(843) 577-5011, dial 1 then 5913

Community Members 
Joseph Butler, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Law,  The John Marshall Law School

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

Donald O. Morillo, Sr., V.A.O.          
Director of Veteran's Affairs for ​Charleston County

Brigadier General (Retired) Henry L. Taylor 

United States Navy and United States Air Force

Peter Wertimer
President, Advertising Division, Chernoff Newman, LLC

Board Members


Ronald E. Acierno, Ph.D.

VAMC Staff Psychologist

Statutory ​

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 

  • Contract Negotiation 
  • Budgeting
  • Human Resources 
  • Fiscal Oversight
  • 29.0% 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.