Emma McGraw Myers of Columbia has been appointed as the State President for AARP South Carolina. AARP is a membership organization with more than 620,000 members in the Palmetto state.
Myers is the Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Care Management, LLC which employs case managers statewide to conduct assessments, develop service plans and provide care coordination to the elderly and disabled on Medicaid. She is also President and CEO of EM Consultants—a Midlands-based small business specializing in fundraising, training and capacity-building for corporate, faith-based and grassroots organizations. Myers is one of the longest serving Adjunct Professors at the USC College of Social Work.
She has been active with AARP South Carolina for more than 10 years as a multicultural volunteer and most recently as a member of the Executive Council. “I have had an opportunity to witness this organization impact the quality of life for the 50+ population of SC,” she said. “As State President, I plan to bring my work experience and community connections in partnership with the AARP South Carolina staff to move the organization to the next level of changing the lives of those 50+ individuals we serve.”
“AARP South Carolina represents more than 600,000 people in this state. That makes AARP South Carolina a force to be reckoned with especially when it comes to mobilizing members to advocate for issues related to financial security, government accountability, utility reform, senior hunger, and of course my favorite…family caregiving,” she said.
Myers holds a Bachelors of Art Degree in Social Work and a Masters Degree in Social Work Administration from Florida State University. She is married to Brigadier General (Ret) Ralph Bailey and they have four adult children. The Baileys are members of First Nazareth Baptist Church in Columbia, SC and active in several civic and community initiatives in Columbia and Forest Acres. Myers is a 46-year Silver Star and Life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.