Meet Our Staff
Catherine graduated from Piedmont Technical College with an Associate of Arts and Associate in Public Service with a major in Human Services then received her Bachelor of Social Work from Limestone College and later received her Master’s in Management and Leadership from Webster University. She has worked for the SC Department of Social Services for twelve years in administration, child support enforcement and foster care. She also worked for South Carolina Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program as the Laurens County Coordinator for eight years. Catherine’s passion as a social worker and specialized medical case manager is to advocate, assist and guide individuals and families through their transition phase to self-sufficiency. In addition to her work, Catherine has two sons, Chris and Cahijah and one granddaughter, Makiyah.
Taisha Bush has been with Upper Savannah Care Services since 2005. She received her Bachelor of Social Work degree form Benedict College in 2002. She begin to work for Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services in Columba SC; a nonprofit agency providing services to individuals with HIV/AIDS. After Leaving Columbia SC and moving back to her hometown of Greenwood Taisha had a brief stint at Leath Correctional Institute as a substance abuse counselor and SCDHE as a Disease Intervention Specialist, Taisha knew that her passion was helping individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. Taisha began to work at Upper Savannah Care Services in March 2005 as Lead Case Manager. In 2012 Taisha obtained her Master Degree in Business. Shortly after she was promoted to Director of Medical Case Management and is now the Deputy Director. Taisha manages all programs and activities for their Six County Service area. Taisha is also the SCDHEC contractor to provided Ryan White Technical assistance across the state. Taisha is married to Benoit Bush and they have two children Takiya and Santana.
Jessica graduated from Clemson University in 2012 with her bachelor’s degree where she majored in sociology with an emphasis in criminal justice, and minored in psychology. Jessica previously worked for the Laurens County Department of Social Services as a foster care cases manager and Beckman Mental Health as an employment specialist. Jessica married Roderick in November 2017 and they share 4 children. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, thrifting, and refurbishing furniture.
Billy Duckett grew up in rural Ninety Six, South Carolina. He received his Computer Technology Associate Degree from Piedmont Technical College in 1991. He and his husband, Raymond Tucker, moved to southwest Georgia to start his career in computer programming. After over 20 years from home, they moved back to Greenwood South Carolina in 2007. Billy is an established IT professional with over 25 years of expertise. He has one step-son, Nicholas Norris.
In 2014, after being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, Billy sought treatment, then became adamant about being a voice for those living with HIV. Billy was trained at CTRS (Counseling, Testing, Referral Services) and started volunteering at Palmetto Aids Life Support Services (PALSS) in Columbia, administering rapid HIV and STI testing with counseling. Billy began volunteering as the men’s support facilitator at Upper Savannah Care Services in 2016.
Billy continued his advocacy and was featured in October/November 2016 publication of POZ magazine. Billy was also recognized as a member of the POZ 100 List 2016 which is a yearly nomination of the 100 people working to end the epidemic. Billy has also been featured in the local newspaper, Index-Journal, where he continues to speak of advocacy, stigma, community awareness, and opportunities for those living with HIV.
Billy joined USCS in January 2017 as Outreach Specialist, where he is very active in the community with assisting and retaining people in medical case management with available resources. Billy has also started the process of partner (HIV and STI) testing at USCS. Billy brings with him self-awareness and a personal perspective of people living with HIV to the clients and staff at USCS. Billy continues to facilitate the men’s group, Team MUSIC (Men of Upper Savannah In Care) and continues community awareness, education and stigma reduction.
Alice Jones is a graduate of Benedict College, Columbia SC with a BS in Criminal Justice. She has 20 years in the area of Human Services with past work experience with the Department of Corrections, Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Social Services. She is married to James Jones and they are the proud parents of Alexander (Haven) and Jabari Jones. She is an active member Greenwood Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and Grace Community Church in Greenwood, SC. Alice joined the USCS staff in September 2012 as the Client Resource Coordinator and became a Medical Case Manager in December 2014.
Shanique Moses joined Upper Savannah Care Services in September 2012 as a medical case manager. Shanique graduated from Winthrop University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and has always had a passion for helping others which is why working at USCS was the perfect fit for her. Through her role as a medical case manager, she is able to directly provide assistance to those individuals infected with HIV in the hopes of improving their quality of life. Shanique has been married to her husband since 2016 and they are the proud parents of 2 daughters.
Erica Mumford was born in Hamlet, NC, and moved to Laurens, SC, in 1992. She received an Associate’s in Science majoring in Human Services from Piedmont Technical College in 2015 and later received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Limestone College in 2017.
Erica has always had a passion for helping others in need. This passion allowed her to serve as a CNA for 7 years at NHC of Laurens, where she was awarded CNA of the year in 2008, and a Case Worker for 2 years with GLEAMNS HRC, in which she was awarded the 2016 Leadership Award for Region 4. Erica has volunteered diligently with USCS since 2014. She has served as the Mistress of Ceremony for USCS’ World AIDS Day programs, was chosen as an Unsung Hero for her advocacy efforts in 2016, as well as she was interviewed by 95.3 WLAS’ Sir Jones. As a Medical Case Manager, Erica will continue to advocate and stress the importance of individuals being educated in the field of HIV/AIDS.
In addition to Erica’s work and volunteering she has 2 children, Ciana and Akevian, and she loves to sing, travel, and spend time with friends and family.
