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 2019 – 2020
Mr. John Cahill, Chair
Mr. Richard Almeida
Mr. James Allhusen
Mr. Andrew Barrett
Mr. James Battle
Dr. Brinda Chokshi
Dr. David Cole (Ex-officio)
Dr. Deborah Davis
Mr. John Downing
Mr. George Gephart, Jr.
Mr. Thomas Flanagan
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 “Jim” MacLeod
Ms. Jan Childress McCrary
Mr. Thomas “Tom” Motamed
Ms. Susan Pearlstine Norton
Mr. W. Thomas Parrington
Dr. Celeste Patrick
Dr. Brian Poplin
Mr. Charles W. Schulze
Ms. Marva Smalls
Dr. Allan “Buddy” Thompson
Dr. Ronald Thompson
Ms. Ann Wrobleski
Mr. William Baker, Jr.
Mr. William Best
Mrs. Paula Harper Bethea
Mr. William Bingham, Sr.
Mr. Frank Brumley
Mr. Harry Butler
Dr. Kay Chitty
Mr. L. John Clark
Mr. Richard Elliott
Mr. Carlos Evans
Mrs. Marcia Falk
Mr. Theodora Feldberg
Dr. Raymond Greenberg
Mr. William Hewitt
Mrs. Felice Hirsch
Dr. Harold Holmes, Jr.
Mrs. Elizabeth McCullough
Dr. Vernon Merchant, Jr.
Mr. John Tucker Morse, Esquire
Mrs. Kelley Smith O’Quinn
Mr. Wilbur Prezzano, Jr.
Mr. J.R. Richardson
Dr. Thomas Rowland, Jr.
Mr. Walter Seinsheimer
Mr. Daniel Sullivan
Mr. Robert Sywolski
Mr. John Thompson, Jr.
Mr. Thomas Waring, Esquire
Mrs. Anita Zucker
Richard Almedia | Charleston, SC
Mr. Almeida is retired Chairman and CEO of Heller Financial, Inc., a Chicago-based commercial finance company acquired by General Electric Credit Corporation in 2001. Prior to joining Heller, Mr. Almeida was with Citicorp/Citibank in a variety of capacities, and is director emeritus of UAL Corp. Currently he is chair of the Drayton Hall Preservation Trust, president of Save Venice, treasurer of the Charleston Library Society, and is a member of the board of Spoleto Festival USA and the Investment Advisory Committee of Historic Charleston Foundation. Formerly, he was Lead Director of Ingredion, Inc., a member of the Audit Committee of The Marmon Group and chair of the Audit Committee of E Funds Corp and CARE, USA. He has also served as Trustee and Treasurer of The Latin School of Chicago, was Chairman of High Jump and was on the boards of the Executive Club of Chicago, The Chicago Public Education Fund, The Illinois Council on Economic Education, The Old Master’s Society of The Art Institute of Chicago and Urban Gateways. Mr. Almeida was past President of the Casino (Chicago) and is a member of The Commercial Club of Chicago, The Economics Club of Chicago, and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Jim Allhusen | Hilton Head, SC
Mr. Allhusen is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. He has retired from Visa Inc where he held a variety of executive management positions in Asia Pacific and Canada. He has had a variety of start-up and international business experiences throughout his career, having spent over twenty year living and doing business in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and Toronto. Allhusen is a graduate of Colgate University, and continued his professional studies in Banking at Rutgers and Colorado University He is a resident of Hilton Head Island, SC.
Andrew 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.
The Honorable James Battle | Nichols, SC
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 and is a Vietnam veteran; a banker at Wachovia Bank & Trust; a financial consultant for Merrill Lynch; an instructor at UNC-Pembroke and at Francis Marion University, and serves on the Commission for Higher Education.
John Cahill | Charleston, SC
Mr. Cahill is Vice Chairman of The Kraft Heinz Company based in Chicago and Pittsburgh. A Charleston native and resident, Mr. Cahill also serves as lead director of American Airlines Group and on the board of Colgate-Palmolive Company. Previously, Mr. Cahill served as Chairman and Chief Executive of Kraft Foods Group and of The Pepsi Bottling Group. Mr. Cahill is an honors graduate of Harvard College and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. He had served on the boards of Legg Mason and the US-Russia Business Council and as chairman of the American Beverage Association. He is married to Betsy Kirkland Cahill and they have four children.
Dr. Brinda 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.
Dr. Deborah Jones Davis | Columbia, SC
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.
