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 was promoted to Program and Operations Manager 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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  • Gwendolyn K. Baker, MA

    Chief Operating Officer

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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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  • Alvin Caughman

    Chief Communications Officer

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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

    Chief Program Officer

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    Doug Taylor joined the SC Campaign in June of 2011 as the Chief Program Officer. In this position he oversees all programming activities through the Capacity Building and Research and Evaluation Departments. He also provides leadership in the SC Campaign’s grant giving process, which is anticipated to provide over 1.7 million dollars back into the community this fiscal year. 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. In addition to his professional work, he has served on the board of the SC HIV/AIDS Council and currently serves on the board of TB Photovoice.

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    Finance & Operations

  • Tameka Bell

    Finance Manager

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    Tameka joined the SC Campaign in November of 2010 where she serves as the Finance Manager. Before joining the SC Campaign, Tameka served as the Accounting Manager of the University of South Carolina’s Alumni Association where she worked for nine years. She graduated from Lander University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Tameka is a native of McCormick, SC.

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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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  • Mallory Macgargle

    Training Associate

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    Mallory joined the SC Campaign in May 2017 as the new Training Associate. Prior to joining the SC Campaign, she worked at the SC Department of Juvenile Justice for almost three years as a Medicaid Program Assistant 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 in May 2014.

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  • Shannon Lindsay, MS

    Training Coordinator

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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 & Contracts Finance Coordinator

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    Stig joined the SC Campaign in May 2014 as their Grants and Contracts Finance Specialist. He oversees the financial and regulatory management of all of the SC Campaign’s grant awards and giving, and reviews and drafts all contracts for the SC Campaign. Stig received BA’s in 2004 from Emory University in Psycholinguistics and Philosophy, and a JD/MMC from the University of South Carolina in 2011. He is licensed to practice law in South Carolina and Georgia.

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  • Vinicius Rogers

    Operations Assistant

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    Vinicius joined the SC Campaign in September 2014 where she serves as the Operations Assistant. In her current role, she works closely with the COO to ensure the overall smooth operations of the SC Campaign. Vinicius is a graduate of Troy University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and is presently pursuing her Master’s of Business Administration degree from Strayer University. Vinicius is a native of Atlanta, GA and has resided in the Columbia, SC area for the last 7 years.

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    Communications

  • Kimberley Wicker, LMSW

    Director of Communications

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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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  • Carol Singletary, MA

    Senior Advisor for Outreach

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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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  • Kemi Ogunji

    Multimedia Associate

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    Kemi joined the SC Campaign in October 2012 as the Executive/Development Assistant after working at McNair Law Firm for four years. In 2015, she moved into her current role of Multimedia Associate where she maintains the brand identity of the SC Campaign by designing print and digital materials, creating content for the e-newsletter, and managing the website. Kemi earned her bachelor's degree in English from the University of South Carolina.

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    Programs

  • Aaron Bryan, MA

    Capacity Building Manager

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    Aaron Bryan joined the SC Campaign’s staff in December 2013 as the Training and Technical Assistance Specialist for the Low Country and Midlands.  Aaron served ten years as the HIV/STD Health Education Consultant with the SC Department of Education.  In this role, his primary responsibility was building the capacity of districts and schools to implement evidence-based programs designed to reduce HIV/STD and teen pregnancy among school-age youth. Aaron also worked for several years at the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control as a HIV/STD Health Educator where he planned prevention initiatives and health promotion activities for highly impacted populations at the community, county, and state levels. Aaron earned his Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from South Carolina State University.  In addition to his professional work, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Orangeburg Calhoun Allendale Bamberg Action agency.

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  • Amanda S. Leeson, MA, CHES

    Upstate Capacity Building Specialist

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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 University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Gillings School of Public Health. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and brings over 13 years of experience in public health, prevention, and health promotion. Although much of her experience is in youth substance abuse prevention, she is eager to apply her knowledge and experience in public health, education, and behavior change theory to improve health, social, and economic outcomes related to teen pregnancy in South Carolina. A native of beautiful Asheville, NC, she now enjoys calling the Palmetto State home. Amanda currently serves as a Capacity Building Specialist providing support, training, and technical assistance for communities across the Upstate. 

