SCHRC Board and Staff
The people behind harm reduction in South Carolina
Michael-Devereux Louis Bertin
Michael-Devereux Louis Bertin earned his B.A. in Political Science with a concentration on public policy from the College of Charleston here in South Carolina. After college, he gained political experience working on several local and state level campaigns and has three years of prior experience as chairperson of an international harm reduction coalition. Michael-Devereux has been a drug policy lobbyist for the past 3 years. He helped pass the Medical Amnesty Policy in SC and has participated in grassroots lobbying through multiple organizations. He is committed to helping the community as a whole and has the drive to do so.
Director of Human Services
She served as the Vice President of NCATOD, a state provider association, from 2009-2013 and participated in the planning committee for the annual NCATOD Conference from 2009-2012. She volunteered with the NC Harm Reduction Coalition (2013-2017) and provided training and Naloxone kits to interested individuals and organizations. She also piloted the first MAT-based syringe exchange in North Carolina in 2016. Amy was very active as a consulting voice for the Mayor’s Opioid Task Force (2016-2017) and the LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) Program, offering treatment versus incarceration (2015-2017) in Fayetteville, NC.
Councilman Henry Darby
Founder Citizens Patrol Against Drugs (CPAD) - an organization that patrolled the Liberty Hill community unarmed from 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM to prevent the selling of illegal drugs. CPAD was studied by the police departments of Columbia, Florence, and Greenville, SC. Received national award for its innovation and success. There were no drug-related deaths within Liberty Hill for 11 years after CPAD ended its patrol. The organization went into five other drug-infested communities to have drugs eradicated.
Caitlin Bryant is a student in her final semester at College of Charleston earning her B.A. in Political Science. With a background in community organization and outreach, she strives to further engage SCHRC with the local community. She does this through direct outreach and by managing multiple social media accounts. Caitlin is dedicated to improving the lives of others and serving her community.
Director of Outreach
Brittany Vannort is a student in the final stage of earning her B.A. in Social Work from the College of Charleston. She is a person in long term recovery from drug addiction and comes to us with experience fundraising for recovery and outreach in the community. Her ability to meet people where they are at is unprecedented in the state of SC.
Director of Policy
Christine Martin, LMFT, CACII, aged 35, is director of clinical services for Center for Behavioral Health, North Charleston, South Carolina. She started working as an OTP counselor shortly after completing her Master’s degree program in marriage and family therapy. In 2016 Ms. Martin was elected president of the state OTP association, SCATOD (South Carolina Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence). With that role came representations of the state on the AATOD board. She is also the spokeswoman for the South Carolina OTPs with the state drug and alcohol authority.
SCHRC Physician and Board Member
Dr. Richard Bowen
Dr. Bowen received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of South Carolina in 1980. He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 1985. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Spartanburg Regional Medical center in 1988 and continues to maintain his Board Certification. After completing his residency he worked as an Emergency Department physician for several years and then went into private hospital based Family Medicine.
Director of Operations
Ryan Kaufmann is the owner of multiple small, South Carolina businesses that engage in non-profit event coordinating and fundraisers on a monthly basis. The wealth of knowledge he has from running these for-profit companies translates closely to running our non-profit organization. After witnessing his little sister Paige's eleven year battle with opiate addiction, the heartbreaking loss of her to this crisis became the fire that fuels him to fight to help others. Ryan is also a twelve year member of ECOMC, a community non-profit organization run solely on volunteer work, fundraisers, and donations, geared towards giving back to our local community.
Ed Johnson, M.Ed., LAC, MAC, LPC, CCS
Is currently the Associate Director, Training and Technical Assistance of the Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Southeast ATTC). He is a person in long-term recovery for almost 35 years and has worked in the field of Addiction Treatment and Recovery for over 30 years. Ed is a Past President of both the South Carolina Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (SCATOD) and the South Carolina Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (SCAADAC). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Auburn University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from the Citadel
Born, raised and reside in North Charleston, 20+ yrs in business development and sales, 2 Associates degrees from Trident Tech in IT (2010 and 2012), 4+ years working with national and local Green Building non-profits in administration, education and revenue generation. Lee has spent the better part of his career as an advisor the non profit world. Specifically in capacity building, board advisement, and consulting.