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Medical University of South Carolina Foundation Board of Directors

The MUSC Foundation's Board of Directors governs the work of the foundation. Our board shapes the foundation's direction through its mission, strategy, budget and key policies; ensures that the leadership, resources and finances in place match the foundation's vision; and monitors and improves the performance of the organization.

Elected Directors 2016 — 2017

Mr. Carlos E. Evans, Chair | Charlotte, NC and Charleston, SC

Mr. Evans joined a Bank of America predecessor bank, Bankers Trust of South Carolina, through a management associate program in 1973 and has forty-one years of financial services experience.  In 2000 Mr. Evans joined First Union which became Wachovia.  In 2008, Wachovia was acquired by Wells Fargo and Mr. Evans assumed responsibility for Wells Fargo’s Commercial Banking Business in the East and its Government and Institutional Banking Business nationwide, which is a position he held until his retirement from Wells Fargo  on May 31, 2014.   Mr. Evans is the Chairman of the Board of the Spoleto Festival USA and is on the Board of Queens University. A native of Florence, SC, Mr. Evans graduated from Newberry College with a bachelor’s degree in economics.  He also graduated from Commercial Lending School in Norman, OK and the Colgate Darden Commercial Lending School at the University of Virginia.

Mr. John W. Barter, Vice-Chair | Kiawah Island, SC

Mr. Barter is the retired Executive Vice President of Allied Signal Inc. and President of AlliedSignal Automotive.  He received his undergraduate degree in Physics from Springhill College and his MBA in Finance from Tulane University. Mr. Barter is currently serving on the Board of Directors of TASC, Dice Holdings, Inc. and QTS Realty Trust, Inc.  


Mr. Andrew T. Barrett | Mount Pleasant, SC

Mr. Barrett is a Member of Charleston based Family Asset Management LLC, a wealth management firm serving wealthy families and individuals.  Mr. Barrett has been active supporting not for profit groups in the Charleston area serving on investment committees for the Porter Gaud School and the Spoleto USA Foundation. He also served as Vice Chairman of the MUSC Children’s Hospital Board. Earlier in his career Mr. Barrett was employed as a Managing Director of Salomon Inc. and as Vice President of Citibank N.A. He earned an M.A. in international economics from New York University and an A.B with Honors from Hamilton College. 

Mr. James A. Battle | Nichols, SC

Mr. Battle  was elected in 2013 to the MUSC Board of Trustees as the lay representative from the 7th Congressional District.  He graduated from the Citadel with a B.S. in Business and received an M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina and a Doctorate of Humanities from Francis Marion University.  Jim is co-owner of several businesses in Nichols and Mullins, SC.  He previously served in the US Army; a banker at Wachovia Bank & trust; a financial consultant for Merrill Lynch; an instructor at UNC-Pembroke and at Francis Marion University.  

Mrs. Helen “Cokie” Berenyi | Charleston, SC

Mrs. Berenyi is President and Managing Partner of Red Triangle, a fee-only wealth management “boutique”, and is founder of  She received her undergraduate degree from Clemson University in Financial Management, obtained her Series 7, 63 and 65 securities licenses in 1997, and became a Certified Financial Planner in 2002.  Ms. Berenyi founded Rein & Shine, a non-profit equine-assisted therapy program that serves individuals with special needs, and was the 2nd female President in the Charleston Lions Club’s history.  She also founded She CLIMBS (Center for Leadership In Mind, Body and Spirit), a non-profit organization designed to support the self-confidence and self-esteem of women.  

Mrs. Berenyi was awarded “Top 40 Under 40″ for Charleston, SC in 2012 and also named “Most Influential Women in Business." She is an avid mountain climber and divides her time between Colorado and South Carolina with her husband and two daughters. 

Mr. William H. Bingham, Sr., P.E. | Cayce, SC

Mr. Bingham s a licensed professional engineer and is president and owner of Hercules Contractors and Engineers, Inc. of Cayce, South Carolina. A lay representative from Congressional District 2, he began his term in 2002.  Mr. Bingham is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.  He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954.  He served on the State Private Industry Council of South Carolina and received the Contractor of the Year Award in 2000.  Mr. Bingham is also an officer of the Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club and is a member of the West-Metro Chamber of Commerce.  

