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Annie Brown, MHA, BSN, RN, CEO

Annie joined SFHC’s staff in April of 2000, and served as OB Clinical Coordinator and Director of Nursing before becoming the Center’s Executive Director in June of 2003. Prior to her employment with SFHC, Annie worked as a Registered Nurse in the Newborn/Special Care Nursery at Tuomey Healthcare System. Born and reared in Sumter, Annie graduated from Sumter High School in 1994. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of SC-Columbia in 1998, Annie went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2007. Annie is a dynamic member of the Sumter community, serving on many non-profit boards and committees at the local, state, and national level as well as being a sustaining member of the Sumter Junior Welfare League.



Leslie "Les" Perkins, CTFO

Les joined SFHC’s staff in January of 2006 and currently serves as the Chief Technology & Facilities Officer (CTFO). Les graduated from Limestone College with degrees in Computer Programming and Business Management. Prior to joining SFHC’s staff, he spent twenty (20) years with the Robert Bosch Corporation, transitioning through various manufacturing departments until finally ending up in Quality Management where he finished his career as a Senior Quality Engineer with emphasis on Supplier Quality Project management. Les and his wife, Margaret, reside in Sumter and are both active in the Sumter Community to include membership and participation in the Evening Optimist Club of Sumter.



Dr. Russell Brant, MD

Dr. Russell Brant joined Sumter Family Health Center’s (SFHC’s) staff in 1996 and has served as SFHC’s Medical Director since 2002. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and received his doctorate of medicine from Indiana University School of Medicine. Prior to his employment at SFHC, Dr. Brant was a staff physician at Tuomey Medical Park, and also worked in Lancaster and Kershaw County. Dr. Brant and his wife reside in Camden, SC, and have four children and one grandchild.




Debbie Prescott-Newman, CFO

A native of Sumter, Debbie earned an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from The University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Prior to accepting the position of Chief Financial Officer at SFHC in 2002, Debbie was employed for twenty-five (25) years at Tuomey Healthcare System as a Head Nurse, the Director of Case Management and the Administrative Director of Financial Services. Debbie is the wife of Eddie Newman and mother of three boys and one grandson, and resides in Sumter with her family.




Paula Stover, CPO

Paula currently serves as the Chief Programs Officer (CPO). She joined the Center’s staff as the Director of Pharmacy in August of 2006. Prior to that time, she was a Staff Pharmacist at Tuomey Healthcare Systems for eighteen (18) years. Paula received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina in 1988. Paula is an active member of the Sumter community, and is a proud member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She resides in Sumter with her two children.




Allison Shuler, Director of Patient Services

Allison Shuler joined SFHC’s staff in March 2013 working in the Behavioral Health Department. She accepted her current position, as Director of Patient Services, in May 2014. Allison received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1986 and a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Administration from Georgia College in 1992. Prior to her employment with SFHC, Allison worked in various inpatient and outpatient pediatric settings and also as a nursing instructor in the Associate Degree Nursing program at Central Carolina Technical College. Allison has been an active member of the Sumter community, serving on numerous boards and committees. Allison resides in Sumter with her husband and they are the proud parents of three daughters.



Kristen Varner, Human Resources Director

Kristen joined SFHC’s staff in 2011 and serves as the Human Resources Director. Kristen received her Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University in Social and Behavior Sciences. Her 13 years of Human Resources experience is in the social service, risk management and healthcare fields. Prior to joining Sumter Family Health Center, Kristen worked at Tuomey Healthcare System, St. Thomas Health Services, Kroll Background Screening, and Stone Belt Arc. Kristen lives in Sumter with her husband and daughter.




Dorcus Singleton, Human Resources Generalist

A native of Sumter, Dorcus joined SFHC's staff in 1998 as a Medical Receptionist, and accepted the position as Human Resources Generalist in 2002. Dorcus completed her undergraduate degree in Business Management from Central Carolina Technical College and her Bachelor of Science Degree from Limestone College. She has over 20 years of experience working in the Healthcare field. Dorcus resides in Sumter with her husband and three boys.




Holly Chase, Director of Community Development

Holly joined SFHC’s staff in January 2009 as the Director of Community Development. A native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Holly received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1993. Prior to joining SFHC’s staff, Holly worked as a public relations specialist at Tuomey Healthcare System and a marketing account representative at The Item. Holly is an active member of the Sumter community, serving on several boards and committees. She attends Alice Drive Baptist Church. She lives in Sumter and is the proud mother of two boys.



Sandra Sturkie, Corporate Compliance Officer

Sandra Sturkie joined SFHC’s staff in May of 2015 and serves as the Corporate Compliance Officer. Sandra received her Bachelor of Science from Francis Marion University in 1992 in Psychology. She went on to obtain her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology at Francis Marion in 1996. For 22 years, she has worked to improve the lives of children and families in South Carolina. Her career began with a non-profit Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis program. She also served as a Forensic Interviewer in a Child Advocacy Center. In 2004 she began to serve at the Regional Clinical Coordinator for Intensive Foster Care and Clinical Services, a division of the Department of Social Services. She later became the Regional Director for Human Services. In September 2013 Sandra was appointed as the State Child Welfare Director to provide statewide leadership in the child welfare division of DSS She previously served on the Interagency Coordinating Council for Baby Net, Governor’s Task Force on Status Offenders, Palmetto Coordinated System of Care, Family Care Centers Advisory Committee and the State Child Fatality Advisory Committee. Sandra is a member of Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church and resides in Florence, SC with her two children.