Philanthropic Advisory Board

Dr. Ray Anton and Sylvia Rivers worked together to establish the first Center for Alcohol and Drug Programs (CDAP) Philanthropic Advisory Board to be champions for our cause. The mission of the board is to reduce the stigma associated with alcohol and drug use disorders, to advance our outreach efforts, to make CDAP their philanthropic priority, and to identify potential donors. Chaired by Robert B. Black, the Philanthropic Advisory Board wishes to expand their membership and are seeking others who feel passionate about combating alcohol and drug use disorders through research, clinical care, education, and outreach. If you are interested in supporting our programs or serving on our Philanthropic Advisory Board, please contact Sylvia Rivers at 843-792-9531 or

Philanthropic Advisory Board Members

 Robert B. Black, Chairman

Bob Black received a B.S. from Washington University (St. Louis). After serving as a Supply Officer in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Black worked as an executive for a mining and industrial mineral Company for 30 years.  Thirteen years ago he started Bliss Capital, Inc., a private investment Company which he continues to operate today.  Mr. Black has served on several corporate and charitable boards, currently serving on a Health Services holding Company board, three Foundation Boards and one private school board of visitors. Mr. Black and his wife, Mary Ravenel, have been married for 40 years, and have to two grown children, William (31) and Ann (26) both live in Illinois, his original home. Although he spent much of his work life in the St. Louis area, he and his wife have had a house in Charleston for 20 years and he now considers Charleston home.

Bruce M. Ambler, Vice-Chairman

Bruce Ambler is chairman, Board of Trustees, Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation and is retired from Constellation Energy Group, Inc. (formerly Baltimore Gas and Electric Company). Mr. Ambler was president, C.E.O. and director (retired) of Constellation Holdings, Inc. He is a graduate of Yale University with a B.E. in Chemical Engineering and has a M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School. Prior to joining Constellation in 1986, Mr. Ambler was with Air Products and Chemicals for over 22 years where he held a wide variety of domestic and international management positions. He lived in Tokyo, Japan, in the early 1970s and in London, England, in the late 1970s. He chaired the boards of and was C.E.O. for Constellation Power Inc.; Constellation Investments, Inc.; Constellation Real Estate Group, Inc.; CPI Church Street, Inc.; Constellation Senior Services, Inc. and Constellation Operating Services, Inc. He was chairman and director of Triad Investors Corporation.  He was a director of GBMC Healthcare, Inc.; and a director of the Maryland Science Center. He was also a long time trustee of the Walters Art Gallery.  Mr. Ambler and his wife, Peggi, have been married for over 50 years and have three children who are all married and 9 grandchildren.

Kit C. Bennett returned to Charleston in the nineties after travelling across the world, focusing her time in India, Indonesia, the Himalayan countries of Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan's Hunza and Swat regions, and Southeast Asia's Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.  Based out of New York, she represented Orientations Magazine of Hong Kong, and then became a jewellery designer for Arthur King Jewellery on Madison Avenue.  In 2000, Kit and her partner, Mary E. Silsby, opened Lotus Flower, a florist company specializing in orchids and other exotic and unusual flowers.

Ms. Bennett has a deep interest in helping CDAP educate the community about the newer treatment options and anti-craving medications. Her goal is for people to have easier access to treatment before developing alcohol addiction. 

Joseph J. Calandra, M.D. was elected as a member of the Foundation's Board in April 2001. He received his Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Albany and a Medical Doctor degree from New York Medical College. He is a founding member of South Carolina Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Charleston, South Carolina. He served on the Board of the Trident Independent Physicians Association for five years, two of which he served as President.

Dr. Calandra received his board certification in orthopedics in 1992 and was recertified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons in 2001, and again in 2011. He has extensive experience treating patients who have been injured while under the influence of alcohol and is quite familiar with the medical consequences of alcoholism and related diseases. He has served as a Board member of the Charleston Metro Sports Council. Dr. Calandra continues to be involved in the care of many professional and collegiate athletes in the Charleston community.

