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Women's Leadership Circle

The Women’s Leadership Circle at the Prisma Health Midlands Foundation is a network of women who serve as community ambassadors for Prisma Health. Our purpose is to enhance the philanthropic leadership of women and to strengthen the extraordinary health care programs and services of Prisma Health.


Dianna Arnold and Toni Elkins, 2020 Co-Chairs

Dianna - I am honored and grateful to have the opportunity to serve as a chair for the Women's Leadership Circle, as well as a community ambassador for Prisma Health- Midlands. I am dedicated in helping others have the opportunity to receive the treatment they deserve, and improving the health and wellness of the women and children in our local community. Your membership pledge to The Women's Leadership Circle allows all fundraising dollars to be directed to the immediate needs of the women and children of Prisma Health here in the Midlands. Please join me in making a positive impact of the health and wellness of our community.

Toni - Being chair of WLC for two years was one of my community highlights. I met so many wonderful people and learned many things about the needs of our community and the ways in which I can contribute. Being an artist, I can be somewhat ONE-SIDED, and serving in this capacity opened my eyes to such important needs!



Lisa Arnold founded Women’s Leadership Circle (WLC) in 2010. The purpose and strength of WLC is to teach women how to take care of ourselves as we age, to be a community ambassador for Prisma Health—Midlands and to support Women and Children’s Services at Prisma Health—Midlands Hospitals.
Membership dues support Women’s and Children’s Services through a request for funding proposal process. All funding requests are presented to the full membership at the November educational presentation. After the presentations, the entire membership votes, and at the holiday party, the funding decisions are announced.

Member Benefits:

• A series of educational topics on how Prisma Health—Midlands is serving your community with innovative health care programs, state-of-the-art technology and quality patient care services to improve the lives of all that walk through their doors.
• Recognition on the Women’s Leadership Circle page of
• An opportunity to network with other members and enjoy at least one social event per year.
• An invitation to Prisma Health Midlands Foundation’s annual donor recognition event.

How To Join

Membership simply requires a pledge of $1,000 or more, payable over a 12-month period. Gifts may be made in honor of a loved one or a caregiver. A pledge form is enclosed. To join or learn more, contact Maria DeHart, 803-296-2175 or

Make A Pledge


What do Women’s Leadership Circle funds benefit? 

Since 2010, WLC has gifted more than $105,000 in membership dues to various areas of care for Women and Children Services at Prisma Health—Midlands.

2010-2013      -     $20,000 in membership dues supported the area of greatest need.

2014-2015      -     $47,000 in membership dues supported the Child Abuse Medical Assessment Program Expansion at Prisma Health                                    Children’s Hospital—Midlands.

2016               -      $12,000 supported the nurse navigator program at Prisma Health Breast Center and
                              funded post-mastectomy camisoles, special cookbooks, breast bears and educational
                              materials for breast cancer patients.

2017               -      $12,000 supported music therapy for the Acute Care for the Elderly Unit and
                              bereavement books for children through Prisma Health Hospice.

2018               -     $14,000 supported partial funding for the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit Belmont
                              Rapid Blood Infuser and Hyperthemia Pump, a low laser light for lymphedema patients in
                              speciality therapy. Funds also supported a mobile art exhibit, a collaboration between the
                              Acute Care of the Elderly Unit and Heathwood Hall Episcopal School.

2019               -      $15,000 supported funding Prisma Health Parkridge Level II Special Care Nursery which opened October 29, 2019                                  with two computerized feeding machines for the premature babies and a partial funding for the 1 year old Simulation                                Teaching Mannequin for the Prisma Health-Midlands Simulation Center and Programs.



