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

What We Do 

Non-Voting Member
Kelsie Howland Page
CRI Executive Director

2018-2019 Board Members

Community Members 

Heather Aydlette, C.P.A

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

Peter M. LaMotte

Senior Vice PresidentChernoff Newman

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.

(843) 577-5011, dial 1 then 5913

Comprehensive Research Administration Services

Since 1997 

Amy McNaughton
President McNaughton Staffing, LLC

Jordan Watkins, LMSW 

Medical university of South Carolina

  • Contract Negotiation 
  • Budgeting
  • Human Resources 
  • Fiscal Oversight
  • 25.0% Federal IDC 
  • 25% Non-Federal IDC 
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