Leadership

With knowledge, experience, and passion for older adults within South Carolina, our extraordinary leadership team works continually to ensure the highest quality of care and compassion is delivered to those touched by Lutheran Hospice.

If you ever have any questions, praise, or concerns, we welcome you to contact our team members below.

Administrative Office

Meet our Support Team:

Greg Estes

Executive Director

Mr. Estes began his employment with Lutheran Homes of South Carolina in 2016 as Executive Director after ten years of progressive experience in Hospice maintaining various positions of increasing responsibilities. Greg is a graduate of Western Michigan University and has a broad background of experience in operational management, compliance, sales, marketing and business development. He began his career in hospice after serving as a volunteer. Greg has a strong passion for Hospice and Palliative care and has served in numerous roles in the community including: The Alzheimer’s Association, Rotary International, Beaufort, Jasper Volunteers in Medicine, Board of Directors and the Advisory Counsel for the Nursing School at the Technical College of the Lowcountry.

Greg is married with one child and enjoys spending time with his family, watersports and hunting.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to provide leadership within such an amazing organization and blessed to be surrounded by an amazing team of caregiver.”

Tameka Brigman

Director of Administrative Services and IS Support

Tameka Brigman began her career with Lutheran Hospice in 2004 as an Administrative Assistant for the Hospice Support Office.  In 2005, she was promoted to the position of Director of Administrative Services and she assumed the role of CISO (Community Information Security Official) for the hospice program.  In 2008, she was delegated the duties and responsibilities of being the Information Services liaison for the hospice program.  She earned an Associate degree in Industrial Technology with a major in Commercial Graphics from Midlands Technical College. In her free time, Tameka enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.

Michelle Gettys

Director of Human Resources

Michelle Gettys began her employment with Lutheran Hospice in 2017 as the Director of Human Resources.  She has her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources.  Michelle is happily married and enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Vicki McLean

Accounting Manager

Vicki McLean began her career with Lutheran Homes of South Carolina in 2009 as Accounting Coordinator for Lutheran Hospice and was promoted to Accounting Manager in 2010.  Vicki has extensive experience  with an accounting and billing background from a variety of facilities, including hospital, hospice and physician’s practice, as well as manufacturing and legal practices.  Vicki attended the University of South Carolina, Midlands Technical College and Harper College in Illinois.  She and her husband have been married for over 30 years and are the parents of two children and one grandchild, with two others on the way.  They are active members of the Columbia Church of Christ, currently serving in the Children’s Ministry, and occasionally for Hope Worldwide and Homeworks projects.  Vicki is also the primary caregiver for her elderly mother who is living with them.  In her spare time, Vicki enjoys spending time with family, painting and craftwork.

“I am inspired to work for a faith based organization, who truly does value human life and the dignity of each individual.  I am especially grateful to be a part of the hospice team and the valuable service provided to our families in need. Letters of gratitude received from our patients and caregivers fill me with a deep sense of gratification and significance.”

Regina Schwartz

Director of Social Services

Regina has worked at Lutheran Hospice since 2005 as the Director of Social Services and she oversees the social work, bereavement, volunteer and chaplain departments. After moving from Ohio Regina completed her graduate degree at the University of South Carolina and obtained her Master of Social Work degree and then shortly thereafter she obtained her Master of Social Work License. Regina has worked with various populations including the elderly, homeless and HIV/AIDs as a social work manager and counselor.  Regina is married for almost 25 years and has a 12 year old son. In her spare time Regina enjoys spending time with her family, going to the movies and reading. Regina enjoys working with an interdisciplinary team of staff who are passionate about providing a holistic approach in serving the terminally ill and their families.

Upstate Office

Serving the counties of Anderson, Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Laurens and West of Cherokee:

Wendy Pieper

Program Director

Wendy is an energetic and compassionate professional who comes to Lutheran Hospice with a diverse background in business leadership and healthcare. She was recently with a hospice organization in South Carolina where she managed and delivered hospice and palliative care for three offices serving multiple counties. Wendy became an RN to serve others through mission work and found hospice over the past few years. She is continuing her education as a nurse.

