Office for Healthcare Workforce Staff

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Katie Gaul, MA



Katie Gaul is the new Director for the South Carolina Office for Healthcare Workforce and brings with her a deep commitment to service, a well-grounded understanding of state health workforce data systems and experience in providing data to inform policy. Katie oversees SCOHW’s research and service portfolio, supports the efforts of South Carolina AHEC, and helps stakeholders across the state with their healthcare workforce data needs.

Prior to joining the team, Katie was a senior policy analyst in the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices Health Division and a research associate with the health workforce and rural health research programs at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC Chapel Hill. She also served as deputy director of the HRSA-funded Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center based at the Center for Health Workforce Studies at the University of Albany, SUNY. Katie’s expertise is built from assisting in the development of state health workforce data systems in multiple states; supporting state and national projects related to health workforce education, practice, and policy; and connecting researchers, policy makers, and others to timely and objective health workforce data and information.

An Iowa native, Katie received her BS in geography from Appalachian State University and her MA in geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Kathleen Greenberg, PhD

Senior Research Associate


Kathleen (Kathie) Greenberg joined the South Carolina Office for Healthcare Workforce in September 2018 after a career in undergraduate education at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury. Old Westbury is the most diverse campus in the New York state university system, with a mission built on a commitment to addressing areas of social injustice and meeting the educational needs of underserved and underrepresented students. Kathie holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Adelphi University and has extensive experience designing and conducting both qualitative and quantitative research. While at Old Westbury, Kathie specialized in teaching courses in research methods and statistics.

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Linda M. Lacey, MA

Director Emeritus


Linda Lacey was the founding director and a senior research associate for the South Carolina Office for Healthcare Workforce. She became interested in occupations and organizational behavior while a graduate student in Sociology at Duke University. That interest became more focused during her time as a Project Director at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She acquired an in-depth understanding of the nursing workforce while she was the Director of Research for the North Carolina Center for Nursing from 1993 – 2008, before becoming the Director of the South Carolina Office for Healthcare Workforce (OHW) in 2009. Linda oversees and participates in all of the OHW’s research activities and publications. She brings extensive experience in survey research, secondary data analytics, long range occupational forecasting, and health workforce policy analysis to the issues facing South Carolina. Acknowledged as a leader in the field of healthcare workforce research at the state level, she is actively involved in AcademyHealth (the premier national health research and policy association) where she has been a theme leader for the annual research meeting and past chair of the Health Workforce Interest Group. She has been an invited U.S. delegate to the International Health Workforce Conference since 2011.

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