Community Leaders

Michael Meissner

Pacolet Mayor Michael Meissner has made it his mission to increase access to healthy choices in his community. He discovered at a young age that eating healthy and being physically active really does work, and he’s made it a “huge” part of his life.

Walter Campbell

Getting kids to eat nutritious meals can be hard, but it is exactly what Walter Campbell is doing in schools throughout Charleston County School District.

Pam Rush

As Director of Prevention Services at Axis I Center of Barnwell (Barnwell County’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse) and Chair of Eat Smart Move More (ESMM) Barnwell County, Pam Rush knows the important link between health disparities and substance abuse. That’s why prevention efforts in Barnwell County are aimed at creating positive changes by promoting health and wellness.

Cassandra Williams-Rush

Growing up on her family farm, Cassandra Williams-Rush was taught at an early age to eat fresh foods and to be active, and she has excelled in communicating this to Williamsburg County residents.

Laura Stille

As a registered dietician, Laura Stille knows the importance of healthy eating and an active lifestyle for every person. Now with her public service on Spartanburg City Council, she’s working to increase funding for recreation.

Donna Avant

In a rural town such as Ehrhardt, access to medical health and wellness education can be very limited. Donna Avant, a local pharmacist, saw the need in her community, and opened Ehrhardt Pharmacy, becoming the only health professional in the immediate area.

Christina Cody

When Christina Cody learned about the obesity rate throughout South Carolina three years ago, as an anatomy and physiology teacher at Gaffney High School, she wanted to share it with her students. Little did she know it would spark a movement throughout her school district.

Jack Johnson

Johnson is the Food Service Director for Barnwell School Districts 45 and 19, where he is committed to providing students with nutritious meals to fuel their learning.

Liz Duda

Liz Duda’s mission is to help make healthy change happen in York County elementary schools through school wellness committees, PTOs, and partnering with SC Safe Routes to School.

Erin Musiol

Coming from D.C. where she worked for the American Planning Association at the Healthy Community Research Center, Erin Musiol has experience in integrating public health and city planning, and understands the importance of active living for a community. She is not only a planner with the city of Rock Hill, but also serves on the Eat Smart, Move More York County Access to Healthy Foods subcommittee, as well as the county bike and pedestrian task force.

Ruby Gibbs Clavon

Since 1978, she has been advocating for people in her community, helping to create new facilities for the disabled and handicapped, which include community gardens to encourage healthy living habits.

Robin Currence and Melody Reid

Since 2011, Robin Currence and Melody Reid have been leading ESMM Chester County in building capacity and community improvements.

Drew Griffin

Drew Griffin knows that a healthier community is a more livable one, and as City Manager he is doing just that for the City of Florence.

Calvin Whitmire

Calvin brings cultural, educational, and nutritional enrichment to students through the Bridging the Gap Advocacy Afterschool Program, where kids can learn about different countries and languages, learn to play basic instruments, how to grow vegetables and live healthy lifestyles, and work on public speaking skills.

Laura Long

Anderson County’s Laura Long, community health educator at the SC DHEC, is passionate about helping low-income families find access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Jeff Murrie

A Florence teacher at Briggs Elementary is engaging students and the community in the management, cultivation, and distribution of locally-grown food.