Our Staff

SETRC is staffed by a team of telehealth experts whose extensive experience allows us to administer various services and resources to both developing and established telehealth programs in the southeastern United States. Our staff has a strong commitment to serving the many constituents of our region.

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Rena Brewer

Principal Investigator

Rena Brewer, RN, MA, is the Principle Investigator for the Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center (SETRC) and served as its Director between 2010 & 2015. Rena currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Global Partnership for Telehealth, Inc. (GPT), a charitable nonprofit corporation that is the umbrella organization for several entities to include the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth, Inc. GPT is dedicated to promoting improvements in healthcare by assisting in the establishment and on-going network support of telehealth programs. GPT’s robust telehealth network has over 650 end points of providers and receivers of clinical services in 10 US states and 4 international countries. State-side partners include rural & urban health systems.

Lloyd Sirmons


Lloyd received his Associates Degree in Computer Science from Columbus State University 1998. He immediately began his IT career working with TSYS of Columbus, GA where he worked as a mainframe programmer. He worked a number of years with Columbus Regional as a System’s Analyst before entering into full time ministry where he served in pastoral leadership for nearly fourteen years before joining the GPT team in August of 2010 as the BTOP Project Director. He completed his BS degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Liberty University in 2009. Lloyd not only brings a sound knowledge of IT solutions, but also brings strong leadership and communication skills as the Director of the Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center.

Boyd Mark

Program Director, Digital Transformation

Boyd is dedicated to improving healthcare outcomes for people and systems through digital transformation. He works with clinical practices, health systems, rural hospitals, health departments, private providers, agencies, payers,  and tech companies to implement telemedicine programs.  He began his collaboration with the Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center when he founded the Autism Telehealth Program at the non-profit Scott Center for Autism Treatment, now a national model for improving access for families dealing with autism. He has a deep background in digital transformation, including product design and operational leadership positions at Oracle and Apple. With an MBA and Six Sigma black belt, Boyd is an expert in building high-performing telehealth teams, technology, and processes. 

Suleima Salgado

Program Director, Puerto Rico

As the SETRC liaison to the island of Puerto Rico, Suleima works with state and federal agencies, health systems, health departments, private providers, public schools, clinicians, colleges/universities, tech companies and non-profits to develop and implement telemedicine programs.  She also provides technical support and guidance as organizations expand telemedicine programs in underserved areas. With over 15 years’ experience in state and local government, telemedicine program development, healthcare education, and public relations Suleima has led various health initiatives in both Georgia and Florida.  Suleima holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from Southeastern University in Florida.  She also holds an Associate of Arts from Polk State College.

Meet Our SETRC Advisory Board

The Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center (SETRC) Advisory Board is a collection of individuals who voluntarily bring unique knowledge and skills which augment the knowledge and skills of the SETRC PI and Director to more effectively guide and fulfill the mission set forth by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), the grantor, which is to assist health care organizations, networks, and health care providers in implementing cost-effective telehealth programs to serve rural and medically underserved areas and populations.

The purpose of this Board shall be to advise, assist, support and advocate for the Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center (SETRC) on matters that will strengthen opportunities for the program.

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Eric Wallace, MD, FASN

University of Alabama Birmingham
Associate Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology
UAB Medical Director of Telemedicine
Co-Director of Home Dialysis

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Michael P. Smith, MA, MPA

Florida State University College of Medicine
Faculty administrator and Telemedicine Program Development Director
Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine

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Jill Davis, MPH

Independent Consultant Collaborative Telehealth Consulting

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Jeff Robbins

Tift Regional Medical Center
Director of Neurodiagnostic & Telehealth Department

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Kathy Schwarting

CEO, Palmetto Care Connections

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Kathryn King, MD, MHS

Medical Director for School Based Health
Associate Program Director for the National Telehealth Center of Excellence
Assistant professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at MUSC Children’s Hospital


SETRC offers program planning and development, site visits, and reimbursement services to states in the Southeastern US.


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