  • Dianna Arnold and Toni Elkins, Co-Chair           
  • Eleanor Clark and Lori Lapin, Nominations
  • Wendy Wells, Membership                             
  • Juanita Wright, Immediate Past Chair
​At large: Melanie Baker, Sheila Davis, Debbie Zvejnieks

Women's Leadership Circle members

  • Mrs. Lindsay B. Agostini
  • Mrs. Dianna Arnold
  • Mrs. Lisa Arnold
  • Ms. Melanie Baker
  • Mrs. Marsha Belson
  • Mrs. Eleanor P. Clark
  • Mrs. Sheila Davis
  • Mrs. Shelly Dunphy
  • Mrs. Toni M. Elkins
  • Mrs. Peggy K. Jacobs
  • Ms. Jan L. Jernigan
  • Mrs. Jennifer Kahn
  • Mrs. Sue Kline
  • Mrs. Janice B. McDowell
  • Mrs. Heather C. Presnal
  • Mrs. Vijiyalaxmi Reddy
  • Mrs. Kelly G. Shockley
  • Mrs. Wendyth T. Wells
  • Mrs. Juanita Wright
  • Mrs. Debbie H. Zvejnieks

2020 Programs

February 28     Live Saving CPR Class 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Learn how to administer CPR and save a life!
                        Free for WLC Members, guests $35
Location: Medical Park 14, Suite 300.
Parking:  3rd level in MedPark deck in any space that is not marked Reserved. Gate code is 5343.
Clothing: Wear comfortable clothing as you will need to kneel on the floor for the technique.
RSVP by Feb. 14 - Gail Branham at 803-434-2835 or
Box lunch will be available for you to take with you.

March 10         WLC Membership Drive at Soak Spa 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  3405 Forest Dr, Columbia
Enjoy a mini-spa service; bid on auction items; enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres and fellowship with WLC members and soon to be members! Funds raised will help purchase a new microscope for the medical students learning to identify pediatric cancer and blood disorders.
RSVP by March 6  – Maria DeHart at 803-296-2175 or

April 21            Level 1 Trauma Center and Injury Prevention Programs 11:30 to 1:00 p.m.
                         Location: TBD
Learn difference between the Emergency Department and a Trauma Center. As part of WLC’s effort to educate the community, a special one-hour class will be taught after the Trauma presentation called Stop the Bleed. This course will teach you how to apply a tourniquet for penetrating injuries. Stop the Bleed was started after the Sandy Hook shooting. It was determined if more people knew how to apply tourniquets, it would have saved lives. Stop the Bleed is free for WLC members, guests $25
RSVP by April 13 – Gail Branham at 803-434-2835 or

Sept.  10          WLC Social rooftop of Hendrix Restaurant 1649 Main St, Columbia 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy fellowship with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres! Members are free. Guests are $30
RSVP by September 4 - Maria DeHart at 803-296-2175 or

October 6        Latest in Plastic Surgery and Youthful Looks 11:30 to 1:00 p.m.
Dr. Donen Davis will share the latest in plastic surgery and noninvasive techniques to looking more youthful. Dr. Davis has been voted Best Plastic Surgeon for 5 years in a row since 2015!
Location: TBD
RSVP by October 2 – Gail Branham at 803-434-2835 or

November 10  WLC Lunch and Learn 11:30 to 1:00 p.m.
                        Topic TBD
                        Location TBD
KEMOPALOOZA is Prisma Health Midlands Foundation’s signature fundraising event benefiting CAMP KEMO Programs of the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands. Join the party on April 30 at a new location—Central Energy. Tickets include music, food and drinks. Plus, guests will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items.

NEW THIS YEAR–Dueling Pianos!

Get ready for a high energy time at KEMOPALOOZA! Ivories will be flying on two baby grand pianos, as our hosts take requests for your favorite tunes. Think “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Piano Man,” “Uptown Funk.” If you can think of it, chances are they can play it!
Inpatient Rehabilitation Program at Children's Hospital

Each year, 40–50 patients at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital experience a condition or injury that requires specialized rehabilitation. Help them stay at home for care.

The Drive

Prisma Health Midlands Foundation is celebrating 29 years of the golf tournament, benefiting Prisma Health Cancer Centers, one of the largest cancer programs in the Southeast. More than 3,000 patients are diagnosed and treated each year at the Cancer Centers. Thanks to hundreds of sponsors, golfers and supporters, innovative equipment, programs and services have been funded to help cancer patients and their families in the Midlands of South Carolina.

Become a Sponsor, or Register to play today