Staff

The SC Campaign team is composed of talented individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds. Bringing fresh and innovative ideas to work each day, our team is dedicated to reducing teen births in South Carolina.

    Leadership

  • E.A. "Beth" De Santis, MSN

    Chief Executive Officer

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    Beth joined the SC Campaign as Chief Executive Officer in October 2016 after working at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) for 16 years. Beth began working at SC DHEC in 2000 as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner providing clinical reproductive health care. After four years of clinical care, she went into Program and Operations Management for the counties of Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg. In 2010 she became the Director of DHEC’s statewide Family Planning Program and then in 2013 became Director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

    Her background includes a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Carolina, Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia. Over the course of her career Beth has focused on decreasing unintended pregnancy in an effort to empower young women to develop to their full potential. Beth currently serves on the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association’s Board of Directors. 

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  • Alvin Caughman

    Director of Operations and Communications

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    Alvin joined SC Campaign after serving as the corporate director of marketing at the Zeus Industrial Products for eight years. In this role, he directed and executed strategies that created global brand awareness for the organization and its subsidiary companies through branding, public relations, advertising and event management. Alvin is a native of Lexington, SC., and a graduate of South Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing.

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  • Doug Taylor, MPH

    Director of Community Programs and Evaluation

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    Doug joined the SC Campaign in June of 2011. He oversees all community focused programming and the agency’s research and evaluation activities. The Department manages over 3 million in federal and private foundation funding to support youth serving professionals in providing age-appropriate, medically accurate sexual health education to teens. Previously, Doug worked at the Department of Health and Environmental Control where he coordinated the implementation of DHEC’s Health Services statewide performance management system, and lead quality improvement teams in process improvement projects. He also spent five years in the STD/HIV Division where he supervised the collection and analysis of process and outcome data and assisted in the development and implementation of the Division’s performance indicators. Doug has a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion and Education from the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Education from the University of North Texas.

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  • Rena Dixon, PhD, MPH, MCHES

    Director of Clinical Programs

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    Rena is a 2010 addition to the SC Campaign. As a member of the Capacity Building Department, she provides training and technical assistance for priority populations and healthcare providers. Originally from Augusta, GA, Rena graduated cum laude from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA with a B.S. in Health Sciences and a minor in Latin American Studies. She also holds a Master of Public Health from Armstrong. Rena completed her Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Community Health Education and Health Promotion in Public Health from Walden University in 2014.  Before coming to the SC Campaign, Rena worked for Planned Parenthood of Georgia as the Health and Promotions Coordinator and for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a Public Health Educator.  Rena is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.  She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and the American Public Health Association.

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    Executive Office, Finance & Human Resources

  • Gwendolyn K. Baker, MA

    Human Resources Manager

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    Gwen joined the SC Campaign in 2000 and was responsible for the coordination of the SC Campaign's educational activities. Under her leadership, the Summer Institute experienced phenomenal growth and the scope of educational programming expanded. In February 2008, Gwen was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, responsible for ensuring the efficient operation of the SC Campaign office. She is a graduate of South Carolina State University and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Welfare and a Master’s degree in Human Behavior and Conflict Management from Columbia College. She is a graduate of the Furman University Diversity Leadership Initiative, has a certificate from The Nonprofit Leadership Institute at Francis Marion University and is a Notary Public. Gwen is also a former faculty member of the Sisters of Charity/Columbia College Learning Academy that addresses critical issues in nonprofit leadership.

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  • Tammy Orr

    Finance Manager

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    Tammy joined the SC Campaign in June 2018 as the Finance Manager.  In her current role, she works closely with the CEO, the SC Campaign Directors, and the Board of Directors to support all financial aspects as well as Grant Accounting for the SC Campaign. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management from Southern Wesleyan University. Before coming to the Campaign, Tammy retired from the State of South Carolina after 31 years of service specializing in finance and Grants Administration. 

