred to a mother / baby unit, and continued her work there for 10 years. Rebecca has a passion for moms, babies, and the opportunity to assist and educate these special groups of people!
Rebecca is married to her high school sweetheart. She and her husband have known each other for 16 years now! They have three young girls, whom they adore. Rebecca’s hobbies include reading, cooking (as long as he doesn’t have to clean up afterward!), spending time with her family and dog, and crafting.
Tricia Sutphin, NFP Home Visitation Nurse
NFP Home Visitation Nurse
Tricia has been an RN for over 37 years. Her main experience is in labor and delivery, mom/baby and children’s health. She has been a public health nurse for 21 of her 37 years in nursing. Tricia came to York County NFP from Greenville County NFP, where she worked 8 years as a nurse home visitor and educator of other nurse home visitors. She was actively involved in the Greenville, Pickens, Oconee and Laurens County communities advocating for her clients to receive the comprehensive resources they needed to stay healthy, gain employment, complete their education and have access to health care for their children.
Tricia lives in Rock Hill with her husband and has a daughter, son-in-law, a grandson and granddaughter who live right around the corner from her. She loves being outside working in her yard, spending time with her family, listening to music, watching movies, going to church and traveling.