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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 her experience in strategic program development and philanthropic support, she has found the perfect home as the Department of Surgery’s development officer. 


Pam Sloat 

Development & Alumni Coordinator


Pam joined the Department of Surgery in June 2015.  She graduated from College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.   

Since joining the Department, Pam has been an integral part in reconnecting Surgical Alumni with their alma mater and growing the Curtis P. Artz MUSC Surgical Society.   

Prior to joining the Department, Pam was a software designer for Blackbaud and was a key member of the team that built their flagship product The Raiser's Edge, a founder and executive director of a small local nonprofit, and a consultant for both for profit and nonprofit startups.

Philanthropy has always been a large part of Pam's life and she is excited and passionate about continuing her career in the Development Office for the Department of Surgery and having any role that contributes to the great research, care and training that goes on in the Department.



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