Currently, Dr. Calandra has started a new consulting company, Performance Consultants, LLC. He is actively teaching both medical students and orthopaedic residents at the Medical University of South Carolina as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and is responsible for initiating the course "The Business of Medicine" which is taught to 15 post graduate programs at MUSC.

He is a founding board member of P.L.A.Y. (Positive Life Attitudes for Youth), whose mission is encourage alcohol and drug prevention through healthy life style alternatives for adolescents. He is also a board member and officer for the Charleston Ride for Hope, which raises money for South Carolina cancer charities.  Dr Calandra is the president of Performance Consultants, LLC, and is he is on the board of Ion Surgical, Inc.

Jeffrey C. Craddock is a psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of addiction. He has worked in a number of treatment settings: inpatient, outpatient, residential, state / agency, adult and adolescent services. He is medical director, co-owner, and program sponsor for Recovery Concepts, LLC a licensed OTP in South Carolina.

Dr. Craddock has been involved in national buprenorphine research. He has developed formularies and guidelines for medication-assisted recovery programs for state and private programs. He has served on advisory boards for non-profit treatment centers, presented at the annual buprenorphine summit in Washington, DC, and served on the model of care expert panel. 

He acts as an advocate at the state level for recovering medical and legal professionals and speaks on various topics, including addiction medicine.  He has served as president of the South Carolina Society of Addiction Medicine. He is involved with local community 12 step and self-help programs.

Dr. Craddock is a MUSC College of Medicine Graduate and completed his residency at Bowman Gray School of Medicine & Wake Forest University, North Carolina Baptist Hospitals, Winston-Salem, NC.

Lawrence W. Gillespie has an extensive background in customer sales and management. He earned a BA in Business Administration from Furman University and began his career with the Westvaco Corp. in the Midwest. For over 30 years, Mr. Gillespie was a sales, marketing and operations executive with The Coca-Cola Company managing several of the largest and most strategic accounts for Coke in the US and internationally. His focus was on building mutual value and sustained growth with major customers in the retail and food service industries. After retiring from Coca-Cola, Mr. Gillespie has been consulting with several new enterprises. He and his wife Shannon have opened a retail store on King St called Campo Marzio which is the first US store of a historic Italian leather and design firm. They resettled to Charleston from Atlanta and have 3 grown children.

E. DuBose Blakeney IV (Bose) is a native Charlestonian. He attended local schools and the College of Charleston where he studied business. After a successful career in the restaurant business, he ran a photography business which has grown into a national children's photography company which he still oversees. DuBose taught photography at Charleston Southern University. He is a trusted real estate advisor and represents many local clients.  DuBose has been in the recovery field since 1987 and works closely with the Charleston recovery community. He has worked with hundreds of people suffering from the disease of addiction and considers it his life's work. 

His interests include fly fishing, hunting, woodworking, land management, boating and family life. He resides in Mt Pleasant with his beautiful wife of 18 years and his two amazing children.

He serves on several local boards. He is member of South Carolina, Charleston, and National Association of Realtors.  He is a Local Historian, Waterfront Property, Plantation and Land expert, and an experienced negotiator.

Eugene Harvey Hines,(Harvey) CFP®, is the founder and managing director of Hines Wealth Management, LLC and an independent financial advisor with LPL Financial.  Prior to founding Hines Wealth Management, LLC in 2011, Eugene served as Vice President – Investments with Wells Fargo Advisors/ Wachovia Securities.  Before joining Wachovia Securities in 2007, Eugene served as a Financial Advisor for Northwest Financial LLC, a metro-DC area firm specializing in financial services for government employees.  Eugene earned a certificate in Financial Planning from Georgetown University and is also a CERTIFIED FINANANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. 

Eugene holds memberships with the Financial Planning Association and the Financial Services Institute.  He also holds Series 6, Series 7, Series 63 and Series 65 Securities registrations through LPL Financial. 