Joye Barbare

Medical Records Specialist

Joye Barbare, living in Greer, SC, all of her life, began her role in Medical Records in February of 2004. Joye is an active member of Apalache Baptist Church, where she is a Choir Member and she and her husband serve in the "oldest Sunday School Class of the church. She has also served as a Team Captain for the Greer Relay of Life for 8 years, for which she has a passion for the American Cancer Society since her husband is now a 10 year Cancer Survivor. Joye and her husband will soon be celebrating "45" years of marriage in October and together they are the parents of two sons, two grandsons, (the Apple of her eyes) and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of a granddaughter. She loves spending time with her grandsons, cooking for her family and yes, yard work, which is therapy for her after a busy day in the office.

Joye feels that working for Lutheran Hospice is a Calling, not just a Job, and God had his Hand in placing her in this position! To God Be The Glory!

Deborah “Debbie” Hoopes

Lead Volunteer Manager

Graduated from University of Maryland, 1984, she has worked in public relations and volunteer services in a variety of outreaches including mental health, community development, education and her current position in hospice.

Beginning with her father’s stroke, and a six-year decline, service in hospice became akin to life therapy with the question, “what is most important today” shared with hospice volunteers, patients and family. This focus came with benefits. Coaching and cheering on five children, living in five states, and standing by a husband for 32 years and through his switching careers into fulltime ministry, the question remains--what is most important today?

Deborah has recruited, trained, managed and served with hundreds of volunteers in three states, for countless hours, for over 20 years and still thinks she has the best job imaginable!

Maria Miller

Chaplain

The Rev. Maria Miller began working with Lutheran Hospice / RoseCrest on March 1, 2004 as chaplain. In the Fall of 2004 she was moved to full time with Lutheran Hospice, returning to RoseCrest periodically as needed.

A native of Pensacola, Florida, Maria graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelors in Social Work and from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary with an MDiv. She was ordained in June of 2001 and served as a parish pastor for 3 years before accepting the call to Lutheran Homes.

Maria also serves Augsburg Lutheran church in Union, SC as supply pastor, preaching every Sunday and providing pastoral care for the congregation. She has also served twice as the chaplain for the SC Women of the ELCA  convention and is a member of the SC Synod Council.

Maria is married to the Rev. Sean Miller (Chaplain of RoseCrest) and together they have an amazing son, Ethan.

"Working with the ministry of Lutheran Hospice allows me to walk daily on Holy Ground. By helping patients and their families to have peace on this journey, I encounter God face to face."

Midlands Office

Serving the counties of Richland, Lexington, Saluda, Newberry and South of Kershaw:

Delores Hopkins

Social Worker / Bereavement Coordinator

As a native of South Carolina, Delores Hopkins is a proud alumna of the University of South Carolina where she graduated with both her Bachelor's and Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2016 and 2017 respectively.  While pursuing her Master's Degree in Social Work, Delores first became aware of Lutheran Hospice when she was granted an internship with the company. Once she completed her degree, Delores immediately began her career with Lutheran Hospice in 2017. Now as a Licensed Master of Social Work, Delores proudly serves as a Hospice Medical Social Worker and Bereavement Coordinator for the Midlands Office. Delores enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends. As a Social Worker with Lutheran Hospice, Delores stated, “Working with Lutheran Hospice, I have the opportunity to serve, support, and provide resources to patients and their families.”

Mareshia Jones

Medical Records Specialist

Mareshia Jones began her career at Lutheran Homes of SC in the Midlands office in June of 2017. Mareshia comes from a background primarily in insurance industry where she reviewed and processed insurance claims for payments made to providers and policyholders. She is from the Midlands area. Mareshia has a passion for helping others and is currently learning more and more each day about Hospice and maintaining hospice records/files.

