Staff

SOUTH CAROLINA HARM REDUCTION COALITION

Staff

Executive Director
Michael-Devereux Louis Bertin
Pronouns: He/Him

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 two years of prior experience as chairperson of an international harm reduction coalition. Michael-Devereux is committed and driven to guide SCHRC in serving those most at risk in our communities.

Director of Operations
Ryan Kaufmann
Pronouns: He/Him

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.

Director of Client Services
Julie Walworth
Pronouns: She/Her

Julie Walworth is a founding member of the South Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition. She has multiple years of experience running the precursor to SCHRC, the Lowcountry Harm Reduction Coalition, which she started with Dr. George Warren after the tragic loss of her husband to a heroin overdose. Since then, Julie has been directly involved with lobbying the South Carolina state legislature to pass Good Samaritan protections into law and to loosen restriction on Naloxone/Narcan distribution. Julie has extensive knowledge of, and contacts in the national harm reduction community. Julie is herself a person in long term recovery from heroin addiction and finds her passion in direct service to addicted individuals, meeting them "where they are at" to best serve their needs and reduce the impact their addictions have on themselves, their loved ones, and their communities.

Director of Outreach
Brittany Vannort
Pronouns: She/Her

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.

Director of Recovery
John Mahon
Pronouns: He/Him

John Mahon was born and raised in Norwood, Massachusetts. A promising student, he found himself hopelessly addicted to opiates in his early twenties. During the worst period of active addiction, John utilized the Harm Reduction services of the Boston Public Health Commission. Moving to Charleston in early 2016, John saw the lack of Harm Reduction in South Carolina. Knowing how much compassionate and safe treatment benefited him at his most vulnerable point, he began engaging in advocacy, starting with the 2018 Good Samaritan bill. John is committed to recovery, and enjoys helping people find treatment, regardless of where they are at or where they have been.

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Latest News

O.D. deaths chart
S.C. teen who died of heroin overdose was never offered key addiction treatment

"Ashlyn died six months ago at the age of 18, about a year-and-a-half after trying heroin for the first time, never having tried an outpatient, medication-based treatment program that experts agree should always be presented as an option to opioid-addicted patients."

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Surgeon General discussing Narcan distribution
S.G. Urges Americans to Carry Drug That Stops Opioid Overdoses

"The United States Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome M. Adams, issued a national advisory Thursday urging more Americans to keep on hand and learn how to use the drug naloxone, which can save the lives of people overdosing on opioids. Naloxone has already revived thousands of overdose victims..."

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S.C. O.D. death chart
Bill would give wider access to narcan in South Carolina

"A bill which would give easier access to opioid antidotes, like narcan, has moved on to the South Carolina State Senate. 'The goal is to save lives and to get people into recovery... this bill allows approved community organizations to give out narcan, to people who need it who are going through addiction.'"

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