Board Biographies

    Lucius Craig III MD
    Lucius Craig III, M.D.
    CHAIR
    Chief of Medical Staff
    Dr. Craig, RMC Chief of Medical Staff, was appointed to the Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees in 2022 by virtue of medical staff office, and serves as the current chair of the board. Born and raised in New Orleans, La., Dr. Craig is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a national reputation for excellence in his field. He earned his medical degree from the Louisiana State University College of Medicine in 2000, and completed his orthopedic residency at Louisiana Health Sciences Center in 2005. In addition to being fellowshipped-trained in spine surgery, Dr. Craig specializes in joint replacements as well. He has practiced at the RMC South Carolina Orthopaedic Institute for over 10 years and currently serves as its medical director. His professional affiliations include the American Medical Association, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, South Carolina Orthopedic Association, and the Louisiana Orthopedic Association. Dr. Craig and his wife, Nedra, have two children, Joshua and Arden, and reside in Orangeburg.

    Cynthia D Keller MA

    Cynthia D. Keller M.A.
    VICE CHAIR
    Calhoun County
    Mrs. Keller was appointed to the Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees in 2022 as a representative of Calhoun County. A native of Fort Motte, Mrs. Keller attended Calhoun County High School in St. Matthews, before earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology from South Carolina State University, and a master’s degree in information technology management from Webster University. She has held several positions at Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, where she is currently the Manager of Voice and Video Services. In addition to her professional role, Mrs. Keller’s civic duties play a large part in her life. She serves as church clerk and choir director for Mount Zion Baptist Church, treasurer of the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Association Upper Division, treasurer of the Fort Motte Community Festival Committee, secretary of the Calhoun County Branch of the NAACP, and was the former secretary of the Felton Laboratory Charter Board School. Mrs. Keller is also on the Calhoun County Resources Inc. Board and the Calhoun County Elections and Voter Registration Board. Additionally, she is a member of the Naomi Chapter Number 1 Order of the Eastern Star, Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 10729, Greater Orangeburg Alumni Chapter of South Carolina State University, and Savannah River Site-Women in Nuclear (WIN). Previously, Mrs. Keller served as president of the Orangeburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and as chairperson of the Calhoun County First Steps Board. She and her husband, Joseph O. Keller, have a daughter, Tamar S. Keller, 17, and live in St. Matthews.

    Kathy B Booker

    Kathy B. Booker
    SECRETARY
    Chief of Board Operations
    Ms. Booker was appointed by Orangeburg County Council to the Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees in 2022 as the Chief of Board Operations; her appointment also requires that she simultaneously serve as Board Secretary. Born and raised in Orangeburg, S.C., Ms. Booker attended Winthrop University. She formerly served as executive assistant to RMC’s President & CEO and the previous Board of Trustees, and served more than 20 years as administrative coordinator to the president of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. Ms. Booker served as co-chairwoman of the South Carolina chapter of the United States Naval Academy Parent Club; Parent Ambassador for the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics; chairwoman of the Orangeburg High School for Health Professions Board of Trustees; and Board member and chair-elect of the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. An avid fitness enthusiast, Ms. Booker is a fitness instructor at both Claflin University and the YMCA. She is the daughter of Doris Dickerson of Orangeburg and mother of two sons, Jackie and Jason.

    Franklin C. Coulter MD

    Franklin C. Coulter, M.D.
    Orangeburg County
    Dr. Coulter was appointed to the Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees in 2022 as the representative for western Orangeburg County. Dr. Coulter earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and obtained his medical degree from the University of Illinois. He has been a family medicine physician at the Coulter Clinic in Orangeburg, S.C., since 1984, and currently serves as the medical director for Regency Hospice. Dr. Coulter has been practicing medicine for 41 years, and previously held clinical positions at Calhoun Convalescent Center and Orangeburg Family Health Center. He is part of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the South Carolina Medical Association, and previously served as the RMC Chief of Medical Staff, and chairperson of the RMC Medical Executive Committee. Dr. Coulter resides in Orangeburg and has four sons.

