Adrian Grimes, MS
Manager of External Affairs
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.
Ryan Kruis, MSW, LISW-CP
SC Telehealth Alliance Coordinator
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.
Training & Education Coordinator
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.