Mr. John T. Cahill | Charleston, SC 

Mr. Cahill is Chairman of Kraft Foods Group based in Northfield, Illinois. A Charleston native and resident, Mr. Cahill also serves as lead director of American Airlines Group and on the boards of the Colgate-Palmolive Company and Best Lawyers. Previously, Mr. Cahill served as Chairman and Chief Executive of The Pepsi Bottling Group. Mr. Cahill is an honors graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Business School. He has served on the board of Legg Mason and the US-Russia Business Council and as chairman of the American Beverage Association. Locally, he serves on the board of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the Joye Cottage Foundation in Aiken. He is married to Betsy Kirkland Cahill and they have four children.

Mr. John E. Cay, III | Charleston, SC

John E. Cay, MUSC Foundation

Mr. Cay has more than 40 years of leadership experience in the insurance industry and a lifetime of service to the civic and non-profit sectors.  He most recently served as Vice Chairman of Wells Fargo Insurance Services.  Mr. Cay has served as a Board Member, Director, or Chairman for more than thirty  organizations during his career.  He has a number of philanthropic interests, including the arts and education, historic preservation and healthcare.  Mr. Cay has also served on Boards of one NASDAQ and two NYSE companies.  He is a native of Savannah.   Upon receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina, Mr. Cay began his career in the insurance business as an underwriter with the New York office of Home Insurance Company.  

Ms. Jan Childress | Easley, SC

Ms. Childress is Vice President of HMR Veterans Services in Greenville, SC.  She serves on the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center Advisory Board; on the Clemson University IPTAY Athletic Foundation Board and is a member of the Executive Committee for Clemson University Will to Lead $1 billion capital campaign.  Ms. Childress has also served on the Furman University Advisory Council.

Dr. Brinda Modi Chokshi | Florence, SC

Dr. Chokshi specializes in internal medicine and earned her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.  She works at Hope Health in Florence, SC.  Dr. Chokshi is a former board member of the School Foundation, a nonprofit promoting excellence in Florence, South Carolina, School District 1.  She is a member of the American Medical Association and South Carolina Medical Association.

Mr. Cleveland Christophe | Greer, SC

Mr. Christophe is  the retired President and Chief Financial Officer of US&S located in Greenville, SC. and was the former Managing Partner of TSG Capital Group, a private equity investment firm.  Previously, Mr. Christophe was Senior Vice President of TLC Group, L.P., the leveraged buyout firm controlled by Reginald F. Lewis..  From 1971 to 1987, he held numerous senior positions with Citibank, N.A., including Country Head for Colombia; President of Banco International de Colombia, Citibank’s subsidiary; Country Head for Jamaica; Country Operations Head for France; Securities Analyst Team Head; and Venture Capital Officer.

Presently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Builders FirstSource, Inc. (NASDAQ), The Peace Center for the Performing Arts (Greenville, SC) and The Thornblade Country Club (Greenville, SC).

He received an MBA from the University of Michigan, a BS from Howard University and has been a Chartered Financial Analyst since 1975.

Mr. L. John Clark | Kiawah Island, SC

Mr. Clark is Chairman of The Steamboat Capital Group, LLC.  He has served as CEO – BET, PLC; Chairman and CEO of Coremark International, Inc.; Co-founder and CEO of Compass Partners International; former Board Member of public companies - Rolls Royce, PLC, Kvaeimer, ASA, Yale and Nutone.  He received his BS and MBA from the Wharton School of Business and Commerce, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He is a Charter Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania; former Chair of the Athletic Board of Overseers; and a member of the University of Pennsylvania Athletic Hall of Fame.    Mr. Clark received the Alumni Award of Merit in 2013 from Penn, its highest award.  Mr. Clark lived for 17 years as a part-time resident of Kiawah Island while living 20 years in London, England.  He is now a full-time resident of Kiawah Island.

Mr. John O. Downing | Green Pond, SC

Mr. Downing is Vice Chairman and a board member of Brown Advisory, a Baltimore based full service, investment advisory firm. Previously he was founder and CIO of CDK Group, an advisor to ultra high net worth families with special emphasis on alternative investments. He also spend nearly 20 years with Goldman, Sachs and Co. where he was a General Partner in the investment banking and capital markets areas in New York and London. He has served on various  for profit and not for profit boards and/or investment committees including Vanderbilt University, The Hotchkiss School, Morristown Memorial Hospital, The Nature Conservancy of NJ and SinoUnited Healthcare. Mr. Downing received his BA from Vanderbilt University and MBA with honors from the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Francie, reside in Green Pond, SC and have three daughters.

