Barbara was appointed Executive Director in October 2022. She originally served as our Finance & Operations Director beginning in May 2019 after retiring from 36 years in SC state government. Barbara is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BS in Business Administration in Accounting. Barbara leads our Point-of-Sale project, and having teenage daughters who are surrounded by vaping daily, she is particularly passionate about the issue and glad to be able to help affect change.
Community Engagement Coordinator
Terra joined our team in April 2022 following five years as the Program Coordinator for the Citizen Scholars Institute in Spartanburg, SC. Terra received a Bachelor's degree in English from Wofford College and a Master's degree in Youth Development Leadership from Clemson. Having several close family members who suffered from smoking-related illnesses, Terra is especially passionate about the importance of promoting cessation options and local tobacco-free policies in communities throughout the state.
SC CAN Quit Coordinator
After a distinguished career with the American Cancer Society, including being a founding member of the SC Tobacco-Free Collaborative (now Smokefree SC) and the South Carolina Cancer Alliance, Nancy continues to work part-time on cancer prevention initiatives. As the SC CAN Quit Coordinator, she has engaged cancer centers around the state to participate in promoting smoking cessation to cancer patients to help improve treatment outcomes.
Health Communications Intern
Emily joined our team in August 2022. She is a senior at the University of South Carolina. She is studying public health and business administration with plans to pursue a Master's in Public Health after graduation. As a college student surrounded by peers whose lives have been negatively impacted by tobacco use, Emily is particularly interested in distributing cessation resources for young adults.
Board of Directors
Jim Thrasher, PhD, President
University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health
Addie Gill, Treasurer
Elevance Health, Inc.
Sharon Biggers, MPH, CHES (non-voting)
SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
Ranya Chakra, MD
Joey Current, MPH
Trident United Way
The Balm in Gilead
Taquina "TQ" Davis, PhD, Vice President
Prisma Health Midlands
Beth Johnson, Secretary
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
Lamar Suber, MA
Tammi Timms, RN, BSN, CDCES, TTS
Premise Health at BMW
Irene Pericot-Valverde, PhD
Building Healthy Military Communities