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South Carolina Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy Names New CEO

After an extensive executive search, the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign) will appoint E.A. “Beth” De Santis as its Chief Executive Officer.

Appointed by the SC Campaign’s Board of Directors, Beth will transition into the role full time on October 3rd.

“To usher in a new CEO during a time when the agency is experiencing such tremendous growth and success makes this transition an exciting one,” said Gwendolyn K. Baker, Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO.  “Beth brings leadership and creativity that will take us to our next level, and continue our unwavering commitment to the mission of teen pregnancy prevention. ”

De Santis arrives at the SC Campaign with a host of experience. De Santis began working at South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) in 2000 as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner providing clinical reproductive health care. After four years of clinical care, she was promoted to be the Program and Operations Manager for the counties of Horry,
Georgetown and Williamsburg. In 2010 she became the Director of DHEC’s statewide Family Planning Program and then in 2013 became Director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

De Santis also serves on the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association’s Board of Directors. Her background includes a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Carolina, Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia. Over the course of her career Beth has focused on decreasing unintended pregnancy in an effort to empower young women to develop to their full potential.

“After years of partnering with the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy it is a real honor to be chosen as the next CEO,” De Santis said. “This is such a wonderful group of exceptional professionals who are leading the nation as one of the best teen pregnancy prevention agencies. I look forward to our great work ahead.”

“Throughout the process of choosing a new CEO, it was imperative we identified a candidate who not only understands the needs of our organization, but is prepared to take this agency to new heights,” said Sue Rex, SC Campaign Board Chair. “Beth presented to us a vision that matches our own and we are so excited to continue our organization’s journey with Beth leading the way. We are confident she has the drive and ambition necessary for this role.”

About the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy:
Founded in 1994, the mission of the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign) is to improve the health and economic well-being of individuals, communities and the state of South Carolina by preventing teen pregnancy. To achieve our mission, we work with a variety of programs – public, private, school and community based in all regions of the state.

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