    James Gordon BA MPA MUP

    James L. Gordon, B.A., M.P.A., M.U.P.
    Orangeburg County
    Mr. Gordon was appointed to the Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees in 2022 as the representative of eastern Orangeburg County. Mr. Gordon grew up in Manning, S.C., and graduated from Morris College with a bachelor’s degree in history. He continued his graduate studies at the University of South Carolina and Michigan State University, receiving master’s degrees in public administration and urban planning, respectively. He worked as a planner for Orangeburg County from 1987 until 2001 and as a transportation education coordinator for South Carolina State University from 2001 until 2012. Currently, Mr. Gordon lives in Santee where he works part time as a recreation manager for the town. A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Mr. Gordon previously served as president of the South Carolina chapter of Minority Transportation Officials. He is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and serves his community through his work with the Santee Fire District Commission and Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. He resides in Santee.

    William R Johnson BS

    William R. Johnson, B.S.
    Legislative Delegation
    Mr. Johnson was appointed to the Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees as an Orangeburg County representative by the state legislative delegation. Mr. Johnson graduated from Alcorn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education. After retiring in 2009 from Holcim Cement Plant, where he worked for 35 years, Mr. Johnson went on to serve as the mayor of Holly Hill, S.C., from 2009 until 2021. He currently serves on the boards of Family Health Center of Orangeburg, The One Orangeburg County Initiative, Cities United, Concerned Citizens District 66, and Lake Marion High School Career and Technology Advisory Board. He is a past board member of the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce, Orangeburg County Development Commission, Tri-County Regional Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina Conference of Black Mayors, MUSC Hospital Board of Visitors, and the Municipal Association of South Carolina. Additionally, he is a member of Lovely Hill Baptist Church, Lake Marion Water Agency, Holly Hill Elementary School Improvement Council, and is a lifetime member of the NAACP. Mr. Johnson and his wife, Linda Holmes Johnson, reside in Holly Hill and have two children, Byron and Coretta.

    Yvonne G Johnson Ed.D

    Yvonne. G. Johnson, Ed.D.
    Orangeburg County
    Dr. Johnson was appointed to the Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees in 2022 as the representative for central Orangeburg County. A native of Orangeburg, Dr. Johnson studied at South Carolina State University, earning her bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in administration. She worked with Orangeburg Consolidated School District as a teacher from 1982 until 2007, Curriculum Coordinator from 2007 until 2011, and Principal from 2011 until 2012. Dr. Johnson currently serves as Assistant Professor of Education at South Carolina State University. She is a member of the South Carolina Alliance of Black Educators, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the South Carolina State University STATE Club. She also serves her community through work with the NAACP, Edisto Drive Community Center, and Harvest Hope, where she serves on the Board of Directors. Dr. Johnson also volunteers with Oaks PACE and Voter Registration. She and her husband, Clay, reside in Orangeburg and have two children.

    B Jeannine Kees MA

    B.Jeannine Kees, M.A., B.A.
    Orangeburg County
    Ms. Kees was appointed to the Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees in 2022, as an Orangeburg County at-large member. A native of Columbus, Ind., Ms. Kees studied at Butler University in Indianapolis, where she graduated cum laude, earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in American history and government. A former teacher, Ms. Kees began her career in real estate in 1975 as a manager for The Realty House, where she worked until 1980. She was owner and broker in charge of Century 21 Associate Brokers from 1982 until 1997, The Moore Group Realty from 1997 until 2022, and is currently broker and owner of BJK Realty. Among her many achievements, Ms. Kees has been named South Carolina Realtor of the Year (1997), Southern Midlands Realtor of the Year (2002), Orangeburg County Economic Development Partner of the Year (2005), and Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce Small Businessperson of the Year (2004) and of the Quarter (2006). She is currently a member of the National Association of Realtors (former vice president and executive committee member), South Carolina Realtor Association (former president), and Central Carolina Realtor Association (former president). Previously, she served as president of Southern Midlands Realtors, and chairperson of Orangeburg County Development Commission from 1996 to 1998 and again from 2004 to 2013. Ms. Kees serves her community through her work with St. Andrews United Methodist Church, the Rotary Club, and as former director of CASA Family Systems. She resides in Santee.

