(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

​​Investigator 

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.