John Downing | Green Pond, SC
Mr. Downing is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Brown Advisory Inc., an 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 spent 19 years with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in London and New York where he was a General Partner from 1992 to 2000. He has or is currently serving on various for profit and not for profit boards and investment committees including Vanderbilt University, The Hotchkiss School, Morristown Memorial Hospital, The Nature Conservancy of NJ and High Mowing Seeds. Mr. Downing received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in 1978 and an MBA with honors from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in 1982. He and his wife, Francie, reside in Green Pond, SC.
Thomas K. Flanagan | Kiawah Island, SC
Tom is a retired partner of Stone Harbor Investment Partners, LP, a credit-oriented fixed income investment manager. He was one of the founding partners of Stone Harbor and worked there and at predecessor firms including Citigroup Asset Management and Salomon Brothers Asset Management for over 27 years.Prior to joining Salomon Brothers he worked in investment research at Merrill Lynch, Reliance Insurance and JP Morgan. Mr. Flanagan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Holy Cross College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Tom has been an Investment Committee Member of the Charleston Animal Society since 2019, a three-time fund raiser and rider of the Pan-Mass Challenge, and the former head of Parish Council at St. Thomas More in Darien, CT. Flanagan is a resident of Kiawah Island, S.C.
George W. Gephart, Jr. | Charleston, SC
Mr. Gephart spent 20 years with 1838 Investment Advisors of Philadelphia as senior managing director overseeing the equity investment process and managing the portfolios of major non-profit organizations and other clients. Mr. Gephart served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Main Line Health, Inc., a Director at Natural Lands Trust, Inc., and a Trustee of The Curtis Institute of Music. Outside of his professional career, Mr. Gephart is an avid naturalist, birder, and outdoors person with a keen interest in the environment and the natural sciences.
Richard 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.
Lou Hammond | Charleston, SC and New York
Ms. Hammond is Chairman and Founder of Lou Hammond Group with offices in Charleston, New York, Houston 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 Fashion Group, International Furnishings and Design Association, Les Dames d’Escoffier and Public Relations Society of America. She serves on the boards of Spoleto Festival USA, Gibbes Museum and Lowcountry Chapter, American Red Cross. She is cited in Who’s Who in America.
Colonel Mike Heath, U.S. Army (Ret.) | Lexington, KY
Col. Heath is President and CEO of Heath Healthcare Consulting and a retired Army Colonel having served at the Chief Pharmacist for the US. Army and Pharmacy Consultant to the Army Surgeon General. He received his BS in Premed from Clemson University; BS in Pharmacy from MUSC, and completed a post graduate pharmacy residency in Hospital Pharmacy at the Pharmacy in the Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center. Col. Heath is a member of the American Pharmacists Association; the American Society of Health System Pharmacists; Lexington, KY (Beaumont) YMCA Board of Directors, a member of the University of Cincinnati (James Winkle) College of Pharmacy Leadership Advisory Board, and a sustaining member of the Association of Military Surgeons of the US. He is also currently a member of the of the Building Leadership Committee and the Dean's Advisory Council for the MUSC College of Pharmacy.
Harold Jablon, DMD | Charleston, SC
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 2016 recipient of the College of Dental Medicine Alumni Award of Honor. Dr. Jablon was a member of the MUSC Board of Trustees from 2009 – 2017. Dr. Jablon and his wife, Irene, continue to be very supportive of MUSC and the College of Dental Medicine.
Misha Joukowsky | Charleston, SC
Mr. Joukowsky is the CEO of a private investment firm specializing in domestic and international value oriented investments. He is also a Chief Investment Officer of the Joukowsky Family Foundation. He is a graduate of Brown University and received his MBA from Babson College.
Bob 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
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.
Kevin Luzak | Charleston, SC and Jackson, WY
Kevin Luzak is a managing partner at LWJ & Co. Capital Management, a multi-family investment platform. Prior to forming LWJ, Kevin was the President and CEO of Coastal Forest Resources Company. He has also been a partner at the UK based private equity firm Doughtly Hanson & Co, and a senior advisor to the investment banking firm of Gleacher & Company and the multi-strategy hedge fund Ritchie Capital Management. He started his career in the investment banking department at Salomon Brothers, Inc. in New York. Kevin is a Director with Greentech Capital Advisors, Waterman Ventures, and several LWJ portfolio companies. He also serves on the Board of the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation, where he Chairs the Investment Committee, and on the Governing Council of The Wilderness Society, where he Chairs the Finance Committee. An avid squash player, he also Chairs the Squash Doubles Association Pro Tour. Kevin graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1986.
