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Advisory Council


The Advisory Council provides guidance to inform program activities and consists of individuals representing organizations from across the state who share our commitment to increase colorectal cancer screening.


Michael D. Byrd, PhD, MSW, MPH

MByrdDr. Byrd is a clinical assistant professor in the Dean’s office of the Arnold School of Public Health at USC and a licensed master social worker. He is the Director of Public Health Practice, the General MPH, and the Graduate Certificate in Public Health. He is currently the Board Chair of the South Carolina Cancer Alliance and the South Carolina Tuberculosis Association, and a board member of several health-related organizations, both nationally and in South Carolina. Dr. Byrd is an adjunct instructor in Medicine and Social Work at the University of South Carolina and teaches in the USC Honors College.



Stephanie Hinton, CPM, MHA, MA


Mrs. Hinton serves as the Division Director for the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at SC DHEC. She oversees the Best Chance Network, WISEWOMAN, and Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs. She is an Ex-Officio member of the South Carolina Cancer Alliance and a former Board member of the South Carolina Victims Assistance Network. Mrs. Hinton is working with the CDC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control to develop an initiative to help the National Breast and Cervical Early Detection Program and Colorectal Cancer Control Program convey their work in breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer prevention to key stakeholders and optimize partnerships.


Beth Johnson, BS

BJohnsonBeth has been an employee of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network for 11 years and a volunteer advocate for the past 17 years.   After graduating from Presbyterian College with a BS in Political Science, she began her career in field advocacy and fundraising, sharing the mission of ACS throughout the Pee Dee Region.  She currently travels throughout the state working with grassroots volunteers and coalitions to reduce cancer.  Beth serves on several ACS workgroups representing the state, as well as the SCTFC Board of Directors, the SCCA Policy and Advocacy Workgroup, and the Close the Gap SC Coalition. 


Shannon M. Johnson, MPH, MSW

SJohnsonShannon Johnson currently serves as Executive Director of the South Carolina Gastroenterology Association. Shannon coordinated the South Carolina Cancer Alliance Early Detection Task Force, which included the Breast and Other Female Cancers workgroup, the Cancer Education Guide workgroup and the Community Education and Cervical Cancer subcommittees. She also coordinated the South Carolina Pain Initiative, a program of the SCCA and the Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care. Additionally she worked as a research study coordinator at Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital.  Shannon resides in Mount Pleasant, SC with her husband, Michael, and their four children.


Tracie Lewis, MS

TLewisTracie Lewis is the Community Outreach Director for the Colon Cancer Prevention Network.  She received her Master’s in Exercise Science from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina and Bachelors of Arts in Biology from the College of Charleston.  In her role, she works to reduce healthcare barriers for the uninsured and medically underserved population of SC, as it relates to colorectal cancer.  Tracie currently serves on the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Cancer Control Advisory Council and the Coordinating Council for the South Carolina Cancer Alliance.  Through the Alliance, she also serves on the Colorectal Cancer workgroup.  Through partnerships with SC DHEC, Center for Colon Cancer Research at USC, and SC Cancer Alliance we were able to approach South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority to remove cost barriers to colon cancer screening.


Lee Pearson, DrPH, MS

LPearsonDr. Lee Pearson has worked in public health in South Carolina for more than 20 years focusing on an array of public health issues.  His interests span from chronic disease prevention to aging services.  He holds a doctorate in public health from USC’s Arnold School of Public Health, where he serves as associate dean for operations and accreditation.   He is also a clinical associate professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior.  Dr. Pearson is the founding director of the SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health and the advisory council chair for the Colorectal Cancer Screening Program.


Jessica Seel, MPH

JSeelJessica Seel is the project coordinator for the South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network. Her primary interest is addressing health disparities in rural areas with a focus on South Carolina. Jessica has spent the last 18 years working in the healthcare field in various capacities including marketing, management and community education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Columbia College and a MPH in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior from the University of South Carolina.


Debbie Slazyk, MHA

DSlazykDebbie Slazyk is the Director of AccessHealth Lowcountry in Beaufort, SC. and has served in this role since the program’s inception in July 2012.  Prior to this position, Debbie was the Research Coordination Manager for the Provider Patient-Centeredness Research Initiative at Winston-Salem State University.  Before relocating to NC, Debbie held positions as a strategic business planner and consultant within the healthcare industry in New York State.  Debbie holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Winston Salem-State University. She completed graduate work in Epidemiology at the University of Buffalo and a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health and Mental Health Administration.


Ros Squirewell, RN, BSN, MHA

RSquirewellRos began her nursing career in London, England and received her undergraduate and master’s degree from the USC. She has been employed at Palmetto Health in various positions, including Nurse Manager of the Labor and Delivery unit, and currently works in the Nursing Education department as a Nursing Education Specialist. Ros has been a CRC survivor for over 20 years. She led her community’s annual CRC Awareness Walk, started one of the first support groups for CRC survivors, and shared her personal and survivor experience at various organizations locally and nationally, earning the CRC Advocate of the Year Award.


Annie Thibault, MSc, BS

Annie graduated with a Masters in Preventive Medicine specializing in public health from the Université de Montréal, Canada. She AThibaulthas developed comprehensive programs in public health, public health administration, healthcare delivery, and population health program development. As the Director of the Colorectal Cancer Prevention Network, her work focuses on reducing healthcare barriers for the uninsured and medically underserved population of SC, as it relates to colorectal cancer.  Since 2013, she has helped develop the CCPN patient navigation program and created partnerships and collaborations with various medical and not-for-profit organizations statewide. She has also spearheaded the South Eastern Colorectal Cancer Consortium.


Henry Well

HWellHenry Well joined the South Carolina Cancer Alliance in 2015 at the Executive Director.  Mr. Well, a Marion native, is a seasoned leader in the non-profit industry with over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit health sector. He has previously served in leadership roles with the National Kidney Foundation and the American Cancer Society.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and passion from his past experience to the Alliance.


Amanda Q. Williams, MHA

AWilliamsMandy Williams serves as the Program Manager of Health Policy at SC DHHS.  She serves as the technical expert for healthcare policy, is accountable for service excellence results, and sets the administrative and strategic direction of the policy team.  Mandy served as the Manager of the MHA program at the USC Arnold School of Public Health for two and a half years, and prior to that, she served as the Manager of Planning and System Development for Palmetto Health for eleven years. Mandy received her MHA from USC in 2004 and her BS in Biological Sciences with honors in 2001.



Vicki Young, PhD


Dr. Vicki Young is the Chief Operating Officer for the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association.  






Ex-Officio Members

Franklin G. Berger, PhD, Professor and Director, Center for Colon Cancer Research, University of South Carolina

Heather M. Brandt, PhD, Associate Professor, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina

Hiluv Johnson, Program Coordinator, Center for Colon Cancer Research, University of South Carolina

Lauren Workman, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Core for Applied Research and Evaluation, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina