Leadership

The leadership of the Emerson Rose Heart Foundation consists of Board Members and Medical Advisors who are committed to serving and changing the future for those affected by CHDs.

Jason Smith
Jason SmithCo-founder | Board Member
Jason is Emerson Rose’s Dad and the co-founder of the Emerson Rose Heart Foundation. He is a native of South Carolina and graduated from Southern Wesleyan University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. Jason lives with his wife, Susan, in Clemson and is self employed working in real estate. Jason loves spending time with his family and serves as an elder at Crosspoint Church. Jason’s ultimate goal in serving through the ERHF is to make an eternal impact by displaying the hope exclusive to Jesus Christ to families encountering the most difficult days of their lives.
Susan Smith
Susan SmithCo-founder | Board Member
Susan is Emerson Rose’s Mom and the co-founder of the Emerson Rose Heart Foundation. She is a native of South Carolina and attended Clemson University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and a Master’s degree in Counselor Education. Susan lives in Clemson with her husband Jason, and enjoys spending her days at home with their two children, Rowan and Campbell Jane. Susan is very passionate about serving families who are affected by congenital heart disease and sharing with them the love of Christ.
Dr. Eric Graham
Dr. Eric GrahamMedical Advisor
Dr. Eric Graham is a pediatric cardiologist and graduated with his medical degree from the University of Illinois in 1999. He is now an Associate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) where his professional interest is in pediatric cardiac critical care.
Dr. David Steflik
Dr. David SteflikMedical Advisor
Dr. David Steflik is a pediatric cardiologist and graduated with his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and did his residency at Washington University in St. Louis. He is currently a Fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Liz Lucey
Liz LuceyBoard Member
Liz is a Registered Nurse at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in the Pediatric Cardiology ICU (PCICU). She is a native of Stony Brook, Long Island, New York but has lived in Charleston since 2000, when she met her best friend, and now husband, Lorcan Lucey. Liz was one of Emerson’s nurses and took care of her many times in the PCICU. Liz is very passionate about helping children and families affected by congenital heart defects.
Dr. Sinai Choi Zyblewski
Dr. Sinai Choi ZyblewskiMedical Advisor
Dr. Sinai Choi Zyblewski is a pediatric cardiologist and graduated with her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2002. She is now an Assistant Professor at MUSC where her professional interests are in fetal cardiology, pediatric cardiac intensive care and echocardiography.
Brian Bentley
Brian BentleyBoard Member
Brian is originally from Powder Springs, GA. He moved to the Spartanburg, SC area in 2004 with his wife, Tina. They now have two children, Zachary and Anna Grace. Anna Grace was born with Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome. As the father of a child born with a heart defect, Brian appreciates the work and impact of ERHF. He is grateful to be part of a team which strives to raise awareness about not only the physical heart but our spiritual hearts as well. Brian is an elder at Hope Point Church. He has owned and operated a realty company since 2004, called Bentley Ventures, LLC. The company provides multiple services throughout South Carolina, specializing in residential real estate appraisals in the Upstate area. When Brian is not leading his team at Bentley Ventures, he can normally be found with his family, at the gym training, or running/mountain biking on the trails around the Upstate SC areas.
Carrie Smetana
Carrie SmetanaBoard Member
Carrie Smetana is a native of Clemson, S.C. She was born with a congenital heart defect, bicuspid aortic valve stenosis. In 2013 she had open heart surgery to replace her aortic valve. She is passionate about about bringing members of the CHD community together and raising awareness about congenital heart defects and the need for ongoing care for CHD patients as children transition from childhood to adulthood. She is married and has 2 children.