Board Of Directors

Board Of Directors

Susie Ericksen
Board Chair

Susie Ericksen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation which provided opportunities to volunteer and intern in numerous medical facilities. With over fifteen years of experience in Lithotripsy Management, she worked with physicians, technicians, and hospital administration to facilitate quality care for patients, contract management, billing and expenses. From 2016 to 2018, Susie devoted her time as a primary caregiver and medical advocate to her ailing father.  

Mrs. Ericksen served as a substitute teacher at Oakbrook Preparatory School Spartanburg, SC. Over the years she also volunteered in numerous capacities and positions, including the annual Fundraising Gala, Parent’s Club and served on the athletic department’s Board of Directors as a board member and as board chair. In addition to her work and volunteer duties, she is also a proud wife and mother of two incredible young men.  

Susie is proud to dedicate her time and efforts with ReGenesis Health Care, having had the opportunity to see firsthand the impact of our work within our communities. 

Valerie B. Sullivan
Vice Chair

Wofford College, BA, Sociology, 1987

Seventh Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office (County of Spartanburg)
  • Juvenile Arbitration Program, Director (1997 to present)
  • Grants Manager
Spartanburg County Criminal Justice Youth Institute
  • Program Manager – Contractor – 2017 – present
ADO International
  • Order Representative (1995-1997)

Department of Juvenile Justice

  • Court Intake Counselor (1988 – 1995)
  • Ruby Mae’s Attic, Board Member, Vice President, Founding Member
  • Wofford College, Black Alumni Association, Founding Member, Parliamentarian
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, Advisory Committee, Volunteer Big Sister (School Based Mentor)
  • SC Pretrial Intervention Association, Member (past Board Member, At Large – Elect 2019)
  • SC Juvenile Officer’s Association, Board Member, Vice President
  • Cornerstone Baptist Church, Member, Sunday School & Teen Church Teacher, Bereavement/Culinary Ministries, Deaconess Chairperson
  • Spartanburg County Foundation Grassroots Leadership Development Institute 2014, Alumni
  • J.C. Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation, Board Member
  • Stop the Violence Collaboration, Member, Chair Person and Secretary
  • Upstate SC Association of Volunteer Administration, Member, Secretary
  • Family Care Council, Member

Microsoft Office Applications; Public Speaking; Trainer/Teaching Skills

Roya Fayyazi

Roya Fayyazi is a development professional, dedicated to serving her community, but more importantly, she is passionate about creating a sense of belonging in the community where she serves. “As a Board Member at ReGenesis Health Care, I have the opportunity to help my community take ownership of their health and live a healthier life. Further, as a current board director at the ReGenesis Health Care, I understand that a thriving community is one where everyone has access to quality healthcare.” 

Since 2009, Roya had aligned her work with her passion for serving the community. She has advanced in leadership roles serving many esteemed organizations, including AmeriCorps, Habitat for Humanity, United Way of the Piedmont, Mental Health America, and United Housing Connections.  

Roya holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of South Carolina as well as a certificate in women’s business entrepreneurship from Cornell University. Roya is an avid yogi and enjoys listening to podcasts.  

Connect with Roya: Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. 

Maria Edwards
Board Member

Mrs. Edwards is a claims specialist with the Social Security Administration with over 18 years of experience. She specializes in rules, regulations and policies relating to social security and supplemental security income. Maria graduated from the University of Guadalajara with a B.A. in Biology.

Maria served as a volunteer for School District 3 for over 13 years. She has been married to her husband Bill for 30 years and they have 3 children.

Holly Savage
Board Member

Holly Savage is a Registered Nurse (RN) who has earned both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Management and Leadership. While honing her RN skills on a post-ICU cardiac unit, teaching patients and mentoring students led her to a career in training. She currently works as an Informatics Instructional Designer specializing in working with clinical professionals, most currently training and supporting Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants on a complex electronic medical record system. 

Holly is passionate about serving others; since her two children were young she has served in a wide range of volunteer capacities including Team Mom, PTA Board member, church Youth Leader, school staff medical trainer, classroom helper, planning committee member, annual musical Playbill Editor, and countless other volunteer positions as situations required. Holly and her husband have lived in the Upstate area since 2004, and having raised their family here, now consider the Upstate to be home. 

