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Battling Childhood Obesity in South Carolina Speakers

Battling Childhood Obesity in South Carolina

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Catherine Templeton
Catherine Templeton came to government after 20 years of working for private industry and practicing law. She was also appointed by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor as the National Coordinator of iCivics, a program that educates children on the importance of civic involvement and the role of the three branches of government.
Since accepting the job as SC DHEC director less than a year ago, Templeton has reduced the agency's budget request from $50M to $5M, created a streamlined, customer service focused environmental team, and directed public health efforts to the one issue that kills the most South Carolinians, makes the most residents sick, and, if prevented, would save the state the most money in treatment: obesity.
Phone: (803) 898-0124


Mark Quinn
Mark Quinn
Director of Public and Member Relations, Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina

Mark Quinn is director of Public and Member Relations at The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina and has had a long career as a professional journalist in South Carolina. Quinn worked in television journalism for more than 16 years, 13 of which were spent in Columbia, South Carolina. For 11 years, he worked in various on-air capacities for one of the most successful NBC affiliates in the country, WIS-TV. In 2007 he began work with South Carolina Educational Television and is the former host of ETV and ETV Radio’s weekly news and public affairs program, The Big Picture and The Big Picture on the Radio. Among the highlights of his tenure with SCETV was his on-site coverage of both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions of 2008 and the statewide gubernatorial, congressional, and constitutional officer debates in 2010.


Phone: 803-739-3070



Vince Degenhart, M.D.
Vince Degenhart graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1977. He served as the director of the American Society of Anesthesiologists from 2002-2007, and he currently serves as a board member of the South Carolina Medical Association and as chair of the SCMA Childhood Obesity Taskforce. This taskforce combines the expertise of healthcare and community leaders in South Carolina who are dedicated to promoting healthy, active lifestyle’s among South Carolina’s youth.
Phone: (803) 254-7645 
Harvey Galloway
Harvey Galloway is currently the executive director of the BCBSSC Foundation, created to promote the health of South Carolinians and to expand access to healthcare for the economically disadvantaged by supporting integrated research, education and community service. He has been involved in all areas of administration for Medicare, Medicaid, CHAMPUS (now Tricare), traditional health insurance, medical utilization and managed care. He has served as COO of Companion HealthCare, Companion Benefit Alternatives, and Chairman of the Board for EAP Alliance, Inc.
Phone: 803-264-5500 
Lynn Hammond
Lynn Hammond has served as the program manager of the Healthy Schools Program at the SC Department of Education since 2001. She has worked in both public education and public health at the local level teaching physical education and health education K – 12 and at the state level working in a DHEC region to promote physical activity through multiple community settings including schools. She is a former president of the Society of State Directors of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation and serves on several state level boards and committees that focus on improving the health of school age youth.
Phone: (803) 734-8076
Ron Jones
Ron Jones currently serves as a culinary specialist for Greenville County Schools. Jones has taught culinary arts at the high school level, and he served as director of operations and education for the Atlantic Culinary Academy a le Cordon Bleu program, which offers Associate degrees in Culinary Arts. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the HUB City Farmers’ Market in Spartanburg, a non-profit agency dedicated to bringing fresh locally grown products to Spartanburg County.
Phone: 864-355-1253
Janice Key, M.D.
Janice Key is a professor of Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston SC. She is the Director of School and Community-based Programs at the Boeing Center for Children's Wellness and the Division Director of Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Key has served on numerous local and national committees related to improved health for children including the Charleston County Medical Society School Health Committee; the Eat Smart, Move More SC Board of Directors; the SC Medical Association Childhood Obesity Task force; and the Executive Committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Adolescent Health. 
Phone: (843) 876-1490
Amy Splittgerber
Amy Splittgerber is the executive director of Eat Smart, Move More SC.  She coordinates the daily operations, initiatives and grant projects for the organization. Prior to her work with Eat Smart, Move More, Amy served as the executive director of the SC Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity since 1999. She also has experience working in community wellness and has worked in the fitness industry since 1990. Amy received an undergraduate degree in exercise physiology from Miami University and a Master’s in education from the University of Toledo. She holds certifications from Duke University, American College of Sports Medicine, the Cooper Institute and the National Center for Safe Routes to School.
Phone: 803-667-9810 ext 304
Lathram Johnson Woodard
Lathram Johnson Woodard is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association (SCPHCA).  As the CEO, she works to ensure that federally-funded community health centers and community mental health centers that provide vital services to medically underserved communities in the state are strengthened and have the capacity to grow.  She is also responsible for the overall operation of the association. Her primary interests are in the area of local systems, the development of integration relating to health care, and youth self-enhancement.  Ms. Woodard has also served on the Board of the National Association of Health Services Executives, National Association of Community Health Centers, and is currently the vice president of the eight-state Southeast Health Care Consortium.
Phone: 803-788-2778      
Jennifer Wright
Jennifer Wright currently serves as the Working Well manager at the South Carolina Hospital Association. This role has her engaging and activating hospital executives and their wellness teams across the state of SC to create a culture of wellness on their campuses by implementing polices, environments, and systems supportive of tobacco-free people and places, delicious and affordable healthy food, and opportunity for physical activity during the workday. This initiative positions hospitals as leaders in their community and catalysts for other industries to make the healthy choice the easy choice for their employees. Wright also serves on the Eat Smart Move More SC Board of Directors. She received a B.S. in exercise physiology from Truman State University.
Phone: 803-744-3553

Program Presenters

Renée Buyck Romberger
Renée Buyck Romberger currently serves as the vice president for Community Health Policy and Strategy at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. Her work is focused on improving the health of the community by improving health outcomes and reducing the costs of care. She works in partnership with many other community organizations to identify solutions that focus on environmental, policy, and delivery system changes. Romberger has 30 years of experience in health care with 25 years in hospital administration including operations, marketing/public relations, business development, managed care, and community health. A graduate of College of Charleston, she received her master’s in health sciences from the Medical University of South Carolina.
Phone: 864.560.6407 
Mitch Kennedy
Mitch Kennedy is community services director for the City of Spartanburg. Before joining the City of Spartanburg, Mitch worked as a scouting professional with the Palmetto Council Boy Scouts of America, and was previously employed with the Spartanburg Housing Authority and Spartanburg School District 7. A graduate of Wake Forest University, he currently serves on several boards including the Urban League, Spartanburg Development Corporation, and Mt. Moriah Foundation.
Phone: 864 596 2785 
Jill Fuson
Jill Fuson is manager of the Riley Institute's Conferences and Policy Events. She is responsible for overseeing and managing a substantial portion of the events sponsored by the Institute. Before coming to the Riley Institute, she taught five years in public high schools in Florida and South Carolina and for five years owned and operated Carolina Family Adventures. A graduate of Furman University, she recently received her Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.