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Meet the All-Volunteer Board of Directors and Executive Committee

The Board of Directors serves as the governing council for the operations and direction of the South Carolina Immunization Coalition. The Board works closely with the Organizing Director and Executive Committee to accomplish the coalition's mission and objectives. Learn more below about the volunteers that make it happen!

 2023 Board of Directors and
Executive Committee

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kathleen cartmell, phd, MPH

she/her

Board President, Executive Committee Chair
Assoc. Research Professor, Dept. of Public Health Sciences
Clemson University

Region: Upstate

Term: July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024


Dr. Kathleen Cartmell is a health services researcher, with a focus on dissemination and implementation of evidence-based strategies for population health. Her research is in the areas of vaccination, community health worker programs, and palliative care. Dr. Cartmell's current vaccine studies focus on interventions to address vaccine hesitancy through community and social media based interventions and through health system interventions to improve delivery systems for vaccination.

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beth sundstrom, phd, mph
she/her

Communication Director, Executive Committee
Professor, Dept. of Communication
College of Charleston

Region: Lowcountry


Term: July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024

Beth Sundstrom, Ph.D., M.P.H. is a professor of communication and public health at the College of Charleston, SC where she is the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) and the Founding Co-Director of the Women’s Health Research Team. Dr. Sundstrom conducts applied research that informs the development of community-based public health interventions and nationally recognized communication campaigns. She is a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Research Grant recipient and leading expert on health communication, social marketing, and women’s health. She is the author of three books and more than 70 peer-reviewed publications in such outlets as Social Science & Medicine, Contraception, and the Journal of Health Communication.

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Melanie Slan, MLIS

she/her

Director at Large

Program Manager, Medical University of South Carolina, Hollings Cancer Center Office of Community Outreach and Engagement 

Region: Lowcountry


Term: December 31, 2023 - June 30, 2024

 

In her role at Hollings, Melanie provides programmatic and operational oversight of the COE Program. As the COE Community Health Educator, she plans, conducts, and assesses community education and outreach aligned with NCI and the Medical University of South Carolina, Hollings Cancer Center research and outreach priorities, within local and regional underserved communities.

 

She strengthens collaborations with key NCI-sponsored academic, research, community, and regional partners to foster community engagement in research and to enhance the NCI’s ability to effectively reach underserved communities with tailored, culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS), and evidence-based cancer information.

Melanie also has expertise in managing community health educators and navigators. She previously managed the Medical University of South Carolina, Hollings Cancer Center mobile breast and cervical cancer screening van and its accompanying patient navigation program. She builds partnerships with community stakeholders at all levels, advancing the Hollings Cancer Center’s mission to reduce the cancer burden in South Carolina.

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sayward harrison, phd
she/her

Records Officer, Executive Committee

Health Psychologist/Assistant Professor
University of South Carolina

Region: Midlands

Term: July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024
 

Dr. Sayward Harrison, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina (UofSC). Dr. Harrison is a health psychologist and social-behavioral scientist with expertise in infectious disease prevention and treatment. Dr. Harrison runs the Healthy Futures Lab, whose mission is to engage in innovative, community-engaged research to help people—particularly those from marginalized communities—achieve optimal health and wellbeing.

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tessa hastings, phd
she/her

Director at Large
Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy
University of South Carolina

Region: Midlands


Term: July 1, 2022 - December 31, 2024

Tessa Hastings, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. Dr. Hastings earned her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health Outcomes Research and Policy from Auburn University. Her research is broadly dedicated to reducing preventable infectious diseases and improving health outcomes among underserved populations. She focuses on the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions to improve immunization coverage, specifically through pharmacy-based services in rural communities.

