J. Michael Jernigan Founder and Regional President
Founder and Regional President J. Michael Jernigan founded Select Health of South Carolina in 1995 to help low-income families improve access to health care in our state. Its First Choice plan was the first Medicaid health plan in South Carolina.
Rebecca Engelman Market President
As market president, Rebecca Engelman leads overall operations for Select Health of South Carolina. Engelman was part of the team that launched Select Health, and she began as Select Health's senior director of Medical Services.
Jay N. Powell, FACHE Vice President, Medicare-Medicaid PlansJay Powell is the Vice President of Medicare-Medicaid Plans for First Choice VIP Care Plus by Select Health of South Carolina. Jay serves as the state of South Carolina's market leader for the company’s Medicare-Medicaid plan (MMP).
Fred Hill, M.D. Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Fred E. Hill joined as chief medical officer for the Southern region in 2014. Hill leads medical affairs for Select Health of South Carolina and AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana and oversees the ongoing growth and expansion of medical initiatives for the Southern region.
Greg Barabell, M. D. Medical Director
Dr. Greg Barabell joined Select Health as a Medical Director in 2012. He works closely with asthma initiatives for Select Health and across corporate lines. He also works with the state partnership Quality through Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics (QTIP) for Select Health.
Roger O. Beardmore, Psy.D. Medical Director
Dr. Roger O. Beardmore leads behavioral health initiatives for Select Health. He is a clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology, and child and family psychology.
Tricia Crimminger Director of Communications
Tricia Crimminger serves as Select Health's Director of Communications. She has worked in public relations, marketing and communications for 26 years, specializing in travel and tourism, public education and health care.
Deonys de Cardenas Director of ComplianceDeonys de Cardenas serves as Select Health of South Carolina's director of Compliance. She provides strategic direction and leadership for compliance, regulatory and risk management activities and management of state contracted services, in addition to serving as the plan’s privacy officer for HIPAA compliance.
Phillip Fairchild Director of Provider Network Operations
Philip Fairchild joined the Select Health of South Carolina team in August of 2001 and has more than 20 years of health care experience including direct patient care, claims, quality and training management and provider relations.
Lillian Suarez Director of Community Education
Lillian Suarez has more than 25 years of experience with the Medicaid population. She started working in Medicaid managed care in 1991, after graduating from Northampton Community College with an associate degree in Liberal Arts.
Courtnay Thompson Director of Plan Operations and AdministrationCourtnay Thompson is Select Health's director of Plan Operations and Administration. She is responsible for day-to-day health plan operations and contractual requirements execution and acts as liaison among the state, health plan and enterprise functions.
Kevin Vaughan Director of Member Services
Kevin Vaughan joined Select Health in 2006 with more than 18 years of health care experience, including 14 years of experience in call center management. At Select Health, Vaughan is responsible for the plans’ call center, member education and member outreach efforts.
Peggy Vickery Director of Provider Network Management
Peggy Vickery began working as the Director of Provider Network Management in July 2001. She is responsible for statewide provider contract negotiations for the Medicaid and Medicare network and network adequacy.