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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 2017 — 2018

Mr. John W. Barter, Chair
Mr. Daniel J. Sullivan, Vice-Chair
Mr. Richard Almeida
Mr. Andrew T. Barrett
Mr. James A. Battle
Mr. John Cahill
Ms. Jan Childress
Dr. Brinda Chokshi
Mr. L. John Clark
Dr. David J. Cole (Ex-officio)
Dr. Deborah Davis
Mr. John Downing
Mrs. Marcia Falk
Mr. S. Richard “Rich” Hagins
Ms. Lou Hammond
Col. Mike Heath

Dr. Harold Jablon
Mr. Michael “Misha” Joukowsky
Mr. Bob Keane
Dr. James Lemon
Mr. Kevin Luzak
Mr. James MacLeod
Mr. Tom Parrington
Dr. Celeste Patrick
Ms. Susan Pearlstine
Dr. Brian Poplin
Mr. J. R. Richardson
Ms. Joan Robinson-Berry
Mr. Charles Schulze
Ms. Marva Smalls
Dr. Allan J. “Buddy” Thompson
Dr. Ronald L. Thompson

Emeritus/Emerita Directors

Mr. William A. Baker, Jr.
Mr. William H. Bingham, Sr.
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. Carlos E. Evans
Mrs. Theodora L. Feldberg
Mr. William B. Hewitt
Mrs. Felice Hirsch

Dr. Harold B. Holmes, Jr.
Mrs. Elizabeth H. McCullough
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 

Director Biographies

Mr. Richard Almedia | Charleston,  SC

Richard Almeida

Mr. Almeida is the former Chairman and CEO of Heller Financial , Inc.. Prior to his tenure at Heller Financial, Mr. Almeida held a variety of management and banking positions with CitiCorp and Citibank.  He serves as a Director of the Fuji Bank and Trust Company, a subsidiary of Fuji Bank.  He is also  a director of UAL Corporation, a holding company whose principal subsidiary is United Airlines, Inc. Mr. Almeida  received his B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University and his Masters in Public Administration from The Maxwell School of Syracuse University.  

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. John W. Barter | 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.  

The Honorable James A. Battle | Nichols, SC

James Battle

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. 

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. 

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. 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.

Dr. Deborah Jones Davis | Columbia, SC

Deborah Davis

Dr. Davis specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology and currently practices at Waverly Women’s Health Center.  Dr. Davis received her undergraduate degree from Winthrop University before attending and graduating from MUSC’s College of Medicine.  She is a member of the MUSC College of Medicine Alumni Board.

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 Griffin 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.  

Dr. 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. Michael "Misha" Joukowsky | Charleston, SC

Misha Joukowsky

Mr. Joukowsky is the CEO of a private investment firm specializing in domestic and international value oriented investments.  He is also a General Partner in the SSP Real Asset GP, LLC and SSP Private Equity GP, LLC.  He is a graduate of Brown University and received his MBA from Babson College.  Mr. Joukowsky has been a member of the Brown University President’s Leadership Council since its inception in 2004. 

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.  

Dr. James Lemon | Columbia, SC

James Lemon

Dr. Lemon practices oral and maxillofacial surgery  since finishing his residency at Emory University.  Prior to Emory, he graduated from Clemson University, MUSC College of Dental Medicine, and completed an internship at MUSC.  Dr. Lemon is past president of the Greater Columbia Dental Society, Central District Dental Society, and the South Carolina Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.  In 2014, he was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees and serves as the medical professions representative from the Second Congressional District.

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

Mr. Luzak is President of Archer Holdings LLC.

Mr. James S. "Jim" Macleod | Hilton Head Island, SC

Jim Macleod

Mr. MacLeod is the Non Executive  Chairman of  the Board for Sykes Enterprises.  He is a Director of CoastalSouth Bankshares and Director of CoastalStates Bank.  Mr. MacLeod is also  a Director and Treasurer of the Art Center of Coastal Carolina and Director of Mortgage Banks Association of American.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Tampa, MCP from Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in real estate also  from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

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.

Mr. Charles W. Schulze | Greenwood, SC

Charles Schulze

Mr. Schulze is a retired shareholder in the regional accounting and consulting firm of Elliot Davis Decosimo.  He is a past Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Georgia , a former President of the SC Association of CPAs as well as a former member and chairman of the SC Board of Accountancy.  Mr. Schulze graduated from Georgia Military Academy and received a BBA degree in accounting from the University of South Carolina.  Mr. Schulze is a Veteran of the Vietnam War and spent four years in the US Air Force where he received numerous decorations.

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.  

Mr. Thomas P. Anderson | Charleston, SC

Tom Anderson

Mr. Anderson is Chief Executive Officer, Medical University of South Carolina Foundation and former President, Bank of America, South Carolina.  He served in various executive positions with NCNB of South Carolina and NationsBank (now Bank of America).  He has served in numerous civic and charitable organizations, as President of The Coastal Community Foundation, Board member of the  South Carolina Research Authority, Trident Urban League, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Gibbes Museum of Art, Trident Academy, and the South Carolina Aquarium. Mr. Anderson currently serves on the Boards of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, Windwood Farm Home for Children and Chairman of the Saul Alexander Foundation.  He received the Presidential Award of Merit from Medical University of South Carolina, highest honor bestowed for volunteer service to MUSC.  Mr. Anderson received both undergraduate Business and MBA degrees from the University of South Carolina; then served in the U.S. Navy in Viet Nam.

Mrs. Robyn M. Frampton | Charleston, SC

Robyn Frampton

Mrs. Frampton, a CPA with over 28 years of experience, has served as the CFO of the MUSC Foundation for 12 years.  Prior to taking this position, she held roles as Director of Fiscal Affairs and Internal Audits Manager for MUSC.  Robyn began her career in public accounting with Coopers and Lybrand and Ernst and Young.  She is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a BS in Accounting.  Mrs. Frampton is an active member in several civic and professional organizations.