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P. Brandon Bookstaver, PharmD, BCIDP, FCCP, FIDSA

he/him

Director at Large
Associate Professor and Director of Residency & Fellowship Training, 
University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy

Infectious Diseases Pharmacist, Prisma Health Richland

Region: Upstate


Term: December 31, 2023 - June 30, 2024

Brandon is an Associate Professor and Director of Residency and Fellowship Training at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy.  He also serves as an infectious diseases pharmacist and PGY2 ID residency director at Prisma Health Richland.  Brandon's service in postgraduate training extends into Sumter as PGY1 director of a rural, ambulatory care pharmacy residency at Tandem Health.  Following graduation from the USC College of Pharmacy, Brandon completed 2 years of residency training at Wake Forest Baptist Health.  


He has over 175 peer-reviewed publications primarily in the area of infectious diseases. His work in vaccines has been broad in both service and research, including an appointment on the executive board for expanding pharmacist-authorized vaccine delivery in South Carolina in 2015.  Brandon enjoys spending time with his wife Nicole and their 2 children, coaching baseball, traveling and Gamecock athletics. 

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emily russell, pharmd
she/her

Director at Large
Director of Clinical Services and Pharmacist in Charge
Family Pharmacy Aiken

Region: Midlands


Term: July 1, 2022 - December 31, 2024

Emily Russell, PharmD, currently lives and works in Aiken, SC at Family Pharmacy. She attended pharmacy school at LECOM School of Pharmacy in Erie, Pennsylvania and completed a PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency with UofSC at Barney's Pharmacy in Augusta, GA. The lessons and skills learned in residency gave Emily the tools to build her own position and business plan for her current position as Director of Clinical Services in an independent community pharmacy setting. Emily manages MTM services, precepting IPPE and APPE students, organizing vaccination efforts and clinics, and serving as the lead for various projects and grants. Emily is also the Midlands Region Director for the South Carolina Pharmacy Association.

 

Outside of her career, Emily enjoys musical theater, participation in her church's worship band, traveling to new places, and spending time with her new baby boy, husband, and fur babies!

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Beth Poore, m.ed.
 

She/her

 

Public Health Liaison, Executive Committee
Outreach and Education Coordinator
Division of Immunization, SC DHEC

 

Term: Appointed
 

After a two-decade education and administration career in Newberry, Lexington Richland 5, and SC Public Charter school districts,  Beth Poore, M.Ed., joined the Division of Immunization at SC Dept of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) in January 2021. In this capacity, she coordinates several partnership-building and outreach initiatives to strengthen DHEC's immunization program's impact on increasing SC's vaccination rates. She leverages her vast experience as a teacher, instructional coach, and administrator to convene partners to achieve shared goals, especially through her work as the Public Health Liaison to the Coalition. Beth's recent successes include coordinating the 2023 SC Immunization Conference, serving on the HPV Southeastern States Roundtable, and receiving the 2023 SCAAP Child Advocacy Award. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her youngest daughter and husband at their home in Chapin, and on the lake or at the beach with her friends and family. 

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douglas moore, md

he/him

Director at Large
Medical Director of Quality
Abbeville Area Medical Center

Region: Upstate


Term: July 1, 2022 - December 31, 2024

Douglas "Trey" Moore is a board certified family practitioner at Abbeville Area Healthcare Center. He attended medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and completed his residency at Self Regional Healthcare. Dr. Moore's primary expertise and interest is the prevention of chronic disease as he is passionate about care coordination and developing means to address social determinants of health. 

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Bonnie Treado, DNP, FNp C, APRN

she/her

Director at Large
Graduate Research Assistant
Clemson University

Region: Upstate


Term: December 31, 2023 - June 30, 2024

Dr. Treado is a lifelong resident of South Carolina. Her experience as an oncology nurse at MUSC eventually led her to working as a family nurse practitioner and researcher in federally qualified health centers across SC. In addition to over a decade of clinical practice, she has over five years of experience in graduate and undergraduate nursing education. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Applied Health Research and Evaluation at Clemson University. Her research interests include vaccine equity, cancer prevention, stigma, maternal/child health, and provider communication. She and her husband live in Upstate SC with their two elementary-aged children.

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