Ferrel Percival began his career with Upper Savannah Care Services on April 10, 2017 as Business Manager. At that time, this was a newly created position for USCS and one in which he brought the accounting functions in house and along with the financial responsibilities of this position, created the Business Manager role into what it is today. In doing this, he was able to incorporate some new ideas, aid in reducing some of the case manager’s paper work; provide the board with even more detail information of budgets, projections and cash flows. In this role, he works closely with the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director in respect to reporting, budgets, as well as policies and procedures. Prior to employment at USCS, he had approximately five years of governmental accounting as the Director of Finance for McCormick County; two years’ public accounting experience working with Cleveland and Anderson, CPA firm in Martinez, Ga; twelve years in manufacturing as a Plant Controller and Accounting Manager for Anvil Knitwear, Inc. in both Dillon, SC and New York, NY where he spent his last two years with Anvil at their corporate office. After resigning with Anvil in 2007, he moved back to SC where he worked in other manufacturing firms, the first of which was Ahlstrom Non-wovens as their Accountant and Sourcing Manager. After this facility closed its operations, he continued his career in manufacturing facilities as Plant Controller along with Human Resources before coming to USCS.
Ferrel is a 1987 graduate of USC-Aiken with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration emphasis in Accounting and Marketing.
Natasha “Tasha” Seymore began with Upper Savannah Care on March 5, 2018, as our Duty Medical Case Manager. She is our contact for the ADAP program and will be conducting the Mid-year Reviews with our clients. She began her career at the South Carolina Student Loan Corporation in Columbia, SC as the South Carolina Teacher’s Loan Specialist in 1992 – 1999. She has since worked all over the US as a Manager in the field of Banking and Finance and Training and Development / Fund Raising. Natasha has served the public for over 30 years and is very compassionate about the relationships she builds and nurtures.
In addition, Natasha is an advocate for Foster Care / Adoption and serves as the South Carolina Vice-President on the Thornwell Alumni Association Board in Clinton, SC. As well as a valiant advocate for Mental Health Awareness, Parkinson’s Research, and Breast Cancer Awareness. She is looking forward to being a voice for the HIV community.
In her spare time, she has a deep love of music and reading. She’ll listen to any genre and read anything!! Natasha loves spending time with her family and friends making memories 😊 She loves the beach and will travel the mountains as long as it’s not snowing.
Kimberly graduated from Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, South Carolina with an Associate Degree in Office Systems Technology. In addition, Kimberly also received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration/Management from Limestone College as well as her Master’s of Business Administration-Health Administration in March 2011 from Strayer University in Greenville, SC. In 1999 Kimberly was hired with Leath Correctional Institution as an Administrative Assistant for the Addictions Treatment Unit. In March 2001, she was promoted to Addictions Clinical Counselor. She went on to continue her case management career and experience as a Service Coordinator for the Emerald Center Disabilities and Special Needs in November 2004. She joined USCS in April 2006 as Case Manager for Greenwood and McCormick Counties. Kimberly was recently promoted in June 2018 to Client Service Manager. In her new role, she will be working closely with the Deputy Director and participating in statewide, HIV Medical Case Management Workgroups. She will also coordinate assistance to clients experiencing difficulties accessing HIV services and making sure newly diagnosed, active open clients and/ HIV patients returning to care are linked to care within a specified time frame. She will be servicing all the surrounding counties which includes; Greenwood, McCormick, Abbeville, Laurens and Edgefield. She is extremely passionate about her work and being able to delivery outstanding services to Upper Savannah Care Services.
Michael graduated from Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, South Carolina with an Associate’s Degree in Public Services. In addition, Michael has also studied at Lander University with courses focusing in Psychology and Human Relations. Michael has previously worked with the Laurens County Department of Social Services as an Independently Contracted Consultant and completed an internship at the Department of Juvenile Placement and Aftercare in Laurens. In addition, he worked at Park Seed Company in Purchasing and Inventory Control for fifteen years, after which, Michael excitedly returned to his roots in Social Services. He also has been involved in several community service activities, including serving on the Board of Visitors for Piedmont Technical College for two years and served as a board member at the Food Bank in Greenwood. He joined the USCS team in April 2006 as Case Manager Assistant and became Office Manager in August 2006.
Jason joined the then Upper Savannah Care Consortium team in August 2004. His prior professional experience included serving as a Service Coordinator Emerald Center, now known as the Burton Center. He began his work in the HIV/AIDS area in 2000 with his position as Disease Intervention Specialist for what was then known as the Upper Savannah District of SC DHEC. During his time at DHEC, Jason served on the statewide Syphilis Outbreak Response Team (S.O.R.T) and was a committee member of the group that was responsible to formulating a standardized manual for Disease Intervention Specialists. During his tenure at USCS, he has overseen various projects which include: changing the name of the organization to Upper Savannah Care Services, moving agency operations from Laurens County to the more centrally located Greenwood County, updating and implementation of the agency policies and procedures manual, increasing staff size and overseeing a budget that has more than quadrupled since joining the USCS team. He is a member of the South Carolina Ryan White Part B Peer Review committee and has served on the SC HIV Planning Committee in the past.
After receiving his diploma from Ninety-Six High School in Ninety-Six South Carolina, he went on to Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia on a talent grant to run track and received a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sociology. Believing in the importance of lifelong learning, he matriculated through the Counselor Education program at Clemson University in Clemson South Carolina where he received a Masters of Education Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Counselor Education). He holds a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate license (LPC-As #6746) issued by the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Counselors, Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists.
In the community, Jason has previously participated with the local Teen Pregnancy Prevention agency (Legacy) where he was a member if the Advisory Board. He was also a long-time member of the Greenwood Area Martin Luther King Jr. Mass Choir where he was a soloist in the tenor section and was a scholarship committee member. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, where he and his wife Ebonie have 3 kids, listening to audio books, singing and fishing.