Virginia Riley, Esq.
Virginia Riley, Esq. President
Virginia works for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) in the Office of General Counsel where she provides legal support for the Public Health programs within DHEC. She began her legal career with a judicial clerkship for The Honorable William P. Keesley in South Carolina’s 11th Judicial Circuit, followed by nearly five years prosecuting criminal cases for the Second Circuit Solicitor’s Office in Aiken County, SC.
Virginia’s desire to serve has been a life-long calling. She is a native South Carolinian and a passionate advocate for promoting the health and well-being of South Carolina and its people. When Virginia isn’t helping others through her work at DHEC, she enjoys devoting her time to Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands as President of its Board of Directors. Virginia firmly believes in the mission of STSM, and working toward a future without sexual violence.
Assistant General Counsel for Public Health
SC Department Health and Environmental Control
Brian Flynn Vice President
Senior Vice President, State Government Relations
Jeff Brillhart, CPA
Jeff Brillhart, CPA Treasurer
Jeffrey Brillhart, MBA, CPA is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, South Carolina. Lexington Medical Center is a 547-bed medical complex that anchors a countywide network of more than 600 physicians. Jeff is originally from Virginia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Virginia Tech, an MBA from The College of William and Mary, and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs. Jeff and his wife are the parents of three grown children; outside of work, he enjoys running and travel.
Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Lexington Medical Center
Elizabeth Wolfe Secretary
Elizabeth is a Columbia native and Realtor at Wolfe & Taylor, a locally owned real estate company founded in 1945. She attended Smith College, majoring in English and Russian, and studied international relations at Johns Hopkins SAIS. She was a newspaper reporter in Moscow before moving to Washington, where she worked in journalism and politics. She returned to Columbia in 2012, joining Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands as its first development coordinator and later the Columbia Museum of Art as a fundraiser. Elizabeth joined the board of Pathways to Healing in 2021, serves on the Heathwood Hall Alumni Council, and volunteers for various activities through her church, Trinity Cathedral. She lives in Columbia with her husband and young son.
Wolfe & Taylor
Tiffany W. Freeman, Esq.
Tiffany W. Freeman, Esq. At-Large + Executive Committee
Tiffany is Senior Public Policy Counsel for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. She was born and raised in Denmark, South Carolina. Upon receiving her law degree from The Ohio State University, she returned to South Carolina and served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Alexander Macaulay. Tiffany served for nearly six years as an Assistant Solicitor in the Seventh Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office, where she prosecuted cases of violence against women. Serving as a board member of Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands and SC Thrive allows Tiffany to continue her service to the community. Tiffany is also a board member of SC Thrive, a graduate of Leadership South Carolina and Past Chair of the Supreme Court of South Carolina’s Commission on Continuing Legal Education. Tiffany is a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church and the Richland County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She enjoys spending time with her huge and loving family, traveling and reading.
Senior Public Policy Counsel, Government Affairs
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Katherine Watts, LMSW, ACM
Katherine Watts, LMSW, ACM At-Large
Katherine Watts is the Director of Medical Social Work at Lexington Medical Center. She obtained a master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina. She currently serves on the South Carolina chapter of the American Case Management Association as the immediate past president as well as in her 6th year term on the board for Pathways to Healing. In addition, she is a member of the United Way of the Midlands Health Council and serves on the Behavioral Health Council and Student Advisory Council of the University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work.
Director of Medical Social Services
Lexington Medical Center
Joette Scarborough At-Large + Executive Committee
Ms. Scarborough has over 30 years of correctional management, policy development and training experience. She is a recently retired Division Director for the South Carolina Department of Corrections and is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at South University in Columbia SC.
Joette is a proud graduate of South Carolina State University with a master’s degree in criminal justice. Board of Director’s experience includes Past President of the YWCA of the Midlands, Past President of the SC Chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, SC State Employees Association Advisory Board, South University Criminal Justice Advisory board and the Agape Counseling Service Advisory board. Her life motto is: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting their own battles. A life spent helping others is a life filled with purpose.
David Cardenas At-Large
David A. Cárdenas serves as interim dean of the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) at the University of South Carolina. Cárdenas received his Ph.D. at North Carolina State University. Prior to his role as interim dean, he was HRSM’s associate dean of Academic Programs, responsible for the college’s curriculum, academic advising, international programs, recruitment, and corporate engagement. His teaching foci includes tourism planning, sustainable tourism, tourism education and research methods. He has extensive research experience working on community-based tourism planning projects, specifically working to engage and involve local residents in the sustainable tourism development process.
Associate Dean of Academic Programs
University of South Carolina, College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management