Monday, October 25
State Director, SC Department of Social Services
Michael Leach is the State Director for the South Carolina Department of Social Services. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Leach served with the Department of Children’s Services for more than 10 years, most recently as the Deputy Commissioner of Child Programs. There, he also served as Executive Director of the Office of Continuous Quality Improvement; Director of Performance and Quality Improvement; Director of Independent Living and Director of System Integrations. Mr. Leach has done extensive public speaking related to his experience with the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool, Extension of Foster Care and helped the child welfare agency maintain accreditation through the Council on Accreditation. Mr. Leach was also a therapist at the Vanderbilt Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic in Tennessee and has experience in facilitating crisis response services at a community mental health center and case management in congregate care.
Monday, October 25
Connie D. Munn
Director, SC Department on Aging
Director Connie Munn was confirmed by the South Carolina State Senate as Governor Henry McMaster’s appointee to lead the state’s Department on Aging on January 22, 2020. As Director of the South Carolina Department on Aging (SCDOA), Mrs. Munn is responsible for the direct administration and programmatic supervision of the agency’s department heads, and she also interacts regularly with agencies and stakeholders to seek partnerships and develop solutions to meet the needs of South Carolina’s rapidly growing senior population. A native of Bishopville, she earned her Bachelors of Art Degree in Social Work from Columbia College and her Masters of Social Work from the University of South Carolina, where she specialized in geriatrics. Prior to her appointment as Director, Mrs. Munn served as the Chief of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Director for the Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments. As the leader for the Health and Human Services department, she was responsible for planning, developing, and implementing a regional service delivery program that addressed the needs of the senior population, as well as complying with the guidelines of the Older Americans Act and related legislation. She was also responsible for recruiting and procuring services required to implement plans consistent with state and local guidelines, in addition to drafting service agreements, requests for proposals, scope of services, and cost estimates for contract development and oversight. Mrs. Munn is a past Vice Chair for the Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging (SE4A), an organization that serves nine states in the southeast and is instrumental in offering a state-of-the-art training conference every year. She also serves on various boards and committees in her community, such as Habitat for Humanity and Solomon’s Home. Mrs. Munn is married to Rhett Munn of Sumter, and they have three daughters. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, especially during their trips to the beach.
Monday, October 25
Maya H. Pack, MS, MPA
Executive Director, SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health
As Executive Director of the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health, Ms. Pack works with the Board of Directors to provide vision and strategic direction to the Institute and oversees daily operations. Ms. Pack joined the IMPH team in 2009 and has a diverse background that includes working in strategic planning in the hospital setting, consulting for various nonprofit and health care organizations and developing programs and informing policies to improve the quality of health care provided in South Carolina. Ms. Pack has been working to support improved health and health care in South Carolina since 1998. She has distinguished herself through work across the state and at the local level. Ms. Pack earned her bachelor’s degree from Furman University, a Master of Science in applied social science research from Clemson University and a master’s degree in public administration through a joint program of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina. Ms. Pack is also is a 2019 Riley Fellow through the Diversity Leaders Initiative with The Riley Institute at Furman. Ms. Pack began her career with the United Way of Greenville County performing community needs assessments. In the early 2000s, she worked in planning and market research for the Greenville Health System and then worked for Bon Secours St. Francis Health System as Director of Planning. She has also consulted for nonprofit and health care organizations in the Upstate of South Carolina in the areas of strategic and business planning, needs assessment, outcome measurement and grant writing. Between 2006 and 2008, Ms. Pack served as manager of the South Carolina Business Coalition on Health, where she developed and implemented programs and policies to improve the quality of health care while controlling its cost for the business community. Ms. Pack joined the IMPH team in 2009 as Associate Director, was named Co-director in 2017, Associate Executive Director in 2018 and Executive Director in 2020. Ms. Pack currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mental Health America of Greenville County, the AccessHealth SC Advisory Council, the South Carolina Overdose Prevention Project Advisory Council, the Leadership Team of the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina, the Executive Committee of the South Carolina Behavioral Health Coalition and the Healthy Palmetto Leadership Council. Previously she served on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Greenville Humane Society and as a Board member at A Child’s Haven, a therapeutic day treatment center for children with developmental delays resulting from abuse or neglect. Ms. Pack is a graduate of Leadership Greenville (2006), Furman University’s Women Leadership Program (2009) and is a member of the Blue Ridge Institute for Nonprofit Leaders. In her role as Executive Director, Ms. Pack leads the organization’s operations, business and financial management, fund development, programs and contracts, serves as the organization’s spokesperson and works with the Board of Directors in setting the strategic vision for the organization.
