James T. McElligott, M.D. MSCR
Medical Director for Telehealth
James T. McElligott, M.D., MSCR, is the Medical Director for Telehealth at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at MUSC Children’s Hospital. He oversees the Center for Telehealth at MUSC.
Dr. McElligott’s career has been driven by a passion for helping the vulnerable and the conviction that the way to do so is through population-level change. These led him first to an interest in pediatrics, caring for the most vulnerable of patients, and in improving the health of children both in the United States and in developing countries. He then realized something startling about his own state that would fuel his interest in rural outreach: the poverty along the I-95 corridor in South Carolina rivals that in many developing countries. Given the magnitude of the health care disparities in these areas, he came to believe that real progress in this generation could only be made through the radical innovation offered by telehealth. Using videoconferencing and other technology, telehealth brings the care to the patient instead of expecting the patient to come to the care, thereby eliminating many traditional barriers to care. His work in telehealth began as he developed a school-based telehealth program to bring primary pediatric care to underserved children in Williamsburg County, one of South Carolina’s poorest areas. He later assisted in the development of telehealth programs serving both children and adults, and in 2013 accepted the position as Medical Director for Telehealth at MUSC.
Dr. McElligott currently serves as the Chair of the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance Advisory Council, the Secretary of the Pediatric Telehealth Special Interest Group of the American Telemedicine Association, a Board Member of Palmetto Care Connections, and is the Chair of the Trident United Way Health Vision Council in Charleston. In 2014, Dr. McElligott received the Health Care Hero from the Charleston Regional Business Journal for his work with school-based telehealth.
Dr. McElligott received his undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his medical degree at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency at MUSC, as well as an academic generalist fellowship, earning a Master of Science in Clinical Research degree.
Shawn Valenta, RRT, MHA
Telehealth Program Director
Shawn Valenta, RRT, MHA is the Telehealth Program Director at MUSC Health and is responsible for directly supporting and coordinating the strategic initiatives and operations of the Center for Telehealth programs.
Mr. Valenta started his career working 12 years in the field of respiratory therapy and helped MUSC’s respiratory care department receive national recognition by the University Health Consortium (UHC) for significant cost reduction and quality improvement. Mr. Valenta has worked collaboratively in statewide strategic planning and furthering the health of South Carolinians with telehealth technology through the formation of the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance.
Mr. Valenta received a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia, and he earned a Master in Health Administration degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.
Jacquetta D. Ancrum
Telehealth Business Coordinator
Jacquetta D. Ancrum joined the MUSC Center for Telehealth in November of 2015 as the Telehealth Business Coordinator. Mrs. Ancrum directly facilitates the contract management process in support of the Center for Telehealth, and coordinates the contractually based financial obligations of the same. Working to optimize the efficiency and sustainability of the program, she provides strategic support for budgetary and legal negotiations, procurement planning, and benchmarking documentation.
Mrs. Jacquetta Ancrum earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Charleston, and has been employed by the Medical University of South Carolina for 17 years. During her tenure, Ms. Ancrum has amassed experience in contract management and corporate liaison administration. She served several years as a Value Analysis Coordinator in the Clinical Resource Department. It was there that she established effective processes for communication and strategic pricing negotiation, with her efforts resulting in favorable and considerable cost savings for the Institution.
Telehealth Technology Team
Telehealth Engineer II
Richard Ancrum joined the Telehealth Technology Team in March of 2016 as a Telehealth Engineer II. His main focus is to proactively provide the Medical University of South Carolina’s Center for Telehealth & the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance with technical assistance. In addition to providing technical assistance, he assists in developing and implementing MUSC Health’s video conferencing infrastructure, which involves communication between endpoints, configuration of portals, routers, firewalls and gateways. He primarily works with the Tele-ICU, VTC and Outpatient programs.
Richard began his career at MUSC in 2007 as a Field Engineer. After a few of years, he transitioned into a career as an Information Resource Consultant II for the College of Medicine.
Program Assistant, ICU Innovations and Tele-ICU
Rebecca Beeks is the Program Assistant for Tele-ICU and ICU Innovations. Rebecca joined the team in June of 2015 after graduating from Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in Management.
She provides technical assistance and support for research studies investigating the impact of Tele-ICU and critical care outreach programs in South Carolina, which includes preparing REDCap databases and IRB applications. Rebecca also assists in coordinating ICU Innovations educational offerings and curriculum development. She assists with strategic planning for tele-ICU hospital recruitment and for the Advanced ICU Care/MUSC partnership as well.
