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The Southern Organization for Human Services includes the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina,  South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.


2015 Conference

2015 ConferenceApril 8-11, 2015 | Charlotte, NC

Molding Minds and Changing Attitudes
Our goal as Human Services professionals is to assist our client in understanding the relationship between thinking, feeling and behavior. Furthermore, we must foster and instill in our clients the necessity of change and aid them in discovering their strengths, assets and personal power. With a different mindset and a change in attitude, clients are enabled to live more satisfying, autonomous and productive lives.

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SOHS Vision, Mission, and Values/Guiding Principles

New Vision
Personal and professional growth through education, networking, and partnership

New Mission
Over the next years, continue to strengthen the organization by:

  • Maintaining fiscal solvency
  • Increasing member engagement – students, faculty, practitioners
  • Promoting community services and global awareness
  • Supporting research and scholarship
  • Increasing visibility
  • Educating stakeholders
  • Utilizing technology
  • Advocacy

New Guiding Principles

  • Partnership, collaboration, and awareness among students, practitioners, and educators in the human services profession
  • Adherence to the human services professional code of ethics
  • Servant leadership
  • Advocacy and activism
  • Diversity
  • Education

Contact for More Information
Steve Cockerham

SOHS Board Members 2013


Susan Claxton, President

Susan Claxton, ND, holds a Masters in Human Services and Doctorate in Naturopathy. She has worked with disabilities, counseling, and Native American studies. She is a Professor of Human Services at Georgia Highlands College. Dr. Claxton has served SOHS as President, Secretary, Vice President, and State Representative and has also been on the board of NOHS as Regional Representative and Vice President for Conferences besides presenting at numerous SOHS and NOHS conferences. She authored Organ Transplantation: Issues Impacting Human Services Professionals. Her research interests include Native American Issues, Natural Health, Prevention of Suicide and Aftercare for Survivors of Suicide (family members and loved ones who have lost someone to suicide).

Steve Cockerham, Past President

Steve Cockerham, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Human Services program in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. He has been a board member of SOHS since 2007 and was a Vice President for NOHS 2009-2011. He also edits the NOHS newsletter, the LINK, as well as the NOHS Conference Proceedings. Steve has a lengthy history in human services as a faculty member in several colleges and a practitioner in organizations dedicated to counseling and human services. He has taught at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine, NC, Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, TN, Branell College and the National Institute of Technology in Nashville, TN before coming to ETSU. He has worked in counseling and administration of mental health services in institutional, residential, and community settings in facilities such as Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital, Three Springs in Centerville, TN, and Cumberland Community Mental Health Center in Gallatin, TN. He is a Board Certified Human Service Practitioner and a Certified Wilderness Counselor.

Kiera Deschamps, Vice President

Kiera DesChamps, MA, is the co-founder of Cypress Consulting, LLC, where she and others "Promote Professional Excellence." She is the Division Director of the Health and Human Services Division of Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC and also held an appointment as adjunct professor for Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC. Mrs. DesChamps has a Masters of Art degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University with additional qualifications as a Board Certified Human Services Practitioner (HS-BCP), a Certified Community College Teacher (NC State University), and a Certified Professional Life Coach. Mrs. DesChamps recently completed the process of accreditation by the Council on Standards for Human Services Education (CSHSE) for Montgomery Community College. She is also a Self-Study reader for the CSHSE accreditation. She enjoys teaching in the community college system because it allows her the opportunity to reach students from a cross-section of the community as well as provide a service to the community through various service projects and community outreach programs.

