Board of Directors and Advisory Council Members

Board of Directors

Dr. Youlanda C. Gibbs – Founder, Executive Director, Outreach Director

Dr. Youlanda Gibbs will serve as the Outreach Director for the mobile health unit. Dr. Gibbs is Founder and Executive Director of The Palmetto Palace. She has more than 15 years of experience in clinical settings, including case management, and more. She is a dedicated health care professional who has a deep understanding of the intersection of health administration, family services, and education.

Dr. Gibbs began her higher education at the College of Charleston earning a bachelor in Elementary Education, then earned her Master’s in Education from Lesley University, and a doctorate in Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Youlanda Gibbs possesses the passion, talent, resilience, vision, and determination to develop the The Palmetto Palace Health Care Unit into a successful endeavor, delivering preventive care to under-served populations and communities that need it most.


Deborah Euland – Board Chairwoman

Retired College of Charleston Instructor
Volunteer with The Palmetto Palace


Robert E. Fichter, PharmD is dedicated to providing excellent patient care to patients in our community. He is currently a pharmacy manager for a major retail chain pharmacy in Charleston, SC. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, where he graduated from Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy in 2014.

Robert E. Fichter, PharmD


Joel Green – IT & Internet Consultant

President of Platoon Media, LLC
Technology & Internet Marketing Consultant

Associates in Computer Technology
Army National Guard Veteran
20 years experience in IT, Web development, Social Media, & Mobile apps



Mobile Advisory Council Members

Dr. Rick Foster has served as a senior executive with SCHA for over 10 years, initially serving as Senior VP for Quality and Patient Safety. He also serves as medical director for Sharing Hope SC, 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. His primary responsibilities at SCHA include leading the work of the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina and providing consultative services and technical assistance to SC organizations at the state and community levels committed to achieving the Triple Aim of better health and healthcare for all South Carolinian’s at lower cost through collective impact.

Rick Foster, MD
Senior Advisor, Population Health Improvement


Sonitrol SC President John Rama opened the security franchise in 1978 to provide the best in security service to people in the Lowcountry. A past president of the Mount Pleasant Sertoma Club and Metro Exchange Club, he served in the S.C. House of Representatives from 1989 to 1993. An avid hunter and angler, John and his wife, Katie, live in Mount Pleasant. They have three children.

John Rama
President, Sonitrol SC

Dr. Reshma Khan is living her dream by helping others. She left a private gynecology practice to open the Shifa Free Clinic in Mount Pleasant. Her journey began years ago, and  took years of planning, hard work, and prayers. “Shifa is an Arabic word which means healing through God,” says Dr. Khan. “Every step that I took, it was not an easy step, because I had a lot of work to do to accomplish one step. “I prayed hard. I said god if you think I’m sincerely doing justice for you, you have given me so many blessings, I want you to use me for you.”

The Shifa Clinic also offers vision care services, outreach programs, including a community food pantry, child hunger prevention program through a partnership with a local school. They also have a clothes closet for those in need. Dr. Khan says, “If they can come to our clinic, we will see them. We have patients coming from Walterboro, McClelanville, Conway, Hilton Head.”

Dr. Reshma Khan
Medical Director of the Sfifa Free Clinic by ICNA Relief USA
Interim Medical Director for Mobile Health Unit

Matt joined Palmetto Care Connections as the IT Director April 2015. Matt has been in the Information Technology field for approximately twenty years with twelve of those in Healthcare. He has served in numerous leadership capacities, from Network Administrator to IT Director while working on and completing several IT Projects ranging in size and been a part of several EMR implementations. Matt started his career in Higher Education, but eventually found what would be his passion providing effective Information Technology to the healthcare sector, in-particular rural healthcare. It is Matt’s goal to listen first then proceed with a plan to help provide technology solutions that work for the end user and not the end user working for the technology

Matt Hiatt
IT Director, Palmetto Care Connections

Lari Gooding
CEO, Allendale County Hospital

James T. McElligott, M.D., MSCR, is the Medical Director for Telehealth at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at MUSC Children’s Hospital.  He oversees the Center for Telehealth at MUSC. Dr. McElligott’s career has been driven by a passion for helping the vulnerable and the conviction that the way to do so is through population-level change.

James T. McElligott, M.D. MSCR
Medical Director, Telehealth