Telehealth Technology Team
Telehealth Engineer II
Maurice Bowden-McClellan, CCNA, is a Telehealth Engineer II with broad experience in IT networking, administration, and security.
At the Medical University of South Carolina, Mr. Bowden-McClellan is responsible for direct support of the Center for Telehealth. He is responsible for the maintenance and management of MUSC Health's video conferencing infrastructure. His primary focuses are Inpatient & Emergency Telemedicine, Unified Communications, and TelePresence Video Communication Servers.
Mr. Bowden-McClellan has over six years of experience in Information Technology. He began his career as a network administrator – intern, where he was responsible for administrating Windows systems and providing helpdesk support. He later managed multiple sites utilizing various Windows operating systems, Disaster Recovery, Meraki switches and firewalls, and VMware vSphere. He also holds certifications in Networking+ and Security+.
Katherine Chike-Harris, DNP, CPNP, NE
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, School-Based Telehealth
Katherine Chike-Harris, DNP, CPNP, NE, is a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Medical University of South Carolina’s School-based Health program. Dr. Chike-Harris has been practicing as a primary care nurse practitioner for over 7 years, working with the underserved population in a variety of settings. She currently provides primary and acute care to school aged children in School-Based Health Centers both in person and through telehealth. Dr. Chike-Harris has a bachelor of science degree in Chemistry with a math minor from Augusta State University and has worked in a variety of research settings with MUSC for 12 years before returning to school for nursing. Dr. Chike-Harris received her MSN in pediatrics in 2009, followed by her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in pediatric nursing and her master’s as a nurse educator (NE) in 2011 from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Nursing.
Kathryn King Cristaldi, M.D., MHS
Medical Director for School-Based Telehealth
Kathryn King Cristaldi, M.D., MHS, is the medical Director for School Based Health and an assistant professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at MUSC Children’s Hospital. She directs the clinical care and programmatic functioning of both in-person and telemedicine School Based Health Centers and provides clinical care to students.
Dr. Cristaldi has a special interest in extending the reach of primary care and preventative medicine to underserved children through school based health. Hailing from a rural area herself, she has sought out opportunities to become involved in the local community to ensure the health and wellness of school children. Dr. Cristaldi is dedicated to exploring public health solutions that utilize involvement of key stakeholders at each level of the sociologic framework to provide innovative and sustainable solutions to address healthcare disparities. In this role she continues to use her research skills and experience leveraging partnerships between school, medical and local community personnel in order to successfully increase access to health care in rural communities.
Dr. Cristaldi received her undergraduate education at the University of Dayton and earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her pediatric residency at MUSC, and an academic generalist fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University, earning a Master of Health Science degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Telehealth Technology Team
Telehealth Engineer II
Jason Davis is a Telehealth Engineer II and provides direct technical support to the Medical University of South Carolina's Center for Telehealth. Mr. Davis works to ensure the integrity of MUSC Health's video conferencing infrastructure, including portals, routers, and gateways. His primary focuses are AHEC Programs, Continuing Medical Education, and the Simulation Center.
Mr. Davis has over 9 years of experience in the area of Information Technology. He began his career at MUSC in 2012 as an Information Technology Consultant with HealthCare Simulation South Carolina providing technical consulting services for a 14 institution collaborative network. In early 2016, he joined MUSC's Telehealth Technology Team.
Ellen Debenham, RN, CCRC
Tele-Neuro/Stroke Program Manager
Ellen Debenham, RN, CCRC, is the Manager of the Tele Stoke and Tele Neurology programs at the Medical University of South Carolina. She was instrumental in the development of the Tele Stroke program at MUSC in 2008, and has been working to expand access to stroke care in the state since that time. She recently implemented the Tele Neurology program at MUSC to offer acute and scheduled neurology consults.
Ms. Debenham received her nursing degree from the University of Vermont and practiced as a clinical nurse in pediatrics before transitioning to research and then telemedicine. She represents nurses across the country as a member of the American Heart and Stroke Association Committees for tele stroke as a member of the stroke council. She speaks regularly at educational events in South Carolina and was recently a participant in a panel presentation titled “Building and Sustaining a Successful Tele Stroke Network” at the International Stroke Association Conference. In 2014 she received the Award for Excellence for her Contributions to Nursing by the South Carolina League for Nursing.
