SCAD Staff

Anita M. Steichen-McDaniel, Executive Director

Anita M. Steichen-McDaniel has served as Executive Director since January 10, 2009. She was appointed Interim Executive Director on October 2, 2008. She is also ex officio of the SCAD Board of Directors. She previously served six years as President of the Association. She served on the Board of Directors of the Association for a total of 21 years. She received several awards from SCAD at the conferences. She greatly advocates to the Deaf Community in South Carolina.

She is a graduate of the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind. She moved to the Midlands from the Charleston Area after she married her husband, Lee McDaniel who lives in Columbia, SC. She previously worked at the Charleston Veteran’s Medical Center as a Patient Service Assistant for 21 years.

Joy Hill, Administrative Assistant

Joy Hill started in March 2013 as our Administrative Assistant at SCAD. She is a native of Cayce, South Carolina. Her late father, John Calvin Hill, was deaf. He went to the SC School for the Deaf and Blind (SCSDB) in Spartanburg, SC. Her late mother, Annie Joyce Hill, was hard of hearing and also attended to SCSDB. The first language she learned was American Sign Language communicating with her parents. They found out she lost her hearing by illness at the age of six years old and was fitted with a hearing aid. She grew up attending many deaf events with her parents. Joy graduated from Brookland Cayce High School. She previously worked the structural steel industry as an Office Administrator for about 20 years. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her two dogs, doing artwork and photography.