Military Community Liaison
Kelsie Carter was employed as a Family Care Behavioral Specialist for 3 Marine Base camps in Okinawa, Japan with the Child, Youth and Family Services Offices. In addition to her ability to train and facilitate workshops and briefings on topics of concern for our Military populations, she spent a number of years working with Military One Source as a Consultant and First Responder to addressing emergency and crisis calls received by Service Members and their families of all branches all over the world. She has worked with EFMP (Exceptional Family Members Program), ACS, (Army Community Services), CDC (Child Development Centers) , CYFS (Children Youth and Family Services), AFR (Airman and Family Readiness), Supervised MFLCs (Military Family Life Consultants) and supported programs for the WWP (Wounded Warriors Program) at Walter Reed in Washington DC. She is Certified JCTC (Job and Career Transition Coach) and JCDC (Job and Career Development Coach) for Retired Service Members and for Military Spousal Career Programs. In addition, she served as a Resilience Coach, Facilitator and Trainer for the Gulf Coast Community which included Military families at Keesler AFB and Navy Seabee in Biloxi, MS. Served as a member of the AAHC (African American Heritage Committee) at Keesler Air Force Base. She has lived on/or worked on a number of Military Installations bases including Fort Myers, Fort Belvoir, Fort Stewart, Fort Drum, Hanscom AFB, Ramstein AFB in Germany, Keesler AFB, Grissom ARB, Warner Robins AFB, Andrews AFB, Bolling AFB, Navy Seabee, MCB Camps (Butler, Foster, Courtney and Kinser in Okinawa, Japan.
“I know what it’s like to prepare for deployments, permanent change of station (PCS) moves and extended temporary duty (TDY). I understand first-hand many of the challenges military families endure and how crucial and important this role is.” Kelsie R. Carter
She and her husband, Ret. Lt. Col George Carter have two children enrolled in in Richland Two schools. As a Military spouse, she has been afforded the opportunity to travel the world and experience life as a Military spouse and mother which in her words has been “quite a task and an enlightening experience”. Having dealt with deployments, several PCS moves and extended TDYs, she understands first-hand many of the challenges Military families have to endure and how crucial and important her role is as Military Community Liaison. She is passionate about continuing her work with this population and knows that her purpose is to connect our Military families to services and support within our District and the Richland County Community to the best of her abilities.
She is the President and Co- founder of DMAD Consulting Firm Inc., which stands for Differences Make A Difference. Since 2000, she and her business partner (her mom) educate individuals on how to deal with conflicting messages that we receive in matters of race, gender and lifestyle. In addition, to her expertise in diversity issues, she is skilled at conducting sessions on conflict resolution, team building, leadership development, customer service, problem solving and critical intervention response in the workplace.
As a facilitator and trainer, she has conducted training sessions for Government agencies, schools, churches, non-profit organizations and many businesses and industries.
Carter received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and her master’s degree in education with an emphasis in counseling and development from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She has completed coursework towards a Ph.D in counseling psychology and plans to complete her doctorate in the near future. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., NAACP, NCNW (National Council for Negro Women) and BPW USA Business and Professional Women USA, National Association of Educational Office Professionals (NAEOP), South Carolina Association of Educational Office Professionals (SCAEOP) and Richland County Association of Educational Office Professionals (RAEOP).
Kelsie Carter has devoted the last 30 years of her life to community and advocacy work, with an emphasis on mental health and community counseling, military family support and outreach, higher education and K-12 education and support. Her work with Military populations spans across all branches and ages.