Lauren Leslie

Social Worker

Lauren Leslie joined the Lutheran Hospice team in October of 2016 as Volunteer Manager for the Midlands. In January 2018, she accepted the position of Social Worker for the Midlands. She received her B.A. in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2011. After moving to Connecticut post grad for work, she relocated back to South Carolina and earned her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2016. The graduate field work experience at the Heritage at Lowman stimulated her interest in skilled nursing facilities, hospice agencies, and working with the aging population. Lauren and her husband welcomed a baby girl in March of 2017 and thoroughly enjoy the adventure of becoming parents. Other interests outside of work include watching documentaries, playing tennis, cooking, and crafting. Most importantly, Lauren has a passion not only for helping others and their families, but advocating on behalf of their needs. This passion is happily utilized and applied to patients and families under the care of Lutheran Hospice.

Kendra Neely, MPH

Volunteer Manager

Kendra Neely began her career at Lutheran Hospice in the Midlands office in 2018 as Volunteer Manager. She is a Clemson University graduate, where she studied Language and International Health. After earning a Master's in Public Health she worked at Girls on the Run as Program Coordinator before living overseas for several years. Kendra is a member of Three Rivers Baptist Church in Irmo, and she loves waterskiing in her free time. She is excited to be serving a ministry here in her home state, and feels privileged to be part of a team providing support to so many families during such an important time.

Teresa Tidwell

Social Worker

Teresa Tidwell has been a social worker at Lutheran Hospice since 2013. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and completed additional coursework focusing on special education and deviant behavior of children from the University of South Carolina.  She also earned a Certificate of Gerontology and a Master of Social Work from USC. She is licensed as an LMSW by the State of SC Board of Social Work Examiners.

She has worked with hospice patients and their families for 22 years. She has worked in the community as well as in an inpatient hospice house setting.

She has been a volunteer counselor for the children's bereavement camp Brett's Rainbow,  has been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, the Kids' College Program at USC, at Hendley Homes where she tutored disadvantaged youth and helped coordinate an end of the year field day for the children and their families, and she has been a volunteer at CM Tucker Center.

She has been the recipient of a Regional Circle of Care Award twice across an eight-state area for a previous hospice company in 2006. She was also named in the Biltmore Who's Who in 2008 for her work.

She has presented several times in the community about grief and loss.

Working with hospice patients and their families is her calling, and it is rewarding and is an honor to work with this population. She has also been a Field Preceptor for MSW student interns.

She and her husband have two teenage sons who are Eagle Scouts. She loves spending time outdoors.

Rev. Dr. Karen Young

Chaplain

Karen Young is a Lutheran Pastor who has served two congregations in South Carolina before taking a call with Lutheran Hospice. She has always felt a call to serve people as they are transitioning from this life to eternal life and working with Lutheran Hospice meets that call. Karen attended UNC Chapel Hill and earned a Bachelor of Arts in World Religions; she then earned her Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School; and continued her education by earning a Doctor of Ministry degree from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia with emphasis in Adult Spiritual Education. She is now enjoying team teaching a course at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary/Lenoir Rhyne on “Dementia Through a Theological Lens”. Her work with Lutheran Hospice has given her the opportunity to do a great deal of study on the dementias and relate what she has learned to caring for her patients. She and her husband, Paul, have 5 daughters and five grandchildren. Her hobbies are reading, playing music, scrapbooking, playing tennis and she is an avid collector of antique marbles.

Lowcountry Office

Serving the counties of Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester and Colleton:

Paula Mellichamp

Program Director

Paula Mellichamp joined the Lutheran Hospice team in February 2013, working PRN caring for patients as needed.  In December 2013, she accepted the position of Program Director for the Lowcountry office.  Paula began her nursing career in 1974, and earned a Master's degree in Community Health Nursing from MUSC in 1991.  During most of her 43 years of nursing, Paula has worked with children and adults in their homes.  Paula has worked in the hospice field for the past 15 years, holding leadership roles in pediatric hospice, inpatient hospice, and home care hospice. She is delighted to be at Lutheran Hospice where the work of the team is a true "ministry", serving patients and their families at end-of-life.

Paula and her husband are active members of St. James-Santee Episcopal Church.  They have three children and three lively grandchildren.  Paula enjoys reading and she and her husband love spending time on the water - boating and swimming.