Jim Macleod | Hilton Head Island, SC
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.
Jan Childress McCrary | Easley, SC
Ms. McCrary 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. Philanthropic efforts are of high significance for Jan and her family, having served on South Carolina Make-A-Wish Board and the Cancer Society of Greenville County. Jan is married to Bill and has one daughter and two grandchildren.
Tom Motamed | Kiawah Island, SC
Mr. Motamed was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CNA Financial Corporation from January 2009 to November 2016. He has served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Chubb & Son, Inc. Mr. Motamed has served as Director of CNA Surety Corporation, Verisk Analytics , World Business Chicago, Hardy Underwriting Bermuda Ltd. and currently holds a seat as a Trustee of Adelphi University. Mr. Motamed graduated from the Delaware Law School with a Juris Doctor degree and received a BA degree in Biology from Adelphi University.
Susan Pearlstine Norton | Charleston, SC
Mrs. Pearlstine Norton is the Owner and Director of Pearlstine Family Companies. Redeveloping The Bend in North Charleston is a focus along with managing family philanthropy. Susan is on the Board of Directors for Spoleto. She is the benefactor and is engaged in the development of the Susan Pearlstine Center for Sarcoidosis Excellence at MUSC.
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 retiring Mr. Parrington has focused on real estate investments (primarily hotels) and consultancy. He was also 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 retired Associate Clinical Professor for the Medical University of South Carolina. She attended Furman University and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BS in Pharmacy. She then received her Medical Doctor degree from MUSC. Dr. Patrick completed a 3 year residency in Pediatrics and a 2 year fellowship in Neonatology, both at MUSC. She also serves on the MUSC Medical Alumni Board. She is married to Charles Patrick Jr. and they have two children. Dr. Patrick and her husband also own Patrick Properties Hospitality Group, which includes Lowndes Grove, the William Aiken House, the American Theater and Parcel 32 Restaurant. Dr. Patrick is also involved in the Arts and philanthropy.
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.
Charles Schulze | Greenwood, SC
Mr. Schulze is a retired shareholder in the regional accounting and consulting firm of Elliot Davis, LLC , and currently practices as a Financial Forensics Investigator and expert witness in financial crimes. 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 is the current Chairman of the MUSC Board of Trustees. He received a BBA degree in accounting from the University of Georgia and his masters from USC. Mr. Schulze is a Veteran of the Vietnam War and spent four years in the US Air Force where he received numerous decorations.
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.
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.
Dr. Ronald L. Thompson | Charleston, SC
Dr. Thompson has served as Chairman of the TIAA Board since 2008. He has been a director of Fiat Chrysler Automotive since 2014 and serves as its senior independent director. 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.
Ann Wrobleski | Charleston, SC
Ms. Wrobleski recently retired as a corporate officer of International Paper where she managed relationships and teams in the US, Europe, Brazil, China and India as Vice President for Global Government Relations. She also served as a Director of IP/APPM, Ltd, headquartered in India. Her public sector experience includes positions at the State Department where she was nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to serve as an Assistant Secretary for International Narcotic Matters and as lead US negotiator (ambassadorial rank) for a United Nations Convention. She was also appointed by the Secretary of Commerce and the US Trade Representative to chair the International Advisory Committee on Forest Products and appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and the US Trade Representative to the Agricultural Policy Committee for Trade. Ms. Wrobleski is considered the architect of First Lady Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign and also worked as a press secretary and speechwriter in the US House and Senate and on political campaigns In Florida. She is a graduate of Stephens College and chaired the Board of Trustees. In addition to her service at the MUSC Foundation, she also works with the Friends of the National Arboretum and Vision Cashiers.
Stuart Ames | Charleston, SC
Stuart is the Chief Executive Officer of the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, he worked as an outsourced chief investment officer (“OCIO”) for King Pine Investments and Commonfund. As an OCIO, Stuart served non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada, which included universities, colleges, hospital and healthcare foundations, community foundations, and other religious and cultural institutions. Earlier in his career, Stuart was the Chief Investment Officer for a group providing customized portfolios of hedge funds to Citi’s Private Bank clients. Stuart also worked at SEI Investments and Morgan Stanley. He has a BA in Economics from Brigham Young University and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Robyn Frampton | Charleston, SC
Mrs. Frampton, a CPA with over 30 years of experience, has served as the CFO of the MUSC Foundation for 15 years. Mrs. Frampton has also served as the COO of the Foundation for the past two 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.