The Charleston Research Institute's board of directors in Charleston, South Carolina recently elected
Amanda LaRue to serve as chairman and George Garmendia to serve as secretary-treasurer.
LaRue is the acting associate chief of staff for research and development at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, in addition to being a MUSC associate professor in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine.
Garmendia is a CPA at Hyland Ruddy and Garbett Certified Public Accountants.
Also elected to the board for two year terms were Ronald E. Acierno, who is a staff psychologist at Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, as well as a MUSC professor and associate dean for Research College of Nursing; Joseph Butler, adjunct professor of law at The John Marshall Law School; Amy McNaughton, president of McNaughton Staffing, LLC; and Peter Wartime, president, advertising division, Chernoff Newman, LLC.
The Charleston Research Institute opened in 1997. It is a 501(c)3 research corporation affiliated with Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, which prepares grant proposals, administers grant funds and identifies research sponsors.