A native of Greenwood, SC, Eugene resides in Seabrook Island, SC with his wife, Andrea, and their two Himalayan cats, Butterscotch and Molasses. Eugene is a member of the Seabrook Island Club and Westwood Country Club in Vienna, VA.  Eugene actively participates in United States Tennis Association sectional and national tennis tournaments, as well as USTA League tennis and has served as Finance Chair for the Alan Fleming Memorial Tennis Championship (voted the #1 tournament in South Carolina).  Eugene enjoys running, biking, and golfing in the beautiful surroundings of Seabrook Island, as well as spending time at his vacation home on Cape Cod.

Judge Brucie Hendricks was born in Charleston, South Carolina. Her parents are Bruce (Brucie)

McCaw Howe and the late Arthur G. Howe. She is married to Theodore (Teddy) Hendricks. They have two children, a daughter, Brucie, a graduate of the Charleston School of Law and practicing attorney, and, Teddy, a graduate of Clemson University. Judge Hendricks graduated from the College of Charleston with a double major in history and political science. After college, she worked as a paralegal at the law firm of Holmes and Thomson and then went on to law school at the University of South Carolina, School of Law. Following graduation from law school in 1990, Judge Hendricks worked as an Assistant United States Attorney for more than 11 years where she represented the United States in proceedings at all stages of trial in Federal Court in South Carolina and on appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. During her time as the United States Attorney’s Office, Judge Hendricks was the lead prosecutor in a number of high profile and successful prosecutions of the Ku Klux Klan and related white supremacist organizations in South Carolina.

Judge Hendricks was first appointed as magistrate judge to the Greenville Division on May

6, 2002, where she served for approximately nine years. She transferred to the Charleston Division in 2010, and she has been the supervising judge of the Division’s pilot drug court, the BRIDGE, since the program’s inception in 2010. On June 26, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated her to serve as a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. She received a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 11, 2014. Her nomination was voted out of committee on March 6, 2014, and she was confirmed by the Senate on June 4, 2014. On June 5, 2014, she received her commission from President Obama, and was sworn in by the Honorable Sol Blatt, Jr., as United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina.

Prior to her selection as United States Magistrate Judge, Judge Hendricks was an advisor to

the United States Department of Justice’s Weed and Seed Program in Charleston. She is a past

member of the South Carolina Bar House of Delegates and past board chairperson of the Bilingual Legal Education Program at the College of Charleston. She is also co-founder, past advisor, and board member of the College of Charleston legal assistance program. Judge Hendricks served as an instructor of law in that program and in the Political Science Department. She has also been a volunteer with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, served on the board of the Greenville YMCA, and been a member of the College of Charleston Alumni Board. Judge Hendricks is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the Women’s Law Association.  She enjoys exercising, playing tennis, swimming, and other activities with her family.

Heather Koepenick was born and raised in Orlando, FL and came to South Carolina in 1999 to attend the College of Charleston.  While earning her Bachelor of Arts for Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing, she also played for the Cougars’ varsity volleyball team, which won the Southern Conference Championship from 2001 to 2003.  She continued her postgraduate studies at College of Charleston with a Masters of Science in Accountancy.  Heather is a tax manager in the Charleston office of Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, and has been with the firm since 2005.  She has a background in bookkeeping and works with a variety of clientele, including professional service firms, real estate, and high net-worth individuals.  Her main areas of focus include commercial and residential property owners, hotels, and real estate developers.

She previously served on the board of Florence Crittenton of South Carolina, which helps young, at-risk pregnant and parenting women get the services they need to become self-sufficient and responsible mothers.

Heather met her husband Chris in Charleston.  They have been married five years and currently reside in Mount Pleasant with their one year old son, Rory.  

Steve Grant was born in NYC and lived until the age of 18 in Paramus NJ. He enrolled at Furman University and graduated in 1980. Attending Furman on a small baseball scholarship, he was Team Captain for his junior and senior years.