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  • Kay Foster

    Executive Assistant

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    Kay joined the SC Campaign in November 2016 where she serves as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer. In her current role, she works closely with the CEO, the SC Campaign executive officers and the Board of Directors to support overall operations. She is a seasoned executive assistant having held positions in banking, financial investments, insurance, education, and non-profits. A native of Macon, GA she studied Business Management at Macon State College. Kay and her husband moved to South Carolina in 2015 and reside in the Irmo/Ballentine area.    

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  • Misty McNair

    Grants Specialist

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    Misty joined the SC Campaign in October 2018 as the Grants Specialist. In this role, Misty works closely with grants to maintain and verify their financial records and to help, clarify, and resolve any issues with the grants. Prior to joining the Campaign, Misty was the business manager of a wholesale distribution store for 10 years.There she was responsible for planning and overseeing the fiscal health and operations of the business. Misty was born and raised in Blythewood, SC. She is a graduate of Columbia College and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

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    Operations & Communications

  • Kimberley Wicker, LMSW

    Communications Manager

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    Kimberley joined the SC Campaign in February 2010 after serving as program director for Newberry County Teen Pregnancy Prevention (a program of the Family Service Center of South Carolina) for six years. Kimberley received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Columbia College (2002) and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of South Carolina (2008). She has remarkable experience in youth outreach programs and advocacy activities for young people. In addition to her educational background, Kimberley has been able to gain professional training in service learning, parenting education, and other science-based teen pregnancy prevention programs. In her current role, Kimberley provides oversight for all SC Campaign marketing, outreach and development activities, management of the statewide conference (Summer Institute) and support for the executive team.

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  • Shannon Lindsay, MS

    Training Manager

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    Shannon joined the campaign in February 2014 as the Training Coordinator. She is responsible for the development, planning and implementation of all in-house, off-site and online SC Campaign educational events. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in History from Wofford College in Spartanburg SC, and a Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling from the School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Before coming to the Campaign, Shannon was the Transition Specialist for the SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department and a statewide Transition Coach for the Office of Exceptional Children at the SC Department of Education.

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  • Stig Rasmussen, J.D., M.M.C.

    Grants and Contracts Manager

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    Stig joined the SC Campaign in May 2014. He has since been elevated to Grants and Contracts Manager. In this role, he oversees the regulatory management of all of the SC Campaign’s grant awards and giving, reviews and drafts all Campaign contracts, and supervises many of the day-to-day operations issues for the SC Campaign. Stig received a Bachelor of Arts in 2004 from Emory University majoring in both Psycholinguistics and Philosophy, and received a Juris Doctorate and Master of Mass Communication from the University of South Carolina in 2011. He is licensed to practice law in South Carolina and Georgia.

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  • Carol Singletary, MA

    Outreach and Special Projects

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    Carol began working for the SC Campaign in 2003 after retiring as the Director of Youth Programs for the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) and following 29.5 years of service. She began her DSS career at the Florence County office where she worked for seven years before moving to the Richland County office. As the Director of Youth Programs for SCDSS, Carol was responsible for all teen pregnancy prevention programs funded by DSS and the County Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Programs funded with funds allocated by the South Carolina General Assembly.

    For most of her career, Carol has worked with children and families in the areas of foster care, child protective services, and other prevention programs. Carol has 28 years experience working in teen pregnancy prevention, is a graduate of Claflin University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a minor in Secondary Education, and holds a Master’s degree in Human Behavior and Conflict Management from Columbia College. While Carol initially joined the SC Campaign as the Senior Faith-Based Initiative Coordinator, she has since served in several different capacities. Carol is active in the community and affiliated with a number of organizations to include Francis Burns UMC, local political and civic organizations, and the Columbia Branch NAACP.

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  • Lydia Royals, MA

    Public Relations Specialist

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    Lydia joined the Campaign in August 2018 as Public Relations Specialist. In this role, she is responsible for creating and transforming ideas into written content relating to the marketing efforts of the organization and its subsidiaries and/or partners. She works closely with personnel within and outside of the company, to create content that has a singular voice through print and digital media. Prior to her work at the Campaign, she worked as Communications Specialist at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing for Print and Digital Media and a Master of Organizational Leadership from Columbia College, Columbia, SC.

