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December 14, 2023

SCHA Announces First WHY We Lead Participants

Twenty-four hospital rising stars have been selected as the first class to participate in a new leadership development series sponsored by the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA). Called WHY We Lead, the highly selective program is intended to support healthcare workforce needs by identifying and equipping the next generation of hospital leaders to effectively lead teams, encourage employee engagement and embrace change. The program is part of WHY, the association’s comprehensive initiative to improve the healthcare workforce experience, funded through a grant from The Duke Endowment.

Those selected are:

Ambre Ellenberg, Director of Quality, Abbeville Area Medical Center;

Allyson Langley, RN Clinical Nurse Manager Critical Care, Aiken Regional Medical Centers;

Dawn Shepard, Perinatal Nurse Manager, Aiken Regional Medical Centers;

Katheryn Rasar, Manager of Disease Specific Programs, Aiken Regional Medical Centers;

Katie Habel, Lead Occupational Therapist, AnMed;

David Blanton, Laboratory Manager, AnMed;

Ashley McCullough, Team Lead – Physical Therapy, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Columbia;

Brook Barnes, Director of Clinical Infamatics Training, Lexington Medical Center;

Camille Reeder, Medical Social Work Manager, Lexington Medical Center;

Anthony Stillson, Maintenance Supervisor, Lexington Medical Center;

Kathryn McLain, Nursing Director Surgical Services, McLeod Health;

Deanna Sellers, MedSurg/Hemodialysis/Swing Bed Nursing Director, McLeod Health;

Ashley Gaskin, Director of Cardiovascular Services, McLeod Health;

Jennifer Amaker, Director of ICU, McLeod Health Clarendon;

Lindsey Fipps, Radiology Supervisor, McLeod Health Seacoast;

Jessica Jackson, Supervisor of Outpatient Therapy Services, McLeod Health Seacoast;

Loren Tilson, Nurse Manager, MUSC Health;

Julianna Lara, Assistant Nurse Manager (Interim Nurse Manager), MUSC Health;

Amanda Seibert, Interim Assistant Nurse Manager, MUSC Health University Medical Center;

Jennifer Kelly, Nurse Manager, MUSC Health University Medical Center;

Katie Hare, Emergency Department Director, Newberry County Memorial Hospital;

Corey Bishop, Director of Surgery, Newberry County Memorial Hospital;

Eric Longino, Manager of Professional Development and Support Services, Spartanburg Regional – Pelham Medical Center;

Lee Ann Worthington, Senior Human Resources Business Partner, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.


WHY We Lead will be led by experienced content experts and facilitators, with six four-hour sessions held at SCHA monthly from January to June. Pre-work begins in December.

“We congratulate everyone selected for the inaugural program. Their selection is a tribute to their work record and leadership qualities they’ve already shown,” said Thornton Kirby, SCHA president and CEO. “Participating in this program will help them develop the skills and competencies required of successful leaders in today’s ever-changing healthcare work environment.”