LaQuanda is a Black woman with black kinky hair tied back in a black headband, wearing black rectangular framed glasses that show off her punchy purple eye shadow, and a navy shirt. She is smiling at the camera, standing in front of greenery.As the Independent Living Coordinator for Able SC, Laquanda is a very busy bee. She supervises the Independent Living Specialists in both the Columbia and Greenville offices, ensuring deadlines are met and protocol is followed concerning consumers. She is also the Transition Coordinator with the Department of Health and Human Services and Home Again Transition Coordinator, helping consumers leave nursing homes. She is SC Thrive certified, meaning she is able to help people apply for government benefits.

Laquanda is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and went on to earn her master’s degree in government at Regent University. She wanted to go to law school but saw the help was needed more in the grassroots setting and applied to Able SC right after school.

Laquanda was recognized as Educator of the Year by the Autism Society in 2015 and received the Governor’s Employment Achievement Award in 2014. Laquanda loves spending time with her two children and her husband. She’s a huge Gamecock fan and loves going to comic con events. She is more than likely the first one on the dance floor.