In her role as executive director, Whaley will promote awareness of osteopathic medicine and the growth of osteopathic physicians in South Carolina. She will serve as an advocate for osteopathic physicians keeping them apprised of relevant legislative updates while coordinating continuing medical education and promoting initiatives designed to increase the public's awareness of the osteopathic medical profession and the D.O. degree. She will also act as a liaison for other state and national agencies, boards and committees and work closely with the American Osteopathic Association and its affiliates.
SCOMS is dedicated to improving and promoting public health in the state of South Carolina by the advancement of the science and profession of osteopathic medicine. Membership is open to osteopathic physicians practicing in the state of South Carolina who are graduates of an osteopathic college of medicine that is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association and who hold a license from the Board of Medicine of South Carolina to practice as an osteopathic physician.
In addition to her role with SCOMS, Whaley was also named the assistant director of alumni relations at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM – Carolinas) where she will secure commitments from alumni to provide professional expertise and volunteer service and maintain pathways for alumni participation that advance the goals of the College. She also serves as a liaison between the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the academic and administrative leadership.
Whaley previously served as assistant vice chancellor for university marketing and communications and chief communications officer at the University of South Carolina Upstate. During her career, Whaley has served as vice president of public relations for the United Way of the Piedmont, community relations coordinator for the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Hospice Program, and as a freelance writer and public relations consultant. She currently serves on the Make-A-Wish South Carolina Board of Directors and as chairman of the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium Commission. Whaley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and Journalism from Winthrop University.