Mrs. Marcia Falk | Pawley’s Island, SC

Mrs. Falk graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1973 with a BS in Education.  She received her Master’s in Education (specializing in early childhood education) from Miami University in 1974.  She taught school for many years, both at the high school and technical college level.  In 2000 Marcia and her husband, Carl, founded the Falk-Griffin Foundation, a family foundation with a mission to “Strengthen the Family Through Jesus Christ”.  Mrs. Falk is Chair of MUSC’s Nursing Advisory Board, past Chair of Teach My People, serves on the board of the Palmetto Family Council, Outreach Farms and the Board of Visitors for the Spadoni College of Education of Coastal Carolina University.  She is also active with Habitat for Humanity and the Lowcountry Food Bank.

Mr. S. Richard “Rich” Hagins | Greenville, SC

Mr. Hagins is Chairman and CEO of US&S, Inc., one of the leading minority businesses in the Upstate and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Minority Business of the Year for 2006.  He is also the President, CEO and Owner of Universal Church Supplies, Inc.  Mr. Hagins received his undergraduate degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Savannah State College, his Masters Degree in Management from Webster University, and attended the Tuck School of Business’ Executive Education Program.  He has served on the Board of Directors for the Commission for Minority Affairs for the State of South Carolina, the Greenville Metro YMCA, Hillcrest Hospital Advisory Board, Mauldin and Simpsonville Chambers, the American Red Cross, Holly Tree Homeowners Association, Holly Tree Country Club, Thorneblade Country Club, SC State Ports Authorities, 100 Black Men of Upstate SC, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and the Blood Connection Board of Directors.  Mr. Hagins is retired from the United States Navy.

Ms. Lou Hammond | Charleston, SC  and New York

Ms. Hammond is Chairman and Founder of Lou Hammond & Associates with offices in Charleston, New York and Miami.   She was previously the Director of Promotion, Publicity and Public Affairs for Pan American World Airways.  Ms. Hammond is a member of the Women’s Forum, Women Executives in Public Relations, the Society of American Travel Writers, the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association, the Fashion Group, International Furnishings and Design Association, Les Dames d’Escoffier and Public Relations Society of America.  She is also vice president and board member, Spoleto Festival USA;  board member, Gibbes Museum; member, Historic Charleston Foundation’s National Advisory Board, and was appointed by the Mayor to serve on the Charleston Tourism Commission. She is cited in Who’s Who in America.  

Col. Mike Heath | Lexington, KY

Col. Heath  is President and CEO of Heath Healthcare Consulting and a retired Army Colonel.  He received his BS in Premed from Clemson University; BS in Pharmacy from MUSC, and performed his residency  at the Pharmacy in the Fitzsimmon Army Medical Center.   Col. Heath is a member of the American Pharmacists Association; the American Society of Health System Pharmacists; Wilson Family Board of Directors and a sustaining member of the Association of Military Surgeons of the US.  He is currently Chairman of the Building Leadership Committee for the MUSC College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Harold Jablon | Charleston, SC

Dr. Jablon was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to the MUSC Board of Trustees in April 2011. Dr. Jablon has been practicing dentistry in Columbia since graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1971. He served our nation by working for the United States Navy Dental Corps from 1971 to 1973 finishing with a rank of Lieutenant. Dr. Jablon then opened up his own General Practice for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry where he practiced for 33 years. He continues to work with pediatric patients in Kids First Dental in Columbia. Dr. Jablon is a member of many dental organizations, including Past President of the Greater Columbia Dental Association, Member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy-International Honorary Dental Association, Fellow of the American College of Dentistry, Member of the American Dental Association, Member of the South Carolina Dental Association, Past President of the Medical University of South Carolina Alumni Association, 1999 Recipient of the Presidential Merit Award-Medical University of South Carolina, 2005 named to listing of Best Dentists in America, 2008 Recipient of the Pierre Fauchard Academy Certificate of Recognition for support and contributions to the profession of dentistry, and much more. Dr. Jablon and his wife, Irene, continue to be very supportive of MUSC and the College of Dental Medicine.

