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Caroline Brown

Chief External Affairs Officer

Caroline Brown is the Chief External Affairs Officer for the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and MUSC Health. Brown's responsibilities encompass both the university and the health system functions at MUSC, working to establish new strategic partnerships and overseeing the organization's external affairs programs with key external stakeholders including corporations, universities, and economic engagement organizations.

MUSC's strategic partnerships with Siemens Healthineers and Medtronic - two of the world's largest medical device and solutions companies - were established and operationalized under Caroline's leadership. She also serves in an advisory role to the Office of the President as Special Assistant to President David Cole, M.D.

Caroline is an innovative, results-driven leader with expertise in strategy; communications; establishing partnerships, affiliations, and joint ventures; deal making; and stakeholder relations.

Brown, a Charleston native, earned her undergraduate degree in public relations and a master's degree in business administration from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

Wendy Minor, MBA/MHA, PMP, the Senior Director of Enterprise Partnership Management & Operations at MUSC.

Wendy Minor

Senior Director, Enterprise Partnership Management & Operations

Wendy Minor is the Senior Director of Enterprise Partnership Management and Operations for MUSC and MUSC Health. In this role she oversees the organization's strategic partnerships with both internal and external stakeholders to drive innovation and achieve MUSC's strategic goals.

Wendy is relationship- and results-driven and brings many years of diverse work experience including project management, clinical affiliations and acquisitions, and ambulatory operations. She also has a clinical laboratory background.

Prior to joining MUSC in 2018 where she has worked in operations and finance, Wendy served in many leadership roles during her 28-year career at Novant Health. She earned an undergraduate degree in Medical Technology from Appalachian State University and her MBA/MHA from Pfeiffer University. She also received her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Punam Patel

Punam Patel

External Affairs Director
MUSC Health – Regional Health Network

Punam Patel is the External Affairs Director for MUSC's Regional Health Network which includes the Midlands, Florence and Lancaster Division. She also serves as the external affairs lead for the Midlands Division. In this role, she maintains connectivity to enterprise-wide partnerships and locally manages relationships with key external stakeholders across Richland, Kershaw, Fairfield, Lexington and neighboring counties to establish unique collaborations and partnerships.

Prior to joining MUSC, Punam served in a number of roles including management consulting at PwC, Director of Operations at Agape Hospice, Health System Operations at Prisma Health as well as Ombudsman for AccelerateSC, Governor Henry McMaster’s Covid-19 Response Team. Her experiences have allowed her to foster trust throughout the community where she shares her passion for serving others with numerous non-profit and business organizations. Punam holds an undergraduate degree in business administration – Healthcare Management from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in health administration from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.

Merrette Dowdell

Merrette Dowdell

External Affairs & Strategic Engagement Manager
MUSC Florence Division

Merrette Dowdell is the External Affairs & Strategic Engagement Manager for MUSC's Florence Division. In this role, she maintains connectivity to enterprise-wide partnerships and locally manages relationships with key external stakeholders across Florence, Lake City, Kingstree, Marion, Mullins and neighboring counties to establish unique collaborations and partnerships.

Merrette brings a unique perspective as the previous marketing and development coordinator at a federally qualified healthcare center, HopeHealth. Most recently she was the project manager for the local foods division at the City of Florence meant to address two key principles of progress in the City's comprehensive plan, to improve both community health and community livability.

Merrette, a Florence native, earned her undergraduate degree in English and master's degree in Secondary Education- English from the University of South Carolina.

Clark Hankins is MUSC's Relationship Manager

Clark Hankins

Relationship Manager

As the Relationship Manager, Clark Hankins serves as the key steward of the assigned partnerships across MUSC's tripartite mission. His primary responsibilities include managing a portfolio of our prospective, new, and existing enterprise collaborations with key external stakeholders to drive innovation and achieve MUSC's strategic goals.

Clark brings several years of diverse work experience including relationship management from his time working for the Governor of Florida and the energy industry as well as program management experience most recently in the Office of Clinical Research here at MUSC. Hankins, a former College of Charleston soccer player, earned his undergraduate degree in political science and a master's degree in public administration from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Meredith Verona, MUSC Executive Assistant to the Chief External Affairs Officer.

Meredith Verona

Executive Assistant to the Chief External Affairs Officer

Meredith Verona is the Executive Assistant to the Chief External Affairs Officer, Caroline Brown. In this role, she is responsible for the execution of the day-to-day activities and operations of the Office of External Affairs and works with the Caroline and the team to ensure financial and strategic goals are realized. Meredith collaborates with MUSC's diverse internal and external stakeholders including senior leadership, frontline staff, external partners, and other key members of the community.

Meredith is a seasoned administrative professional who brings many years of diverse work experience in operations, human resources, and business. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina.

Ann Collins Josey, MUSC External Affairs Coordinator.

Ann Collins Josey

External Affairs Coordinator

Ann Collins Josey serves as the External Affairs Coordinator. In this role she partners with and provides support to the external affairs staff and leadership team. In addition, she coordinates existing and prospective external affairs programs and communicates with stakeholders to broaden the impact of the office of external affairs.

Ann Collins has previous experience in marketing, sales, business initiatives and operations. Focusing on fundraising and partnership building, Ann Collins has experience with community relationships and outreach programs. A graduate of Clemson University, Ann Collins holds an undergraduate degree in Marketing with emphasis in Sales and Nonprofit Leadership. She is currently pursuing her Master's of Health Administration degree at MUSC.