Veronica McMahon | Chair | SC Hospice Provider Representative
Agape Hospice, Irmo, SC
Veronica McMahon currently serves as Director of Marketing & Outreach for Agapé Hospice of the Upstate in West Columbia. Before assuming this position in the fall of 2016, she served as Executive Director of Lutheran Hospice for four years. She has also served as a Regional President, Executive Director, VP of Assisted Living, Administrator, and Marketing and Admissions Coordinator with Agapé Senior. For ten years, Veronica was the Director of Resident Services with Laurel Crest Retirement Center. .
Veronica received her bachelor of arts in education at Central Michigan University and is licensed as a South Carolina Community Residential Care Facility Administrator.
Originally from Michigan, she considers herself fortunate to have received an internship in South Carolina where she fell in love – with the state and her husband. They now live in Irmo with their 3 daughters.
Scottie Gaskins, MA Ed | Vice Chair | NC At-Large Member
Vidant Home Health and Hospice, Greenville, NC
Vidant Health is the largest health system in eastern North Carolina with 8 hospitals, physician practices, outpatient, home health, hospice and wellness services serving 29 counties with a population of 1.4 million people. Scottie serves as the Senior Administrator of HealthAccess, a subsidiary of Vidant Health, which operates its Home Health, Hospice, Care Coordination and Wellness Centers. Scottie holds a master’s degree in Health Education from East Carolina University and brings more than 22 years of experience in healthcare operations and leadership.
Peter Barcus, MHA | Treasurer | NC Hospice Provider Member
Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell, Burlington, NC
Peter is executive director of Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell, a position he has held for over 20 years. Peter’s hospice career began in Goldsboro in 1987 with Home Health and Hospice Care (now known as 3HC); he has also led hospice programs in Nevada and in Stanly County. He received a masters degree in health administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Peter also serves on the boards of Alamance Cares, an AIDS service organization; the Open Door Clinic, a provider of primary care for the uninsured; treasurer of the Central Carolina Health Network, a Ryan White administrative entity; and is treasurer and past President of the Alamance Rotary club. On a personal note, Peter is the father of six children, which explains his haggard look and empty wallet.
Sylvia Singleton | Secretary | SC At-Large Director
Caris Healthcare, Columbia, SC
Sylvia Singleton is the Corporate Compliance Officer for Caris Healthcare overseeing compliance for offices in 4 states. She has 22 years of experience as a Registered Nurse along with 15 years in Medicare working for a Medicare Contractor which included communicating directly with the Federal Government - CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services). Her experience includes serving as a HCPCS (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System) Coordinator, reviewing medical equipment and assigning HCPCS codes for durable medical equipment (DME) for the Medicare Program. Sylvia worked as a Medical Affairs Coordinator for a Medical Director developing Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs) used in 16 states and as a Medical Review Manager. She also has initiated contractor review of Medicare claims for Part A and Part B and Home Health and Hospice.
Joyce Conway, RN, BSN, CHPN, CHPCA | NC Hospice Provider Member
Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, Kannapolis, NC
Joyce Conway is Agency Director for Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, NC. Joyce has held a leadership position in Hospice for over 25 years. A graduate of UNCC, she holds a national certification as a Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator and a Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse. Joyce co-founded the local Piedmont Chapter of HPNA (Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association). Joyce served as president of the local chapter and remains on the chapter board. She has supported both pediatric and adult hospice and palliative care. She has initiated a Skilled Nursing Facility/Palliative Care program in Cabarrus County.
Nancy Corley, RN, CHPCA | SC Hospice Provider Member
HospiceCare of the Piedmont, Greenwood, SC
Nancy B. Corley, RN, CHPCA, is CEO of HospiceCare of the Piedmont in Greenwood, SC, a position she has held for 25 years. A graduate of the University of SC, she holds a national certification as a Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator. Nancy has been active in both state and national efforts to improve and support high quality end of life care. She has participated on numerous state hospice committees. She served on the 2 state committee to merge the SC and NC Hospice Associations. In addition to serving on the Board of The Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care, she has served as Board Chairperson. Nancy has been active with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and served on the NHPCO Governance Committee. Most recently, she has lead the efforts to establish a successful Palliative Care program in the hospital in her community.
Linda Darden, MHA, CPA | NC Hospice Provider Member
Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, Winston-Salem, NC
Linda Darden is President & CEO of Hospice Palliative CareCenter (HPCC), which provides end of life care services in 13 counties in the NC Piedmont region. She also serves on the NHPCO Public Policy Committee and is a NC representative on the National POLST Task Force. Prior to joining HPCC, Linda held various financial management positions at NC Baptist Hospital, now part of Wake Forest Baptist Health. Linda also worked in public accounting with Ernst & Young and is a licensed CPA in NC. Linda holds a BS in Accounting from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in Health Administration from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Linda believes that TCC has an important role to play in monitoring developments, trends and opportunities across the region and nation and keeping providers informed. She applauds TCC’s educational opportunities on emerging issues and our advocacy on state and national legislation. She looks forward to sharing her insights and helping to guide plans that ensure a broad perspective is being considered. She also looks forward to helping to carry out key initiatives on behalf of TCC.
