Board of Directors & 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.
Retired College of Charleston Instructor
Volunteer with The Palmetto Palace
Natalia Pawlowski, MD
Mobile Health Unit Medical Director
Natalia completed her residency at UPMC in Pittsburgh PA in family medicine in 2015. Practices primary care with special interest in community outreach, women’s health and wellness and nutrition
Worked in a community health center which served people who didn’t have insurance. Partnered up with social workers and cops to help transport homeless people to shelter on really cold Colorado nights. Tried and failed miserably at learning Spanish.
Robert E. Fichter, PharmD
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.
Technology & Internet Marketing Consultant
President of Platoon Media, LLC
With over 20 years in IT and Web development experience Joel met Dr. Gibbs while he was working with The College of Nursing at MUSC in Charleston. He has helped with fundraising, social media engagement, and technology consulting since 2011.
Mobile Advisory Council Members
Rick Foster, MD
Senior Advisor, Population Health Improvement
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.
President, Sonitrol SC
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.
IT Director, Palmetto Care Connections
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.
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.
Founder of HH Mortgage, LLC & HH Real Estate & Mortgage, LLC
Based in Charleston,SC , is a 10 year Veteran in the real estate and mortgage industry. Robin grew up in Charleston, and graduated from Webster University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management. Robin’s passion for homeownership and affordable housing helped launch her career in the real estate and mortgage industry.
Lottie M. Lewis
Artist – Activist – Allendale Councilwoman
Lottie M. Lewis is a woman whose life has been dedicated to being a champion of her community. A native of Allendale County, Lewis began her education in the public schools, graduating from the former C.V. Bing High School. She pursued a modeling career with Grace Lair Academy in New Jersey and the Barbizon School of Modeling in New York. She is also a proud graduate of Furman University in Florence, S.C. as a Riley Fellow.
Gidget Lashawn Stanley
Dedicated to providing the best services to the citizens of Allendale County. She is currently the Emergency Management Director and Risk Manager for Allendale County Government. She was born and raised in Denmark, South Carolina. She attended the public schools in Denmark graduating in 1990. She has attended several trainings and maintained certifications.
Amanda Biondi is a graduate of both Clemson University (BA) and University of South Carolina with a BSN in nursing and over 15 years experience as an RN. Amanda is the founder and program director for Roper Saint Francis Healthcare’s Greer Transitions Clinic. The Greer Transitions Clinic is a multidisciplinary medical and mental health clinic that also addresses the social determinants of health.
Amanda is a passionate advocate for the underserved and a fierce supporter of population health management and community health. Amanda sits on Roper Saint Francis’ Diversity and Inclusion Council, Opioid Reeducation Task Force, Advancement of Community Health workforce and is an active member of Trident United Way’s Access to Care Subcommittee.
Kim A. Collins, MD serves as a forensic pathologist with Newberry Pathology Group and is a Medical Director for SharingHope SC, the Organ and Tissue Donation Services for South Carolina, and LifeHope Labs in Atlanta, GA. After receiving her BS in microbiology, magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Georgia, Athens, Dr. Collins earned her MD from the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta. Following medical school, Dr. Collins completed an anatomic and clinical pathology 5-year residency at Wake Forest University/Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After residency, she completed a forensic fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina where she remained on faculty as a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Director of Forensic and Autopsy Pathology, and Chief Medical Examiner. Dr. Collins is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pathology, board certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, and forensic pathology. She is a member of the College of American Pathologists and past Chair of the Autopsy Committee. She is past President of the South Carolina Society of Pathologists, and past Chair for the Pathology/Biology section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. She serves on the Board of Directors and is Past President of the National Association of Medical Examiners. She has presented research at numerous national meetings and published more than 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts, chapters, and texts. She serves on the editorial boards of Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, The Journal of Forensic Sciences, Journal of Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, and Section Editor for the Pathology Text of eMedicine.
Serving in his 7th year as pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in North Charleston, SC. Experiences at the University of South Carolina and The Divinity School at Duke University helped shape Erik’s passions in ministry to include poverty outreach and strengthening ties between church and community. He is delighted to have the opportunity to partner with The Palmetto Palace to contribute to the thriving of our local neighbors.
David is a sales consultant with Sysco Food Service in Charleston, SC. He grew up in Greensboro, NC and attended the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.