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  • Susan Locke

    Training Associate

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    Susan joined the campaign in August 2018 as the Training Associate. In this role she is responsible for assisting in the planning, implementation and evaluation of all SC Campaign educational programming, technical assistance efforts and internal staff development opportunities.

    Locke earned a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of South Carolina. She was born and raised in NC, but now calls Columbia, SC home. Prior to joining the SC Campaign full-time, Locke worked as an intern in early 2018. She is excited to continue her passion in preventing teen and unwanted pregnancy through the campaign.

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  • Tshinde "TJ" Turmon

    Operations Assistant

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    TJ joined the SC Campaign in early 2018 and provides operations support for the agency. Though he functions as the face and voice of the organization to those who visit and the public, he also plays a key role in regards to internal customer service. TJ has previous experience with the Welfare to Work program, serving as personal advisor at Communities in Schools. In addition, he has been a mentor in with Big Brothers Big Sisters, taught sexual education for Richmond County Schools (Augusta, GA), and volunteered with young fathers in the Georgia Fatherhood Program of Richmond County.

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    Health Services

  • Jocelyn T. Rogers, MPH

    Health Services Specialist II

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    Jocelyn, a native of Goose Creek, SC, originally joined the Campaign in August 2014 as a Capacity Building Intern. Prior to joining the SC Campaign full-time, she worked as an Assistant Manager of Operations for Octapharma Plasma, Inc. for 2.5 years. In her current role, Jocelyn provides services to health clinics throughout South Carolina to assist in process improvement, fostering teen-friendly environments and adolescent recruitment, accessibility and retention.

    Jocelyn is a proud alumni of the University of South Carolina where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Health with a cognate in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior from the Arnold School of Public Health. She will earn her Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from Kent State University in fall 2018. Jocelyn is a member of the South Carolina Public Health Reserve Corps and proudly served as the 2015-2016 Health Education Section Vice-Chair of the SC Public Health Association.  

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  • Brittany Wearing, MPH, CHES

    College Campus Coordinator

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    Brittany joined the SC Campaign in August 2016 after serving as a Community Advocate for six years with the Office of Community Health Improvement, formally the Maternal Child Health Initiative at Palmetto Health. Previously, Brittany served as the Health Education Prevention Specialist with Richland County School District One where she was responsible for overseeing a grant-funded pregnancy prevention initiative utilizing evidence-based approaches. Brittany currently serves as the Midlands Capacity Building Specialist, providing support, training, and technical assistance for communities in Orangeburg and Aiken counties.

    Brittany developed her passion for pregnancy prevention during her undergraduate tenure at the University of South Carolina where she graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Public Health. She also holds a Master of Public Health degree in Health Promotion Education and Behavior from the University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist who has a keen interest in adolescent health and sexual health. 

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  • Avis Wright, MPH

    Health Services Coordinator

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    Avis joined the South Carolina campaign in May 2017 after serving as a Health Education Coordinator with the Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services. She is currently responsible for providing capacity building for health center partners in the South Carolina Adolescent Health Reproductive Health Leadership Institute.

    Avis graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. Her path to public health began while volunteering with health promotion nonprofit agencies. She continued her academic studies at Walden University where she obtained a Master of Public Health degree. Her interests include philanthropy, sexual health, and health education.

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  • Yajaira Maldonado

    Health Services Support Specialist

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    Yajaira joined the Campaign October 2018 as the Health Services Support Specialist. In this role, she assists the Health Services Manager (HSM) and project managers/leads with planning, coordinating and decision making associated with capacity building and mobilization of health services partners. Originally from NYC, Maldonado graduated as a Cardiovascular Sonography Technician and Medical Receptionist in 2011. Prior to joining the camping she served as a Community Health worker for the Best Chance Network at the American Cancer Society. She also worked at Molina Healthcare for two years as their Community Outreach Coordinator.