Jean H. Eckert | SC Hospice Provider Member
Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, Landrum, SC
Jean H. Eckert is the former CEO of Hospice of the Carolina Foothills (HOCF), beginning her tenure there in 1982 as the only nurse for what was then Hospice of Polk County. Between 1989 and 2016, Jean led the organization into an expansion of services and service area. HOCF merged with Hospice of Rutherford in May 2016 and Jean now serves in a consulting role wth Hospice of the Carolina Foothills.
Jean was elected in 2012 by the SC membership to the Board of Directors of The Carolinas Center. During her previous service on this board, she was instrumental in the decision to merge the NC and SC Carolina Centers into one entity. She is the 1994 recipient of the Peter Keese Award, which recognizes leaders in end-of-life care who are visionaries and forward thinking, promoting hospice care across the Carolinas. More locally, she was recognized in 2008 as Business Person of the Year by the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce. Jean is a passionate advocate for quality patient-centered care for the families served by all hospice providers.
Richard Foster, MD | SC At-Large Director
South Carolina Hospital Association, West Columbia, SCRick Foster, MD, has served over the past 8 years as senior vice president for Quality and Patient Safety with the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA). He recently assumed the role of Executive Director for Catalyst for Health, a new business enterprise within SCHA focused on guiding and supporting collective efforts to improve health and healthcare at the population level across SC. He also serves as medical director for LifePoint, the Organ Procurement Organization for South Carolina.
Prior to joining SCHA, Rick served as chief medical officer for Trident Health System in Charleston, S.C.; chief executive officer of the Carolina Health Group, a provider network management company that acted as the management arm for three multi-specialty IPA Networks in the Coastal Region of South Carolina; and as the medical director of Companion Healthcare, the HMO subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina.
Dr. Foster received his BS from Clemson University and his MD from the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, S.C., and was in the private practice of family medicine in Surfside Beach and Charleston prior to joining Companion Healthcare. Dr. Foster presently serves on the following Boards: LifePoint, Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care, Palmetto Care Connections, and the SC Translational Research Center Community Advisory Board.
Mark Fox, MD | SC At-Large Member
Gentiva Hospice, Mid-Atlantic Region
Mark A. Fox, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, is the National Medical Director for the Mid-Atlantic Region of Gentiva Hospice. Prior to assuming this position in the fall of 2015, Dr. Fox was Medical Director of McLeod Hospice and Palliative Care in Florence, SC, for 24 years, excepting 3 years as the Medical Director at CarePartners Hospice and Palliative Care in Asheville. He graduated from Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, and completed his residency at the University of Virginia Affiliated Programs, Roanoke, VA. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Fox has served on the Medical Disciplinary Committee, South Carolina Medical Board, and maintains a number of medical affiliations.
Debbie Hare, LMSW | SC Hospice Provider Representative
Grove Park Pharmacy Hospice, Orangeburg, SC
Debbie Hare is the founder and Executive Director/CEO of Grove Park Pharmacy Hospice Care in Orangeburg, SC. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of SC and has served as a hospice executive since 1994. Throughout her tenure with hospice care, she has provided leadership for a non-profit hospital based agency, a large hospice corporation serving four states, and currently a small community based agency. Debbie has been an active member of our two state Hospice Association since 1994, serving on numerous committees, as well as a member of the Board for several terms. Debbie received certification as a Home Care and Hospice Administrator in 1999, and holds a second certification in Hospice Administration.
Angela Orsky, DNP, LNHA, RN | SC At-Large Member
Greenville Health System, Greenville, SC
Angela Orksy is the Senior Administrator for Post-Acute Services with Greenville Health System. In this position, she has responsibility for System strategy initiatives for post-acute services and operational oversight for eight System-owned entities: home health, hospice, skilled nursing, sub-acute, durable medical equipment, orthotic equipment, senior care (PACE program), and an emergency management service. Her most previous work experience includes tenures with Carolinas HealthCare System as Assistant Vice-President for the Continuing Care Services Division, and with Cleveland County HealthCare System/ Carolinas HealthCare System as Vice President of Palliative Care. Since 2012, she has served as adjunct faculty in the Doctor of Nursing Practice and Graduate Programs at Gardner-Webb University, and in the School of Nursing’s Graduate Program at Western Carolina University.Angela’s professional education includes degrees from Isothermal Community College, Gardner-Webb University, St. Joseph’s College and Duke University.
