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Upstate Leadership

A relentless force for longer, healthier lives in our community.

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Upstate Board Members


Matt Puckett
Area President – South Carolina
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.


Eli Hestermann, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology Executive Director–Institute for the Advancement of Community Health
Furman University

Leadership Development Chair

Katherine Smoak Davis
Smoak PR

Past Chair

Charles Dalton
President/CEO Emeritus
Blue Ridge Electric Inc.

Past President

Dr. Brent M. Egan
Vice-President, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
American Medical Association


Matt Caldwell
Market President
Bon Secours Health System

Trey Chandler, M.D.
Chief of Division of Cardiology
Prisma Health – Upstate

Fred Gaudette
Executive, Engineering Manager
GE Gas Power

Jeff Henry
Community Member

Anne Marie Maertens
Director of Development
Hispanic Alliance

Chandra Mansell
Clinical Operations Manager
Greenville Free Medical Clinic

Julie Smart
Community Volunteer

Taylor Smith
Sr. HR Business Partner
Contec, Inc.

2020-2021 Event Chairs

Heart Ball Co-Chairs

Flavia and Lynn Harton
Community Volunteer/President, CEO, Chairman of the Board
United Community Bank

Heart Walk Chair

Rick Pennell
President and CEO

Go Red For Women Chair

Anne Marie Maertens
Director of Development
Hispanic Alliance

CycleNation Chair

Leslie Haas
Leslie Haas Social