Executive Board Members:
Chair: Tracy Golden
Vice-Chair: Lillie Fox
Secretary: Cyndi New
Treasurer: Darin Thomas
Executive Director: Donna Mack
Meet the Executive Board:
Tracy Golden – Board Chairperson
Tracy Golden serves as Senior Community Health Worker Manager and a Certified Childbirth Educator for Family Solutions of the Low Country. In this role, she supervises the community health workers. Additionally, she is responsible for coordinating and implementing activities for FSLC to assure goals, objectives and strategies of the program are met. Tracy’s responsibility as a Certified Childbirth Educator is to plan, implement and teach childbirth classes to the participants in all five counties served by Family Solutions.She been a community health worker for 16 years.
Prior to joining Family Solutions, Tracy was an Information Systems Engineer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. Tracy is a member of the SC Breastfeeding Coalition, Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association, SC Community Health Workers Association, and the SC Perinatal Association.
Tracy is very involved in her community, she serves as Bamberg County First Steps Board Chairman and is a member of the Bamberg County Health Coalition.
She an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Nu Tau Omega Chapter in Denmark, SC.
Tracy received her Bachelor of Science degree from Voorhees College.
Lillie Fox – Asst. Board Chairperson
Lillie Fox graduated from from Coker College with a BSW degree in social work, then from South University with a M.A. degree in Counseling Psychology and I had 36 hours toward my ME.D. in school guidance counseling from Liberty University. Lillie has 25 plus years of experience working with diverse communities. She is the founder of Agape’ Placement , Inc and Family Services Alternative. Lillie currently serves on the board of the National Community Health Workers Association (NACHW). Lillie brings with her in depth experience of advocating clients’ needs to schools, courts systems, and human health agencies.
Darin Thomas – Board Treasurer
Darin Thomas is a Licensed Social Worker who works with low income communities to achieve optimal health. Darin believes that all people in every community deserve the right to health access and opportunities for a healthy lifestyle. Darin has worked with several populations in a variety of settings. Darin’s background as a Social Worker has led him to work as an in-patient psychotherapist, in-patient Medical Social Worker, Emergency Room Social Worker, and most recently as the Neighborhood Health Partners Social Worker – a pilot study paired with Community Paramedics. His current role as a Program Development Manager at Prisma Health-Upstate gives him the opportunity to be the instructor to the newly hired Community Health Workers.
Cyndi New – Board Secretary
Cyndi New, MBA, BSN, ACM-RN, serves as Innovation Manager for AccessHealth SC with the South Carolina Hospital Association.
Her leadership supports AccessHealth networks across the state in creating and sustaining coordinated data-driven networks of care that ensure timely, affordable, high-quality healthcare services for low-income uninsured residents of South Carolina.
Cyndi earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lander University and received her MBA in Healthcare Leadership from Anderson University. An emergency room nurse and case manager by background,
she has served in a variety of leadership roles. Through collaboration and teamwork, she developed and implemented population health programs focusing on social determinants of health, health literacy, and patient advocacy. These programs utilized the expertise of CHWs.
Cyndi resides with her family in Abbeville, SC and serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties.
Marek Calhoun resides of Darlington, SC and has lived in Darlington County since 2001. Marek currently
serves as the Director of Social and Community Services for CareSouth Carolina’s Community Health
Services Division. CareSouth Carolina is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in the Pee Dee
Region of South Carolina. Marek received his B.A. in Psychology and Criminology from Coker University.
He later received an M.A. degree in Community Mental Counseling from Webster University and a M.S.
degree in Administration of Justice and Security from the University of Phoenix. Marek
is currently serving as Director of Social and Community Services. Marek serves on several
boards and advisory councils to include the Advisory Council for both the New Beginnings Transitional
Women’s Shelter and South Carolina Agricultural Worker Health Program. In addition, Marek serves on
the Board of Directors for the Darlington County Habitat for Humanities, Chesterfield County First Steps
and South Carolina Community Health Worker Association. Marek is a South Carolina Community Health
Workers Ambassadors with the Community Health Worker Institute. Marek is also a Behavioral
Interventionist, working closely with children and families to provide behavior modification,
psychosocial rehabilitation and family support services. Marek is a diehard football fan and enjoys
cheering on the Las Vegas Raiders. Marek enjoys cooking and spending time with his family especially
his wife Eutashia who were recently married in May 2019 and his son Messiah who affectionately goes
by the nick name “Bubba.”
