How It All Began
Learn more about who we are and the testimony that started it all.
This organization was created on our founder's belief in the Serenity Prayer and has used it to fuel her passion for helping other families of children with special needs become the best versions of themselves, while raising outstanding individuals.

Our Mission

Enhancing the lives of parents with children with special needs by motivating, educating and inspiring them. We accomplish this by connecting them with resources, providing scholarships and other incentives to help lighten the load, engaging with the community through outreach events, and allowing parents to share their individual stories through support groups and gatherings.

Our Goals

  • To teach parents and families with special needs children to accept their children with special needs
  • Empower individuals and families to speak up and advocate for their child.
  • To further educate the community on special needs conditions and dismantle societal stereotypes
  • To serve as a place of refuge for families and parents to find assistance and guidance in raising their special needs child

Our Leader, Tameka Carn

Tameka is a proud parent advocate for chlidren and families with special needs and supports the SC Autism Society. Tameka's oldest daughter, Taliyah Carn, was diagnosed with autism when she was 1 years old.
Tameka graduated from Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC with a Bachelor's of Arts in Sociology. After undergraduate, she went on to graduate school at Webster University where she completed her Master's of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. While in graduate school, she interned at SC Vocational Rehabilitation Center, assisting individuals with disabilities with work supports, and Communities in Schools (CIS) where she worked with children in the SC Headstart program with behavior modification skills.

She is the proud mother of four beautiful children: three daughters, Jamiya, Taliyah, and Jayla, and one son, Jayden. After her daughter Taliyah's diagnosis, she began researching autism and how she could become an advocate for her daughter. Her new found passion and advocacy, lead to her relationship with God, which further fueled her pursuit to help families of special needs children. She gained the strength from her early struggles and has been able to help, and encourage, other families along the way.
 
Tameka lives by, and believes, the words of the Serenity Prayer, which she credits for teaching her to accept others differences, and giving her the courage to go above and beyond to make a difference in others lives. She encourages any, and everyone, to find and follow their passion in life.
Meet The Board
Kimberly Bowman
She graduated from Susquehanna University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications, a year and a half early, and moved back to her hometown of Charleston to start her new life. After 2 months of being on the hunt for a job, she was unsuccessful and became depressed. But when all seemed lost, Kimberly took matters into her own hands and started a blog. What started out as a way to keep busy while continuing to look for work, became a full fledge business and what we know now as So Exquisite Charleston Magazine. As her entrepreneurial efforts grew, she expanded beyond So Exquisite Charleston, into Exquisite Enterprises Inc. 

As a proud Charleston native, and a dedicated entrepreneur, Kimberly hopes to motivate and inspire people to chase their dreams and be themselves as she does. 

Executive Director
Kimberly Lewis, LPCI, CACP
Kimberly holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the College of Charleston and a Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University.  She has a passion for serving families and children with special needs.  Kimberly has over 10 years of hands on experience working with children and families across the Lowcounty in professions including behavior modification for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral issues, early intervention, education, and preschool directorship.  Kimberly is excited to continue her quest of humbly serving, empowering, and advocating for children and families with social needs.  She welcomes the opportunity to meet and assist in your families needs.
Vice President
Kenyetta Meredith
Kenyetta is a native of Charleston, S.C. She attended Claflin University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. After obtaining her undergraduate degree she furthered her education and attended Webster University. Kenyetta received a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management and a Master Of Arts in Management and Leadership.

Kenyetta is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society. She is eager to assist the families with their needs.
Treasurer
Krystal Simmons
Krystal is a native of North Charleston, South Carolina. She received her education from R.B. Stall High School, Morris College and Trident Technical College. She received her Associate in Arts, Certification for Nursing Assistant and Patient Care Technician. She has well over 15 years of experience with children with ages ranging from newborn to 17 years old and their families.

Some of Krystal's experience includes Caregiving, Home Health Care, providing transportation after school to a Homework Club Care and Military Child and Development Center. Krystal has always had a passion for assisting families. She is ecstatic to continue her work in your assisting with your family needs.
Secretary