    Daniel A Mixon

    Daniel A. Mixon
    Orangeburg County
    Mr. Mixon is an at-large Orangeburg County representative appointed to the Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees in 2022 by the Orangeburg County Council. A native of Jesup, Ga., Mr. Mixon attended the University of Georgia and Brunswick College. He is the current manager of Mixon Holdings. Previously, he and his wife, Debra, owned Mixon Seed Company for more than 50 years. Mr. Mixon also owned Mixon Warehousing, AgSouth Genetics, Plantation Seed, and Carolina Farms. His professional, personal and civic affiliations include Southern Seedman’s Association, Elk’s Lodge, South State Bank Advisory Board, Premium Peanut Board, Seed Certification Board, Boy Scouts, Salvation Army, S.C. Wildlife Partnership, Ducks Unlimited, and the Wild Turkey Federation. Additionally, he has served as the president of the Southern Seedman’s Association, South Carolina Seedman’s Association, and Palmetto Peanut, as well as the regional vice president of the American Seed Trade Association. Mr. Mixon and his wife, Debra, reside in Orangeburg and have three children, Katy, Danielle, and Christopher.

    John H Samies MD

    John H. Samies, M.D.
    Chairman of Medical Staff Executive Committee
    Dr. Samies was appointed to the Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees in 2022 by virtue of medical staff office, chairman of the Medical Staff Executive Committee. Dr. Samies received his undergraduate degree from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., and his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa. He served his internship and residency in internal medicine at Allentown Affiliated Hospitals as well as a fellowship in infectious diseases from Albany Medical College of Union University in Albany, N.Y. Dr. Samies has practiced as an infectious disease physician at the Regional Medical Center since 1997. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine Infectious Diseases, the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the American Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Samies is also a member of the Society for Medical Association; Edisto Medical Society; American Association for Microbiology; South Carolina Infectious Diseases Society; and the American Society of Internal Medicine/American College of Physicians. He resides in Orangeburg.

    Steve E Tyson MS

    Steve E. Tyson, M.S.
    Calhoun County
    Mr. Tyson was appointed to the Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees in 2022 as a representative of Calhoun County. Mr. Tyson grew up in Orangeburg. Upon graduation from Orangeburg Preparatory School, he attended Clemson University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Forest Resource Management. He is a corporate loan officer at AgSouth Farm Credit, and previously worked for BB&T and First National Bank. Currently, Mr. Tyson serves on the boards of the Tri-County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority. He formerly served as a board member on the RMC Foundation Board, the Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association (DORA), Orangeburg Calhoun Free Medical Clinic, and Calhoun County Zoning and Appeals. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Orangeburg and the St. Matthews Rotary Club. He and his wife, Amy Jo, reside in St. Matthews. They have one son, Seth.

    Lakisha L Warmack MSN BSM RN

    LaKisha L. Warmack, MSN, BSN, RN
    Legislative Delegation
    Mrs. Warmack was appointed to the Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees in 2022 as an Orangeburg County representative by the state legislative delegation. She is a native of West Memphis, Ariz., and is a Registered Nurse by training and an educator by passion. She has held multiple clinical educator certifications and received several customer care awards. Currently, Mrs. Warmack works in the pharmaceutical industry as a Rare Disease Clinical Educator providing education to healthcare providers and patients throughout the Southeast region. She attended Arkansas State University where she obtained both her Bachelor and Master of Science in nursing degrees. Prior to her arrival in Orangeburg, Mrs. Warmack served on the Charles Drew Advisory Board of the American Red Cross. While serving as First Lady of a previous institution, she founded E3, a mentoring program that educated, empowered, and energized young ladies to excel in every aspect of their lives. She was a guest panelist for the national “Living Your Best Life at Any Age: I Am the Change” healthy living initiative for Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. She was recognized by Delux Magazine as one of 50 Most Inspiring Women in St. Louis. Presently, Mrs. Warmack serves as First Lady of Claflin University where she continues to educate, empower and promote healthy living with programs such as Women Empowerment Wednesday and CU Table Talk (Mind, Body, and Spirit). She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Orangeburg Chapter of The Links, Inc. She is married to Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack, and they have one daughter, Morgan.