Katherine R. Ligon, President and CEO, has served in her current position since February 2007. Her professional career within the Presbyterian Church began at Trinity Presbytery where she worked for three years before joining PCSC in 1987. Prior to her election as president she served as the Director of Development (fundraising and church relations) and Vice President for PCSC. Kathy is well-known in the industry for serving in positions on the national Board of Presbyterian Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (PAHSA), serving as the national convener for the Chief Executive Officers of Multi-site Organizations (CEMO) for LeadingAge National and as a board member of the not-for-profit state association, LeadingAge South Carolina. Currently, she is serving as a coach for the Leadership Academy for LeadingAge National. Kathy is a graduate of Columbia College in Columbia, SC.
PCSC Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is comprised of 14 members who are strong leaders with a variety of professional experience in areas such as business and business development, medicine, law, accounting, ministry, and fundraising. Under covenant agreements with the five presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in South Carolina, at least one Board member is from each presbytery. The board sets policy and direction for PCSC. Individual members contribute personal expertise in advising management on appropriate matters. Board members are volunteers and are not paid for their service.
Dr. Stacey Van Pelt Brennan, Chair
Mr. Mark B. Clary
Mrs. Robin Langston Gorman
Mr. William H. (Bill) Hancock
Rev. Gordon W. G. Raynal
Mr. Wally B. Graves
Mr. William F. (Bick) Halligan
Rev. Dr. Daniel R. Holloway
Mr. Joel D. Ledbetter
Dr. Richard McCain
Dr. Allen F. McCutchen, Secretary
Mr. Julian J. (Jay) Nexsen, Jr., Vice Chair
Rev. Dr. W. Michael Shelton
Rev. Dr. J. Eric Skidmore
The PCSC Foundation was organized in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) organization to support the mission and ministry of Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina, a non-profit corporation. The Foundation receives charitable gifts, develops investment and gift policy, and manages investments for the exclusive benefit of Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina.
PCSC Foundation Board of Directors
Mrs. Robin Langston Gorman
Mr. William F. (Bick) Halligan
Mr. G. B. (Bud) Nalley, Jr.
Rev. Dr. W. Michael Shelton, Chair
Rev. Dr. J. Eric Skidmore
Tony Fountain, Chief Operating Officer (COO) joined PCSC in September 2015. Prior to PCSC, Tony served 12 years as President/CEO of a not-for-profit faith-based senior living organization in South Carolina and has served in the long-term care industry since 1988. Prior to his role as CEO, he served as Vice-President of Operations for a state-wide multi-site not-for-profit in South Carolina. He is licensed through the SC Board of Long-term Heath Care Administrators and is a graduate of Charleston Southern University, where he currently serves as a member of the Board of Visitors. In 2008, he became certified in Advanced Leadership from Duke University. Tony is a former Board Chair with LeadingAge South Carolina and is an appointed member of the National Commission of Ethics in Aging Services in Washington, DC. He has served on numerous other boards, has been formally recognized for his leadership and service to the senior living industry, and is a frequent speaker and presenter in various state and national venues.
Ashley C. Taylor, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) joined PCSC in 2005. Ashley is a certified public accountant and has over 40 years of experience in the industry. He previously served as CFO for Lutheran Homes of South Carolina and also for Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, SC. He has been heavily involved in securing financing for start-up projects, annual budgets, annual audits, cash and investment management and strategic financial development. Ashley holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of South Carolina, a M.S. in Healthcare Finance Management from the University of South Carolina, and a M.B.A. from Golden Gate University.
Melvyn Adkerson, Director of Information Technology – joined PCSC in 2011 as senior network engineer and was promoted to Director of IT in 2015. He has been working in the computer and telecommunications field since 1994 and supports all aspects of the organization’s computer and network infrastructure, as well as daily IT operations. At PCSC, Melvyn has been instrumental in implementing Electronic Health Records and adding state-of-the-art wireless networking for increased staff mobility in services to residents. Melvyn studied Electrical Engineering at Tennessee Technological University before completing his studies in Computer Science at Middle Tennessee State University.
Elizabeth Beutel, Director of Sales and Marketing – joined PCSC in July 2012. She supports the organization in all areas of sales and marketing while contributing to product management and development. Elizabeth has a Master’s in Business Administration from Indiana University (majoring in Marketing and minoring in Finance) and a B.S. in Human Resources and Family Studies from the University of Illinois (majoring in Dietetics). Elizabeth is licensed in South Carolina as an assisted living administrator (CRCFA) and maintains her registration as a dietitian. She has served in several management positions in the long-term care industry since 1999 including for-profit and not-for-profit sectors of senior living and has been in health care since 1991.
Rev. Dr. Franklin Fant, Director of Foundation Services and Church Relations – joined PCSC in March 2015 after completing nine years of service on the PCSC Board of Trustees. As a Trustee, he served on and chaired the Board’s Finance and Audit Committees. Prior to joining PCSC, he was the Pastor of Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC for nearly 11 years. He continues to supply pulpits across the state. Prior to entering the ministry, Franklin worked in accounting and consulting for Arthur Andersen & Co. in Columbia and KPMG, LLP in Washington, DC. He also served as Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of New Hampshire and was a Visiting Scholar at the Securities and Exchange Commission where he worked in the Division of Economic Analysis. Franklin holds a B.S. in Financial Management from Clemson University, a Ph. D. in Finance from Florida State University, and an M. Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary, as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Ellen Imperial, Director of Clinical Services – joined PCSC in September 2016 and is responsible for providing a range of clinical consulting services to assist PCSC leadership in enhancing the quality of care and ensuring compliance. She has been a Registered Nurse since 1988 and has served in the long-term care field in various leadership capacities since 1995. Prior to PCSC, she served as the Vice-President of Clinical Services and Reimbursement for the Maxwell Group, the management company for Senior Living Communities. She is dually licensed in South Carolina as a nursing home administrator (NHA) and an assisted living administrator (CRCFA). Ellen is a speaker and educator with the senior living industry, promoting program management and development for clinical, reimbursement, and system structure; while noting the importance of performance measurement. She is a graduate from Lorma College with a BSN in Nursing.
