The Regional Medical Center recently announced the addition of six new members to its board of trustees.
They are: Sonya K. Ehrhardt, James L. Myers, Gloria M. James, Rocco D. Cassone, Dion L. Franga and John A. Shuler.
- Dr. Sonya Kay Ehrhardt, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ: A resident of Neeses, Ehrhardt is an assistant professor of nursing at Claflin University who previously held several leadership positions at RMC.
As a registered nurse, Ehrhardt has an extensive clinical background in trauma, neonatal intensive care, adult intensive care, women’s health care, pediatrics, diabetes, wound care, hyperbaric oxygenation, infection prevention and control, epidemiology, alternative therapies (chelation), and family practice. She also has experience in many areas within a hospital setting including nursing clinical leadership, education, bioterrorism/decontamination training, patient safety, quality, regulatory compliance, performance improvement, and administrative leadership.
- James L. Myers: Owner of Edstine Educational Consulting LLC in Orangeburg, Myers began his career as a data-processing instructor at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 1978. Over the next 40 years he held faculty positions in mathematics and computer science and administrative positions in Information Technology at colleges across South Carolina and Georgia. Myers retired from South Carolina State University in 2015 having served as the institution’s Chief Information Officer from 2012-2015.
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- Dr. Gloria M. James, LMSW, Ph.D.: James recently retired as the executive director of Bamberg County Disabilities and Special Needs Board, where she served and strongly advocated for individuals and their families with intellectual disabilities for 30 years. In this position she managed a myriad of programs such as Case Management, Supervised Living, Supportive Employment, Day Services, Respite, Transportation, Compliance, Finance, and special capital grants. James is currently serving as a consultant in the human service arena in the Coastal region of S.C. She is a lifelong resident of Holly Hill.
- John A. Shuler: Shuler is a retired U.S. Army and S.C. Army National Guard colonel, who as deputy adjutant general of South Carolina from 1995 to 2011, had executive oversight for a variety of agencies and programs including the state’s Emergency Management Division; S.C. State Guard; S.C Youth Challenge Program; S.C. Army National Guard Facilities and Construction Program; S.C. Military Museum; S.C. Star Base Swamp Fox for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for middle school students; and the S.C. Military Department Budget presented annually to the state Ways and Means Committee and S.C. Senate Finance Committee. He is a resident of Bowman.
- Dr. Dion L. Franga, M.D.: A native of Orangeburg, Franga is a well-known RMC surgeon and founder of the South Carolina Surgical, P.A. Franga specializes in general surgery and vascular surgery, and also serves as the medical director for RMC’s Level III Trauma program. Commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1994, Franga received numerous military honors and awards.
- Dr. Rocco Cassone, M.D.: Cassone is a retired otolaryngologist who served the Orangeburg community for 46 years before retiring in 2018. A native of Stamford, Connecticut, Cassone graduated from Columbia University in New York and received his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Cassone completed his internship at the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York, and his residency in otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati and the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
RMC is a nonprofit hospital owned by Orangeburg and Calhoun counties and overseen by a 17-member board appointed by the county councils. RMC Board meetings are held monthly.