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
Priscilla A. Johnson – Lead Admin/CIA
1951 Algonquin Road, Charleston SC 29405
Priscilla is employed at Pepsi Bottling Group in Charleston SC, a private company which is listed under soft drinks. Priscilla has stated, The Pepsi Beverage Company is a perfect fit for our community efforts.
Christine Greenleaf – Hotel Liaison
Christine grew up in Ohio and moved to Summerville, SC while in high school. After graduation, she attended college at the University of South Carolina and got her degree in Hotel Restaurant Tourism Administration. Christine has worked in various hotels in the Charleston area for 14 years and has been at the Courtyard Charleston Waterfront for about 8 1/2 years. She loves to cook and resides in Summerville with her husband, Bill, and her daughter, Rachel.
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
Retired College of Charleston Instructor
Volunteer with The Palmetto Palace
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
Melinda A. Merrell serves as Senior Program Director for the SCORH, providing oversight and guidance for all programmatic activities of the office. In addition, her area of programmatic focus is South Carolina’s rural hospitals through coordination of the activities of the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program. Through this federal program, rural communities receive training and technical assistance for quality improvement, financial and operational improvement, and health systems development in their organizations. Melinda works with providers and staff to ascertain needs and facilitate solutions in these areas.
Melinda A. Merrell, MPH
Senior Program Director, SC Office of Rural Health
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.
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
IT Director, Palmetto Care Connections
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.
Retired Instructor, College of Charleston
Volunteer with The Palmetto Palace
First Choice VIP Care Plus is a health plan contracted with Medicare and South Carolina Healthy Connection Medicaid to provide benefits of both programs to enrollees.
Outreach and Heath Advocacy for First Choice VIP Care Plus
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