Monday, October 25
Shannon Pointer, MSN, RN, CHPN
Vice President of Hospice & Palliative Care, SCHCHA
Shannon Pointer, MSN, RN, CHPN has over 20 years of experience in nursing, within a variety of clinic, health system, school-based and community settings. Shannon is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program of study through The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Western Carolina University. Shannon completed a Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate and a Master of Science in Nursing with a major in Nursing Systems/Populations and concentration in Community and Public Health Nursing from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She obtained her undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her ADN from Alamance Community College. Shannon began her work within the community/public health field as a school nurse in 2004 where she learned the importance and value of good communication, collaboration and strong interdisciplinary teamwork. Shannon then entered the home health, hospice and palliative care field in 2013. Prior to employment with AHHC, Shannon served as the Director of Facility Team for Hospice & Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell who merged with Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro. Shannon has special interests in advance care planning, advance care directives and Veterans outreach and education.
Shannon has extensive experience in building and strengthening relationships with community partners, developing and implementing an innovative variety of educational offerings for clinicians and community members, and in-depth knowledgeability of hospice regulations. Shannon is your direct contact for hospice and palliative care clinical and regulatory questions; serves as your key liaison to our extensive variety of hospice focused work groups (Social Work, Volunteer Managers, Leaders, Physicians, IPU, Long Term Care/SNF, Bereavement/Chaplain, QAPI); acts as a key member of the AHHC Provider unit and as faculty for workshops and programs provided by the association and other entities as requested; writes and edits our weekly Hospice 360 newsletter and bi-monthly Tribute newsletter; is a representative with AHHC at the 16-State Home Health & Hospice Coalition meetings; conducts monthly regulatory and compliance calls and actively engages through in person visits, attendance at conferences and webinars, as well as maintaining communication with hospice teams at NHPCO, NAHC, and C-TAC on behalf of our members.
Monday, October 25
Chris Powell, BS, MA, DISC, E-8 (USN RET), MTS
Retired Navy Senior Chief
Chris Powell is a leader with almost four decades of experience in government and business. He’s led operations ranging from small teams to large complex organizations with diverse challenges. This cross-sectioned experience shaped Chris’s talents in leadership, strategy development, planning, organizational effectiveness, and team building. Chris is a certified Executive Coach, Speaker, Corporate Trainer, and DISC Consultant through the John Maxwell Certification Program. He holds a BS degree in Business and Education and three MA degrees including one in Life Coaching. He offers workshops, seminars, keynote speeches, DISC consultation, and Executive Coaching. His business is focused on supporting organizational leadership and empowering individuals to greatness. His experience gives him a unique perspective concerning organizational leadership that will help you accelerate the growth of your leaders which is crucial to your company’s success resulting in higher productivity and profits. He’s conducted hundreds of speaking events such as Lunch and Learn events, keynote speeches, team building events, and workshop facilitations. His forte is executive coaching and team building. He’s dedicated his life to enhancing others by speaking and teaching on leadership, personal and professional development, and motivation.
