The administrative offices are located in the East York Industrial Park at 7900 Park Place Road in York.
The hours are 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Mary Poole has been working in the field of intellectual disabilities for over 25 years. Ms. Poole started her professional career as a third shift weekend direct care staff at an ICF/ID in the upstate of South Carolina. She has been a Service Coordination Supervisor, a Residential Director and a Day Program Director at various agencies in South Carolina. Ms. Poole is the current Executive Director of the York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs. She has a BS in Sociology and a MA in Business Management. Ms. Poole served on the Governor’s Adoption and Foster Care Task Force, the SCDHHS Final Rule Transition Team and is one of the founding members and current chair of the SC Disabilities Service Providers Coalition. Ms. Poole and her husband are the proud parents of 10 children.
Michelle Shaffer developed her interest in this profession as a camp volunteer with Special Olympics and Camp Spearhead while in college. Starting her career as a Direct Support Professional (DSP), Michelle has successfully served in a variety of professional positions for two different DSN Boards. Additionally Michelle has worked with various DSN Boards, private providers and state agencies on special projects and staff training initiatives throughout her career. Michelle brought her 30 years of experience to MaxAbilities in 2008 as Assistant Executive Director- overseeing agency operations. Michelle enjoys a variety of hobbies to include cooking, gardening, travel and even served several years as a local Cub Scout Volunteer.
Sonya Lopes oversees operations of both Adult Activities Centers in York County. She has worked with individuals with disabilities for over 10 years. She enjoys helping people fulfill their potential and celebrate their successes. Previously, Sonya was the Director of Early Intervention and is a graduate of The University of Alabama.
She lives in Tega Cay with her husband and two daughters. In her free time, Sonya enjoys learning water sports, hot yoga, gardening, and traveling.
Micka Ashley will tell you that she has been blessed to work with many amazing children, adults, and families and enjoy seeing each one maximize their abilities over the course of her years with the agency. Her career started almost 20 years ago providing direct care support in a residential setting and evolved to include providing Case Management services. She is now excited to be part of the Human Resources team. When not working, you will find her on the sidelines cheering at York Cougar events as a proud band, basketball and soccer mom.
Sharon Y. Mcknight is a graduate of University of South Carolina with a Bachelors’ of Science Degree in Sociology with a Minor in Psychology. She is currently the Residential Director and has 24 years of experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities. Sharon is the proud mother one son and enjoys spending time with family, friends, working for her church and listening to music.
Sharne Prophet, Lead Community Nurse Coordinator, has more than 30 years of medical experience to include insurance, hospital, central supply, nursing home, utilization review and developmental disabilities. Sharne has spent 15 years as a nurse at MaxAbilities of York County with the last 8 serving as Lead Community Nurse Coordinator. She has a Diploma from Lancaster Vocational School for Practical Nurse and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College.
A native of upstate New York, Bobby has called the Carolinas home for the past eight years. In 2013, he graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC (Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration). He is excited to be a part of the York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs. When not focused on financial matters, Bobby enjoys playing and listening to music, writing and baseball. You can visit him at
Melissa Chappell-Walker has been working with adults and children of all ages with intellectual disabilities for over 20 years. A graduate of Winthrop University she found her passion working direct care in both residential services and at the day program. Than her passion lead her to Case Management. Over the years she worked in Early Intervention doing play therapy and back to Case Management again. Currently as the Director of Family Supports for both Case Management and Early Intervention. When not working she enjoys time with her husband and two beautiful girls who keep her busy. Melissa enjoys attending the theater, cooking, and traveling especially to Disney World.