Samuel (Sam) T. Waldrep, MA, LMSW
Mr. Sam Waldrep has devoted his career to aging and disability services in South Carolina. He began his work in the Aging Network at both the county level and in the State Office on Aging. He joined the Medicaid program in 1983 as part of the team that developed and implemented the groundbreaking Community Long-Term Care Program, which provides home and community-based services to South Carolinians throughout the state. His career with Medicaid continued when the agency transitioned to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in 1984. He worked in various leadership capacities, including serving for two years as the Deputy Director for Long-Term Care and Behavioral Health, until his retirement in December 2014.
Mr. Waldrep is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina with bachelor’s degrees in both sociology and anthropology. He holds a graduate degree in sociology with a specialty in social gerontology from the University of South Carolina and a post-graduate specialist-in-aging certificate from the University of Michigan. He is a licensed master level social worker in South Carolina.
Mr. Waldrep is involved in numerous community and volunteer activities in Columbia. He is a past president of the State Gerontological Society, a founding member and past president of Columbia’s Harvest Hope Food Bank, past chairperson of the Adult Protection Coordinating Council and past president of his neighborhood association. He is also an active member of Washington Street United Methodist Church, where he has served as chairperson of the Church Council.
In his role as Senior Advisor, Mr. Waldrep provides expertise on a range of long-term care issues. Currently, he is helping to inform and guide the development of the Institute’s Long-Term Care Taskforce report.