Chris is a retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer with a twenty-three-year career in Surface and Subsurface Warfare, including flying thousands of hours in undersea warfare, surface warfare, land attack, surveillance, and intelligence missions. His forte was forming and training combat teams in both the aviation and surface ship communities. He’s held top leadership positions where he led aircrew, surface, and undersea warfare programs resulting in the instruction of several thousand sailors in both training and operational commands. Chris is a decorated veteran, receiving the Navy Achievement Medal for recognition of outstanding achievement while directing the training of several thousand sailors in the Masters and Advanced Level Undersea Warfare Courses. He was integral in commissioning an AEGIS Cruiser and then leading the Weapons and Deck departments. Chris retired from the Navy in 1995. After retirement from the Navy, he took a leadership position as a Membership Director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He was so successful that the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce sought him out to help their members succeed in their businesses. While experiencing such tremendous growth and recognizing his impact he started Executive Coaching which led to the birth of The Powell Advisory Group. On the personal side, Chris and his wife Carla have been married for 45 years. They have three children and five grandchildren. He loves fishing and the outdoors. His favorite TV show is The Chosen.
Tuesday, October 26
President and CEO, SCHCHA
Tim has 29 years of experience working in the home care, home health & hospice industry. He received his B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to home care & hospice, Tim worked for 9 years with the State Employees Association of NC and NC Bankers Association in member relations and as a lobbyist. His home care, home health & hospice experience is extensive, having worked as the first Director of Government Relations and Chief Lobbyist for the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina, Vice President of Government Relations for Comprehensive Home Health Care and Hospice (now Liberty), Director of Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Planning for Tar Heel Home Health and Hospice of Tar Heel (now Kindred at Home/Gentiva), and finally as President and Chief Executive Officer for the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina (since 2001). He holds numerous leadership roles and/or sits on numerous boards/commissions: State Health Coordinating Council (Home Health & Hospice Representative - appointed by Governor Roy Cooper); Chairman - The Council of State Home Care & Hospice Associations; Board Member, Second Vice Chairman-National Partnership for Medicaid Home Based Care, Washington, DC; Member, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and NHPCO’s Council of States; Member, NHPCO’s Legislative Affairs Committee; Member-NAHC’s Forum of State Associations (Past Chair) and current Board member; Sole State Association Executive on the NAHC Home Health and Hospice Financial Managers (HHFMA) Workgroup; Governor-Appointed Home Care, Home Health and Hospice Representative South Carolina CON Task Force; South Carolina DSS Advisory Board Member; Past Board Member of NAHC. Tim is a past Public Member of the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy. Within AHHC, Tim is a recipient of AHHC’s Dr. Ellen B. Winston Award (highest honor awarded by AHHC) for Outstanding Service and a lifetime commitment to the Home Care and Hospice Industry and a 2012 Special Home Care and Hospice Champion award for extraordinary advocacy and leadership.
John C. Ropp III, MD
Hospice Physician, Medical Director, Agapé Care Group
Dr. John Conway Ropp III is Executive Director of Medical Services for Agape Care and is a physician partner at Palmetto Family Medicine and Senior Care in Hartsville, SC. He is currently President of the South Carolina Medical Association. Dr. Ropp is Board Certified in Family Medicine with Added Qualification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. At home, he volunteers as the Free Medicine Clinic of Darlington County’s Medical Director is an Elder at Hartsville Presbyterian Church. A graduate of The Citadel, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and McLeod Family Medicine Residency program, Dr. Ropp has also completed an MBA in Healthcare degree from George Washington University. He enjoys working on innovative healthcare-related projects, teaching Sunday school, taking walks, and trying to play golf. The best part of his day is coming home to Caroline and catching up with their five children: Elizabeth, Johnny, David, Mari Grace, and Catherine.