Laura Shirer, Director of Employee Relations – joined PCSC in September 2011 and was promoted to her current position in January 2014. She has experience working in human resources, payroll, employee benefits, employee personnel issues, as well as expertise in human resource laws and regulations. Laura has worked in the long-term care industry in Human Resources and Employee Relations since 2001. She is a graduate of University South Carolina Aiken with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication and a Minor in Business and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Laura also participates in the LeadingAge of South Carolina’s Human Resources Forum.
Mandy Stamper, Director of Program Advancement – joined PCSC in January 2016. She supports the advancement of quality programming and services across the continuum with a special emphasis in Assisted Living and Campus Home Services. Prior to PCSC, she served as Vice-President of Operations for Westminster Towers, a not-for-profit faith-based senior living organization in Rock Hill, South Carolina. While there, she also served as Campus Administrator during her 14-year tenure. She is a graduate of Winthrop University and has been working in the senior living industry since 1996, both in the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. Mandy is a Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) and also dually licensed in South Carolina as a nursing home administrator (NHA) and an assisted living administrator (CRCFA). She serves as a board member and continues to be very involved with LeadingAge South Carolina.
PCSC Community Executive Directors and Administrators
Jason Basile, Executive Director/Administrator, The Columbia Presbyterian Community – joined PCSC in January 2017. Jason has both his Nursing Home Administrator and Assisted Living Licenses from the South Carolina Board of Long Term Health Care Administrators. His undergraduate degree is in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University and he has a Masters in Health Administration and Policy from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. His prior roles in senior living consisted of Administrator and Director of Business Development.
Loretta Lilly, Executive Director/Administrator, The Florence Presbyterian Community – joined PCSC in April 2016. Loretta most recently served as the Director of Clinical Operations for Lutheran Homes of South Carolina, for 12 years. Prior to Lutheran homes, she worked five years with Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) as the Program Manager and Surveyor for the Certification Compliant Division with Long-term Care facilities throughout the state of South Carolina. For 11 years, Loretta served in Administration with HealthSouth Rehabilitation, as well as a time spent as Program Director for Providence Hospital’s Transitional Care Unit, where she coordinated the “start-up” activities for the new program. Loretta is dually licensed in South Carolina as a nursing home administrator (NHA) and an assisted living administrator (CRCFA) and also holds the distinctions of a Certified Rehab Registered Nurse and Certified Professional Healthcare Risk Manager. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from West Virginia University and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of South Carolina.
Robin Miller, Executive Director, The Village at Summerville – joined PCSC in 2008. She is dually licensed in South Carolina as a nursing home administrator (NHA) and an assisted living administrator (CRCFA). Robin began her professional career providing speech therapy for skilled nursing residents while working for Manor HealthCare (MHC) in Florida. During her 12 year tenure with MHC, she served as Administrator for 3 different Skilled Facilities and then was appointed Regional Director with responsibility for over 1,000 healthcare beds. She also served as Regional Director for Assisted Living Concepts for 8 years. Robin holds a Masters degree in Speech Pathology from Ohio State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University.
Karen Nichols, Executive Directors/Administrator, Foothills Retirement Community – joined PCSC in 2014. Since 1998 she has been in the senior living industry serving as a Nurse, Director of Nursing, Administrator and Executive Director. Her experience includes serving as Executive Director at Cascades Verdae and helping to design, build and operate the Cottages at Brushy Creek. Prior to PCSC, she served as the director of the geripsych unit at Mary Black Hospital. She has also served as Statewide coordinator of the Culture Change Coalition of SC, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Long-term Care and has worked on the state and national level in the industry helping to promote person-centered care. She is dually licensed in South Carolina as a nursing home administrator (NHA) and an assisted living administrator (CRCFA). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of South Carolina and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lander University.
Paul Pridmore, Executive Director/Administrator, The Clinton Presbyterian Community – joined PCSC in January 2016. Prior to PCSC, he most recently served as Executive Director/Administrator of Rice Estate, a continuing care retirement community in Columbia, South Carolina. He has also worked as a Chief Financial Officer and as a Healthcare Administrator with other South Carolina not-for-profit senior living organizations since joining the retirement industry in 2004. He is dually licensed in South Carolina as a nursing home administrator (NHA) and an assisted living administrator (CRCFA) and holds an MBA from Clemson, and a B.A. in accounting from Lander University.
Yolanda White, Health Care Administrator, The Village at Summerville – joined PCSC in 2014. She is licensed in South Carolina as a nursing home administrator (NHA) and is a member of ACHCA (American College of Health Care Administrators). Yolanda started her career in Social Work as a Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) and served in long-term care since 2012 as the Director of Social Services in a 160-bed facility. She has worked as a hospital Social Work Case Manager for seven years and also has experience as a Hospice Social Worker. Her career in social work began with the state of South Carolina for nine years with the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in Medicaid. Yolanda is an ordained minister who holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Limestone College. She currently serves as a preceptor for Social Work Interns at Limestone College.