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2017-2018 Board Members


Ronald E. Acierno, Ph.D.

Ralph H. Johnson VAMC Staff Psychologist

Jeffrey A. Jones, Ph.D.                      

Ralph H. Johnson VAMC Research Health Scientist

Nichole T. Tanner, MD, MSc             

Ralph H. Johnson VAMC Staff Pulmonologist

  • Contract Negotiation 
  • Budgeting
  • Human Resources 
  • Fiscal Oversight
  • 35.0% Federal IDC 
  • 25% Non-Federal IDC 

What We Do 

Charleston Research Institute (CRI) is a South Carolina 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose purpose is to advance Veterans health research.

​CRI administers medical research at Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center that is 
not VA funded.

​In other words, CRI administers research sponsored by device and
pharmaceutical companies, foundations, federal agencies (DoD and NIH), and other non-profits.

Community Members 

George Garmendia, C.P.A

CRI Secretary/Treasurer           
​Hyland, Ruddy & Garbett, ​Certified Public Accountants

Colonel (Ret) Judith A. Hughes

United States Air Force

Non-Voting Member
Kelsie Howland Page
CRI Executive Director

Amy McNaughton
President McNaughton Staffing, LLC

Brigadier General (Retired) Henry L. Taylor 

United States Navy and United States Air Force

Statutory Directors ​

Scott R. Isaacks, M.B.A., F.A.C.H.E.
Ralph H. Johnson VAMC  Director

Florence N. Hutchison, M.D.
​Ralph H. JohnsonVAMC Chief of Staff

Amanda C. LaRue, Ph.D.

CRI Chairman of the Board and 

Ralph H. Johnson VAMC ACOS/Research & Development

Comprehensive Research Administration Services

Since 1997