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  • Andrea Heyward, MHS, MCHES

    Pregnancy Assistance Fund Coordinator

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    Andrea has held various roles since joining the Capacity Building Team in 2009. She is currently responsible for coordinating the federally funded Community Support for Young Parents Program. Andrea graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Experimental Psychology. During her time at the University of South Carolina, she took a great interest in Public Health and minored in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior. She continued her academic studies at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she obtained a Master of Health Science in Health Education and Health Communication. Andrea is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist and her interests include health communication, program planning and sexual health.

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  • Avis Wright, MPH

    Health Services Specialist

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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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  • Beth DeHart, MA

    Project Manager

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    Beth is a Union, SC native, but she feels like a Columbian since she has lived here for more than 15 years. Beth completed her BA from Presbyterian College in 1992 with a degree in Religion and a minor in psychology, and her MA from Columbia College in 2000 with a degree in Conflict Resolution. Beth’s entire professional career has been in the human services field, spending many years with the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, the SC Bar Law Related Education Division, City Year Columbia, Communities In Schools of the Midlands, Midlands Technical College, and now the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Beth is passionate about living her life to make the world a better place and as such, human service work is one of her primary passions. Beth joined the SC Campaign team in September of 2011 and currently serves as the Project Manager of the OAH “Expanding the Reach of Effective Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs in High Need South Carolina Communities” initiative in Aiken, Anderson and Orangeburg Counties.

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  • Brittany Wearing, MPH, CHES

    Midlands Capacity Building Specialist

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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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  • Chris Rollison

    Technical Assistance Coordinator

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    Chris holds a BS in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from Charleston Southern University. Prior to joining the SC Campaign, Chris served as a Community Relations Specialist in Berkeley County (CAPP program) and as a Youth Specialist with CIS Charleston (MAPPS program). His primary responsibilities at the SC Campaign are to provide technical assistance and training to local providers, particularly schools, on the implementation of science based approaches.

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  • Dana Becker Powell, M.Ed

    Community Mobilization Coordinator

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    Dana joined the SC Campaign team in January 2009 after working in the higher education field for ten years, most recently as the Director of Student Activities and Greek Life at Presbyterian College. She holds a BA in English/Secondary Education from Carson-Newman University and a Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. Dana is a certified John Maxwell Team Speaker, Trainer, and Coach and brings her wealth of experience in leadership development and teaching to her role mobilizing individuals, organizations, and communities around the topic of teen pregnancy. Dana works across the state and from her home office in the upstate.

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  • Denise Rivera

    Statewide Capacity Building Specialist

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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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  • Kelsea Casto

    Pee Dee Capacity Building Specialist

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    Kelsea joined the Campaign in July of 2016, initially starting in the Research and Evaluation Department and now transitioning to working in Capacity Building. Kelsea’s main role is to provide support and technical assistance to our partners in the Pee Dee region, while also offering trainings to local organizations. Before working at the Campaign she worked in many programs regarding teen pregnancy prevention in her home state of Michigan. There, she also received her Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University in December 2015.

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  • Meredith Talford, MPH, CHES

    Project Coordinator

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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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  • Rena Dixon, PhD, MPH, MCHES

    Health Services Manager

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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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    Research & Evaluation

  • Jennifer Duffy, PhD

    Director of Research and Evaluation

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    In Jen's role as the Director of Research and Evaluation, she supports the SC Campaign’s use of research and evaluation data to inform program development and improvement. Her research interests include how to build evaluation capacity among nonprofit organizations and building capacity for using evidence-based approaches to prevention. In addition to her work on teen pregnancy prevention, she has worked with state and local organizations focusing on the prevention of intimate partner violence and sexual violence, substance abuse prevention, and homelessness. Jennifer received her Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2014. Her dissertation examined how the relationship between technical assistance providers and participants affects technical assistance dose and outcomes.

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  • Amber Watson

    Research and Evaluation Specialist

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    Amber joined the SC Campaign in 2016 as the Research and Evaluation Specialist. Her role is mainly focused on evaluating implementation measures to ensure success and sustainability in teen pregnancy prevention programs across the state. Amber will earn her Masters of Science in Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of South Carolina in spring of 2017. She brings a strong methodological background to the research team and their efforts. Amber is involved in many community organizations throughout Columbia, SC and cannot wait to continue her passion in preventing teen and unwanted pregnancy through the campaign.

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