Executive Director

Liz Baysden has been directing child care centers for over 16 years, and has previously taught in preschool classrooms. She has experience in all aspects of running a business and is knowledgeable about state regulations for preschool settings and child care. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business, with a concentration in marketing, from Winthrop University. She recently completed ECD 101 and received Director’s Credential in 2019. DCEC recruited her in 2012 to continue the successful growth and service commitment of our preschool. She adores children and has many goals for DCEC and the children and families we serve. Liz serves on the “Eat Smart, Move More” Coalition through United Way of Anderson County.


Marketing Director

Laura Capell worked in corporate marketing for 15 years before her heart led her to the nonprofit sector.  For the nine years prior to joining DCEC, she worked with a human service agency in the areas of volunteer management, operations management, marketing and resource development. She’s been working to promote DCEC’s mission since January 2016. Laura is an Anderson native.  She attended TL Hanna High School and Anderson College.  She is a graduate of the Nonprofit Leadership Institute at Francis Marion University, the Carolina Academy of Nonprofit Leaders in Columbia, SC and Leadership Anderson Class 25. Laura serves on several other local nonprofit boards and advisory committees. 

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors, formally established when DCEC became a non-profit in 2010, governs all policies and guidelines for the Center. Consisting of parents, professionals, and community stakeholders, our Board is dedicated to the care and promotion of children and families with special needs.


DeeDee Waters
Board Chair
Sullivan King

Samantha Evans
Anmed Health

Alice Bagby
Retired RN, BSN, MSN

Matt Guthrie
Anderson County Sheriff’s Office

Cassie Skelton
Alumni Parent

Heath Cowan
Michelin NA

Ginger Eaton
First Citizens Bank

Dr. Deandra Clark
Children’s Health Center

Steve Gromelski
Michelin NA

Service Providers

  • Ahead Start

  • Bright Start

  • Promising Futures

  • Tri County Therapy

  • SC First Steps

  • Babynet

  • SCDDSN – SC Department of Disabilities & Special Needs


Partner Organizations

  • United Way of Anderson County

  • Anderson Sertoma Club

  • The Abney Foundation

  • Dabo’s All-In Foundation

  • The Josephine Moffatt Stevenson Trust

  • Young Family Foundation

  • Sisters of Charity of South Carolina



  • Michelin North America

  • Panagakos Paving


Service Dog

Gracie was born on December 9, 2018, and is a Great Pyrenees/Anatolian.  She’s a huge puppy with a huge heart!  Gracie is looking forward to becoming an ambassador for DCEC! She started school on August 12, 2019, to learn to pull a cart and work with DCEC’s special children.  Over the next year, she will learn to become part of the DCEC family; getting to know the children until she grows strong enough to take them for rides in a cart.

We are excited to watch Gracie grow with DCEC!