TCS Board of Directors
Board Chair: Hal Cobb
Hal Cobb is the Senior Partner at Cobb Dill and Hammett, LLC and practices in the Corporate & Banking Division. He studied Accounting at The Citadel, graduating in 1992, and received his M.B.A. in finance from the University of South Carolina. After spending several years in the banking industry, Hal obtained his Graduate Degree in Banking from Louisiana State University and his J.D. from the Charleston School of Law.
Hal maintains a banking and corporate practice and has vast experience in federal and state banking regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions and commercial transactions, having successfully represented a wide variety of clients in state and federal court. While the majority of Hal’s practice is located in the Lowcountry, he has active cases throughout South Carolina and in Colorado, where he is also licensed. Outside of corporate and banking work, Hal has experience and works on large commercial real estate transactions and is active in litigation across the board. Hal serves on the South Carolina Bar’s Corporate, Banking & Securities Counsel and is an active member of the South Carolina Bar, Colorado Bar, and South Carolina Supreme Court. He also volunteers for multiple organizations in the Lowcountry. When not practicing law, Hal enjoys spending time with his three sons, Tyler, Alex, and Theo.
Dr. Dean Kilpatrick
Dean G. Kilpatrick, Ph.D. is a Distinguished University Professor and a licensed clinical psychologist at the National Crime Victims Research (NCVC) and Treatment Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina and senior investigator who has had continuous extramural research funding since 1972 and continuous NIH funding since 1985. His involvement with the traumatic stress field began in 1974 when he helped establish People Against Rape (now known as Tri-County S.P.E.A.K.S.), South Carolina’s first rape crisis center. His primary research interests include measuring the prevalence of sexual violence, other violent crimes, mass violence, and other types of potentially traumatic events, as well as assessing PTSD and other mental health impacts of such events. He has provided invited testimony on the topics of rape, sexual harassment, and compensation for PTSD to several U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate committees.
Dr. Kilpatrick’s research has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NIMH, NIDA, NICHD, the National Institute of Justice, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Veterans Administration. He has over 300 peer-reviewed publications, over 60 book chapters and monographs, over 700 presentations at scientific and professional meetings, and eight papers that have been cited more than 1000 times.
He was a member of two Institute of Medicine Committees and one National Academy of Sciences Standing Committee. He served as Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Traumatic Stress from 1997-2005 and as President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) in 2005. He has also served as Director of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center since it was established in 1977 and as Director or Co-Director of the Charleston Consortium Clinical Psychology Internship Program since 1982.
He has received numerous awards for his work including the United States Presidential Award for Outstanding Contributions to Victims of Crime in 1990, the United States Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus Allied Professional Award in 2007, the ISTSS Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Traumatic Stress Studies in 2008, the South Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research in 2017, the ISTSS Outstanding Service Award in 2020, and the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian award, in 2020.
Laura Stemkowski is an attorney at Motley Rice, who advocates for survivors of humans trafficking and sexual assault. In this capacity, Laura primarily represents individuals who are trafficked or abused by institutional actors, including religious organizations and national hospitality chains. Laura’s other work at Motley Rice involves defective medical devices and drugs. In law school, Laura represented undergraduate student sexual assault survivors in the Title IX process. Laura is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, and has lived in Charleston with her husband for seven years. Laura’s other volunteering activities include Be a Mentor at Meeting Street Academy.
Vice Chair: Vickey Cornelison-Grant
Vickey was the Editorial Assistant for the peer-reviewed Journal of Traumatic Stress which is published by the International Society on Traumatic Stress Studies. She has been an event planner for countless pieces of training, including the early National Victim Assistance Academies that were hosted in Charleston, as well as three state victim assistance academies where she served as a faculty member. For many years, she served sexual assault victims in her community as an advocate for Tri-County S.P.E.A.K.S (formerly People Against Rape, or PAR),
South Carolina’s first rape crisis center, and has served on their Board of Directors since 2012.
She is the Project Manager for the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center, and the Mass Violence Assessment Project, and served in that role on the Mother Emanuel AME project (all of which are funded by the Office for Victims of Crime). In 2013 she was selected as Charleston Magazine’s “Volunteer of the Year” for their annual ‘Giving Back’ event. In 2014 she was awarded the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s ‘Visionary Voice Award’, and was the 2014 recipient of the “Breaking the Silence Award Zonta Awards Gala” for ‘Best Volunteer’. More recently she was presented the 2021 ‘Robert Magwood, Jr. Outstanding Service Award for Crime Victims’ from her peers at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her knowledge and interest in the field of victimization has been acquired from her personal and professional experiences.
JoAnn Scott is a local private practice psychotherapist in Mount Pleasant, SC who specializes in trauma and dual diagnosis. Once a volunteer for Tricounty SPEAKS (then PAR) she realized how vital it was to be involved, especially in victim services. This among other things inspired her to obtain her Masters Degree in Social Work from USC. With this background, social justice and trauma-related services are top priority. This led to being involved in Tricounty SPEAKS again, this time as a Board Member. JoAnn believes in the inherent strength of others, and that everyone has the capability for success if they are empowered and are offered the resources and pathways to support this.
JoAnn has lived in the Charleston area for 17 years, and when she is not working or volunteering, she loves hanging out with her three boys and husband, reading, running, and being a soccer/lacrosse mom.
Board Treasurer: Lori Johnson
Lori Johnson is a seasoned On-Air Radio Personality, Author, Trauma Survivor, Speaker and Coach. For nearly two decades, she has entertained audiences as the host of various gospel networks and the recipient of multiple awards. Today, you can tune in to her inspirational radio show Moments With LJ, on WSPO in Charleston, South Carolina.
Lori has had the honor of interviewing top names in entertainment and politics, including former First Lady Mrs. Michelle Obama, Tavis Smiley and Kirk Franklin. She’s also hosted high-profile events and made on-screen appearances in movies as well as television commercials in the South Carolina region and beyond.
Her experience of being a trauma survivor and finding the resilience to move through what could have permanently incapacitated her, uniquely qualifies her to serve in a compassionate manner and to be a voice for the people.
She is so very honored to have been invited to serve on the board of South Carolina’s oldest rape crisis center and she’s looking forward to serving her community.
Are you interested in becoming a Board Member of Tri-County S.P.E.A.K.S. Sexual Assault Center?Purpose: To advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of Tri-County S.P.E.A.K.S. so as to support our organization’s mission and needs. Send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org.