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Macie P. Smith, Ed.D.
Program Development and Training Manager

Office Number: 111B
Building: 730 Devine Street

Phone: (803) 777-5334
Fax: (803) 777-0246



Biographical Information:
Macie P. Smith is a Licensed Social Worker, Certified Social Work Case Manager, and a Social Worker in Gerontology with over 14 years of experience working with the aging and vulnerable populations.  Dr. Smith holds a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Leadership with a specialization in Adult Education from Nova Southeastern University.  She is the Program Development and Training Manager for OSA.  She provides research, development of training programs, and coordinates program design and implementation.  Dr. Smith also manages the Dementia Dialogues program.  She provides direction, guidance, oversight, and management of recruitment, training the trainers, and program evaluation.


Maggi C. Miller, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Office Number: 111H
Building: 730 Devine Street

Phone: (803) 777-0214
Fax: (803) 777-0246

Maggi Miller

Biographical Information:
Maggi C. Miller has MS in health promotion from the University of Delaware and a PhD in epidemiology from University of South Carolina University Arnold School of Public Health. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Office for the Study of Aging. Her primary responsibilities for the office involve research, grant writing, preparation and publication of scientific manuscripts, and evaluation of current research projects.  Her research interests include Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, social epidemiology, survey development, and qualitative data analysis.




Maria Patton, LBSW
SCVAGAL Director

Office Number: 111F
Building: 730 Devine Street

Phone: (803) 629-0277
Fax: (803) 777-0246





Biographical Information:
Maria Patton holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and a graduate certificate in gerontology from the University of South Carolina. She is currently the Director of the South Carolina Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Program (SCVAGAL). She has over 30 years experience working in state government in the area of long term care and served for 9 years as the Long Term Care Ombudsman in the Governor's Office. Maria is also a licensed bachelor's level social worker, state of South Carol certified public manager, qualified interpreter in Spanish and certified care manager, NACCM.





LaToya Reese, BA
Administrative Assistant

Office Number: 111I
Building: 730 Devine Street

Phone: (803) 777-0222
Fax: (803) 777-0246


Biographical Information:
LaToya Reese holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of South Carolina Aiken. She serves as the administrative assistant for the Office for the Study of Aging. Her primary duties include data entry for ongoing programs.



Brenda Stalzer, LMSW
Assistant Director and Training Coodinator for SCVAGAL

Office Number: 111G
Building: 730 Devine Street

Phone: (803) 576-5882
Fax: (803) 777-0246






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Biographical Information:
Brend Stalzer holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. She serves as the Assistant Director and Training Coordinator for the South Carolina Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem Program. Brenda recuits and trains volunteers to serve as Guardians ad Litem across the state. Brenda has several years of experience working as an advocate for people with traumatic brain injury, mental illness, and other disabilities.