Our Team

Carrie Draper, MSW

Principal Investigator

Bio

draper@mailbox.sc.edu
803-777-2413

Carrie has been with the Arnold School of Public Health since 2011, conducting research and evaluation studies and leading projects to: understand and address food insecurity and obesity; strengthen public nutrition assistance programs; and build community and organizational capacity to change policies, systems, and environments (PSE) to make healthy eating and active living more accessible and equitable in communities. Currently, she is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, and has served as the founding Principal Investigator of UofSC’s SNAP-Ed Implementing Agency since 2015. Her educational background and professional identity are rooted in social work.

Nicholas Younginer, PhD

Co-Investigator

Bio

younginn@mailbox.sc.edu 

Nick is a Co-Investigator for University of South Carolina’s SNAP-Ed program and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior in the Arnold School of Public Health. He received an Associates degree in culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, SC. He received Bachelors and Masters degrees in Cultural Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior from the University of South Carolina and has worked with the SNAP-Ed program for approximately 6 years.

Ashley Page Bookhart, MSW

Program Coordinator

Bio

pagea@mailbox.sc.edu

Ashley is a SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator in the Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health. In her current role, she works with numerous libraries across the state implementing nutrition based policy, system, and environmental change strategies. She is also the current Chair of the Columbia Food Policy Committee, the first municipal food policy committee in the state. Her SNAP-Ed work also focuses on creating additional food policy committees across the state.

Zachary Herrnstadt, MS

Program Coordinator

Bio

herrnstz@mailbox.sc.edu

Zach joined the SNAP-Ed team in 2019 and provides training and technical assistance to communities interested in starting and sustaining local food policy councils rooted in equity and inclusion. Employing a food justice lens, he conducts community-based research and program implementation examining the intersection of community food systems, food policy, and improving access to fresh, local, sustainably grown and culturally appropriate food. Zach received a masters degree in Community Food Systems from Michigan State University, and worked in the nonprofit sector prior to his current position, advocating for sustainable food and agriculture policies at the local, state, and federal levels. In his free time he enjoys camping and hiking with his wife and playing with their dog, Olive.

Amy Weaver, MSPH

Program Coordinator

Bio

TEIXEIRA@mailbox.sc.edu

Amy joined the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in 2020. She has over ten years of experience in public health. In her current role, Amy works on healthy food access initiatives within health care settings. She currently convenes the Food is Medicine South Carolina Committee, which is part of the South Carolina Food Policy Council. Amy is interested in food policy, particularly improving access and creating healthy food environments; she recently completed her term as a member of the City of Columbia Food Policy Council.  

Beverly Wilson, MPH

FoodShare SC Executive Director

Bio

Beverly.Wilson@uscmed.sc.edu

Beverly is passionate about the need to solve issues around food access and affordability for disadvantaged and vulnerable communities. After organizing bulk buying produce groups within the community for many years, she turned her efforts towards developing a program that would expand fresh food access and affordability among communities that lacked access to quality food sources. Beverly has been with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine for 20 years where she’s been able to identify a unique opportunity to integrate lifestyle medicine into a clinic model.