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    Community Programs & Evaluation

  • Meredith Talford, MPH, CHES

    Community Grants Manager

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    Meredith joined the SC Campaign staff in March of 2011 after serving four years as HIV/AIDS Health Educator at SC DHEC. She has worked with a variety of populations which include youth in foster care and adolescent male sex offenders. A Chester, SC native, Meredith is a graduate of Bennett College for Women, earning a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Public Health from Mercer University School of Medicine. Meredith is the Project Coordinator for “Accelerating Progress: Strengthening Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives Among High Need SC Populations,” where the goal is to increase the capacity of organizations to implement evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs with a special focus on youth in juvenile detention and foster care.

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  • Mallory Macgargle

    Research and Evaluation Specialist

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    Mallory joined the SC Campaign in May 2017 as the Training Associate. Prior to joining the SC Campaign, she worked at the SC Department of Juvenile Justice for three years in the Medicaid department serving at-risk youth across South Carolina. Mallory was born and raised in Irmo, SC where she currently resides and has earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health at the University of South Carolina. She has now transitioned into the Research and Evaluation Department at the Campaign and is serving as the Research and Evaluation Specialist.

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  • Denise Marcano

    College Health Education Coordinator

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    Hailing from New York, Denise has been a resident of the Carolinas for well over a decade where she has been deeply involved in helping its residents on different social issues. Denise has been working in the HIV/AIDS, STD and teen pregnancy field for over 13 years in a prevention/treatment healthcare setting. During the last 8 years, she worked as a Community Health Educator for a local community organization providing prevention, education and testing services to York, Lancaster and Chester county concentrating on the Hispanic/Latino, women of color, LGBTQ, and adolescent populations.

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  • Amanda S. Leeson, MA, MCHES

    Capacity Building Coordinator

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    Amanda joined the SC Campaign in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from Appalachian State University and a Master of Arts in Health Education and Promotion from East Carolina University. Amanda also obtained a graduate Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts from the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist and brings over 15 years of experience in public health, prevention, and health promotion. A native of beautiful Asheville, NC, she now enjoys calling Greenville and the Palmetto State home.

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  • Jessica Sharp, MPA

    Capacity Building Specialist

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    Jessica joined the Campaign in 2018 after serving in various non-profit roles in Greenville, SC. In her current role, Jessica provides support through training, technical assistance, and community mobilization to meet the identified needs of assigned local partners. Her passion is to empower traditionally underserved communities and has done this through her work and volunteer experience. She has a bachelor’s from the University of South Carolina, a master’s from the University of Missouri, and is in a Leadership Psychology Doctoral program at William James College. Jessica serves as a capacity building specialist with the Campaign and works specifically with vulnerable youth.

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  • Rachel Kaplan, MPH

    Capacity Building Specialist

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    Rachel, a native of North Carolina, joined the Campaign in 2018. In her role as Capacity Building Specialist, Rachel provides support through training, technical assistance, and community mobilization to meet the identified needs of assigned local partners. Rachel holds a Master of Public Health and a Certificate in Drug and Addiction Studies. She has extensive experience working with the homeless population, youth with disabilities, mental health, suicide prevention, wellness programming, crisis intervention, and diabetes education and awareness for all ages regarding type 1 and type 2. Rachel has created, implemented, and provided technical assistance for various youth programs and has spoken at state-wide and national conferences in a professional capacity.

    Rachel is a Board Member of Mental Health America of Greenville County, a Peer Mentor with the Association for Programs on Rural Independent Living (APRIL), Program Coordinator for an American Diabetes Association (ADA) summer camp for youth with type 1 diabetes, and active member in the success of the Diabetes Family Connection (DFC) in the Carolinas. She is excited to be a part of SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and utilize her health promotion and education skills in this capacity as it relates to sexual health.

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