Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

Our Staff

Beth_150x200 Beth Franco, MBA
Executive Director
Beth leads ESMMSC in its efforts to promote healthy eating and active living in South Carolina. She is a seasoned non-profit professional who has provided leadership and advocacy for non-profit organizations for more than fourteen years, with extensive experience in business administration, community relations, and fund development. Before joining ESMMSC, Beth was State Recruiter for Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) of S.C. She received her BA from Syracuse University and her MBA from Drexel University. Beth currently serves on the Board of Christian Assistance Bridge and is the chair of the Service Committee at Transfiguration Catholic Church.
Kelsey Allen, MPH, CHES
Manager for Community Initiatives
Kelsey works with local coalitions throughout the state by providing technical assistance and supporting community change toward improving access to healthy eating and active living. Before working with ESMMSC, she was a health educator for SCDHEC as well as a WIC nutritionist where she counseled mothers of young children on healthy eating and active living. She received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Michigan State University. Kelsey is passionate about seeing communities create sustainable changes and working with diverse groups of local coalition members. 
Trimease_150 Trimease K. Carter, MSW
Youth Engagement Manager
Trimease joined ESMMSC as the Youth Coordinator in 2012. She is a graduate of Claflin University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Master in Social Work. Before joining Eat Smart, Move More SC, Trimease was the Community Education Assistant at Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands and the Project Coordinator for the Building Dreams Mentoring Program. Trimease has a passion for educating and empowering youth as a community based social worker. In 2011, she was named the Girls Inc. of Greater Columbia Strong, Smart, and Bold Volunteer of the Year.
Phillip Ford
Manager of Policy, Advocacy and Community Support
Phillip joined the ESMMSC team in April 2018. Prior to joining the team, Phillip was the grant writer for the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg & Calhoun Counties, where he successfully wrote $1.3 million in funding. Phillip worked closely with the Healthy Eating, Active Living Committee in Orangeburg to implement a plan of increasing community gardens, starting a community cooking class, and executing the Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More program. With more than 10 years of experience in politics, nonprofit consulting and community organization, Phillip believes in a grassroots approach to making change happen.
Brandie_150x204 Brandie Freeman
Communications Manager
Brandie works with the ESMMSC team to develop and implement marketing strategies and tools that help make the healthy choice the easy choice. She has extensive experience in graphic design, media relations, public relations, social marketing and government relations. Brandie received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of South Carolina, with an emphasis on television and radio production. Before joining Eat Smart, Move More SC, she was the Communications Director at the Home Builders Association of South Carolina.
Rachel Kaplan, MPH
Diabetes Prevention Coordinator with the Diabetes Advisory Council of SC
Rachel works with the Diabetes Advisory Council of South Carolina on statewide diabetes prevention efforts, primarily focusing on oversight, coordination, and implementation of the 2016-2021 Statewide Diabetes Prevention Plan for South Carolina. Before this position, she was the Youth Transitions Coordinator at Able South Carolina. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Elon University in North Carolina, and received her Master’s in Public Health and a Certificate in Drug and Addiction Studies at the University of South Carolina. Rachel is very active with the North Carolina chapter of the American Diabetes Association and has been a Program Coordinator for the chapter’s summer camp over the past seven years.