Catherine Harvey Sevier, DPH | NC At-Large Director
The Generations Study Group, Greensboro, NC
Catherine Harvey Sevier brings a backgound in clinical nursing and academic cancer center administration. She was the founding Executive Director of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and was a faculty member in the MHA program at the Medical University of South Carolina. Prior to 2010, Catherine served as Executive Vice President (Community Programs and Publications) for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) where she led ADA’s focus for the Preventive Health Partnership, a joint initiative with the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. Catherine has served on boards of many national organizations, including founding President of the American College of Oncology Administrators, and the Association of Community Cancer Centers. She recently served chaired the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship board. As a consultant in palliative care, cancer and chronic disease, Catherine worked nationally with many academic medical centers and health systems to establish and evaluate care coordination. She has held grants and contracts with the Institute of Medicine, the National Cancer Institute, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her doctoral research in public health focused on establishing national cancer registries and disease reporting.
John Smith, MD | NC At-Large Member
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC
Dr. John Smith joined BSBSNC in July of 2006 as a Medical Director. He worked in the Utilization Management area and Appeals from 2006-2015 and has been in the Healthcare Quality area since 2015. He is currently Lead Medical Director in the Quality Based Networks area in the Healthcare Division. His current roles and responsibilities include leading the Provider Specialty Tiering Program, chairman of the Credentialing Committee and Provider Advisory Group, Quality Improvement Committees. He also leads an initiative to create a Palliative Care Program for BCBSNC for Commercial, Federal Employees Program, and Medicare Advantage lines of business.
Dr. Smith completed a Family Practice residency at Pitt County Memorial Hospital Greenville, N.C. in 1989, then worked at C.W. Williams Community Health Center in Charlotte, NC from 1989-1994. Dr Smith then worked for Kaiser Permanente (HMO) in the Charlotte/Gastonia and Raleigh areas where he served as Adult Medicine lead & Family Practice chief from 1994 – 2001. From 2001-2006, Dr. Smith worked at WakeMed with WakeMed Faculty Physicians where he served as Outpatient Internal Medicine Clinic Director.
He has served on various committees and has had various roles including being a member of the Diversity Council and Utilization Management / Appeals Lead Medical Director. Dr. Smith is a member of the NC Partnership for Compassionate Care Steering Committee.
Garrett Snipes, MD | SC Hospice Provider Member
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Spartanburg, SC
Garrett Snipes, MD, completed medical school at Tulane in 1975 and family medicine residency at the University of Florida program in Jacksonville in 1978. After 20 years of full spectrum primary care practice in Florida, Dr. Snipes relocated to the Carolinas to work first in geriatric medicine, and for the last 10 years fulltime in hospice and palliative medicine. He is presently the Medical Director of Hospice and Home Health for Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
Donald H. Taylor Jr, PhD, MPA, BSPH | NC At-Large Member
Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, Durham, NC
Since 2015, Don Taylor has been a Professor of Public Policy with tenure at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy (with secondary appointments in the Schools of Business, Medicine--Department of Community and Family Medicine--and Nursing. He also currently serves at the elected chair of the Academic Council of Duke University. He is the founding faculty member of the Robert J. Margolis, MD Center for Health Policy at Duke, and direcgor of the DCRI/Margolis Center for Health Policy Evidence Hub. Other active appointments include: Member, Community of Scholars, Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center; Associate Faculty Scholar, Duke University Institute on Care at the End of Life; and Research Fellow, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Don serves as the P.I. for two major research grants, and is widely published.
Don’s degrees were all earned at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and include a B.S.P.H with honors in Health Policy & Administration, School of Public Health; a M.P.A., Public Policy Analysis concentration, Department of Political Science,; and a Ph.D., Health Policy & Administration, School of Public Health.
Denise Watson, MSN, MBA | NC Hospice Provider Member
Mountain Valley Hospice, Mt. Airy, NC
Denise Watson, MSN, MBA/HC, BSN, RN, is the Executive Director of Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, which serves counties in North Carolina and Virginia. She has 20 years of hospice experience in both clinical and administrative capacities, including 15 years in her current position. Her professional and community service in Mount Airy and surrounding counties includes chairperson for the Palliative Care Program at the local hospital affiliate; Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce Board; and Surry Community College Nursing Program Advisory Board
Denise holds a BSN from Winston-Salem State University and an MSN and MBA/HC from the University of Phoenix.
Kristen Yntema, MBA, MHSA | NC Hospice Provider Member
Hospice & Palliative Care of Greensboro, Greensboro,, NC
Kristen Yntema is President/CEO of Hospice & Palliative Care of Greensboro (HPCG). She comes to this position from a career in healthcare. Her first job, at 15, was a unit secretary and nursing assistant in her hometown hospital. After graduating from Elon College and obtaining graduate degrees at Xavier University, Kristen joined Cone Health System as an Administrative Fellow, and went on to be the Executive Director of Health Services, working with non-hospital based health services. This led to roles of senior leadership with Advanced Home Care before joining HPCG in 2016.
Kristen believes that TCC has a pivotal role in providing relevant education, and in aligning with other organizations to create the path to making a difference on the important issues for our future. She looks forward to bringing her knowledge and experience, her ability to listen and her willingness to innovate and create to her role as a TCC board member.