OLLI Board of Advisors
Blake serves as Chair. He moved to South Carolina in 2012 and immediately joined the OLLI@CCU. For more than 30 years, he was a public affairs officer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including service as communications director for its Office of Minority Health, where he worked on infant mortality prevention, maternal and child health, HIV/ AIDS, substance abuse, and other health disparities.
Mike serves as Vice Chair. He has served as an assistant administrator for the Long Island Jewish Medical Center as well as in the N.Y. State Office of Mental Health, where he was responsible for all clinical physical health care services for patients at 28 state-operated psychiatric hospitals. He is also an active volunteer at the Theatre of the Republic in Conway.
Elazer J. Barnette
Elazer serves as Chair of the Program Committee. He has served 46 years in the field of education as a (7-12) secondary teacher; an Education Consultant with the North Carolina Department of Education; professor and Dean for the School of Technology at North Carolina A&T State University; and recently retired as Dean for the School of Education and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Savannah State University. Barnette has served on numerous boards and has taught continuing education classes and community schools adult interest classes. He earned the bachelor degree in Education at West Virginia State University, Master and Doctorate degrees in Education from North Carolina State University.
Samih was born and raised in Lebanon and spent the last 17 years of his career in the Middle East before retiring in the U.S. in early 2012. His legal consulting work took him to more than 20 countries in the Middle East. Through formal and informal discussions as well as observation of the business, social and religious aspects of life in the area, Baalbaki gained a deep insight into the dynamics of the Middle East. Personal experience and extensive reading (in English, French and Arabic) enhanced his thorough understanding of the people and the problems of the area.
Kathleen D. Eroszonak
Cathy is originally from New Hampshire and spent most of her career working in the medical field. She was the office manager of a busy medical practice, was Director of Optifast at a clinic in association with Sandoz Nutrition and helped establish and manage a psychological counseling group. She served as the New Hampshire State President of the American Association of Medical Assistants and represented NH at their National Convention. For several years she has been actively involved volunteering at Help4Kids, participates in the annual United Way “United to Read” campaign and previously volunteered for the Atlantic Stage.