Chelsey began with Easterseals in June 2015 and is a graduate of Psychology from the University of SC Upstate campus. She has been working with children for over 10 years through ABA therapy, children shelters, and now through supervising her Early Intervention team. Chelsey has no doubt that this is the population the Lord has called her to serve. For her, there is no greater passion than improving the life of a child. She states, "Everyday I wake up and I am excited to come to work. I can truly say I am doing what I love for a living and I want that to project in everything I do." Chelsey is married and has two children of her own. She enjoys getting in the floor and playing with them, making them laugh, and going on family adventures. In her freetime, she attends church, does photography, and anything that requires creativity.
Denise Balansky - Early Intervention Systems Manager
Denise Balansky has been with Easterseals South Carolina since January of 2007. She has over 19 years of experience working with children of various ages and with a variety of needs. Her career focus evolved while she worked at an extended school year program in Westport, CT and then took special education courses during her time studying abroad at the University of Sydney in Australia. Denise obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Education from Western New England University in Springfield, MA in 2004. After graduating, she obtained a position at the New England Center for Children outside of Boston where she had previously interned. After a relocating to the Carolinas, Denise attained a position with Easterseals. She began as an Early Intervention Specialist and was promoted into supervision in 2009. In 2011, she began her current role as the Early Intervention Systems Manager. She supports the Early Intervention Specialists and their supervisors across the state in this role. Denise firmly believes in empowering parents to be their child’s best teacher and to be advocates for their children. She loves seeing the difference that Early Intervention can make in the lives of the children and families that Easterseals serves! Outside of work, Denise enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters. They enjoy traveling especially when it involves a road trip, the beach, or seeing live music. Denise also enjoys being in nature, baking, yoga, and photography.