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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Catherine Townsend, Development

GRANTS, RESEARCH, & NATIONAL STRATEGY MANAGER Although born in Portland, ME, Catherine Townsend grew up in the Charleston, SC area and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Clemson University. Catherine worked as a business manager for the City of Charleston for 17 years. In 2000, she joined Anne Lee in the founding of Darkness …

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Jennifer Hessmiller, Programs

PROGRAM SUPPORT 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 …

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Carol Hogue, Programs

PROGRAM 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, Programs

PROGRAM COORDINATOR Born and raised in Charleston, SC, Katherine has been with Darkness to Light since 2013. Working as the Program Coordinator managing our Learning Management System and facilitator communications, Katherine assists our amazing facilitators in coordinating their trainings and making sure they have the resources they need to be successful. Before she joined the …

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Kendall Sherry, Development

DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE 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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Terri Young, Finance

BOOKKEEPER Terri joined Darkness to Light in January of 2012. Terri brings over 30 years of experience in the bookkeeping field to the organization. Having lived in Maryland for most of her life, her family decided to relocate to Charleston after falling in love with the area during summer vacations to Myrtle Beach, where her …

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Jessica Wolcott, Development

DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT Jessica is a native of Raleigh, NC where she attended North Carolina State University to study engineering and business.  In the spring of 2009 she moved down to Charleston, SC to work as a Quality Assurance Analyst for Blackbaud. She spent 6 years working for Blackbaud before deciding to pursue her passion of having a career in …

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