Meet the Leadership Team

With the support of our Executive Committee, our leadership team provides guidance on policy, education, management, and prevention of type 2 diabetes. From community outreach and participant engagement to communications and advocacy, our leadership team has the expertise that our partners and members rely on to increase access to National Diabetes Prevention Programs and Diabetes awareness.


SHANEL JACKSON, Program Director

Shanel Jackson is the Program Director of the Diabetes Action Council of South Carolina. With a professional background in operations and development, Shanel began working extensively with nonprofit organizations starting in the mid-2000s, and until recently, was the Director of Operations, Development, and Membership for the Columbia Film Society 501(c)(3).  Shanel also entered the world of entrepreneurship, having opened a local bakery in 2013.  As an entrepreneur, Shanel’s startup continued to grow, leading to her decision to develop professional services for her business and nonprofit endeavors.  Throughout her work in various nonprofits, Shanel has begun each journey taking note of each organization’s foundational issues and compliance needs. 

Since the beginning of her career, Shanel’s vision for each nonprofit organization has been empowering employees and stakeholders, which has proven especially valuable in her current role with the Diabetes Action Council of South Carolina. With expert counsel and essential services, Shanel makes informed decisions, reduces risk, and grows healthy organizations.  Shanel’s focus is a comprehensive, hands-on approach to leading new nonprofits, and this has proven fruitful in her quest to continue the Diabetes Action Council’s sustainability.  With her wealth of knowledge in organizational operations, grant writing and management, human resource management, policy development and enforcement, staff professional development and motivation, financial oversight, and DEIB programs, Shanel is eager to continue the great work and growth of the Diabetes Action Council.

Shanel is a proud Lander University Bearcat who loves baking, camping, kayaking, football, independent film, and touring South Carolina’s State Parks with her Chocolate Lab, Yuri.  She is a South Carolina native, and proud mom to Ben, a senior at Newberry College, and Morgan, a junior at the University of South Carolina-Columbia.


RAE GROOVER, Marketing and Administrative Coordinator

A native of Johnsonville, South Carolina, Rae Groover is the Marketing and Administrative Coordinator for the Diabetes Action Council of South Carolina. He received his BA in Media Arts from the University of South Carolina in 2017 and is currently pursuing his MFA in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design. A proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Rae prides himself on setting an example for his younger siblings and his community.


Executive Leadership

Our Executive Leadership is a diverse group of volunteers representing businesses and organizations that are connected to communities. The Executive Committee supports the development and growth of the organization by lending their strengths and expertise that make the Diabetes Action Council’s mission and vision authentic and tangible.


Dr. Gerald Wilson – Diabetes Action Council of South Carolina Executive Committee Chair

Courtney Brightharp – Program Evaluator, SCDHEC

Belinda Butler – Sr. Community Health Navigator, Quality Management, Select Health of SC

Sarah B. Hales, PhD, LISW-CP, CSOWM, FTOS – Director, Diabetes Prevention Program, MUSC

Michelle Harris – Communications and Resource Coordinator, SCDHEC

Shauna Hicks – Director, Division of Diabetes and Heart Disease Management, SCDHEC

Rhonda Hill, PhD, MCHES® – Principal Investigator and Core Program Manager, SCDHEC

Nicky King – Community Engagement Coordinator, SCDHEC

Dr. Usah Lilivivat – Carolina Diabetes and Kidney Center

Richard Lomax – Regional Account Manager II, NovoNordisk

Jennifer Mandelbaum – DAC Program Evaluator

Kristian Myers – Program Evaluation Manager, SCDHEC

Heath Neilson – Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator, Prisma Health–Upstate

Joshua Peake – Product Manager, Ambulatory Quality, Care Coordination Institute

LaShandal Pettaway-Brown – Practice Transformation Consultant, SC Office of Rural Health

Teresa Robinson – Division Fiscal Manager, SCDHEC

Meg Stanley – Executive Director, Wholespire

Marcey Westerbeck – Diabetes Program Director, Health Care Partners of SC, Inc.

Dr. Patricia Witherspoon – SC Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare

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