In the United States today, there is a persistent lack of diversity among healthcare professionals. Healthcare organizations must improve diversity to ensure that people from all socioeconomic backgrounds, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and genders are in the healthcare workforce.

Doing so has a positive impact not only on the organization itself but also on the individual patients and broader communities.

We have a leadership team of professionals from all different backgrounds who reflect the diversity of our Beaufort County community, committed to ensuring that this same level of diversity is in the SCNRS recipient group we select.



Dr. William Fuller

Dr. Fuller has had an accomplished, 40-year long career in veterinary medicine. After attending college and veterinary school at Cornell College and Iowa State University, Dr. Fuller and his family moved to Arlington, MA, where he ran a private veterinary practice for over 26 years. Dr. Fuller has been proud to call Bluffton, SC, home for the last 16 years and is working to improve our local healthcare system. He and Bob Elliott developed the SCNRS to keep nurses in Beaufort County, an effort that Dr.Fuller would love to see replicated across the state.

Dr. Fuller says that nurse retention plays a significant role in keeping the Lowcountry healthy, as the number of nurses present in local healthcare systems has a direct effect on the health and wellness of Beaufort County’s community members.

Bob Elliott

After retiring from a 38-year-long career in sales, marketing, and business management at the Dow Chemical Company, Bob Elliott, a resident of Bluffton, SC, put his love for golf and his “desire to give back” to work.

Elliott has chaired the committee responsible for the Hilton Head Hospital Auxiliary golf event fundraiser for the past five years. The event raises money for the hospital’s auxiliary programs, including scholarships for nursing students attending The University of South Carolina Beaufort and the Technical College of the Lowcountry. Although this program helps nursing students enter the profession, Elliott realized there was little incentive for local BSN grads to stay in the area.

Elliott and Dr. Fuller partnered and created the SCNRS to employ nurses immediately upon graduation in Beaufort County. He says it’s been gratifying to work with Fuller on a groundbreaking program that will directly impact the health and wellness of Lowcountry residents. Elliott hopes to see programs similar to the SCNRS replicated across the state someday.

Connie Muscarella

A resident of Bluffton, SC, for the past fifteen years, Muscarella spent over twenty-five years in various Human Resource positions. As soon as she had her M.S. Degree from Auburn University in hand, she left Alabama for New York City. Her career in Human Resources began as a ‘retail’ recruiter for Lord & Taylor in their flagship store on Fifth Avenue. Thirty-plus years later, Muscarella retired as the Global Vice President of Human Resources and Administration for Thomas & Betts Corporation in Memphis, Tennessee.

When Dr. William Fuller asked Muscarella to lead the SCNRS Selection Committee, she felt like it was a “perfect fit.” She has experience in the candidate selection process, but more importantly, nursing runs in her family (Muscarella’s mother was a registered nurse).

“I am honored to be part of such an innovative program that will so positively impact our community”

Carlton Dallas

Carlton Dallas is the Managing Director of Dallas International Trading and Solutions, where he created the Dallas Leadership System and its derivative, Interpersonal Network Mining. He currently lives in Hilton Head, SC.

Dallas spent years working for the Chevron Corporation, where he served as Regional Marketing Director for 33 countries, which comprised the $13B in revenues, Africa/Middle East/Pakistan/Europe (AMEPE) Region headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa. Before the Cape Town assignment, Dallas was President/CEO for Chevron Eastern Caribbean, Ltd, a $500 Million Chevron subsidiary of 17 countries and islands headquartered in Bridgetown, Barbados. During his international assignments, within three years, Dallas helped lead the new AMEPE Region from its creation to 2nd most profitable out of 5 operating regions around the world.

Dallas attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and is a graduate of the University of Maryland with post-graduate programs completed at the University of Chicago, UNC-CH Kenan Flagler School of Business, Cornell University, and the Center for Creative Leadership.

“I am participating, because as a young high school student growing up on a farm in eastern NC I won a scholarship to study abroad in Sweden in 1972. This global exposure at a time when I had never flown in a plane, changed my whole paradigm of what was possible between people and opened whole new worlds to me. I’d like to help do the same for others.”

Peter Gaw

Peter Gaw has had a long and distinguished 35-year career. Corporate Banking focused on energy and infrastructure with a broad understanding of Oil & Gas, Power; Renewables; Chemicals, and Mining sectors. He has an extensive risk management background and expertise in portfolio management with an emphasis on cyclical industries. He most recently served as Managing Director and Global Head of Energy & Natural Resources for Standard Chartered Bank located in both Houston and London. Gaw successfully managed a $1.0 billion revenue business delivering a broad range of investment and corporate banking products and services and was responsible for a $25 billion loan book across the energy sector.

Gaw earned a master’s in international business from Georgetown University and a BSFS from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. The pursuit of higher education has always been important to his family. His father was the first in his family to attend college thanks to the GI Bill after serving four years in the United States Navy during WWII. He emphasized the importance of higher education to all three of his children. Gaw and his wife did the same with their three daughters. Still, he realizes the cost of education has made it extremely difficult for middle-income and lower-income families to afford higher education. Gaw is serving on the SCNRS Fundraising Committee to allow BSN grads to pursue careers here in the Lowcountry.

Diane Hynes

Diane Hynes was raised in Richmond, Virginia, and graduated from The University of Virginia School of Nursing in 1982. She completed a year-long operating room internship at the Maine Medical Center and practiced nursing in the operating room for the next 20 years. Hynes and her husband, John, are proud parents and grandparents. They have lived in Bluffton for three years.  “It is imperative to the Lowcountry that we encourage nurses to remain locally. The area is increasing in popularity and so will the need for healthcare. Nurses are the gateway to healthcare. They are often the first and last smile and touch a patient will encounter”.

Graham Holcombe

Graham Holcombe is a Senior Vice President with First Federal Bank in Beaufort, South Carolina where he serves as Market President. After graduating from Appalachian State University with a degree in Finance he relocated to Beaufort, SC in 1999 and began his career in the banking industry working for national, regional and community banks for over 20 years.

A graduate of Leadership Beaufort, former board member for Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity and past Community Service Chair for Rotary Club of Beaufort; Holcombe realizes the many needs within the Lowcountry.

Rose Kearney- Nunnery

After holding nursing and educational administration positions in Louisiana, Florida, New York, Georgia, and South Carolina, I retired in March 2017 as Professor and Chair of the Department of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.  I have served on various community boards addressing the health needs of the community including the Community Advisory Board for Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, the Beaufort County First Steps Board, and on the Board of Memory Matters on Hilton Head.  In the past I have also served on the South Carolina Board of Nursing and on the on the Board of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). I have a variety of publications including a text published by F.A. Davis entitled, Advancing your practice:  Concepts of Professional Nursing in its 7thedition in 2020.

Keith Brownlie

Mr. Brownlie moved to Bluffton after his retirement from Ernst & Young in 2009.  During his 36 years at EY, he had various leadership roles including 20 years as the Metro New York Area Life Science Industry Leader as well as serving on its National Life Sciences Committee.  Mr. Brownlie also co-founded the New Jersey Entrepreneur of the Year Program. He has extensive experience auditing and facilitating the public offerings of entrepreneurial growth companies, mergers and acquisitions, financing alternatives and other entrepreneurial business issues.  Since his retirement he has served on the Boards of numerous public companies as well as serving six years on the Board of Volunteers in Medicine of Hilton Head Island South Carolina where he was Vice Chairman for one year and Treasurer for four years.


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