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Providence Health Board of Trustees
Providence Health is blessed to have a high level of community support as members of its volunteer board.
- Thomas Neil McLean, Jr - Chair
- Jill R. Davis - Vice Chair
- Jeanette Andrews, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
- Cale Davis, MD
- Michael C. Foster, MD, FACC
- Clarence Gilbert
- J.R. Green, PhD
- Edward “Mac” Leppard, MD
- Rev. C. Alexander “Sandy” McDonald
- Frederic Smith, MD
- Martha Scott Smith
- Susie H. VanHuss, PhD
Susie H. VanHuss is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Management in the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. She served as executive director of USC Foundations for nine years. Previously she was professor and head of the Management Department in the Moore School of Business. She served as interim dean of the Moore School of Business for 15 months. She also served as president and CEO of the Central Carolina Community Foundation for 15 months. She received her MBA and PhD degrees from Indiana University. She is a prolific author for Cengage Learning Publishing Company and has served on five for-profit and twenty non-profit Boards of Trustees/ Directors. In addition to her role on the Providence Health Board, Susie serves as the President of University Associates, Secretary/Treasurer of the USC Development Foundation, and a member of the USC President’s Athletics Advisory Group. She was the University of South Carolina faculty athletics representative to the Southeastern Conference and the National Collegiate Athletics Association for nine years. Susie is a frequent speaker at state, regional, and national business education conventions. She has done extensive consulting and training for industry and education groups in 48 states, six provinces of Canada, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.
Neil McLean is CEO and Managing Partner for Sagacious Partners. Sagacious Partners is a Columbia, SC-based executive coaching, economic development and project management firm dedicated to helping companies and communities grow. McLean also serves as a Vistage Chair and Professional EOS Implementer. In his role as an executive coach, McLean serves more than 20 CEO’s and leadership teams in South Carolina. His firm also provides project management services to EngenuitySC, the SC Council on Competitiveness and involves participants from the private sector, universities, and regional and statewide economic development organizations. McLean received his BS-Engineering and MBA from the University of South Carolina. Neil serves as Chair for Providence Health and was named to Columbia Business Monthly’s “50 Most Influential” in 2011 and 2012.
Dr. Jeannette Andrews is the 7th Dean of the University of South Carolina College of Nursing. Prior to coming to USC in January 2013, she served as the Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Center for Community Health Partnerships at the Medical University of South Carolina from 2007-2012. As an alumna from the USC PhD program (2004), Dr. Andrews has achieved continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health-funded investigator for community trials targeting cardiovascular risk reduction and tobacco control since 2001. She has authored over 200 publications and abstracts, has served as a national consultant and contributed to multiple national task groups related to health and nursing. Dr. Andrews is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellow, and an AACN-Wharton Executive Fellow. Clinically, Dr. Andrews is a family nurse practitioner, and has a 30 year history in nursing, working in multiple areas, including medical-surgical units, intensive care units, and primary care. Selected awards include the South Carolina Health Care Hero Award, Palmetto Gold Award, NPACE National Nurse Practitioner Award, Veterans Administration National Professional Nurse Award, and Nurse of the Year, Georgia Nurses Association. Dr. Andrews received her Ph.D. in Nursing Science from the University of South Carolina (2004), Masters in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialty from Georgia Southern University (1996), and her Bachelor’s in Nursing Science from the Medical College of Georgia (1986).
Jill Davis is a leader at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and has been with the organization for 23 years. She serves as the senior vice president of Strategic and Ancillary Services and has a diverse portfolio of responsibilities, including oversight of corporate planning and strategic services, corporate marketing communications, community, and public relations and UCI Medical Affiliates, Inc. She serves on the boards of the Central Carolina Community Foundation and Providence Health. She is a member of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Information Technology and Innovation Committee, and she is an active member of the Columbia chapter of The Links Incorporated. The Girl Scouts of South Carolina recently recognized her as a “2019 Woman of Distinction.” Her previous employers include Philip Morris USA, Spectrum Consulting Group, and Dow Jones & Company Inc. She is a Liberty Fellow and graduate of the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative and holds a bachelor of science in computer science from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Dr. Foster has participated in over fifty-three documented clinical investigations in his 36 years of cardiovascular medicine practice. Dr. Foster served as the chief of the Department of Cardiology, Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Medical Director of Cardiovascular Services at Providence, as well as president of the South Carolina Heart Center. He also served as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Other leadership roles include team cardiologist for the TAVR program at Providence Hospitals, serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the South Carolina Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and serves on the National Board of the Cardiology Advocacy Alliance. Dr. Foster received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and an internship at Boston University Affiliated Hospitals. He completed residencies at Indiana University Medical Center, University Hospital, and completed his fellowship in cardiology at Tufts University School of Medicine and Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center.