Mixon Ware, Treasurer

Mixon Ware, PhD, HS-BCP, CFLE, CRPC, is an Associate Professor at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY. With a passion for making a difference and empowering others, Mixon has worked in human services and higher education for 23 years. Her work in teaching, training, and curriculum development encompasses human services and nonprofit management, leadership, diversity, human development and gerontology, family studies, and women and gender studies. Dr. Ware completed her Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, specializing in human development and family studies with a minor in gerontology. Dr. Ware has served on the boards of directors of the Foster Grandparents Program, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Eastern Kentucky University African-African American Advisory Board and Honors Program Board; and Building Owners and Managers Educational Institute. She has held leadership positions in numerous organizations including Faculty Senate Chair at Eastern Kentucky University; the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and others too numerous to list. Dr. Ware's work is an avocation rather than a vocation, her joy is in her service, and she considers herself fortunate to be able to pursue her passions through her career as an educator and human services professional. She is committed to advocacy and action for human rights, with a particular focus on genocide prevention and teaching tolerance and social justice.

Felicia Wilson, Secretary

Felicia Wilson, PhD, is a licensed master social worker in the State of Georgia. She is currently employed by Shorter University as the Human Services Program Chair. Dr. Wilson received her doctoral degree in Human Services from Capella University, Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University, and Bachelor of Social Work degree from Alabama State University. Over the course of her professional career, Dr. Wilson has been employed as an assistant administrator and director of social services in nursing homes. She has also worked as the director of customer care for a healthcare technology company. Dr. Wilson has experience as a therapist working with sexually exploited girls and geriatric clients. Her research interests include job burnout antecedents and prevention, depression treatment for geriatric clients, and support interventions for families.


Olu Eniwaye

Olu Eniwaye, PhD, is Associate Professor and the Assistant Chair for the Human Services program at Daytona State College Daytona Beach Florida. He earned his doctorate in Human Services from Capella University. Dr. Eniwaye has written and published papers on subjects like cultural mistrust, racial identity development, and ethnic identity. He has presented for SOHS on topics such as crisis intervention and genograms. He is an advisory board member for Volusia County Florida Human Services Assistance Program.

Yolanda Mayberry

Yolanda Mayberry, MBA, teaches at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Gautier, MS, in the Human Services degree program and is also Department Chair for Career/Technical Education (CTE). She holds the designation as a Human Services Board Certified Practitioner. Her background includes vocational counseling and homeless/housing assistance, working for several federal programs. She has extensive experience in supervision of counselors and public relations. Last year, she was awarded Instructor of the Year at her college. Mrs. Mayberry has been the recipient of numerous awards for volunteering in the field of Human Services.

Scott Smith

Scott Smith, M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling, has been teaching for over 20 years. He is currently the Human Services Program Head at Stanly Community College (SCC), where he has been for over 15 years. Before coming to SCC, Scott served as the Volunteer Coordinator for Forsyth County's Support Our Students Program, an after-school initiative serving at-risk middle school students. Prior to this, he taught at Forsyth Technical Community College and at Miller-Motte Business College. Scott served as President of the North Carolina for Human Services (NCOHS) for over five years and also served as Vice President for two years. He is currently the Immediate Past President of NCOHS.

Narketta Sparkman

Narketta M. Sparkman, PhD, has over 15 years in the field of Human Services and has a diverse background as a practitioner and educator. She holds Ph.D. in Human Services with a focus of Social and Community Services. She also holds the designation of Human Services Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP). Dr. Sparkman currently serves as Assistant Professor-Human Services at Old Dominion University. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the Southern Organization for Human Services board and serves in the capacity of Virginia State Representative. She comes to us by way of the Midwest Organization of Human Services where she also served as state representative.

Lynn Campbell Washington

Lynn Washington, MS, LPC, graduated from Northeastern State University of Oklahoma in 1983 and has worked as a counselor, primarily in community mental health, for most of her career after then. Generally working in rural areas, she has served a wide variety of ages and problems. In addition to community mental health, she had also had the wonderful opportunity to work at a state school for the deaf, blind and multihandicapped, and to work at a university, providing national testing in addition to counseling, advising and study skills. For the past several years, she was an adjunct instructor at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark in addition to counseling and, in August 2012, was offered the position of program chair of the new Human Services program here. Since then, she has been working with the academic dean to build the curriculum, teaching the first year of classes, and making contacts in the broader community to help build the program, which is being designed to meet the standards of CSHSE.

The Southern Organization for Human Services includes the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.