The Fact Forward team is composed of talented individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds. Bringing fresh and innovative ideas to work each day, our team is dedicated to reducing teen births in South Carolina and increasing access to reproductive health education.
E.A. "Beth" De Santis, MSN
Chief Executive Officer
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Beth joined the SC Campaign as Chief Executive Officer in October 2016 after working at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) for 16 years. Beth began working at SC DHEC in 2000 as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner providing clinical reproductive health care. After four years of clinical care, she went into Program and Operations Management for the counties of Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg. In 2010 she became the Director of DHEC’s statewide Family Planning Program and then in 2013 became Director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Her background includes a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Carolina, Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia. Over the course of her career, Beth has focused on decreasing unintended pregnancy in an effort to empower young women to develop to their full potential.
Director of Operations and Communications
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Alvin joined SC Campaign after serving as the corporate director of marketing at the Zeus Industrial Products for eight years. In this role, he directed and executed strategies that created global brand awareness for the organization and its subsidiary companies through branding, public relations, advertising and event management. Alvin is a native of Lexington, SC., and a graduate of South Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing.
Doug Taylor, MPH
Director of Community Programs and Evaluation
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Doug joined the SC Campaign in June of 2011. He oversees all community-focused programming and the agency’s research and evaluation activities. The Department manages over 3 million in federal and private foundation funding to support youth-serving professionals in providing age-appropriate, medically accurate sexual health education to teens. Previously, Doug worked at the Department of Health and Environmental Control where he coordinated the implementation of DHEC’s Health Services statewide performance management system, and lead quality improvement teams in process improvement projects. He also spent five years in the STD/HIV Division where he supervised the collection and analysis of process and outcome data and assisted in the development and implementation of the Division’s performance indicators. Doug has a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion and Education from the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Education from the University of North Texas.
Rena Dixon, PhD, MPH, MCHES
Director of Health Services
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Dr. Rena Dixon joined the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy staff in 2010. She is the Director of Health Services and oversees the implementation of the Collaborative for Reproductive Education and Wellness. She has extensive experience providing technical assistance to health centers across South Carolina on creating access to reproductive health services for teens. Dr. Dixon was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia. She is an alumnae of Armstrong Atlantic State University, in Savannah, Georgia. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Sciences and a minor in Latin American studies. Dr. Dixon also holds her Masters of Public Health from Armstrong and a PhD in Public Health with a focus on Health Promotion and Health Education from Walden University. She is also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. Before coming to the SC Campaign, Dr. Dixon has previously worked for Planned Parenthood of Georgia and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the American Public Health Association.
- Executive Office, Finance & Human Resources
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Tammy joined the SC Campaign in June 2018 as the Finance Manager. In her current role, she works closely with the CEO, the SC Campaign Directors, and the Board of Directors to support all financial aspects as well as Grant Accounting for the SC Campaign. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management from Southern Wesleyan University. Before coming to the Campaign, Tammy retired from the State of South Carolina after 31 years of service specializing in finance and Grants Administration.
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Kay joined the SC Campaign in November 2016 where she serves as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer. In her current role, she works closely with the CEO, the SC Campaign executive officers and the Board of Directors to support overall operations. She is a seasoned executive assistant having held positions in banking, financial investments, insurance, education, and non-profits. A native of Macon, GA she studied Business Management at Macon State College. Kay and her husband moved to South Carolina in 2015 and reside in the Irmo/Ballentine area.
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Misty joined the SC Campaign in October 2018 as the Grants Specialist. In this role, Misty works closely with grants to maintain and verify their financial records and to help, clarify, and resolve any issues with the grants. Prior to joining the Campaign, Misty was the business manager of a wholesale distribution store for 10 years.There she was responsible for planning and overseeing the fiscal health and operations of the business. Misty was born and raised in Blythewood, SC. She is a graduate of Columbia College and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
- Operations & Communications
Kimberley Wicker, LMSW
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Kimberley joined the SC Campaign in February 2010 after serving as program director for Newberry County Teen Pregnancy Prevention (a program of the Family Service Center of South Carolina) for six years. Kimberley received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Columbia College (2002) and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of South Carolina (2008). She has remarkable experience in youth outreach programs and advocacy activities for young people. In addition to her educational background, Kimberley has been able to gain professional training in service learning, parenting education, and other science-based teen pregnancy prevention programs. In her current role, Kimberley provides oversight for all SC Campaign marketing, outreach and development activities, management of the statewide conference (Summer Institute) and support for the executive team.