Mr. Robert M. Keane | Lexington, SC

Mr. Keane has more than 36 years of leadership experience in the communications industry, beginning his career in AT&T’s management development program in 1981.  In 1999, he founded Comcast Business Communications and became President and CEO.  Later, Mr. Keane served as President and COO of Cavalier Telephone and, since 2010, has served as the President and CEO of Spirit Communications and CEO of PalmettoNet.  He serves on the Board of Spirit Communications, Stem Premier and Arena Racing USA, and also serves on Clemson University’s Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Board of Advocates.  Mr. Keane is a graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology with a BSEE and Masters of Science in Management.  

Mr. Kevin Luzak | Charleston, SC and Jackson, WY

Mr. Luzak is President of Archer Holdings LLC.

Ms. Elizabeth H. McCullough | Charleston, SC

Ms. McCullough is Associate Professor of Law at the Charleston School of Law.  Ms. McCullough received a BA in Biology from the University of Virginia and MS in Biology from the Univeristy of South Carolina before earning JD in law from the University of South Carolina where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and received the American Jurisprudence Award in Torts.

Mr. Thomas Parrington | Kiawah Island, SC

Mr. Parrington served as Chief Executive Officer of Lodgian, Inc.  and Chief Executive Officer of Interstate Hotels until his retirement.  Since leaving Interstate, Mr. Parrington has focused on real estate investments (primarily hotels) and consultancy.  He has been Co-Chairman and Independent Director of Key Hospitality Acquisition Corporation since 2005.  Mr. Parrington has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University.

Dr. Celeste Patrick | Charleston, SC

Dr. Patrick is a Physician and Associate Clinical Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina.  She received her BA in Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina and a MD from the Medical University of South Carolina.  Dr. Patrick is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  

Ms. Susan Pearlstine | Charleston, SC

Ms. Pearlstine is Owner and Director of Pearlstine Family Companies.  She earned  a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado.  Ms. Pearlstine is on the Board of Directors  for Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE), Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art,  and the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research.  She has been active in many other civic organizations in both Charleston, SC and Park City, UT.

Dr. Brian Poplin | Boca Raton, Florida

Dr. Poplin has held senior level executive positions ranging from Vice President, to President and Chief Executive Officer at healthcare management and medical technology organizations since 2003.  His past corporate leadership positions have included ARAMARK Healthcare Technology Services and ARAMARK Healthcare.  He also has strong roots in biomedical engineering and healthcare technology services.

Dr. Poplin earned his Doctor of Health Administration & Policy at the Medical University of South Carolina.  He holds both a Master of Science in business management and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.  He is board certified in healthcare management, a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a member of the standards council for the Commission of the Accreditation of Health Management Education.  His professional affiliations have included the Coalition to Protect American’s Healthcare, MUSC College of Health Professions (Public Advisory Board), American College of Healthcare Executives, Frontiers of Health Services Management (Editorial Board), North Carolina Biomedical Association (President & Board of Directors), Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, and the American College of Clinical Engineering.  Dr. Poplin is an active presenter in the healthcare industry and author of numerous publications. 

Mr. J. R. Richardson | Hilton Head Island, SC

Mr. Richardson is President/Owner of The Richardson Group, LLC, a Real Estate Development and Management firm.  He graduated from Mars Hill College with a Bachelor of Science in Business.  Mr. Richardson has also served as Managing Member of Plantation Properties, LLC, Atlantic Coast Builders & Contractors, and Forest Beach, LLC.  He has served as Chief Operating Officer for Windmill Harbour Company, Founder of South Carolina Yacht Club, President and CEO of Coastal Utilities, Inc., President and CEO of Circle Square Properties, Inc., CEO, General Manager and Owner of Coligny Plaza, President and CEO of Hilton Head Broadcasting, Inc., and Developer and Project Manager of Callawassie Island.  Mr. Richardson received the Bronze Star for service in Vietnam.  

