Adrian Grimes, MS, is the Manager of External Affairs for the MUSC Center for Telehealth, part of the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance. Adrian joined the Center for Telehealth team in April 2016. She brings more than 17 years of payer experience, specifically health plan marketing, and 15 years of public relations and communications experience. She most recently led marketing and public relations, including government relations, for the Affordable Care Act's South Carolina and Tennessee CO-OP options on healthcare.gov (Consumers' Choice Health Plan, SC and Community Health Alliance, TN). In addition to working in the government-related health insurance arena, Adrian is a former licensed health insurance producer/broker who advised large and small employers on employee benefits in the private, commercial health insurance market.
Adrian works collaboratively with telehealth alliance leaders and telehealth program coordinators to engage insurance payers, statewide healthcare providers and other key stakeholders to expand telehealth services across the state of South Carolina. She is on the board of directors of the United Way Association of South Carolina, the Carolinas Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society and Youth Empowerment Services. She is a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters, the Public Relations Society of America and on the Parent Advisory Committee of the Charleston Youth Leadership Council, Inc.
Adrian earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Science degree from The Citadel Graduate College.
Teresa A. Joseph, MS, is the Strategy and Clinical Development Manager for SCTA projects.She works with a team of talented individuals on assessment, design, development, implementation and analysis of all new telehealth programs within the SCTA, while closely collaborating with SCTA parters.
Prior to this position, Teresa used her diversified background bringing a wealth of experience to this role but for new internal Center for Telehealth programs. She has successfully implemented learning strategy for several hospital networks and has been responsible for go-live support planning and education of over 20,000 physicians, nurses, and clinical staff in a new patient record environment. She also spent four years as an Instructional Systems Specialist and Curriculum Designer.
Teresa holds a Master of Science in Information Studies from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from La Salle University.
Ryan Kruis, MSW, LISW-CP, is the SC Telehealth Alliance Coordinator. He directly supports and coordinates the development, implementation, and operation of telehealth initiatives related to the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA).
Prior to joining the Center for Telehealth, Ryan managed a number of different NIH-, HRSA-, and privately-funded public health projects. At MIT, he coordinated the implementation of a community-wide intervention focused on decreasing student risk on campus. Prior to that, Ryan served as a Program Manager and later Program Director at The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health. While at Fenway, Ryan managed numerous education, training, and clinical research programs focused on HIV prevention and treatment, substance use, and healthcare delivery.
Ryan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Religion from Calvin College and his Master of Social Work degree from Grand Valley State University. He is also a licensed independent social worker (LISW-CP) in the State of South Carolina.
Michele Rains is the Training & Education Coordinator. Michele oversees the functions and operations of the Center for Telehealth Learning Commons. She also works with the Training and Education Manager on developing and implementing education and training for telehealth providers and staff.
Michele graduated with a Bachelor’s in Public Health from the College of Charleston. She joined the MUSC Center for Telehealth in 2016 as the program assistant with the School-Based Health Team. In this role, she trained school staff on using telehealth technologies, managed inventory and other administrative and operational duties for the program.
Tierra Thomas is the Program Assistant for the External Affairs Team. She joined the MUSC Center for Telehealth in October of 2016 as the Program Assistant for Service Development. She assisted with the implementation and maintenance of inpatient and outpatient telehealth services.
In her new role, Tierra assists with various marketing/communications tasks which include creating promotional materials such as brochures and flyers, updating the organization's website, and posting content to the Center for Telehealth's social media outlets.
Ms. Thomas graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health and a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. During her academic career, she was a Collegiate Ambassador for a nonprofit organization, the PeekABoo PrettyGirl Foundation, which promotes confidence in young girls through mentoring, scholarships, and cosmetic donations. Her experience with this team led her to develop a strong passion for women’s health. Ms. Thomas also manages a blog, CHAMP (Changing Hearts and Minds Permanently), helping women focus on inner beauty rather than appearance.
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