Tuesday, October 26
Lobbyist and Consultant, Copper Dome Strategies, SCHCHA Lobbyist
Billy Routh serves as a lobbyist and consultant for Copper Dome Strategies, LLC. They are a subsidiary of the Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd Law Firm. He assists clients with governmental relations before the legislative and executive branches of the state of South Carolina. He has nearly three decades of experience in the governmental and legislative arenas. He served on the staff of the South Carolina House of Representatives, ultimately becoming Chief of Staff for the S.C. Speaker of the House. Billy was the Legislative Liaison for Governor David Beasley for four years, where he worked to advance the governor’s agenda and that of his cabinet. He aided the late Governor Carroll Campbell for six years in several capacities, including serving as Director of Intergovernmental Relations and Transportation. He also served as the governor’s liaison to local government officials and transportation entities such as the S.C. Department of Transportation and S.C. State Ports Authority. The Columbia native also worked for the State Budget and Control Board’s Division of the Chief Information Officer as Program Manager for Strategic Communications. All of this previous experience provides him with a well-rounded knowledge of the governmental process and a vast network of working relationships in state government. Prior to his government service, Billy worked in the private sector as a small business owner (an all-night restaurant in Five Points). He also spent a number of years as a professional drummer and traveled around the world entertaining America’s troops and families with the USO.
Kathie Smith, BSN, RN
Vice President of Home Care and State Relations, SCHCHA
Kathie Smith has been a home health aide supervisor and is certified in coaching supervision. She was on the management team for a federally grant funded program that developed the Better Jobs Better Care NC NOVA program as a guide to retention of the direct care workforce. Mrs. Smith provides technical assistance on a number of regulatory and operational issues to association members. Mrs. Smith is the author of the In-home aide newsletter Partners in Quality Care and she develops curriculum grounded in adult learner centered principles for association members and serves as a nurse planner for providing nurse contact hours for continuing nurse education.
Monday, October 25
L. Brannon Traxler, MD, MPH
Director of Public Health, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
Dr. Brannon Traxler currently serves as director of Public Health for the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). In this capacity, she provides strategic direction for public health, leading its more than 1,900 public health employees. She ensures the delivery of appropriate, timely and quality services at DHEC’s 74 public health service sites, located in every county in the state and the performance of the central office bureaus of Community Health Services, Communicable Disease Prevention and Control, Maternal and Child Health, Health Improvement and Equity, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Public Health Laboratory, Public Health Preparedness and Community Nutrition Services.
AnnaMaria Turano, MBA
Chief Marketing Officer, Synzi
AnnaMaria M. Turano is the Chief Marketing Officer for Synzi. She was previously with Stratus Video as the Vice President of Marketing and led the effort to spin-off the Telehealth division and rebrand the new company as Synzi. Prior to her client-side roles, AnnaMaria co-founded MCAworks, a strategic marketing consulting firm advising Fortune 500 companies on developing growth strategies. A published writer, she is the co-author of Stopwatch Marketing: Take Charge of the Time When Your Customer Decides to Buy (Portfolio: 2008) and a featured contributing author to Shopper Marketing (Kogan: 2010; 2012).
Matthew W. Wolfe, JD/MPP
Partner, Parker Poe
Matt Wolfe guides clients through the evolving legal and regulatory environment to meet their business needs and the needs of those they serve. Clients have relied on him to navigate federal and state health reform, Medicaid and Medicare changes, and a broad variety of health law and policy. He works proactively with clients to ensure compliance and minimize violations. Matt provides counsel to health care clients who are growing, exiting, or otherwise adapting to the increasingly complex health care industry. When a government agency, private contractor, or other body initiates an investigation, Matt knows how to respond. He defends clients from a variety of regulatory challenges, including Medicaid and Medicare program integrity actions, False Claims Act actions, terminations, denials, postpayment reviews, prepayment reviews, and payment suspensions. He also represents providers in matters before licensing boards and other regulatory bodies. Matt also helps clients resolve disputes with state government entities through administrative litigation. He has significant experience filing matters in the Office of Administrative Hearings and seeing them through contested case hearings and defending favorable decisions on appeal. Matt has also fought for patients directly so that they could access needed services. Matt has a broad range of experience intervening on behalf of clients with government agencies and elected officials. Matt also provides legal and legislative counsel to trade associations and routinely speaks at national and state conferences on legal and policy issues.