Charles D. (Chuck) Beaman Jr. serves as Chief Executive Officer of Palmetto Health, the largest integrated healthcare delivery system in the midlands of South Carolina. Palmetto Health includes a regional teaching hospital and tertiary center, three acute care hospitals, a heart hospital, a children’s hospital, and a psychiatric and behavioral health hospital.
Mr. Beaman served as founding President of Palmetto Health at its inception in 1998. He was appointed by the Palmetto Health Board of Directors in January 2007 to serve as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to the creation of Palmetto Health, Mr. Beaman served as President and CEO of Baptist Healthcare System of South Carolina, Inc., from 1987 to 1998. He began his career in healthcare with the Baptist Healthcare System of South Carolina, Inc., formerly South Carolina Baptist Hospitals, Inc., in 1973.
The University of South Carolina School of Medicine conferred upon Mr. Beaman an honorary Doctor of Public Administration, the first honorary doctoral degree ever conferred by the USC School of Medicine. The honorary degree, its highest recognition, was awarded at their graduation ceremonies on May 7, 2010. Beaman received the 2013 American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Regent’s Senior Level Healthcare Executive award. This award recognizes ACHE affiliates who exemplify the characteristics and qualities of professionalism, life-long learning and development, along with the high ethical standards promoted by the ACHE. Beaman served as a member of the South Carolina Hospital Association board of trustees in various leadership capacities and was twice elected chairman. He received the 2004 South Carolina Hospital Association’s Distinguished Service Award, its highest honor presented to individuals who have contributed significantly to health care in South Carolina. He also served as the southeast regional healthcare representative to the American Hospital Association Regional Policy board. He has served as president of the National Baptist Healthcare Association.
Alicia W. Walker is Associate Director of Choral Studies at the University of South Carolina, where she directs the University Chorus, the USC Men’s Chorus, teaches undergraduate Conducting and Choral Methods, and supervises student teachers. At the graduate level, she teaches courses in Conducting, Music Education, and Sacred Music. She holds degrees from Florida State University (B.M.E.), the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.C.M.), and the University of Georgia (D.M.A.). An experienced music educator, Dr. Walker taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in Florida and Georgia prior to joining the music education faculty at the University of Georgia. She was a 2013 Teaching Fellow in USC’s Center for Teaching Excellence in the area of Service Learning. Recently, Dr. Walker has taught and conducted in St. Lucia and South Africa, and in 2015 she made her conducting debut at Carnegie Hall. She maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. Her research interests include the life and music of Herbert Howells, as well as the effectiveness of international service-learning experiences for teacher preparation.
In addition, Dr. Walker is currently President of Southern Division ACDA (American Choral Directors Association. A long-time church musician, she was the first national leadership team coordinator for Polyphony, an organization for pastoral musicians, and she served as a committee chair for the 2010 hymnal, Celebrating Grace. Her commitment to mentoring has prompted Dr. Walker to found “Facets,” a leadership retreat for women conductors.
Todd Shaw has been on faculty since 2003 and has appointments both in USC’s Department of Political Science and the African American Studies Program. He was appointed the College of Arts & Science Distinguished Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies in August of 2012. He currently serves as the Interim Department Chair of Political Science. He researches and teaches broadly in the areas of African American politics, urban politics and public policy, as well as citizen activism and social movements.
His current research agenda is to explore the political, sociological, and ideological ramifications of changes in the post-Civil Rights Movement African American community. Specifically he is very interested in how class, gender, age and other social factors create differing definitions of what constitutes African American group interests and how groups of African Americans and their allies have acted upon these perceived interests. Toward these ends, he has a 2009 book out from Duke University Press, “Now Is the Time! Detroit Black Politics and Grassroots Activism.” He is also the lead investigator on a National Science Foundation, multi-university collaboration examining black neighborhood attachment, social capital, and political participation in Atlanta, GA.
Shaw is a recipient of the 2008 USC Black Faculty and Staff Scholarship and Teaching Award, has served as a member of the Executive Council of the Southern Political Science Association as well as the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, a recipient of the 2002 Department of Political Science Charles Berdahl Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award at the University of Illinois, and a 1999-2000 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Minority Fellowship.
Dr. Moss received her doctorate from the University of Kentucky and completed postdoctoral training at the Mayo Clinic. She joined the faculty at South Carolina in 2004, where she now serves as Director of the Biomedical Engineering Program. She has published more than 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts, with a current research focus in the area of amyloid protein aggregation in Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Moss was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and an AHA Postdoctoral Fellow. As a faculty member, she has been the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, a New Investigator Research Award from the Alzheimer’s Association, and a Beginning Grant-In-Aid from AHA. Currently, she is part of the NIH-funded COBRE for Dietary Supplements and Inflammation from which she is funded to study the role of plant polyphenols in preventing Alzheimer’s Disease. In addition, Dr. Moss is currently funded by the NSF to study the evolution of early amyloid protein aggregates and by the NIH to investigate the propagation of small Ab oligomers. Dr. Moss received the 2012 Governor’s Young Scientist Award and was named a 2010 Rising Star by the University. In addition, she has received a Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award, a Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, the Ada B. Thomas Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, and the Joseph M. Biedenbach Service Award.
