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Meet the Team

Vera Ford

Director of Development


Vera joined the Department of Surgery in May 2010.
She earned her undergraduate degree at Clemson University and an MBA at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. With a love for global studies and foreign languages, she took the opportunity to continue her graduate work at Middlebury College in Vermont, at IPAG, a graduate study program in international business, and the New York University French School, both in Paris, France.

Much of her professional career was spent working in the corporate marketing sector in New York for Fortune 500 companies. She and her husband loved the energy and pace of the city, but eventually returned to Charleston to start a family. She was fortunate to join one of Jerry Zucker’s companies, Passport International, and led the Marketing and Sales Division for nine years before making a career change to non-profit marketing and development. Working with the National Trust for Historic Preservation at Drayton Hall taught her an invaluable lesson in having a passion for your work and for those with whom you work.  She feels that by combining my experience in strategic program development and philanthropic support, she has found the perfect home as the Department of Surgery’s development officer. 

Riviere Propst

Development & Alumni Coordinator


Riviere joined the Department of Surgery in June 2011.  She graduated from Presbyterian College in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration.  She spent the year between graduation and working at MUSC nannying and serving as a Special Events Intern in the Presidents Office at MUSC.

Since joining the Department, Riviere has been an integral part in reconnecting Surgical Alumni with their alma mater and growing the Curtis P. Artz MUSC Surgical Society.  She has also become the coordinator for the annual Kredel-Springs Lecturehsip and Horace G. Smithy Lectureship.  Recently, she served as the primary coordinator for the International Symposium on the Medical and Surgical Treatment of Chronic Pancreatitis which welcomed over 190 attendees from 16 different countries to Kiawah Island, SC to discuss and learn about Chronic Pancreatitis.  Riviere also serves as the Adminstrative Assistant for the Vice Chair of Research, which allows her to integrate the research efforts in the Department of Surgery with its fundraising goals.

Philanthropy has always been a large part of Riviere's life and she is excited to continue her career in the Development Office for the Department of Surgery.


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