Ragan DuBose-Morris, Ph.D.
Director of the Office of Telehealth Education
Ragan DuBose-Morris, PhD, is the Director of the Office of Telehealth Education for the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium and an Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her leadership responsibilities include implementing telehealth services through a statewide network of videoconferencing systems and developing educational programs for healthcare students and professionals.
Dr. DuBose-Morris serves on numerous MUSC and statewide telehealth councils, workgroups and committees. Her leadership efforts focus on the successful development of educational initiatives, implementation of technical networks, and creation of effective communication plans for partnerships across the state.
Dr. DuBose-Morris received her BA in communications from the College of Charleston and a MA in media studies from The New College of California. She earned an EdS and PhD in Computing Technology in Education from Nova Southeastern University.
Samir M. Fakhry, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Charles F. Crews Professor and Chief, General Surgery
Department of Surgery
Physician Leader, Surgical Acute and Critical Care Service Line
Dr. Fakhry has been heavily involved in trauma and surgical critical care research and in injury prevention. His research interests include trauma systems, medical informatics and telemedicine applications, traumatic brain injury, intestinal injury, motor vehicle crashes, aggressive driving and surgical education. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and book chapters. He is a member of many national societies and serves on several national committees and boards. He currently serves as President of the American Trauma Society.
Dr. Fakhry was Principal Investigator (PI) for the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN) Center at Inova Fairfax Hospital from May, 2000 until December, 2008. He was PI together with Dee Ford MD from September 2009 until March 2012 on an NIH funded research project entitled “Critical Care Excellence in Sepsis and Trauma” (CREST). The goal of CREST was to improve patient outcomes for sepsis and trauma by educating providers and providing access to specialist consultation via telemedicine technology to participating rural hospitals in South Carolina. In June 2011, he was awarded a Duke Endowment grant to create a Virtual TeleConsult Clinic using telemedicine technologies to provide specialty consultation to underserved areas in South Carolina (musc.edu/VTCC). That project has evolved to become the Outpatient Telemedicine Program of the state funded MUSC Telehealth Center and Dr. Fakhry is its medical director.
Dr. Fakhry graduated from the American University of Beirut, School of Medicine in 1981. He completed his residency in general surgery and his fellowship in critical care and trauma at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988.
Dorothy Lynn Floyd, BSN, RN, CRRN
Lead Wellness Coordinator/Telepresenter, School-Based Telehealth
Dorothy “Lynn” Floyd, BSN, RN, CRRN, is the Lead Wellness Coordinator/Telepresenter for the School Based Telehealth Program at the Medical University of South Carolina. She collaborates with administrative, technical, and clinical staff at MUSC, and county schools to promote the sustainability and functional efficiency of the School-Based Telehealth program. Lynn serves as a liaison working with school staff, becoming integrated into the wellness culture of the schools in her area. She is responsible for relationship building, and has familiarity with challenges facing families who attend underserved schools.
Lynn received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina. Her clinical experience of over thirty years spans many areas including ICU, Obstetrics, Ortho/Neuro, Physical Rehabilitation, Neurodiagnostics/Vascular, Nursing Administration, Home Health and School Nursing. Lynn has a national certification in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has a special love for public health nursing. She joined the telehealth team in 2015.
Dee W. Ford, M.D., MSCR
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy, and Sleep
Medical Director, MUSC Critical Care Outreach Program
Medical Director, MUSC Medical Intensive Care Unit
Dee W. Ford, M.D., MSCR, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Medical University of South Carolina’s Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Her clinical focus is critical care and her research focus includes palliative/end-of-life care, quality improvement, and reducing disparities in critical care. Dr. Ford is the Medical Director for MUSC’s Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) and is a champion of quality improvement and patient safety initiatives. She is also the Medical Director of the Tele-ICU and ICU Innovations Critical Care Outreach Program. She is widely recognized for her collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to improving the care of critically ill patients and their families.
Dr. Ford is from Anderson, South Carolina, and received her BS in biology from the University of South Carolina where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She received her MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Ford completed her internal medicine residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and her pulmonary/critical care fellowship training at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Alexis E. Frehse
Telehealth Access Coordinator
Alexis E. Frehse, is the Telehealth Access Coordinator for the MUSC Center for Telehealth. In this position, she works with the MUSC Health clinics to equip their facilities with telehealth equipment in order to give them access to services from all MUSC providers. Ms. Frehse also works with South Carolina organizations to coordinate the establishment of multispecialty telehealth clinics. In addition to these duties, Ms. Frehse serves as the internal communication facilitator for the center. She began her career with the Center for Telehealth in April of 2016.
