Meet Our Staff
Human Resource Director
Heidi Lasch holds a degree in psychology from the University of New Hampshire, as well as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute. She has over 25 years’ experience in human resources as a generalist, with 18 years in a management role. Heidi has worked in a wide range of industries, including transportation and logistics, insurance, scientific research, and healthcare. She has been the Human Resources Director at Palmetto Summerville Behavioral Health since January of 2016.
Heidi is originally from New England. She lived in the mid-Atlantic area for many years before moving to South Carolina. In her free time, she volunteers as an ESL tutor for the Trident Literacy Center. Heidi loves cats, and she enjoys doing crafts and traveling with her husband.
Christina Howard obtained her Associate Degree of Nursing from Trident Technical College’s program, and later went on to complete her BSN from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. In August of 2018, Ms. Howard graduated with honors in the Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama, specialized in pediatrics, oncology, hematology, skilled nursing, hospice and mental health. Christina is working towards her Certificate Professional in Healthcare Quality designation and hopes to improve quality of care and patient outcomes.
Rachel McDougall Nishimura
With a Bachelor of Science in K-8 Education and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Rachel is accustomed to teaching in a variety of classroom environments locally and abroad. Her focus is always to promote inclusion, acceptance, and success. Finding ways for students to access their academic strengths and feel successful in the classroom is her goal.
In Rachel’s current position, she works with every student to ensure their needs are being met academically, socially, and therapeutically. As part of this, it takes creative collaboration and problem solving to support the needs of the hospital and local school district; and most importantly identify ways to best serve her students.
As the Education Coordinator, Rachel is fueled by the desire to map and track academic gains, establish accountability for both students and teachers, connect with guardians and support staff, and to praise any and every academic success possible. Researching and investing in tools that help with this is priority as she works to change the idea of “school” among her residential population.
LPC/A, MA, Clinical Services Director
Susan Strader is originally from Virginia, but currently lives in Goose Creek, South Carolina. She is the wife of a retired Air Force Senior Master Sargeant, and had the pleasure of traveling the world throughout his 21 years of service. Ms. Strader holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is currently a licensed Professional Counselor Associate in the state of South Carolina.
Susan has spent the last nine years working with children and adolescents in some capacity. She served as an ABA Therapist in Charleston, South Carolina for three years prior to her employment at Palmetto Summerville Behavioral Health; where she began as a Therapist. Ms. Strader was promoted in November 2018 to Clinical Services Director and has gladly served the residents and staff ever since.