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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Don Willis, Operations

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND FINANCE Don joined Darkness to Light in 2018. He is proud to have the opportunity to serve alongside a great team whose mission is critically needed in communities, both at home and around the world. Don’s background in business and financial management is ideal for his role with Darkness to …

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Gwendolyn Bouchie, Communications

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Gwen joined Darkness to Light in 2015 and is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a focus on corporate and organizational communication. Passionate about health and wellness, she’s managed health and welfare programs at a state and national level to better support grassroots community initiatives. Gwen has championed the causes of medically underserved …

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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

COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIST  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 managed our social media and digital …

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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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Steve Mandell, Programs

EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH SPECIALIST  Steve Mandell joined Darkness to Light in July 2018. He spent nearly 25 years in education, most recently serving as Head of School at Pinewood Preparatory School in the Charleston, SC area. In addition to being a Head of School for the past ten (10) years, Steve has held numerous administrative posts …

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Dr. Kim Longfield, Research

LEAD RESEARCH CONSULTANT Dr. Kim Longfield has more than 25 years of experience in research and international development. Her areas of expertise include translating evidence into practice, stakeholder engagement, strategic advising and communications, research and evaluation design, and capacity building. She has worked in social marketing, behavior change, social franchising, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and family …

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Donna Sherard, Communications

SOCIAL BEHAVIOR CHANGE COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT Donna is a seasoned health marketing and social behavior change (SBC) specialist with more than 20 years of global health and private sector experience  across a range of health and development topics including: adolescent sexual and reproductive health, nutrition, maternal and child health, HIV and family planning. Her areas of …

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Hon. Kristi Lea Harrington (Ret.), Progr ...

JUDICIAL AND LEGAL CONTENT SPECIALIST Judge Harrington received her undergraduate degree from Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina, with a B.A. in English. She then obtained her law degree from the University of Tulsa, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During law school, Judge Harrington was employed by the District Attorneys Office in Tulsa where she began …

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Anna Warner, Communications

MARKETING CONTENT COORDINATOR Anna Warner is a journalist and photographer with a passion for visual storytelling. She has written articles and shot photographs for numerous publications, including Beyond the Wall: Migrants, Migration and the Border, a long-form investigative journalism book on the impact of Mexican migration to Southern California. Most recently, she presented research at the …

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