Ms. Joan Robinson-Berry | Charleston, SC

Ms. Robinson-Berry is Vice President and General Manager, Boeing South Carolina.  Previously, Joan served as Vice President of the Shared Services Group Supplier Management organization.  Earlier in her career, she was director of Phantom Works Supplier Management for the Boeing Defense, Space & Security division.  Ms. Robinson-Berry holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management and Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology.

Ms. Marva Smalls | New York, NY

Ms. Smalls is Executive Vice President of Global Inclusion Strategy for Viacom and Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Chief of Staff for Nickelodeon Networks Group.  Ms. Smalls works with the leadership of all Viacom brands to champion multiculturalism, inclusiveness and diversity across the company worldwide. She has been widely recognized as a force for positive social change, having been honored with NAMIC’s prestigious L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Award, The National Action Network’s Triumph Award and T. Howard Foundation’s Champion of Diversity Award.  Prior to joining Viacom in 1993, Ms. Smalls’ career in the public sector included serving as Staff Director of South Carolina’s Private Industry Council for Governor Richard Riley and later as Chief of Staff for South Carolina Congressman Robin Tallon for 10 years.   She was the first African-American to serve as Chief of Staff for a white Southern Member of Congress.  Ms. Smalls has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Carolina.  She serves on numerous boards of directors including the National Council for Families and Television, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, CTAM Foundation, Big Brothers – Big Sisters of America, the National Bank of South Carolina, the South Carolina Educational Television Endowment Commission, Medical University of South Carolina and American Theater Wing.  She is the recipient of Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degrees. 

Mr. Daniel J. Sullivan | Kiawah Island, SC

Mr. Sullivan is President of Flyway, LLC.  He was President and CEO of FedEx Ground,Inc. until his retirement in 2007.  Prior to that he was Chairman, President and CEO of Caliber System, Inc.  Mr. Sullivan is Chairman of the Board of Schneider National, Inc.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of Computer Task Group, Inc. where he is Lead Director and Pike Electric, Inc.  He served on the Flight 93 National Memorial Federal Advisory Commission until 2011.  He received his BA degree in Psychology from Amherst College.  Mr. Sullivan was elected to the Western Pennsylvania Business Hall of Fame in 2007, received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award in 2007 and  the 2006 Achievement Award for Business by the Ireland Chamber of Commerce in the United States, Inc.  He was also chosen as Pittsburgh Man of the Year in Business and Labor in 2002 and Pittsburgh Industrialist of the Year in 2002.

Dr. Allan J. “Buddy” Thompson | Sunset, SC

Dr. Thompson is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina and is an Ophthalmologist at Clemson Eye.  Before entering MUSC, Dr. Thompson graduated with high honors from Clemson University with a BS in Chemical Engineering.  Dr. Thompson is an active member in several civic and professional organizations and has donated many service hours to programs at Clemson University to include their Board of Visitors.  He has also served as a Board member of the Storm Eye Institute here at MUSC.

Mr. Ronald L. Thompson | Charleston, SC

Dr. Thompson has served as Chairman of the TIAA Board since 2008.  He has been a director of Chrysler Group, LLC, since 2009 and Lead Director since 2011.  Dr. Thompson has also been a member of the advisory board of Plymouth Ventures Partnership since 2010.  He serves on the board of Washington University in St. Louis.  He earned a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University.  Dr. Thompson provides extensive business management experience, understanding of higher education and leadership skills.  

Ex-Officio Directors

Dr. David J. Cole

Honorary Directors

Dr. Raymond S. Greenberg

Emeritus/Emerita Directors

Mr. William A. Baker, Jr.
Mr. William H. Best
Mrs. Paula Harper Bethea
Mr. Frank W. Brumley
Mr. Harry J. Butler, Jr.
Dr. Kay K. Chitty
Mr. Richard D. Elliott
Mr. William B. Hewitt
Mrs. Felice Hirsch
Dr. Harold B. Holmes, Jr.
Dr. Vernon E. Merchant, Jr.
Mr. John Tucker Morse
Mrs. Kelley O’Quinn
Mr. Wilbur J. Prezzano, Jr.
Dr. Thomas C. Rowland, Jr.
Mr. Walter G. Seinsheimer
Mr. Robert J. Sywolski
Mr. John E. Thompson, Jr.
Thomas Waring, Esq.
Mrs. Anita G. Zucker