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Brenda L. Hyleman, LISW-AP & CP
Office for the Study of Aging Director

Office Number: 111A
Building: 730 Devine Street

Phone: (803) 777-0260
Fax: (803) 777-0246
Email:hyleman@mailbox.sc.edu

Biographical Information:
Brenda L. Hyleman received a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in aging and health from the University of Georgia.  She is licensed as an Independent Social Worker in Administrative and Clinical Practice.  Professional experience includes 30 + years tenure with the state Medicaid agency where she was involved with the development, coordination, and monitoring of long term care services for older and disabled populations.  She also works as an adjunct instructor and field liaison at the University of South Carolina College of Social Work.    As the Director of the Office for the Study of Aging (OSA), Ms. Hyleman’s responsibilities  include oversight of all OSA activities which include:  negotiation and coordination of projects, supervision of staff, administrative activities, coordination of statewide workshops for professionals and nonprofessionals, technical assistance, program development, evaluations of aging services, and research involving Alzheimer’s Disease and other aging  related topics.

 

 

Carol B. Cornman, RN, PA
HOME CARE+ Director

Office Number: 111
Building: 730 Devine Street

Phone: (803) 777-5337
Fax: (803) 777-0246
Email: cornman@mailbox.sc.edu

 

Biographical Information:
Carol B.Cornman, BS, RN, PA, is the director of the Office for the Study of Aging. She received her bachelor’s degree in health science from Thomas A. Edison State College in New Jersey. At Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA, she obtained her training as an RN and a Physician Assistant. She has been involved with the South Carolina Alzheimer’s Disease Registry since it was established in 1988 for the purpose of collecting data and reporting annual prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders to public and private agencies for planning purposes. Other activities include the coordination of the development and implementation of training programs for professionals and direct staff in dementia and an exercise program for the frail elderly. She provides technical assistance and consultation for program implementation and research associated with consumer direction and person-centered planning.

 

Marcia J.  Lane, MPH
Research Associate

Office Number: 111B
Building: 730 Devine Street

Phone: (803) 777-5334
Fax: (803) 777-0246
Email: mlane@sc.edu

 

Biographical Information:
Marcia J. Lane, MPH, Research Associate, Office for the Study of Aging, provides data management for the Home Care+ Program. Her research interests include older women’s health issues, dementia, consumer-directed care, and quality of care for the elderly at home or in facilities.

 

Courtney B.  Davis, MHA
Home Care+ Program Manager

Office Number: 111D
Building: 730 Devine Street

Phone: (803) 777-5336
Fax: (803) 777-0246
Email: daviscb@sc.edu

 

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Biographical Information:
Courtney Davis has a master’s degree in health administration from the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health. Courtney currently is a research associate at the Office for the Study of Aging. Her experience includes developing and conducting direct care workforce recruitment and retention training, consumer-directed care training, as well as designing training materials for long-term care staff. Courtney provides technical assistance with program development to long term care professionals and assists with and evaluation of program development. Her interests include direct care workforce recruitment and retention, consumer-directed care, disaster preparedness for vulnerable older adults, elder mistreatment, caregiver support, and quality improvement in community-based health services.

 

Maggi C. Miller, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Office Number: 111H
Building: 730 Devine Street

Phone: (803) 777-0214
Fax: (803) 777-0246
Email: chandlmj@mailbox.sc.edu

Maggi Miller

Biographical Information:
Maggi C. Miller has MS in health promotion from the University of Delaware and a PhD in epidemiology from University of South Carolina University Arnold School of Public Health. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Office for the Study of Aging. Her primary responsibilities for the office involve research, grant writing, preparation and publication of scientific manuscripts, and evaluation of current research projects.  Her research interests include Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, social epidemiology, survey development, and qualitative data analysis.

 

 

Jan Merling, MA

Biographical Information:
Jan Merling was the Education Coordinator for the Office for the Study of Aging from 2001-2013. She conducted training including over 20,000 participants on Dementia Dialogues. Jan retired December of 2013. Click here for information on Dementia Dialogues.

 

 

Maria Patton, LBSW
SCVAGAL Director

Office Number: 111F
Building: 730 Devine Street

Phone: (803) 629-0277
Fax: (803) 777-0246
Email: mpatton@mailbox.sc.edu

 

 

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Biographical Information:
Maria Patton holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and a graduate certificate in gerontology from the University of South Carolina. She is currently the Director of the South Carolina Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Program (SCVAGAL). She has over 30 years experience working in state government in the area of long term care and served for 9 years as the Long Term Care Ombudsman in the Governor's Office. Maria is also a licensed bachelor's level social worker, state of South Carol certified public manager, qualified interpreter in Spanish and certified care manager, NACCM.

 

 

 

Candace N.  Porter, MS
Statistical Research Associate

Office Number: B-111
Building: Office of Research & Statistics

Phone: (803) 898-9956
Fax: (803) 898-9972
Email: Portercn@mailbox.sc.edu

 

Biographical Information:
Candace N. Porter has a doctorate in Biostatistics from the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina.  Currently, she is a statistical research associate at the Office for the Study of Aging.  Her primary responsibilities for the office are focused on the South Carolina Alzheimer’s Disease Registry and its related projects.  She also performs statistical analyses for other projects in the office.  Her research interests include Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, HIV/AIDS dementia, survival analysis, and count data models.

 

Angela C. Gibson, MPH
Research Associate

Office Number: 111E
Building: 730 Devine Street

Phone: (803) 777-0175
Fax: (803) 777-0246
Email: johns565@mailbox.sc.edu

 

Biographical Information:
Angela Gibson received her master’s degree in health promotion, education and behavior from the University Of South Carolina Arnold School Of Public Health. Angela is currently a research associate at the Office for the Study of Aging. Her responsibilities for the office include providing technical assistance with program development to long term care professionals and serving as staff on the Home Care+ team.  Her interests include health behavior change, health education, physical activity, healthy aging and chronic disease management.

LaToya Reese, BA
Administrative Assistant

Office Number: 111I
Building: 730 Devine Street

Phone: (803) 777-0222
Fax: (803) 777-0246
Email:reeselz@mailbox.sc.edu

 

Biographical Information:
LaToya Reese holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of South Carolina Aiken. She serves as the administrative assistant for the Office for the Study of Aging. Her primary duties include data entry for ongoing programs.

 

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Brenda Stalzer, LMSW
Assistant Director and Training Coodinator for SCVAGAL

Office Number: 111G
Building: 730 Devine Street

Phone: (803) 576-5882
Fax: (803) 777-0246
Email:stalzerb@mailbox.sc.edu

 

 

 

 

 

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Biographical Information:
Brend Stalzer holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. She serves as the Assistant Director and Training Coordinator for the South Carolina Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem Program. Brenda recuits and trains volunteers to serve as Guardians ad Litem across the state. Brenda has several years of experience working as an advocate for people with traumatic brain injury, mental illness, and other disabilities.

 

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