Shannon Lindsay, MS
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Shannon joined the campaign in February 2014 as the Training Coordinator. She is responsible for the development, planning and implementation of all in-house, off-site and online SC Campaign educational events. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in History from Wofford College in Spartanburg SC, and a Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling from the School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Before coming to the Campaign, Shannon was the Transition Specialist for the SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department and a statewide Transition Coach for the Office of Exceptional Children at the SC Department of Education.
Stig Rasmussen, J.D., M.M.C.
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Stig joined the SC Campaign in May 2014. He has since been elevated to Grants and Contracts Manager. In this role, he oversees the regulatory management of all of the SC Campaign’s grant awards and giving, reviews and drafts all Campaign contracts, and supervises many of the day-to-day operations issues for the SC Campaign. Stig received a Bachelor of Arts in 2004 from Emory University majoring in both Psycholinguistics and Philosophy, and received a Juris Doctorate and Master of Mass Communication from the University of South Carolina in 2011. He is licensed to practice law in South Carolina and Georgia.
Carol Singletary, MA
Outreach and Special Projects
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Carol began working for the SC Campaign in 2003 after retiring as the Director of Youth Programs for the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) and following 29.5 years of service. She began her DSS career at the Florence County office where she worked for seven years before moving to the Richland County office. As the Director of Youth Programs for SCDSS, Carol was responsible for all teen pregnancy prevention programs funded by DSS and the County Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Programs funded with funds allocated by the South Carolina General Assembly.
For most of her career, Carol has worked with children and families in the areas of foster care, child protective services, and other prevention programs. Carol has 28 years experience working in teen pregnancy prevention, is a graduate of Claflin University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a minor in Secondary Education, and holds a Master’s degree in Human Behavior and Conflict Management from Columbia College. While Carol initially joined the SC Campaign as the Senior Faith-Based Initiative Coordinator, she has since served in several different capacities. Carol is active in the community and affiliated with a number of organizations to include Francis Burns UMC, local political and civic organizations, and the Columbia Branch NAACP.
Lydia Royals, MA
Public Relations Specialist
Lydia joined the Campaign in August 2018 as Public Relations Specialist. In this role, she is responsible for creating and transforming ideas into written content relating to the marketing efforts of the organization and its subsidiaries and/or partners. She works closely with personnel within and outside of the company, to create content that has a singular voice through print and digital media. Prior to her work at the Campaign, she worked as Communications Specialist at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing for Print and Digital Media and a Master of Organizational Leadership from Columbia College, Columbia, SC.
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Susan joined the campaign in August 2018 as the Training Associate. In this role she is responsible for assisting in the planning, implementation and evaluation of all SC Campaign educational programming, technical assistance efforts and internal staff development opportunities.
Locke earned a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of South Carolina. She was born and raised in NC, but now calls Columbia, SC home. Prior to joining the SC Campaign full-time, Locke worked as an intern in early 2018. She is excited to continue her passion in preventing teen and unwanted pregnancy through the campaign.
Tshinde "TJ" Turmon
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TJ joined the SC Campaign in early 2018 and provides operations support for the agency. Though he functions as the face and voice of the organization to those who visit and the public, he also plays a key role in regards to internal customer service. TJ has previous experience with the Welfare to Work program, serving as personal advisor at Communities in Schools. In addition, he has been a mentor in with Big Brothers Big Sisters, taught sexual education for Richmond County Schools (Augusta, GA), and volunteered with young fathers in the Georgia Fatherhood Program of Richmond County.
- Health Services
Brittany Wearing, MPH, CHES
College Campus Coordinator
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Brittany joined the SC Campaign in August 2016 after serving as a Community Advocate for six years with the Office of Community Health Improvement, formally the Maternal Child Health Initiative at Palmetto Health. Previously, Brittany served as the Health Education Prevention Specialist with Richland County School District One where she was responsible for overseeing a grant-funded pregnancy prevention initiative utilizing evidence-based approaches. Brittany currently serves as the Midlands Capacity Building Specialist, providing support, training, and technical assistance for communities in Orangeburg and Aiken counties.
Brittany developed her passion for pregnancy prevention during her undergraduate tenure at the University of South Carolina where she graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Public Health. She also holds a Master of Public Health degree in Health Promotion Education and Behavior from the University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist who has a keen interest in adolescent health and sexual health.
Avis Wright, MPH, CHES
Health Services Coordinator
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Avis joined the South Carolina campaign in May 2017 after serving as a Health Education Coordinator with the Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services. She is currently responsible for providing capacity building for health center partners in the South Carolina Adolescent Health Reproductive Health Leadership Institute.
Avis graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. Her path to public health began while volunteering with health promotion nonprofit agencies. She continued her academic studies at Walden University where she obtained a Master of Public Health degree. Her interests include philanthropy, sexual health, and health education.