Holly is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for ReGenesis, and is grateful for the opportunity to help contribute to the health of the community and improve the lives of its residents. 

Catrina Smith
Board Member

Catrina is the Founder and CEO of Angelic Services, Inc. located in Gaffney South Carolina. As a lifelong citizen of Cherokee County, she has dedicated twenty-seven years of her nursing career primarily to elderly and disabled citizens. In addition, Catrina is an avid supporter and Advocate of the Alzheimer’s Association, where she currently serves as the Chairperson of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Throughout her career, Catrina served as a geriatric and hospice nurse, CPR Instructor and Dementia Educator. Later in her career, she became a licensed Community Residential Care Administrator. During this time, she was the Executive Director of two Assisted Living Communities responsible for day-to-day operations.

Catrina is a member of Dunton United Methodist Church, were she serves as the Chairperson of the Finance Committee. She is also a committee member of Elite Society in Gaffney, S.C., and the Author of “From Bear to Barely There.”

In her free time, Catrina enjoys spending time her two granddaughters MaKalynn and Bradleigh. She is the mother of two adult children Diamond, who helps manage her company and is pursuing her nursing career, and Chadrick, who is a graduate of Wofford College.

Catrina Smith, CEO, CHPLN, IF-P, CRCFA

Cole Alverson
Board Member

Cole Alverson serves as County Administrator, having served in such capacity since November 2018. Prior to his current position, Cole served as Interim Assistant County Administrator. Cole has served in multiple financial and operational roles at the County since 2005, including Director of Budget and Finance (2017-2018), Director of Budget Management (2011-2017). Cole holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. Cole is on the Board of Directors of the Spartanburg Academic Movement and is a Riley Diversity Leadership Institute Fellow.

Cole’s wife Kimberly teaches 4th grade at Jesse Boyd Elementary School and is a graduate of Converse College. Cole and Kimberly have 2 children, Anna Kate (9) and Hampton (2). Cole and Kimberly are life-long Spartanburg County residents and live in the City of Spartanburg.

Katie Henderson
Board Member
I am a Registered Nurse and hold a Master of Science in Nursing, with an emphasis in Nursing Leadership. I am currently the Chief Nursing Officer at Union MedicalCenter.  I have been a RN for 11 years and have worked in a variety of areas from
Women’s and Children’s Services, Emergency Services, Quality, and Nursing Leadership.   

I serve as the Vice President of the Union County Junior Charity League and lead the
Union County Behavioral Health Taskforce. I reside in Union County with my husband and four children.  I also attend the
Greater Union Church. I am excited about the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors for ReGenesis
and look forward to making a difference in the lives of others.
Omar Chirinos | Board Member
Omar Chirinos
Board Member

Omar Chirinos, Director of Innovative Services for the Charles Lea Center, specializes in creating new innovative ways to use Assistive Technology. He has an Associate of Applied Science in Computer and Information Science with a Concentration in Cyber and Information Security Technology. To stay abreast of new technology, he regularly attends technology conferences to implement new technology trends within the Charles Lea Center and partnering agencies. Omar is a strong believer of empowering and enriching people with the use of technology.

Tony Thomas
Tony Thomas
Board Member

Tony L. Thomas is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Northside community in the City of Spartanburg, S.C. Tony is a 31-year resident of the community and an employee of The Northside Development Group. He is also the president of The Northside Voyagers, a community-based advocacy groups whose goal is to work in partnership to improve the physical appearance of the Northside and to assist residents with upward mobility through the many programs that are available. Tony studied architecture at Tuskegee University and served as an Air Traffic Controller in the USAF. He is a graduate of The Spartanburg County Foundation’s Grassroots Leadership Institute, The Riley Institute at Furman, The Community Leadership Institute of Sacramento, California, and Spartanburg County Citizens Academy (city and county). Tony is the recipient of the Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award, The Wofford College Alumni Association Distinguished Citizens Award, The Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award, United Way of The Piedmont Vista of The Year (2019), and the Isaac Williams Award for Civic Leadership (State-2021). When at leisure, Tony enjoys playing the piano, singing, and creating visual art. When it comes to his feelings about the re-development of his community, Tony believes “We move forward at the speed of trust!”

At ReGenesis Health Care, we care.
We care about our community, its members,
and their health. We care about you.