Alexis graduated with honors from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She began her career at MUSC in June of 2014 with the College of Medicine’s Human Resources Center of Expertise. Prior to joining MUSC, Ms. Frehse worked as a Communications Coordinator for the Charleston School of Law.
Kelli Garber MSN, APRN, PPCNP-BC
Lead Nurse Practitioner, School-Based Telehealth
Kelli Garber, MSN, APRN, PPCNP-BC, is the Lead Nurse Practitioner for School-Based Health and the Center for Telehealth at the Medical University of South Carolina. Ms. Garber is responsible for providing direct patient care to children across the state of South Carolina who are enrolled in the School-Based Telehealth Program. She provides oversight for the clinical aspects of the program as well as providing education and training to the school nurses who have partnered with MUSC to bring telemedicine into their respective schools. Working in tandem with the School-Based Health Program Manager, Kelli Garber is responsible for the development and implementation of projects which support the mission of the School-Based Health Program. In addition, she provides support to advanced practice providers at MUSC as they implement telemedicine in their respective departments. Ms. Garber has extensive pediatric experience in both private practice and school-based settings.
Ms. Garber received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the Johns Hopkins University and her Master of Science Degree in advanced practice pediatric nursing at the University of Maryland. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.
Telehealth Technology Team
Telehealth Engineer II
David Geddings is a Telehealth Engineer II and provides direct technical support to the Medical University of South Carolina’s Center for Telehealth & S.C. Telehealth Alliance. Mr. Geddings works to ensure the integrity of MUSC Health’s video conferencing infrastructure, including portals, routers, and gateways. His primary focus is the programs related to schools, jails & prisons, & assisted living.
Mr. Geddings received both his master’s & bachelor’s degree in science from Charleston Southern University and began his career at MUSC in 2010 where he worked on the Department of Pediatrics IT Team. It was here where he became involved in telehealth. Mr. Geddings has a background in law enforcement and the steel & auto industry prior to coming to MUSC.
Service Development Coordinator
Meghan Glanville began her career at MUSC in the Department of Central Scheduling. It was here that she cultivated her professional relationships within multiple specialties to include Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Nutrition, Nephrology, Rheumatology, Infectious Disease, Pulmonary, Sleep Medicine, Endocrinology, Benign Hematology, Travel Medicine, and the Maternal Fetal Wellness Center. Ms. Glanville was later selected to be the Operation’s Coordinator for the Division of Nephrology where she assisted with the clinical and financial daily operations of the unit.Meghan Glanville graduated from Winthrop University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology. During her course of study at Winthrop University, Meghan completed a year and a half of psychology research exploring both Contact Theory and Social Justification Theory. This course of study resulted in a publication of her work, and an Undergraduate Scholar Award for contribution to the intellectual enrichment of Winthrop University. Ms. Glanville is currently completing her Master in Health Administration at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Telehealth Growth & Sustainability Specialist
Adrian Grimes is the Telehealth Growth & Sustainability Specialist 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 CO-OP option for South Carolinians on healthcare.gov. 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 Closing the Gap in Health Care for African Americans and the Underserved and the United Way Association of South Carolina, and is a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters, the Public Relations Society of America and the Carolinas Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society.
Adrian earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina and is a candidate for a Master of Science degree from The Citadel Graduate College.
Manager, Telehealth Technology Team
Manager, MUSC Network Systems Team
Michael Haschker is the Telehealth Technology Team Manager, and the MUSC Network Systems Team Manager. Mr. Haschker has worked at the Medical University of South Carolina for 27 years in a variety of IT and telehealth capacities. His roles at MUSC have included telehealth, telecommunications and network systems management. Michael began his career with MUSC as a Data Communications Engineer, which evolved into Network Systems Engineering. Mr. Haschker’ s network team manages a 60,000-node wired and 1,600-access-point wireless network installed in 110 buildings and 40 wide area network sites.
