Board of Directors

The expertise and guidance of the South Carolina Cancer Alliance Board of Directors helps us achieve our mission: to improve the prevention and early detection of cancer, as well as the treatment of those affected by this disease. Our Board is made up of leaders in the healthcare field and the community at large. Click here for more information.


Darnell Byrd-McPherson, LBSW

Darlington County First Steps

Harley T. Davis, MSPH, PhD

Clemson University

Marvella Ford, PhD

Medical University of South Carolina

Beth Johnson, BS, Political Science

American Cancer Society Action Network

Sarah Kershner, MPH, PhD

Francis Marion University

Melissa Kirk, BS-Psychology, LBSW

Community Volunteer

Vinita Leedom, PhD, MPH, PMP


Anthony Poole, DMSc, PA-C

Medical University of South Carolina

Beth Poore, M.Ed.


McKenzie Speed, MPH

Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute

Karen Wickersham, PhD, RN

University of South Carolina

Members Not Pictured

Natasha Stoudemire, MSN, RN

Lexington Medical Center

LaShandal Pettaway-Brown, MHA, MBA, PCMH-CCE, CRHCP

South Carolina Office of Rural Health


Help The Cause

The Alliance relies on active involvement by individuals and organizations statewide to assess priorities and to develop, implement, and evaluate the success of our projects. The Alliance leadership, which includes our Board of Directors and staff, provides a statewide infrastructure; however, only through the grassroots efforts of committed partners across the state will we achieve our goals. Get Involved