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Staff Council

The School of Medicine Columbia (SOMC) Staff Council was established to ensure that the voice and interests of staff from across the SOMC are well represented and informed on decisions and actions affecting the SOMC workplace.

Please feel free to contact any member of the Staff Council with questions or concerns regarding your experience at the School of Medicine Columbia.


Meet the Staff Council

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Treginald Coleman

Center for Disability Resources – Business Manager

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Jon Crain

Facilities Management & Support Services – Assistant Director

Jon has been with the School of Medicine for 13 years and has served in several rolls in the Facilities Management Department: courier, electrician, modifications manager, and now assistant director. Outside of work, he enjoys time with family and helping his children exceed in athletics and the classroom.

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Jennifer Evans

Clinical Sciences – Manager, SOM Employee Health Program

Jennifer currently serves as the School of Medicine student health nurse. She had been in this position for three years. She reviews all incoming medical students’ immunizations and titers. She completes all required immunization forms for students to begin their residencies and she conducts yearly trainings for students and participates with orientation. She has lived in South Carolina for six years and has two teenage boys.

Kris Ford-Kaigler

Pharmacology, Physiology, and Neuroscience – Research Specialist II

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Justin Griffis (chair)

Human Resources – Assistant Director

Justin currently serves as the Assistant Director for Human Resources at the School of Medicine Columbia and has been affiliated with the School of Medicine and the Prisma Health-USC Medical Group since 2016. In his spare time, Justin enjoys visiting antique stores/estate sales and spending time with his two dogs: Belle & Buttons.

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Nicole Holt

Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology – Assistant to Department Chair

Nicole has worked at School of Medicine Columbia since 2013, originally starting in the department of facilities. Since 2014, she has been working in Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology (PMI) as the administrative assistant to PMI Department Chair, Dr. Mitzi Nagarkatti. She enjoys cooking, sewing, riding motorcycles with her husband, TJ Maxx, Home Goods, and being a grandma ~ best job in the world!

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Andrenette Hudley

Cardiovascular Translational Research Center – Director of Operations

Andrenette currently serves as the Director of Operations for the Cardiovascular Translational Research Center (CTRC). She has worked for CTRC for one year and for the university for seven years in various positions. The Center is the result of the University of South Carolina Excellence Initiative and was established to promote integrated research into the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease. She joined the CTRC team because it was an amazing opportunity. Andrenette enjoys spending her free time volunteering and working with youth.​

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Amorita McClam

Undergraduate Medical Education – Administrative Coordinator

Amorita currently serves as Administrative Coordinator for the Office of Curricular Affairs. She has been in this position since January 2022. She is originally from Buffalo, NY, by way of Baltimore. A personal interest of hers is traveling near or far. The Office of Curricular Affairs handles guiding M1 – M4 students in the VA credentialing process for rotations and acting interns. The department is also involved with M1 - M3 orientation and planning the M4 capstone, as well as organizing scheduling and reserving room space for M1-M4 and grad classes.  

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Shantia Muller

Pharmacology, Physiology, and Neuroscience – Administrative Coordinator/HR Liaison 

Shantia has been employed with USC for almost 13 years. She currently serves as the Administrative Coordinator II/HR Liaison in the Pharmacology, Physiology, and Neurology (PPN) Department at the School of Medicine Columbia. As a recent member of the inaugural cohort of the Inclusive Excellence Institute, Shantia has a passion for inclusivity. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, cooking, reading, dancing, event planning, and shopping.

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Gene Palmer

Office of Information Technology – Broadcast Engineer

Gene is a Broadcast Engineer Maintenance Technician IV working with the USC SOMC since 2013. He manages the Dean’s Conference Center at Med Park 2 on the Prisma Health Richland Campus scheduling and facilitating face to face and virtual meetings for faculty and students in their third year rotations with the Specialty Clinics.

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Betty Phillips

Library – Education and Outreach/Interlibrary Loan Specialist

Betty is the Education and Outreach/Interlibrary Loan Specialist at the School of Medicine Library; she has worked in the Library for 15 years. Her duties include supporting the assistant director for education and outreach and processing all of the Library’s interlibrary loan transactions. In her spare time, she enjoys the company of her two dogs, working on home improvements, gardening, reading, playing tennis, genealogy research, visiting art exhibits, and traveling when her budget allows it.

Robbin Smith

Family and Preventive Medicine – Administrative Coordinator

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