In 2007 and on behalf of MUSC, Michael Haschker participated in the design, implementation and management of a statewide 40 GB high-speed network known as the South Carolina Light Rail. In 2008, he participated in the implementation and development of South Carolina’s only dedicated healthcare network, The Palmetto State Providers Network (PSPN). Mr. Haschker’ s interest in telehealth grew as a result of his participation in the PSPN network and in identifying needs for applications and improving healthcare disparities in rural areas.
As the manager and technical lead for MUSC’s telehealth programs, Mr. Haschker’s work includes collaboration with the providers and technical support of the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance, and recently he assisted with the development of global telehealth connections between MUSC, Honduras, and Uganda. He is U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of Trident Technical College, where he majored in Electronics Engineering. Mr. Haschker holds a number of certifications in wireless networking, routing, switching and video systems management and administration.
Kimberly Kascak, M.Ed.
Curriculum Coordinator,Office for Telehealth Education
Kimberly Kascak, M.Ed., is the Curriculum Coordinator for the South Carolina AHEC Office for Telehealth Education. Kimberly has extensive experience educating children with disabilities nationally and internationally. As a Peace Corp volunteer, she taught Moroccan children attending Beni-Mellal School for the Blind. In the United States, a great portion of Kimberly’s experience has centered on children with severe disabilities and is a co-founder of Pattison’s Academy, a non-profit, public charter school specializing in this population. Kimberly is also an author of the developing Pediatric Sensory Modality Assessment and Rehabilitation Technique (SMART). Kimberly spent the last several years promoting personalized and individualized student learning among educators and administrators as well as providing information technology mentorship to students and staff.
Kimberly graduated from The College of Charleston with a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and her M.Ed. from Capella University.
Laura B. Langston
Outpatient/VTC Program Coordinator
Laura Langston is the Telehealth Outpatient/VTC Program Coordinator, and she operates the Virtual Teleconsultation Services (VTC) program. Ms. Langston fosters strong relationships between MUSC and community providers for the advancement of the Medical University of South Carolina’s outpatient telehealth program.
Ms. Langston began her career in telehealth as the program coordinator for Critical Care Excellence in Sepsis and Trauma (CREST), Southeastern Virtual Institute for Health Equity & Wellness (SEVIEW) tele-critical care, and The Virtual TeleConsult Clinic (VTCC). CREST was a NIH funded research program which supported a partnership between South Carolina’s rural emergency departments and MUSC. This partnership allowed a trial of telemedicine services, including access to specialist consultation, in an effort to meet the need for enhanced management of sepsis and trauma. SEVIEW was an evaluation of the baseline patterns of inter-institutional transfers among critically ill patients in SC with sepsis, and launched the development of the MUSC Critical Care Outreach Program. The VTCC program utilized an inter-disciplinary, collaborative approach to telemedicine, which combined recent advances in technology with a broad coalition of specialists, to bring specialty healthcare access to patients in underserved, rural areas.
Ms. Langston received her Bachelor in Arts degree from the University of South Carolina. She was awarded a certification from the National School of Applied Telehealth as a telehealth clinical presenter, coordinator and liaison. She also received publication credit for a manuscript titled “A Mixed Methods Descriptive Investigation of Readiness to Change in Rural Hospitals Participating in a Tele-Critical Care Intervention,” published in BMC Health Services Research 2013.
Wayne T. McGonigal
Telehealth Project Coordinator
Wayne McGonigal is the Project Coordinator for the Center of Telehealth. He is responsible for the daily tracking and monitoring of all ongoing programs and projects for the Center of Telehealth. Mr. McGonigal is a Telecommunications Systems Engineering Professional with extensive telecommunications engineering experience; including experience in Detail Engineering, Project Management, Construction Management, Systems Engineering, Network Planning, Sales Engineering, Product Management, Sales and Marketing. Wayne graduated, Cum Laude, from Georgia State University with a BBA in Marketing.
S. David McSwain, M.D., MPH, FAAP
Medical Director, Inpatient and Emergency Teleconsultation Services
S. David McSwain, M.D., MPH, FAAP, is the Medical Director for Inpatient and Emergency Teleconsultation Services and an Associate Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at MUSC Children’s Hospital. He is responsible for the development, implementation, oversight, and evaluation of all inpatient and emergency department based teleconsultation services at MUSC.
Dr. McSwain has devoted his professional life to the care of critically ill and injured children in South Carolina. The disparity in access to specialized medical care in rural areas is strikingly evident in pediatric critical care, where critically ill children may not be seen by a critical care specialist for hours after presenting to a community emergency department. Dr. McSwain developed the Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care Telemedicine program to address this disparity. He has since expanded the program to include multiple adult and pediatric subspecialty consultation services to community hospitals and emergency departments.
