The administrative staff of the York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs represents over 150 years of collective experience in the field supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities.

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.

Michelle Shaffer

Executive Director


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

Director of Vocational and Day Support


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

Director of Human Resources


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

Assistant Executive Director


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 LPN

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.

Denise Swafford, RN

Director of Nursing

Denise Swafford, RN has over 25 years’ experience as a registered nurse working in Pediatrics, Home Health and various nursing positions in hospitals in Greenville, SC and Rock Hill, SC. She began in career in 2003 as the Director of Nursing for Maxabilities where she found her niche working with the adults we serve. In 2007 Denise began a career as a consultant teaching medication technician classes for unlicensed personnel for other boards of disabilities throughout the state. During that time, she continued to consult with MaxAbilities and be a resource for the nursing department. In January 2019, Denise joined Maxabilities full time as Director of Nursing. She continues to serve as mentor to disabilities nurses across the state. When she is not at work, you will find Denise spending time with her husband, daughters or her five grandchildren.

Lori Ross

Finance Manager

Jennifer Poole

Director of Support Services

Jennifer Poole is a Graduate of The Citadel with a Masters in Clinical Counseling. Jennifer continued her education by enrolling in Behavior Analytic coursework through the University of Nevada Reno, and received her Board Certification in Behavior Analysis in 2013. Since then, she has supervised programs aimed to increase the language, social, and adaptive skills for individuals with Autism and other Intellectual Disabilities. In addition, Jennifer has written and overseen the implementation of Behavior Plans meant to decrease maladaptive behaviors. Jennifer lives in Charlotte NC, and in her spare time loves to read, go to the gym, try new restaurants, and travel.