After graduation, Steve worked briefly for his father for 6 months in NYC and then returned to Greenville to begin his career with Northwestern Mutual in 1982 to the present. He is a Life and Qualifying Member of the Million Dollar Round Table and a member of The American College with his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation.

Steve has been an active volunteer in the Greenville community;

  • Steve started the baseball program at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and was the high school team coach for 12 years until 2008.
  • He is a Palmetto Society Member with the United Way of Greenville County and member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Order of the Paladin.
  • He is a 2-time past President of the Greenville Mental Health Association and established the Suicide Crisis Hot Line and also sits on the Board of The Family Effect
  • He is a 3-time past President of the Gateway House program which serves adults with chronic mental illness. In 1996 and 2012, his Gateway House work was recognized by Northwestern Mutual’s Community Service Foundation annual $10,000 grant awards to 20 members of the field, the latter being presented by Gov. Nikki Haley.
  • In recognition of Chris and Kelly’s HOPE Foundation, Steve was given his third Community Service Award and is one of only two Northwestern Mutual field members to have received the award three times.
  • Sponsored by Furman Football Head Coach Bruce Fowler, Chris and Kelly’s HOPE Foundation was a 2013 beneficiary of the South Carolina Coaches for Charity  at their late July event and will be a repeat recipient on July 30, 2014.
  • The 2013 annual report of The Community Foundation of Greenville featured the story of “Chris and Kelly’s HOPE”
  • After nomination by The Family Effect and Miracle Hill Ministries, Steve was selected as one of 7 “Outstanding Philanthropists” of 2013 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, SC Piedmont Chapter (AFP) as part of their November 21 Annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon .  Of those 7, Steve was then chosen as the first to receive the chapter’s “Philanthropic Achievement of the Year Award”
  • At the 2014 annual Northwestern Mutual Charlotte General Agency Recognition Lunch, Steve shared his story with some 300 of his peers and received a standing ovation after his 30-minute presentation.
  • Steve was recognized on January 17, 2014 at “Celebrate Greenville Night” with the Greenville Road Warriors hockey team for his outstanding involvement and philanthropic achievements in the SC Upstate community. The Road Warriors also recognized “Chris and Kelly’s HOPE Foundation” for the quality of life it is restoring to young people and their families.
  • Steve has been invited speak before 2 Drug Court Graduation groups. On September 18, 2013 and at the invitation of its Program Director Jamila Lockhart, he spoke to the parents and participants of the 13th Circuit Juvenile Drug Court in Greenville. On February 17, 2014, he spoke to the 15th Circuit Drug Court group of Horry County in Conway SC.
  • On April 23, 2014, Chris and Kelly’s HOPE Fitness Park, adjacent to the White Horse Academy and just off the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail was dedicated with remarks from 4th District US Congressman Trey Gowdy.
  • On October 4, 2014, Steve did a 30-minute radio interview about Chris and Kelly’s HOPE Foundation on Greenville station WFBC- FM B93.7.
  • On February 12, 2015, Steve was awarded Furman University’s 2015 Lucius Weeks’ Distinguished Service Award


Doug Dunnan is a Managing Partner of The Grosvenor Funds, which he co-founded in 1994.  Over the past 20 years, Mr. Dunnan and his partners have made over 60 venture capital investments. They have just finished their fourth fund with a focus on early stage technology companies addressing large market opportunities.  Prior to co-founding Grosvenor, Mr. Dunnan spent 10 years at Salomon Brothers. After six years in corporate finance covering technology and media companies, he spent two years on the Chairman’s strategic planning staff. Then during his final two years at Salomon, he headed the private placement of equity.  Mr. Dunnan graduated from Cornell University, Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago Business School.  He also practiced law with the Kirkland & Ellis venture group in Chicago from 1980 to 1982. ​


Philip M. Avery

Avery & Associates, Inc.

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