Dr. McSwain is the Chair of the American Telemedicine Association Pediatric Telemedicine Guidelines Committee, comprised of experts in pediatric telehealth from across the country, and tasked with developing national telehealth guidelines for pediatric services.
Dr. McSwain earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from Duke University, including a concentration in Neuroscience. He received a Medical Doctorate and a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UNC Chapel Hill and his fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Duke University Medical Center.
Stephanie Merrell, LPN
Kidswell Nurse, School-Based Telehealth
Stephanie Merrell, LPN serves as the Kidswell Nurse for the School-Based Telehealth Program. She has served in this role since 2012, and began as an employee of the Nursing Services Department of the Charleston County School District. Stephanie works within five brick and mortar schools providing direct patient care and education to children. In addition to those duties, she also runs the ADHD Clinic developed during the 2015-2016 school year.
Stephanie has been a licensed practical nurse since 1999, and has a several years of experience in a variety of areas, including in-home care, school nursing, and child psychiatry. She enjoys serving the community, and educating children on their health care needs.
School-Based Telehealth Health Assistant
Christian Miley joined the MUSC Center for Telehealth in July 2015 as the Administrative Assistant for the School base Health Center. Christian directly works within School-based clinics, also known as KidsWell School-Based Health Clinics. KidsWell was established in 2011 in partnership with Medical University of South Carolina to provide healthcare to students within school. Christian also provides Administrative Support to the SBHC team. Ms. Miley is also a Medical Assistant which makes her clinical support helpful to the team. Since joining the MUSC team Ms. Miley has been a facilitator for the open airways program to the students within the schools on asthma precautions and a healthier environment. Ms. Miley has a passion for educating our youth and hopes to continue this process.
Christian Miley graduated from Herzing University where she obtained her Associates in Science degree. Ms. Miley has been in the Administrative Assistant role prior to joining the MUSC team. Ms. Miley worked at Davita dialysis for 6 years as both Administrative Assistant and Patient Care Tech.
Selene N. Moniz
Telehealth Office Manager
Selene N. Moniz is the Telehealth Office Manager for the Medical University of South Carolina’s Center for Telehealth. Ms. Moniz is directly responsible for the internal operational and procedural functions of the telehealth department. She collaborates with staff at MUSC, vendors, clients, and various interested parties to promote the coordinated use of telehealth resources while maintaining vigilant stewardship of the same. Her goal is to promote the sustainability and functional efficiency of the program.
Ms. Moniz received her Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Charleston, and has more than 13 years’ experience as a business partner in the private sector. She began her career at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2012, providing administrative support to several clinical units within the MUSC Children’s Hospital, before advancing to the administrative coordination of the MUSC Strategic Planning Department and the MUSC Center for Telehealth. Due to the rapid expansion of the telehealth initiative and the future strategic vision of the same, Ms. Moniz became the dedicated Telehealth Program Coordinator of the MUSC Center for Telehealth in late 2014. In 2016 Selene Moniz was promoted to her current position as the Telehealth Office Manager.
Brittany M. Pinckney
Telehealth Program Assistant
Brittany M. Pinckney joined the MUSC Center for Telehealth in October of 2015 as an Outpatient Telehealth Program Assistant. Collaborating with the VTC Outpatient Program Coordinator, Ms. Pinckney works to ensure the successful scheduling and coordination of telehealth care throughout the state of South Carolina. Brittany provides Telehealth patients, and South Carolina VTC participating practices, with personalized, and streamlined customer service experiences. As a result of her efforts, Telehealth encounters continue to be consistently and reliably organized for completion in an effective and dependable manner. Ms. Pinckney also collaborates with marketing efforts to promote MUSC specialties within the VTC program.
Brittany earned her Bachelor in History at Converse College. She began her career with MUSC in 2014, serving as a Patient Access Specialist for MUSC Hollings Cancer Center. In 2015, Ms Pinckney was personally selected to act as a Patient Access Specialist for the MUSC Wellin Head and Neck Tumor Clinic. Upon joining the MUSC Center for Telehealth in late 2015, she completed two National School of Applied Telehealth courses to obtain certification as both a Telehealth Coordinator and a Telemedicine Clinical Presenter.