Health Services Support Specialist
Yajaira joined the Campaign October 2018 as the Health Services Support Specialist. In this role, she assists the Health Services Manager (HSM) and project managers/leads with planning, coordinating and decision making associated with capacity building and mobilization of health services partners. Originally from NYC, Maldonado graduated as a Cardiovascular Sonography Technician and Medical Receptionist in 2011. Prior to joining the campaign she served as a Community Health worker for the Best Chance Network at the American Cancer Society. She also worked at Molina Healthcare for two years as their Community Outreach Coordinator.
Katrina C. James, MPH, CHES, FPHW
Health Services Specialist
Katrina joined Fact Forward in June 2019 after serving as Health Educator and Assistant Choose Well Program Coordinator for Family Health Centers, Inc. Katrina currently serves as the Health Services Specialist providing capacity building and technical assistance for health centers across South Carolina in the Collaborative for Reproductive Education and Wellness.
Katrina is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion. She completed her Master of Public Health in Community Health degree at Georgia Southern University. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Family Planning Health Worker with a passion for sexual and reproductive health.
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Jennifer Pozsik, MPH
Research and Evaluation Manager
Jennifer joined Fact Forward in December 2018 as the Research and Evaluation Manager. Prior to joining Fact Forward, she served as the Planning and Evaluation Coordinator for five years at SC DHEC in the STD/HIV Division where she evaluated statewide HIV prevention activities. She has over ten years of experience in program evaluation and data collection, as she has previously held evaluation positions with the SC Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services and with the CDC/ASPH Institute for HIV Prevention Leadership supported through the University of South Carolina. Jennifer is a graduate of the College of Charleston, earning bachelor’s degree in Biology and Master’s of Public Health from the University of South Carolina. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist.
Meredith Talford, MPH, CHES
Community Grants Manager
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Meredith joined the SC Campaign staff in March of 2011 after serving four years as HIV/AIDS Health Educator at SC DHEC. She has worked with a variety of populations which include youth in foster care and adolescent male sex offenders. A Chester, SC native, Meredith is a graduate of Bennett College for Women, earning a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Public Health from Mercer University School of Medicine. Meredith is the Project Coordinator for “Accelerating Progress: Strengthening Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives Among High Need SC Populations,” where the goal is to increase the capacity of organizations to implement evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs with a special focus on youth in juvenile detention and foster care.
Research and Evaluation Specialist
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Mallory joined the SC Campaign in May 2017 as the Training Associate. Prior to joining the SC Campaign, she worked at the SC Department of Juvenile Justice for three years in the Medicaid department serving at-risk youth across South Carolina. Mallory was born and raised in Irmo, SC where she currently resides and has earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health at the University of South Carolina. She has now transitioned into the Research and Evaluation Department at the Campaign and is serving as the Research and Evaluation Specialist.
College Health Education Coordinator
Hailing from New York, Denise has been a resident of the Carolinas for well over a decade where she has been deeply involved in helping its residents on different social issues. Denise has been working in the HIV/AIDS, STD and teen pregnancy field for over 13 years in a prevention/treatment healthcare setting. During the last 8 years, she worked as a Community Health Educator for a local community organization providing prevention, education and testing services to York, Lancaster and Chester county concentrating on the Hispanic/Latino, women of color, LGBTQ, and adolescent populations.
Amanda S. Leeson, MA, MCHES
Capacity Building Coordinator
Amanda joined the SC Campaign in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from Appalachian State University and a Master of Arts in Health Education and Promotion from East Carolina University. Amanda also obtained a graduate Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts from the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist and brings over 15 years of experience in public health, prevention, and health promotion. A native of beautiful Asheville, NC, she now enjoys calling Greenville and the Palmetto State home.
Rachel Kaplan, MPH
Capacity Building Specialist
Rachel, a native of North Carolina, joined the Campaign in 2018. In her role as Capacity Building Specialist, Rachel provides support through training, technical assistance, and community mobilization to meet the identified needs of assigned local partners. Rachel holds a Master of Public Health and a Certificate in Drug and Addiction Studies. She has extensive experience working with the homeless population, youth with disabilities, mental health, suicide prevention, wellness programming, crisis intervention, and diabetes education and awareness for all ages regarding type 1 and type 2. Rachel has created, implemented, and provided technical assistance for various youth programs and has spoken at state-wide and national conferences in a professional capacity.
Rachel is a Board Member of Mental Health America of Greenville County, a Peer Mentor with the Association for Programs on Rural Independent Living (APRIL), Program Coordinator for an American Diabetes Association (ADA) summer camp for youth with type 1 diabetes, and active member in the success of the Diabetes Family Connection (DFC) in the Carolinas. She is excited to be a part of SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and utilize her health promotion and education skills in this capacity as it relates to sexual health.