Katelyn N. Brewer, CEO

PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Katelyn joined Darkness to Light in November of 2016, bringing valuable experience to the organization, including development and oversight of global initiatives and leadership roles in fundraising, strategy, and operations. As a high energy, entrepreneurial executive, Katelyn is passionate about solving infrastructure and strategic challenges to help organizations achieve programmatic …

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Denis Chirles, COO

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Born and raised in New York, Denis Chirles joined Darkness to Light in 2015 as the Director of Operations and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2016. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry in downtown Charleston, SC where he led the Museum …

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Gwendolyn Bouchie, Communications

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS A native of the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Gwen graduated from the College of Charleston with a focus on corporate and organizational communication. Passionate about health and wellness, she’s worked on behalf of organizations with missions that include improving the health and welfare of individuals and communities. She began her …

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Erika Rowell, Programs

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS Erika grew up in Colchester, Vermont. She studied Hospitality Management at Champlain College and proceeded to work in the event planning industry for 6 years. It was during that time that Erika gained a love for volunteering, specifically with Team in Training, part of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She participated in …

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Andrea Harner, Strategic Advisor

SENIOR STRATEGIC ADVISOR Andrea Harner is a passionate child advocate. Currently she is a Senior Strategic Advisor for Darkness to Light – the nation’s leading child sexual abuse prevention advocacy organization – and focuses on fundraising and social behavior and culture change initiatives. She is also an Authorized Facilitator for the organization’s child sexual abuse …

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Jennifer Hessmiller, Programs

PROGRAM COORDINATOR Jenny moved to Charleston from Northeast Pennsylvania. She received her MA in International Relations from St. Andrews University and her MSc in Africa and International Development from Edinburgh University in Scotland. While at university, she had the opportunity to conduct field research in Ethiopia and Uganda, where she pursued her passion of safeguarding …

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Carol Hogue, Programs

PROGRAMS QUALITY ASSURANCE SPECIALIST Carol grew up in Lancaster, SC. She lived in Missouri, Kentucky, and Alabama before returning to her home state and has lived in Charleston, SC for 25 years. Carol graduated from Charleston Southern University with a Bachelor of Science and from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Religious Education. She has …

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Katherine Lee, Communications

DIGITAL MARKETING SPECIALIST Born and raised in Charleston, SC, Katherine has been with Darkness to Light since 2013. She started in the Programs Department as the Program Coordinator learning the ins-and-outs of our programs. In September of 2017, she joined the Communications Department as the Digital Marketing Specialist where she creates content and manages our …

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Kendall Sherry, Development

GRANT WRITER Kendall spent ten years as an IT help desk technician for a 100M international GIS company in upstate New York. After one too many Microsoft Office upgrades, she headed back to the State University of New York (SUNY) Schenectady and pursued a new career in the non-profit world. Blackbaud certification led her to …

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Natalie Batten, Programs

PROGRAM SUPPORT COORDINATOR Natalie grew up in Rochester, NY. After graduating from Nazareth College with a degree in History, she spent two years teaching primary school English in China and traveling throughout Southeast Asia, where she developed an interest in formal and informal educational systems. After leaving China, she decided to forego the cold weather …

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Lindsey Houston, Operations

OPERATIONS MANAGER Lindsey was born and raised in the rural settings of Minnesota. She received her BBA and MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Prior to Darkness to Light, Lindsey spent five years working for a military non-profit that focused on education, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. Through this experience Lindsey realized …

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