Meet Our Team
Our dedicated team of professionals is here to guide you on your career path into healthcare and they are committed to providing you with the tools you need to succeed.
Academia Nursing Student Coordinator
Janet Belew is a native of Coward, SC, and a graduate of Lake City High School. Janet recently obtained her Nursing Assistant Certificate and works PRN as an MST on the Oncology floor at McLeod Health. In her 22 years with McLeod Health, Janet has had many opportunities for growth. Her previous positions in the Collections Department led to management and leadership positions within the organization. Janet has earned the prestigious McLeod Health Merit Award. Her hobbies include fishing, cooking, and horses.
Academic Allied Health Student Coordinator
Rebekkah Chilton is a native of Lake City, SC, and a graduate of Lake City High School. Rebekkah is a licensed Massage Therapist from Central Carolina Technical College. Prior to becoming an Academic Allied Health Student Coordinator, Rebekkah was an Administrative Assistant for AHEC at McLeod Health, Operations Manager – Recruiting & Onboarding Lead for NC, SC, TN at Kelly Educational Staffing, and SC Retirement Benefits & ACA Specialist for Florence School District One. Rebekkah’s current hobbies include fostering dogs from local animal shelters, spending time with her family, and going to auctions.
Workforce Development Coordinator
Jernasia Gaskins is a native of Florence, SC, and a graduate of West Florence High School. She earned her Bachelor of Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Francis Marion University. Jernasia is one of the newest members to join the Workforce Development team and is most excited about Career Coaching. She has been a part of the McLeod family for over 5 years and has worked diligently in many different capacities. Jernasia is passionate about helping others achieve their goals and “meeting people where they are.” Her favorite quote is “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better”- Maya Angelou. Her hobbies include watching documentaries, traveling, and photography.
Director of Recruiting & Workforce Development
Charity Gerald is a Florence SC native and graduate of South Florence High School. She is a Registered Nurse with 23 years of healthcare experience and a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina. Charity has worked with McLeod Health for 15 years. Prior to becoming a member of the McLeod Health Human Resources team, she worked as a Director of Nursing in the ICU, Progressive Care, and Medical units. She is a Palmetto Gold Award recipient and has also earned the prestigious McLeod Health Merit Award. Charity has a Master’s in Business Administration/Healthcare Administration and is currently working to obtain SHRM certification. Charity’s hobbies include spending time with her family, drawing, painting, singing, and traveling.
Academic and Student Coordinator
Jennifer Hedinger is from Ocean Isle Beach, NC with over 20 years of experience in Workforce Development. She is new to the McLeod family, relocating from Cleveland, Ohio. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Radford University in Virginia and a Masters in Adult Learning and Development from Cleveland State University. Her experience includes teaching, career coaching, workforce program management, and resource development. Partnerships Jennifer has coordinated in previous positions include the Cleveland Clinic, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and MetroHealth Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. She has also been a collaborative partner in Bridges Out of Poverty initiatives with Case Western Reserve University’s Center for Community Health Integration, addressing social determinants of health. Jennifer enjoys time with her family, reading, and traveling.
Health Careers Program Coordinator
Matthew Peake is a native of Elgin, SC. He is a South Carolina Certified Teaching Professional with 13 years of experience in education. Matthew graduated from Lugoff-Elgin High School in 2002 and continued his education at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Psychology. Prior to becoming a member of the McLeod Health Workforce Development team, he served the Pee Dee region through South Carolina AHEC after teaching History for Florence One Schools. In 2022, Matthew was honored to receive the South Carolina Transition Alliance’s Transition-to-Work Program of the Year award and earned an Outstanding Employment Rate award from the Project SEARCH national program office. He is currently working to obtain his SHRM and GCDF certifications. Matthew’s hobbies include spending time with his family, cooking, and playing music.