Northlake Behavioral Health System
Toll Free: 844-SEACOAST
Admissions: (843) 215-8080
Fax: (843) 215-8081
6367 Bay Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

Seacoast Youth Academy
6367 Bay Road
Phone: (843) 215-8080
Toll Free: 844-SEACOAST
Fax: (843) 215-8081

We are a Title One supported facility. We receive federal funding to provide after school educational tutoring.

Seacoast Youth Academy is full of friendly faces, licensed staff, and professionals.

We pride ourselves in recruiting staff who geniunely care about and enjoy working with children.

Travis Small
Executive Director

Travis Small was recently named Executive Director of Seacoast Youth Academy. With four years of experience working at various key positions at Seacoast Youth Academy, Small brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to this position.

He received his undergraduate degree in Sociology from Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, SC. He played football at Coastal and as a native of South Carolina has been recognized by the ‘The State’ as one of the top 150 high school football players in South Carolina. He has since attended Ashford University and attained a Master of Arts in Organizational Management.

Meridian’s VP of Southeast Division, Kenny Dixon states, “Travis is an excellent choice for Executive Director of Seacoast, he is an advocate for doing what’s right for kids and has consistently excelled and leading others to do the same.’ Travis’ love for working with children is evident in his personal life as well.  He has been fostering a former resident of SYA for several years, with his adoption to the Small family pending finalization any day now.

Gayle McCandless
Director of Risk Management, Quality Assurance, and Infection Control

Gayle McCandless has her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is the Risk Manager/Registered Nurse at Seacoast Youth Academy. She has over 19 years of experience working with an array of Behavioral and Mental Health Patients.

She is a Certified CPR, AED, and First Aid Trainer for the American Red Cross. She is also certified in DRG Assurance and Clinical Documentation. Gayle also is a Coordinator Diplomat of ABQAURP and has been devoted to Seacoast Youth Academy since August 2009.

Nicole Bennett
Director of HR, AP & Payroll

Nicole Bennett has been employed by Seacoast Youth Academy as the Director of HR, AP & Payroll since October 2014. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA. She grew up in King of Prussia, PA before tiring of the snow and moving to sunny Myrtle Beach in 2014.

Nicole joined Seacoast with over 15 years of experience in Human Resources, 8 of them in the healthcare field. She has always loved working with children and focuses on hiring staff who care for the children of Seacoast like they care for their own.

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