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School of Medicine Columbia

Our People



 Kevin Bennett, PhD, Director   

Dr. Bennett  provides strategic leadership for the overall direction of the Center.  He is also responsible for the Center’s research initiatives, analyzing big data, and focusing on how knowledge generated by the Center informs work internally and state-wide.  Dr. Bennett actively serves on multiple committees in the National Rural Health Association.


Michele Stanek, MHS, Associate Director 

Ms. Stanek provides leadership and vision within the Center through strategic planning and growing innovative projects.  She has extensive knowledge and expertise in practice improvement and transformation which she has imparted in numerous rural health clinics and rural practices throughout South Carolina.


Megan Weis, DrPH, Director of Community Engagement 

In her role, Dr. Weis works with rural community partners in the state and leads the Center in multidisciplinary learning to align multidisciplinary action among the Center and our partners.  Her meaningful community engagement informs the Center's strategic direction and outreach efforts.


Chuck Carter, MD, Medical Director

Dr. Carter provides leadership and guidance on clinical outreach and medical workforce programs as the Center increases access to specialized services in rural communitites across the state.


Alanti McGill, MPH, Program Manager

Ms. McGill is responsible for ensuring seamless project management and delivery in alignment with the Center’s priorities and strategies.  She has worked in the public and non-profit sectors on several public and community health initiatives.


Brittany Wesley, Administrative Coordinator

Ms. Wesley is responsible for the effective management of financial and Human Resource service needs of the Center.  She has extensive knowledge of business and human resource adminstration.


Samanatha Renaud, MS, Research Associate 

Ms. Renaud supports the Center's research enterprise through conducting program evaluations and expanding aligned research activities.  She plans and conducts the Center's research efforts to measure impact across the state.

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