Program Assistant, School-Based Health Program
Michele Rains is the Program Assistant for the School-Based Health Program. Michele joined the team in October of 2016. Ms. Rains graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor’s in Public Health. Before joining the Center for Telehealth team she worked at Franke at Seaside Continuing Care Community as the Exercise Specialist in the Wellness Center.
She provides administrative assistance and support to the telemedicine program at MUSC. She will be assisting with implementation and growth of new and existing school-based health services throughout the state of South Carolina. She also plays a role in developing the new school-based clinic at Meeting Street Elementary at Brentwood.
Sshune Rhodes, MHA
mHealth Telehealth Coordinator
Sshune Rhodes, MHA, is the mHealth Coordinator for the MUSC Center for Telehealth. Sshune joined the MUSC Center for Telehealth team in January 2016, bringing to the table over 18 years of healthcare management experience in various disciplines. She is directly responsible for the coordination of mobile health and direct-to-consumer telehealth initiatives supported by the MUSC Center for Telehealth. She works collaboratively with cross functional teams to ensure support and understanding of mHealth services. She manages simultaneous projects and responsibilities that address current needs for active programs and the future needs of telehealth services as technology evolves.
Sshune earned her Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree in Microbiology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She received a Master in Health Administration from The Medical University of South Carolina and was awarded the Dean’s Award from the College of Health Professions. After graduating from MUSC, Sshune was selected and completed two, one-year administrative residencies for a Charleston area community health center and hospital.
Sshune serves as an active community leader holding several positions. She serves on the Board for the South Carolina Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) as Chair of the Advancement Committee and the Auxiliary to the Charleston County Medical, Dental, and Pharmaceutical Association. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Wendy A. Sosebee
Telehealth Technology Team
System Engineer II
Wendy A. Sosebee is a System Engineer II and provides direct technical support to the Medical University of South Carolina’s Center for Telehealth. Ms. Sosebee works to ensure the integrity of MUSC Health’s video conferencing infrastructure, including portals, routers, and gateways. She has been an integral part of the telehealth team with work that includes the technological support for the development of a telehealth simulation center and MUSC Health’s Specialized Medical Unit.
Ms. Sosebee received her associate’s degree in science from Trident Technical College, and began her career at MUSC in 2003 where she worked with classroom support and distant education that utilized video conferencing technology. It was from this experience that her interest in telehealth-specific technology was born.
Program Manager, Office For Telehealth Education
Stan Sulkowski is the Program Manager of the Office For Telehealth Education in the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium. His responsibilities include directing daily operations for the office, administering SC AHEC’s learning management system, and overseeing the development of educational and research initiatives. Prior to joining SC AHEC in February 2016, Mr. Sulkowski served as Director of Instructional Systems for the Office of Instructional Technology and Faculty Resources at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he gained a wealth of educational technology experience overseeing the university’s learning management, lecture capture, and educational assessment systems. Mr. Sulkowski began his career in the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia (now Augusta University) as a behavioral/social research assistant.
Mr. Sulkowski earned his BS in Psychology from Furman University in 2003, where his research focused on social anxiety and beneficial impression management.
Telehealth Program Assistant
Tierra Thomas joined the MUSC Center for Telehealth in October of 2016 as the Program Assistant for Service Development. She assists with the implementation and maintenance of inpatient and outpatient telehealth services. Prior to joining MUSC, she was a health insurance advocate for individuals insured by their employers.
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.
Nancy L.B. Turner, BSN, RN, CPAN
Neuroscience Telehealth Coordinator
Nancy Turner, BSN, RN, CPAN, is a Neuroscience Telehealth Coordinator for the Telestroke and Teleneurology programs at the Medical University of South Carolina. Nancy joined the team in June 2015, providing education and application for the Telestroke and Teleneurology partner sites.
Ms. Turner received her nursing diploma from St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing and her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina. Her clinical experience spans the Emergency Room, Neuro/Trauma ICU, and peri-operative nursing. Obtaining advanced certification in the peri-operative area. Much of her in-patient nursing career has been focused on teaching and the orientation of staff members. Since joining the Telehealth team, Ms. Turner has been involved with the development and implementation of education plans for the growing Neuroscience Telehealth programs.
