Diane Mathews, Center Director Diane received her MS in health professions education from the Medical University of South Carolina and her BS in medical technology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She has been employed with Lowcountry AHEC since 1997. Previously she was the associate director and has worked in many areas including continuing education, health professions student coordination, Deans’ Rural Clerkship, and SCRIPT. Her previous experience includes 15 years as a Medical Technologist and Laboratory Manager as well as 4 years teaching at Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC. Diane is responsible for direction of Lowcountry AHEC programs and management of personnel and finance.
Ashley Breland, Finance and HR Assistant Ashley has been at Lowcountry AHEC since May 1997. She is the finance assistant. Her duties includes payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable. Ashley works with insurance agents, auditors and accountants to make sure finances are running smoothly. She also assists with other projects as needed at Lowcountry AHEC.
Katura Williams, Health Careers Program Coordinator Ms. Williams is a local Walterboro native. After graduating from Colleton County High School, she received her bachelor’s degree in sociology. In 2013, she completed her Master of Education in Counselor Education from South Carolina State University. Previously, Ms. Williams worked with the Colleton and Charleston Departments of Health and Human Services and the Lowcountry Community Action Agency. While working on her graduate degree, she interned at Harleyville Elementary School and Colleton Middle School. She has a love for helping people and is excited to work with Lowcountry’s HCP students. As the Health Careers Program Coordinator, Katura is responsible for providing activities, programs, and other sessions for middle school, high school, and undergraduate minorities who are interested in healthcare professions.
Diana Caron, Continuing Education Coordinator Diana has been a Registered Nurse for the past twenty-seven years. She has a Master’s degree in Education and has taught in the health and medical field for the past twenty years. Her duties at Lowcountry AHEC include: conducting needs assessment as part of the Lowcountry AHEC continuing education team; assess, plan, implement, and evaluate CE nursing and allied health programs; and identify nursing continuing education event resources to include instructors, venue sites, etc.
Kimbley Stephens, Health Professions Student Coordinator Kim is one of two health professions student coordinators at Lowcountry AHEC. In that role she coordinates the clinical rotations of multiple disciplines of health professions students. She oversees student clinical placements, housing placements, and preceptor assignments. In addition, she assists students with continuous quality improvement projects. She also works with MUSC interprofessional programs such as Interprofessional Service Learning Project (ISLP) and Rural Interprofessional Student Experience (RISE). Kim is a National Health Service Corp Ambassador. Prior to AHEC, she worked at Low Country Health Care Systems, Inc. in Fairfax as a health educator. She has been employed at Lowcountry AHEC since December 2007.
Deborah Pressley, Continuing Education Coordinator Deb has over 30 years of experience in health care and education. Specifically, she has worked as an Allied Health Instructor, College Administrator, Certified Medical Assistant, and Phlebotomist. She holds a Master of Business Administration with concentrations in Healthcare Management and Human Resource Management along with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Her duties at Lowcountry AHEC include: conducting needs assessment as part of the Lowcountry AHEC continuing education team; assess, plan, implement, and evaluate CE nursing and allied health programs; and identify nursing continuing education event resources to include instructors, & venue sites.
Emily Warren, Health Professions Student Coordinator Emily received a BS in psychology from the College of Charleston in 1993 and a MSW from The University of South Carolina in 1995. She has been employed with Lowcountry AHEC since July 2000. She interfaces with South Carolina academic institutions to assist with identification of preceptors and clinical rotation sites. She coordinates housing and introduces Lowcountry AHEC students into the rural community. Emily facilitates the Interprofessional Service Learning Project (ISLP) in Charleston with Medical University of South Carolina students. She assist with the planning and implementation of Rural Interprofessional Student Experiences (RISE). She is an active member of Eat Smart Move More Colleton and serves on the Low Country Healthy Start Consortium Board. Emily is a National Health Service Corp Ambassador.