When ask what drive and motivates him, Marek says “I want to make a difference in the lives of people,
that’s what drives me every day; knowing that CareSouth Carolina, my team and I have touched and
made a difference in the lives of those in the community we serve.”
Kelly Poston is the Data Coordinator & Administrative Assistant at AccessHealth Spartanburg. She is responsible for data management & analytics, creating & pulling reports, and invoice & reimbursement processing as well as other logistical duties. Kelly works alongside Community Health Workers to assist clients in identifying and accessing the range of available services and support they need to stabilize and improve their health and lives. She understands the value CHWs bring to communities and the clients they serve.
Prior work experience includes MGC – Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System as a Business Office Representative and at Johns Hopkins University – Center for Learning and Health in Maryland as a Research Program Assistant.
In her off time, Kelly enjoys reading, spending time with her rescue dog, Riley, and being an aunt to 5 nephews.
Originally from Cuba, Ana Cossio came to the United States 13 years ago with her husband and 8 year old son. Upon learning a new language and how to navigate new and often challenging health and social service systems, Ana now uses her experiences to connect with and support other Latino immigrants that are facing similar challenges. Ana holds an educational degree from Cuba with a concentration in Biology, and was a professor there for 10 years. Ana has earned the SC Community Health Worker (CHW) certificate, and is currently obtaining her Masters of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. Passionate about serving others and advocating for the rights of underserved communities, Ana has been an integral member of the PASOs team since 2009. Ana is the former PASOs Midlands Coordinator, and recently has been promoted to the statewide Training Manager position at the PASOs Central Office. The Training Manager works to help PASOs achieve its mission of Latino leadership development by providing high quality training to PASOs’ Community Health Workers. Another part of her goals includes the expansion of PASOs’ CHW training program in order to offer the training to other organizations. Ana has helped train over 50 Promotores (CHWs in Spanish).
Joe Kyle has over 35 years’ experience working in the public health field. In the United States, he served as Assistant Director of the Jasper Newton County Health Department in east Texas for two years and held a variety of positions at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control during his 23+ years working for the state of South Carolina. Some of his responsibilities while in South Carolina included establishing the first ever Office of Performance Management (emphasis on data driven decision making and quality improvement in the Department), and serving as the Director of the Bureau of Community Health and Chronic Disease Prevention, which had a budget over twenty million dollars, delivering chronic disease prevention services to the residents of the state. Overseas, Joe Kyle worked in Paraguay, where he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for three years and Volunteer Technical Trainer in Environmental Sanitation for two years. Separately, Joe was also the Health Associate Peace Corps Director in Honduras for five years, and the Associate Director for Peace Corps in El Salvador from 1993 to 1996.
In addition to having experience in organizational performance management, quality improvement and strategic planning, Joe Kyle has been an active participant in public health accreditation in collaboration with the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Since accreditation began, Joe has been the Team Chair on behalf of PHAB in reviewing the documentation and conducting site visits for two state health departments, three local health departments, and served as a site visit team member for two other state health departments. Joe also served on two expert panels convened by PHAB (Equivalency workgroup and Centralized States think tank) and served as the Accreditation Coordinator for three years for the South Carolina Department of Health, as it prepared for accreditation. Currently, Joe is providing consultation to the National Association of Public Health Statistics and Information Systems and its 57 jurisdictional members across the country, as the jurisdictions participate in the PHAB Vital Records/Health Statistics Accreditation program.
Joe Kyle has a BS in Sociology from the University of Oregon (1979) and an MPH from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (1986).
A certification with SCCHWA provides opportunities for furthering knowledge, skills, and formal education.