Frederick “Fred” Baldwin

Chaplain

Fred Baldwin joined Lutheran Hospice, Lowcountry as Hospice Chaplain in February, 2016 having  previously been Hospice Chaplain for Caris Healthcare in Charleston and Columbia. Fred received his undergraduate degree at Georgetown and masters at Episcopal Divinity School/Harvard. His career began as a Naval Officer onboard ships of the line and later as reserve chaplain. After a stint in business and as Director of Lead Testing for the Onondaga County  Health Department he was ordained an Episcopal priest and served 30 years in parishes in NYC and NJ. Upon retirement he moved to Tampa, FL where he was PRN Chaplain at Moffitt Cancer Center. He and his spouse took off three years to travel the USA in their RV before settling in Charleston. His interests include historical preservation, animals of all sorts, anything Scottish and classical music. His interest in hospice ministry began when he was Primary Caregiver for his mother who was on hospice in NJ. He has one adult daughter who, after serving 7 years in the government, is pursuing a graduate degree at Duke.

Jessica Beattie

Social Worker / Bereavement Coordinator

Jessica joined the Lutheran Hospice family as a volunteer in 2015. She was impressed by the organization’s mission and values and decided to join the team as a social worker. She provides services as a medical social worker and manages the bereavement program for the Lowcountry Hospice office. Jessica has a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and graduate social work degree from The University of Tennessee. Jessica has many years of experience as a medical social worker. She worked for the Medical University of South Carolina and the Memphis VA Hospital. She has experience providing counseling to children and adolescents and continues to do so in her work with the hospice bereavement program. She is also a volunteer with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Christian “Chris” Giannotta

Community Outreach Director

Chris Giannotta began his Lutheran Hospice career in 2017 as the Community Outreach Director for the Lowcountry. Chris has numerous years of Hospice experience in both Florida and South Carolina. Chris was recently married in 2016 and is now a proud Husband of his new wife as well as a Step Father of a 13 year old daughter and 7 year old son. In his spare time, Chris is an avid outdoorsman. He and his family love being out on the water, whether it is a leisurely boat ride or offshore fishing, “nothing can match the beauty of being on the water.” Since joining Lutheran Hospice, Chris believes now more than ever that, “I  have learned that Hospice is more about the Quality of Life than it is about death.”

Christine Golder

Social Worker

Christine Golder began her career with Lutheran Hospice as a second-year Master of Social Work intern in August 2015 in the Midlands office. Christine later became hired as a full-time Medical Social Worker in the Lowcountry in May 2016 following graduation from the MSW program at the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Prior to interning at Lutheran Hospice, she interned at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community in Columbia, SC where she found her passion to assist and work with older adults.  Christine obtained her BS in Psychology at Western Carolina University in 2014. In Christine’s free time she enjoys spending time with her loved ones, watching movies, and being outside. Sharing her smile and building relationships with our patients and their families is what brings Christine the most joy!

Jennifer Hartig

Volunteer Manager

Jennifer joined the Lutheran Hospice team as the Lowcountry’s Volunteer Manager in 2018. A graduate of Meredith College and Auburn University, Jennifer has nearly 20 years’ experience in non-profits, most recently with Respite Care Charleston. She graduated from Frances Marion’s Non-Profit Leadership Institute in 2014, and serves on the boards of HEART and Racers for Pacers. In her free time, she enjoys running, skateboarding and spending time with her spoiled rotten shih-tzus, LuLu and Belle.

What most attracted Jennifer to Lutheran Hospice is its non-profit, faith-based mission. She also loves being a part of the Gifts of Grace and We Honor Veterans programs.

Lynn Hunt

Medical Records Specialist

Lynn joined the Lutheran Hospice Team in 2007. A native of Ohio, Lynn moved to Charleston in 1993 to enjoy warmer winters, where she met her husband, also an Ohio native. Lynn was previously employed as a Medical Transcriptionist for 30+ years, a Medical Transcription Supervisor, and an Office Manager in a physician’s office.

While in Ohio, Lynn volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician for the EMS in her community. She currently assists her husband with the duties of Treasurer for the USS John C. Calhoun Veterans Organization.

Lynn enjoys motorcycling and watching old movies. Lynn’s daughter and two granddaughters live in Ohio. Lynn also has a stepdaughter, stepson and two grandchildren in South Carolina.