Kester S. Freeman, Jr.

Executive Director
As Executive Director of the SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health, Mr. Freeman provides vision and strategic direction. He brings to this role extensive career experience in health care leadership combined with a solid understanding of the broad determinants of health. Mr. Freeman’s active engagement with leaders across South Carolina will ensure a consistent focus on health issues among the decision makers of our state.

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Nathaniel J. (Nate) Patterson, DrPH, MHA

Dr. Nathaniel Patterson’s career includes a variety of experiences in health policy and academia. As his role as director, Dr. Patterson ensures the organization’s continued growth and sustainability and oversees the organizational activities, grant initiatives and infrastructure development of the Institute. He works closely with the Institute’s executive director and members of the board of directors, along with numerous organizational partners. He also maintains collaborative relationships with other similar institutes, both regionally and nationally.

803-576-5852 |

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Megan A. Weis, DrPH, MPH, MCHES

Associate Director, Outreach & Program Development
Dr. Weis’ experience ranges from serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer to implementing and managing surveillance systems. As Associate Director of Outreach & Program Development, Dr. Weis provides leadership and management in the development of a diverse array of programs and organizational needs internal and external to IMPH, including strategic planning, evaluation, organization and coalition development and management of multi-stakeholder workgroups. She also directs communication and marketing activities.

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Maya H. Pack, MS, MPA

Associate Director, Research & Strategic Initiatives
Ms. Pack has a diverse background that includes working in strategic planning in the hospital setting, consulting for various non-profit and health care organizations and developing programs and informing policies to improve the quality of health care provided in South Carolina. In her position as Associate Director, Research & Strategic Initiatives, she leads the Institute’s research and policy analysis and manages projects and programs central to the mission of IMPH.

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Timothy (Tim) M. Rogers

Manager of Legislative Services
Mr. Rogers served 42 years in state government, most recently as a healthcare budget analyst for the House Ways and Means Committee in the SC General Assembly. During his 26-year tenure with the Committee, he served as director of research for the Joint Bond Review Committee for 10 years. As Manager of Legislative Services, he oversees an array of research and programmatic activities designed to support members of the SC General Assembly in their work addressing health, including the Health Policy Fellows Program.

803-318-6954 |

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Shaena L. Rouse, MPH

Program Manager
Ms. Rouse has five years of experience in the field of public health, obesity prevention and partnership development. In planning, implementing and evaluating public health programs and initiatives, she has built relationships with diverse partners across the state. In her role as program manager, Ms. Rouse will oversee the ongoing development, implementation and coordination of the South Carolina Obesity Action Plan through the SCale Down Initiative.

803-576-5873 |

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Samuel (Sam) T. Waldrep, MA, LMSW

Senior Advisor
Mr. Waldrep has extensive experience working with South Carolina’s aging and disability services, including over 30 years with South Carolina’s Medicaid program. In his role as Senior Advisor, Mr. Waldrep provides expertise and guidance for the Institute’s work on long-term care issues.

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Katherine (Kitty) B. Weiland, MBA

Business Manager
Ms. Weiland has a broad business background in the private sector, working in strategic market development, communications and budget management. Through her work with non-profits, she has unique insight into the strategic planning process and enjoys working with board members and key partners in a collaborative spirit to achieve board-directed goals. In her role as Business Manager, Ms. Weiland will manage the budget and financial reporting for the Institute, as well as the contractual services and human resources.

803-576-5868 |

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