Evaluation Team

2017 Evaluation Team

LiveWell Greenville has long had a history of data driven decisions, shepherded by the our esteemed collaborative Evaluation Team, under the direction of our Principal Investigator, Melissa Fair. To read more about our evaluation projects, go to our Evaluation Page.

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Melissa Fair, MPH joined LiveWell Greenville in 2013 as the At Play Workgroup Specialist, later transitioned into the position of the Evaluation Coordinator, and currently serves as LiveWell Greenville’s Principal Investigator.  In her new role, Melissa guides the LiveWell Greenville evaluation team (9 researchers from 4 universities) who provide assessments of the coalition’s impact on creating healthier environments.  Melissa received a BS from Furman University, an MPH from USC Arnold School of Public Health, and is currently a third year doctoral student at the USC Arnold School of Public Health. melissa.fair@furman.edu

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Dr. Meghan Slining is a nutritional epidemiologist with a focus on pediatric obesity. She serves as the evaluator for LiveWell Greenville’s Early Childhood and At Worship initatives. Dr. Slining joined Furman University in 2013 as an assistant professor in the Health Sciences Department. She teaches Research and Evaluation, Global Health, Epidemiology, Public Health and the Public Health Senior Seminar. She also leads a global health study away course in Nicaragua. Dr. Slining enjoys teaching and mentoring students who are passionate about making the world a better place. meghan.slining@furman.edu

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Dr. Lynette M. Gibson, Ph.D., RN is an Associate Professor and Director of Research in Nursing at the Mary Black School of Nursing, USC Upstate in Greenville, SC. She serves as an evaluator for the At Worship initative with LiveWell Greenville and graduated from the MUSC with a BS in Nursing, Clemson University with an MS and the University of South Carolina with a Ph.D. in Nursing Science.  Dr. Gibson completed a fellowship at the Center for Health Equity Research at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014.  She is passionate about research on cancer and culturally appropriate interventions. lgibson@uscupdate.edu

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Dr. Toshua W. Kennedy, PhD, MPH, APRN, PHNCS-BC joined the LiveWell Greenville at Worship Workgroup in December, 2016. As part of her role with the At Worship workgroup, Kennedy collaborates with Dr. Lynette Gibson to implement and evaluate the At Worship Photovoice Project. Kennedy is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the Mary Black School of Nursing, USC Upstate in Greenville, South Carolina. Health promotion, disease prevention, and population-focused care are her primary areas of interest, and Kennedy’s personal mantra is Ambulation is a Beautiful Thingtkennedy@uscupstate.edu

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Dr. Andrew Kaczynski serves as the lead evaluator for the At Play workgroup. Currently Dr. Kaczynski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior within the Arnold School of Public Health and is also affiliated with USC’s Prevention Research Center. Andy’s research focuses on the impact of community environments and policies on physical activity and obesity, with a particular emphasis on the role of parks in promoting active living and health among children and adults. In addition, Andy serves as Director of the BEACH Lab at USC. atkaczyn@mailbox.sc.edu

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Morgan Hughey, MPH is currently working on her doctoral degree in public health from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Built Environment and Community Health Laboratory. In this role, she assists with the annual evaluation of Park Hop and the Parks Quality study. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University and her Master’s of Public Health from the University of South Carolina. In her free time, Morgan plays in a local sports league and enjoys all outdoor activities. morganhughey@gmail.com.

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Dr. Karen Kemper is an associate professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Clemson University. Her research area addresses obesity prevention, physical activity promotion, and healthy nutrition in American youth. She began working with LiveWell Greenville’s After School workgroup in 2011 and in 2012 became the evaluator for the Afterschool Initiative as part of the Community Transformation Grant awarded to LiveWell. Dr. Kemper also has developed and implemented two undergraduate research trainings for the LiveWell Greenville Research Fellows Program. kkaren@clemson.edu

jstrattonsquareDr. Jeanine Stratton works as the Evaluation Specialist for the LiveWell Greenville On the Menu program.  She is an applied scientist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst in the area of behavior change and consumer behavior.  Dr. Stratton joined Furman University in 2005 and is the Robert E Hughes Endowed Associate Professor in the Business and Accounting Department.  She teaches interdisciplinary courses in Marketing, Consumer Behavior, and Performance Management.  She regularly mentors students on collaborative projects in the local Upstate business community. jeanine.stratton@furman.edu

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Rhonda Felder, PhD, MPT, is a physical therapist in Greenville, South Carolina that works as the LiveWell Greenville At the Doctor workgroup evaluator. Dr. Felder has worked both internationally and domestically in a variety of rehabilitation settings. She is passionate about the field of community health promotion and public health. Dr. Felder is particularly interested in the patient/clinician relationship as it pertains to compliance and motivation. rjbaires@gmail.com