IT Manager, Department of Pediatrics
Telehealth Senior Resources Consultant
Lori Upshur is the Telehealth Senior Resources Consultant for the MUSC Center for Telehealth. Ms. Upshur provides technical support to the Department of Telehealth by ensuring applicable departmental server technology is current and secure. She identifies and recommends departmental hardware, software, and peripheral standards; manages identified support queries and troubleshooting requests; and provides education and training for departmental personnel and remote-site end users. Ms. Upshur ensures that the Telehealth program remains compliant with the current healthcare information sharing standards as it pertains to equipment and software capabilities.
Lori Upshur earned her BA from the College of Charleston, and has been employed by The Medical University of South Carolina for more than 21 years.
Emily H. Warr, MSN, RN
Nurse Manager, ICU Innovations and Tele-ICU
Emily H. Warr, MSN, RN, is the Medical University of South Carolina’s Tele-ICU and ICU Innovations Nurse Manager. Emily began her career at MUSC as a critical care nurse in 2002 and has extensive experience in pediatric and adult ICU populations, including time coordinating MUSC’s Extracorporeal Life Support Center. While in her role as the ECMO Coordinator, Emily helped lead a program that was consistently nationally recognized with the Award for Excellence by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization.
In her current role, Emily collaborates with the Medical Director of MUSC’s Medical Intensive Care Unit and Tele-ICU to build a robust critical care outreach program and improve ICU care by reducing health disparities in hospitals throughout South Carolina.
Elana Wells, MPH, CHES
School-Based Health Manager
Elana Wells, MPH, CHES, is the School-Based Health Manager at MUSC Health. She is responsible for overseeing the administrative components of both the telehealth and onsite School-Based Health Centers including the development, implementation, and expansion efforts. Previously serving as the program coordinator for a state-wide childhood obesity prevention program offered in schools, Elana has experience working in schools in underserved communities.
Elana earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston in Communication Studies and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. She participated in the School-Based Health Alliance Leadership Fellows Program and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.
Kevin Wiley, Jr., MPH
Telehealth Alliance and Outreach Coordinator
Kevin Wiley, Jr., MPH is the Telehealth Alliance and Outreach Coordinator in the MUSC Center for Telehealth. He directly supports and coordinates the development, implementation, and operation of telehealth initiatives related to the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA) and the MUSC Health Affiliate Network.
Mr. Wiley received his undergraduate education at Coastal Carolina University and his Master of Public Health concentrating in Health Policy and Management at Georgia Southern University’s Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health. Mr. Wiley has worked at local, national and international levels in a number of healthcare policy capacities to include the Office of Health Reform at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Regional Affairs Office at Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and also as a recipient of the Minority Health International Research Training Fellowship through the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. It was in this latter role that he conducted research at Khon Kaen University in Khon Kaen, Thailand. Mr. Wiley began his career at MUSC in the Center for Global Health where he coordinated campus-wide communications outputs and assisted in the administration of grant funding. While in the Center for Global Health, Mr. Wiley collaborated in the development of a campus-wide travel policy pursuant to maintaining the security and health of MUSC personnel traveling abroad.
Mr. Wiley serves his community as an active member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He holds several leadership and committee positions within public health organizations nationally, including serving as the President of the Gamma Theta Chapter of Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health and the Policy and Law Committees with the American Public Health Association (APHA).
Brooke Yeager, MSc, RRT
Government Relations and Clinical Outreach Coordinator
Brooke Yeager, MSc, RRT, is the Government Relations and Clinical Outreach Coordinator at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is responsible for clinical coordination of telehealth activities with MUSC affiliate hospitals, assisting in the development of strategies, tactics, and deliverables for the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance, and is the primary liaison for professional health care provider associations and federal and state legislators for the Center for Telehealth; specifically serving to provide clear communication about state telehealth activities and assisting in the development of responsible and comprehensive telehealth policy.
Before joining the Center for Telehealth, Brooke worked as an Exercise Physiologist coordinating the Medical Fitness and Employee Wellness programs at the University of Tennessee Medical Center; and as a critical care Respiratory Therapist, and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Coordinator at MUSC. In 2013, she was awarded Best National Respiratory Therapy Practitioner, by Advance Health Care’s Network for Respiratory Care and Sleep Medicine, for her establishment of an online RT research education and mentorship program, and her leadership in patient advocacy at both the state and federal levels.
Brooke earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of South Carolina, and a Masters of Science in Respiratory Therapy and Organizational Learning from Northeastern University in Boston.
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