Board of Directors



Veronica McMahon | Chair

Agape Hospice, Irmo, SC

SC Hospice Provider Representative

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

Vidant Home Health and Hospice, Greenville, NC

NC At-Large Director

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.

James T. "Tab" Haigler, CPA, | Treasurer

Hospice & Palliative Care of Greensboro, Greensboro, NC

NC Hospice Provider Representative

James (Tab) Haigler Jr., MBA, CPA, has served as chief financial officer at Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro (HPCG) since 2008. Prior to joining HPCG, he was the executive director and CEO at Unified Home Care in Reidsville; vice president of finance and CFO at Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville and controller at the Women’s Hospital of Greensboro. Haigler is a certified public accountant. He earned his MBA from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor of science degree in management from Appalachian State University.
Sylvia Singleton | Secretary

Caris Healthcare, Columbia, SC

SC At-Large Director

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.


Peter Barcus, MHA | NC Hospice Provider Representative

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.

John E. Barkley, MD, FCCP | NC At-Large Director

Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, NC

Dr. John Barkley is the Chief Medical Officer of Continuing Care for Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS). Dr. Barkley oversees quality and patient safety for CHS’ nursing homes, home health agencies and hospices. He also has System-wide responsibility for palliative, hospice and end-of-life care providing leadership for Carolinas Palliative Care and Hospice Network and CHS’ Advanced Illness Management program. Dr. Barkley is actively involved in Carolinas HealthCare System’s work to provide high value care to patients in the rapidly changing health care environment. Dr. Barkley received a bachelor’s degree in zoology and completed medical school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital-Washington University with fellowships in pulmonary and critical care, and pulmonary oncology at the University of California at San Diego. Dr. Barkley is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary, critical care and hospice & palliative medicine.

Joyce Conway, RN, BSN, CHPN, CHPCA | NC Hospice Provider Representative

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 Representative

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.

Jean H. Eckert | SC Hospice Provider Representative

Hospice of Rutherford County, 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 Rutherford dba 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, SC

Rick 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.

R. Scott Lake, MD | SC At-Large Director

Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Charleston, SC

Dr. Lake is the Director of Palliative and Post-Acute Care Services for the Roper St. Francis Health System in Charleston SC. In this role he has developed a Joint Commission nationally recognized program that spans the continuum of care-from the home, to the cancer clinic to the hospital. He also serves as the chief medical director for the Roper St. Francis Hospice. Dr. Lake is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He received his MD from Tulane University. He completed his residency and internship from Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago where he trained under the direction of national leaders in the field of palliative care. He serves as a member of the South Carolina Coalition for the Care of the Seriously Ill and has served as a question writer for the Hospice Medical Director Board.

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 Director

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 Representative

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.

Denise Watson, MSN, MBA | NC Hospice Provider Representative

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.

Cathy Swanson, MPH | Ex Officio Past Chair

Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, Lenoir, NC

NC At-Large Director

Cathy Swanson has served as CEO of Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care since 1990. Prior to assuming the role of CEO, Cathy served as a Medical Social Worker for Caldwell Hospice. During her tenure, Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care has opened 2 inpatient units and enjoys tremendous community support for its programs. Cathy has a BSW from Western Carolina University and an MPH from UNC Chapel Hill.