Our Staff & Board

We couldn’t do what we do without the leadership of our staff and board.

Beth Padgett

Beth Padgett

Executive Director

Beth Padgett became Executive Director of Compass of Carolina in November 2015 after working 40 years for newspapers in South Carolina. She worked for 37 years at The Greenville News in a number of positions including serving as the newspaper’s editorial page editor. She won awards for commentary and reporting from several organizations including the South Carolina Press Association.

Beth earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism at the University of South Carolina. She has been an active volunteer for more than 30 years in her community and with her church. Her passion for working with nonprofit agencies was born and nurtured through her service on the boards of a number of organizations in Greenville County.

Hadley Mullen

Hadley Mullen

Director of Clinical and Educational Services; Senior Therapist

Hadley H. Mullen (MSW, LISW-CP) is Director of Clinical and Educational Services, and she has been working at Compass of Carolina since 1990. She oversees the Family Violence Intervention Program, Second Chance, and Adult and Child/Adolescent Counseling. She is a Senior Therapist specializing in individual and couples therapy; mood disorders—anxiety and depression; grief and loss; separation and divorce; blended families; relationship problems and LGBTQ issues.

Hadley earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina.

Andrea Bennett, MBA

Finance Director

Mackenzie Bagwell, BA

Representative Payee Counselor

Jennifer Dickert

Client Relations Coordinator, Family Violence Intervention Program

Patrick Garrett, MA

Batterers’ treatment group facilitator

Judy Festa Hanna, LPC, SAPSenior Therapist,
Domestic Violence Victims’ Counselor,
Domestic Violence Victims’ Group Facilitator
Christi Laws

Representative Payee Counselor

Judy Festa Hanna, LPC, SAP

Judy Festa Hanna (LPC, SAP) started working at Compass of Carolina in October 2014. She specializes in individual therapy addressing depression/anxiety, grief/loss, stress management, anger management, and relationship issues. She has extensive training and experience in addiction assessment and relapse prevention. Judy also facilitates victims’ groups for the Family Violence Intervention Program. In addition, she is a Substance Abuse Professional qualified to do Substance Abuse assessments for the Department of Transportation.

Judy earned a B.A. degree in Sociology from Duquesne University and a M.A. in Counseling from Webster University.

Harold Mayes, MA

Harold Mayes has worked as a facilitator for Compass of Carolina’s Family Violence Intervention Program since 2006. He served in the US Army and retired at the rank of Colonel, with over thirty years of active and reserve service. He is currently serving as a Director of the Job Readiness Training Center (JRTC) with the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice.

Harold received a BS degree in Psychology from South Carolina State University. He received Master of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University.

Willie Morton, BSW

Representative Payee Counselor

Leesa Plumblee Nelson,
M. Ed.

Leesa Plumblee Nelson (M.Ed.) has been employed at Compass of Carolina since May 2011. She specializes in working with children and adolescents who are dealing with domestic violence/abuse, family turmoil, and mood disorders. She facilitates a number of groups at Compass. Healthy Teens, Healthy Women is a group for middle and high school age females who have experienced difficult and adverse situations which have impeded their growth toward healthy living. She is also one of the facilitators of our co-parenting seminar Children Cope With Divorce/TransParenting. In addition, Leesa co-facilitates in Compass’ Second Chance Program.

Leesa earned a B.A. degree in Sociology from Clemson University and a Master of Education in Counselor Education from Clemson University.

Tamara Mangle, BS

Second Chance Facilitator

Brenda Pagán

Administrative Assistant

Neil Sondov, LPC, CEAP

Neil Sondov (M.ED., LPC, CEAP) is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Employee Assistance Specialist who has been working at Compass of Carolina since 1999. He specializes in individual/ couples therapy depression/anxiety issues, grief/loss issues, stress management, anger management, workplace wellness, and relationship issues. Neil also facilitates batterers’ treatment groups for the Family Violence Intervention Program. He was a member of Governor Nikki Haley’s Domestic Violence Task Force and has spoken on Intimate Partner Violence issues across various media platforms and at conferences and trainings.

Neil earned a B.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Carolina, and a M.Ed. in Community Agency Counseling from Winthrop University.

Sherwood Williams, MPA

Second Chance Facilitator

Christy Witt, AS

Representative Payee Manager


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Our Board of Directors

James Starks / Chair

Bradshaw, Gordon & Clinkscales

Brandon Huell / Vice Chair

CH Robinson, Greenville Office

Cheryl Hicks/ Treasurer

Pinnacle Financial Partners

John Riddle / Secretary

Godshall Professional Staffing and Recruiting

Jessica Christophillis /Past Chair


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Justin Hawkins / Past Chair

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Matt Irwin

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