Clarence S. Gilbert is a recently elected member of the Fairfield County Council, representing District 7. Gilbert was the former Vice-Chairman of the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Board and served on the Fairfield County Behavioral Health Board. An entrepreneur, Gilbert is the CEO of Gilbert’s Landscaping and Lawn Services and is actively involved in the leadership of his church, serving as Chairman of the Stewardship Ministry and a Sunday School Teacher. Gilbert holds a degree from Palmers College. He and his wife, Deloris Canty Gilbert, raised two sons, Jovaughn and Myron, and have four grandchildren.
Dr. J.R. Green currently serves as the Superintendent of Schools for the Fairfield County School system. Prior to this assignment he held the position of Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum @ Instruction with the Chesterfield County School District. He also served as principal of the Palmetto Gold Award winning Central High School in Pageland South Carolina from 2004-2008. He is a 1987 graduate of Bishopville High School, and a 1991 graduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia. His academic accomplishments include a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Master’s of Art in Teaching Business Education, and a Master’s in Education Administration. In 2014, Dr. Green was awarded a PhD. in Educational Leadership from the University of South Carolina. Dr. J.R. Green is married to Tonya Green and they have been blessed with 3 children. (Jamara, Janelle, & Jacia). J.R. was a 1989 initiate into the Theta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha and is currently a member of the Omicron Iota Lambda graduate chapter. J.R. is doing what he feels he was born to do; which is to work with and inspire young people. He constantly impresses upon his students that education is the foundation of their future. His philosophy is that through “teamwork” we can maximize the academic and personal potential of every student.
Dr. Mac Leppard is a cardiovascular surgeon with Providence Thoracic & Cardiovascular Associates in Columbia. He has been in practice for over 30 years. A native of Chesterfield, SC, Dr. Leppard currently has served as chief of the medical staff for Providence Hospitals, board member for the Sisters of Charity Health System and is a part of the prestigious Society of St. Luke at Providence Health. Dr. Leppard championed the development of Providence Heart Institute’s Life Reach helicopter program in 1985, which transports critically ill heart patients, burn victims and trauma victims across the state and beyond. In addition, he has served in numerous leadership roles at Providence Health including Chief of Staff and Board member. Dr. Leppard received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed residencies at Louisiana State University and completed his fellowship at Emory University Hospital.
Father C. Alexander (“Sandy”) McDonald is a priest of the Diocese of Charleston and Pastor of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Columbia, SC. Fr. Sandy spent much of his childhood in Lugoff, SC. He was ordained a priest in 1991. Since then, he has served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Charleston, including St. Joseph in Columbia, St. Mary Help of Christians in Aiken, St. Anthony and St. James the Greater in Colleton County, Our Lady of Peace in North Augusta, and St. Andrew, St. Paul the Apostle, and St. Francis in Clemson, Seneca, and Walhalla. He has served as Vicar for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Diocese since 2003, and he recently celebrated his 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood.
Dr. Cale Davis is the Chief of Staff for Providence Health and a board-certified emergency physician practicing with Carolina Care at both Providence Health Downtown and Northeast campuses. Dr. Davis earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Missouri and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, SC. He is currently the chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine as well as Medical Director for Emergency Services at Providence Health. Dr. Davis spends his free time attending various sporting events and activities participated in by his four daughters.
Dr. Frederic Smith practices at Providence Columbia Medical Associates. He has been an internist for over 20 years. Dr. Smith earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Carolina, and completed his residency at Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia, SC. Board certified in internal medicine, he is a flight surgeon with the 169th fighter wing at McEntire Air National Guard here in Eastover, SC. In addition, Dr. Smith is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of the Citadel in Charleston, SC. Dr. Smith enjoys all outdoor activities, especially fly fishing for trout in mountain streams.
Martha Scott Smith retired from AT&T as the Director of Public Affairs/Foundation-SE. During her 30-plus year tenure at AT&T (BellSouth), Smith held positions in marketing, human resources/labor relations, and public relations. Active in the community, Martha is a founding member of Women In Philanthropy and serves as a VP of the Columbia Urban League, Inc. Board of Directors. She has served on the Board of Visitors at Columbia College, Allen University, and Claflin University. She was named 2009 Humanitarian of the Year by the United Way of the Midlands and 2008 Trustee of the Year by South Carolina State University. Smith is the immediate past president of the Columbia (SC) Chapter of the Links, Inc. She has been recognized by the Girl Scouts as a Woman of Distinction and is a member of the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame. She received the South Carolina NAACP's statewide award for civic advocacy and the National Public Servant Award from the Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) program.
Martha has served as chairman of the board of directors for the American Red Cross, Midlands Technical College Foundation, the South Carolina State Museum Foundation and South Carolina Voices for Children. She attended South Carolina State University and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree Bachelor of Science in Social Studies and Science.