About Us

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Wholespire Richland County is a collaboration of partners in Richland County, South Carolina, working to make our county a healthier place to live, work, learn, pray and play.

Diabetes, heart disease, and other health issues can be prevented and managed when people have access to healthy choices. Access means grocery stores within walking distance and neighborhoods with unbroken or uneven sidewalks. Also, access means parks with lights and playgrounds with safe equipment. When communities don’t have access to healthy choices, individual health and standards of living are poor.

Through advocacy, communication, and community-based projects, we work through our mission to inspire wellness in all of our communities.

Who We Are

We are a network of individuals and organizations representing public health, health care, education, government, social work, and many other professionals passionate about making our community more equitable and ensuring all community members have access to healthy choices.

Chapter Chair

Robin Cooper

Robin Cooper, MPH

Chapter Chair

Health Education
SC Department of Health and Environmental Control

Robin Cooper, MPH, is the current chapter chair of Wholespire Richland County. She acts on behalf of the chapter and actively pursues its purposes. She also reviews and oversees the progress of the Community Action Plan.

Active Chapter Members

Rhonda Marshall
Richland County Library

TQ Davis
Prisma Health- Accountable Communities

Wanda Austin
City of Columbia

Punam Patel
MUSC Health

Kimberly Humphrey
Richland County Government

Ashley Page Bookhart
University of South Carolina

Mary Wilson
University of South Carolina

Seth Shelby
Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Crystal Kirkland
American Heart Association

Alfonso Franco
American Heart Association

Lisa Curtis
Richland County School District 1

Christanny Bryant
Prisma Health

Regina Brown
Prisma Health

Addie Bors
First Choice by Select Health of SC

Lee Patterson
Richland County Library

Leigh DeForth
City of Columbia

Ben Sease
US Department of Education

Kelly & Dave Strum
Koinonia of Columbia

Kimberly South
Prisma Health

Carla Nowick
Prisma Health

Sydney Phillips
Prisma Health

Bonita Clemmons
Diane’s Call

Michael Frank
Clear Dot Charter School Columbia

Barton Walrath
BPAC Walk Bike Columbia

Charlton Burns
Richland County GCS


We work with communities to implement proven and sustainable approaches that lead to increased access to healthy choices for all people.


We want informed influencers and empowered communities who work together to ensure an equitable Richland County, where everyone has access to healthy choices.



Develop and sustain a viable organization that can support its mission.


Engage and collaborate with diverse partners to promote and foster our vision and mission.


Advocate for local and statewide legislation, policy, and funding to support healthy eating, active living, health equity, and chronic diseases.


Generate and sustain visibility and credibility for Wholespire Richland County.


Promote policy, systems, and environmental change strategies to address healthy eating, active living, health equity, and chronic diseases.