Brenda Lisbon has been with the SC Department of Employment & Workforce for just over 32 years.
She currently serves as the director of the Business Intelligence Department, where she oversees the Bureau Labor Statistic programs, the Employment and Training Administration’s Workforce Information Grant, performance and reporting for several Department of Labor workforce programs and statistical reporting for the Unemployment Insurance program.
Brenda holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Management Science from the University of South Carolina and recently became a Certified Public Manger after completing the state government’s CPM certification program this year.
Brenda is a single parent to Kinard Lisbon, who happens to be a junior enrolled at Newberry College and is an offensive lineman for the Wolves. She is an avid sports fan (all Gamecock) and in her spare time, she spends a lot of it during the fall and winter months commuting back and forth for football and/or basketball games with Newberry College or USC. Other times are spent reading or learning a new hobby.
Meghan Hughes Hickman serves as the Executive Director for EngenuitySC, a nonprofit focused on regional competitiveness. In her role as Executive Director, Meghan leads the organization’s efforts to make
Columbia and the Midlands of South Carolina more economically competitive and prosperous.
As Executive Director, Meghan oversees EngenuitySC’s ongoing economic development initiatives including building local industry clusters; managing regional collaborations; and producing regional marketing, research and analysis tools.
Prior to joining EngenuitySC, Meghan spent nearly six years working for United States Senator Lindsey
Graham (R-SC). During that time she sharpened her skills in campaign finance, event management and served two years as his press secretary on Capitol Hill. Following that, she entered the private sector with Stratacomm, a Fleishman-Hillard Company, and managed full-service, national public relations campaigns for clients ranging from federal government agencies to large coalitions and associations. Meghan, a self-proclaimed news junkie, is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College (a proud Gamecock!). She’s also a proud aunt and enjoys visiting her seven nephews and three nieces every chance she gets.
Ted Creech is Director of External Affairs for AT&T in South Carolina. Ted directs the economic development, local government, and external and community relations activities for the company in South Carolina.
Ted previously served as AT&T’s Legislative Affairs director at the S.C. General Assembly, and before being promoted to that position, he was Regional Director for AT&T in the Lowcountry where he managed the company’s economic development and external affairs in the Charleston region.
Ted graduated from the University of South Carolina with honors in 1981. He worked in television and radio news early in his career and won several state and national reporting awards.
During his career with BellSouth before the company merged with AT&T, Ted gained a thorough knowledge of telecommunications technology and regulation while working on several landmark regulatory initiatives in the 1990s. While in Atlanta, he directed the corporate-wide marketing communications for BellSouth’s then-emerging Internet business in the late ‘90s and helped lead the initial corporate launch of broadband DSL.
Ted is currently Vice Chair of the Board of the Central SC Alliance, and he is a past Chairman of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board and Summerville-Dorchester Chamber Board. He also currently serves on the Boards of the Columbia Urban League, SC Council on Competitiveness, the Columbia Chamber, and the Palmetto Health Foundation. Ted is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Claflin University.
Ted and his wife, Rosa, live in Columbia and have three sons and one granddaughter.
Valerie has lived in Columbia since 1976 and is currently the President of the Gills Watershed Association (GCWA) board of directors.
In the 1990s, the GCWA was formed as an informal working group by members of several of the lake associations within the Gills Creek Watershed. In the late 1990’s, the GCWA became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Within the last 10 years, the GCWA in collaboration with numerous partners developed long-term strategies for watershed restoration, stream mitigation, and other watershed management policies.
Valerie got her masters degree in Anthropology from USC and worked for many years as an archaeologist, with her longest stint in the State Historic Preservation Office at the SC Department of Archives and History. Until last year she was a member of the City of Columbia’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), which shepherded the development of the Walk Bike Columbia Master Plan.
Lori Bassett, MS, is a certified genetic counselor and serves as Head of Communications for the Greenwood Genetic Center. She earned a BS in Biology from Furman University followed by a Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She worked as a prenatal genetic counselor at Emory Genetics Laboratory in Atlanta and at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge before returning to her hometown of Greenwood. Lori joined the Greenwood Genetic Center in 2007 as a laboratory counselor and became Head of Communications in 2010. Her roles include promoting the Center through press releases, tours, the Center’s website and social media pages, and she handles all branding and communications pieces. She also serves as the Center’s HIPAA Compliance Officer. Lori is married to Dr. Jonathan Bassett, a professor of psychology at Lander University and they have two children, Lucas, 14 and Ella, 11.