About Us

|Goals|Activities|Current Officers|

The Charleston Clefts Inc. is a support group based in the Charleston, South Carolina area. The support group was created with the following goals in mind


The support group has the following activities that take place, from which you can choose anything to volunteer to help out with


Current Officers: (Click one to email that person)

President - Laurie

Andrew, Laurie's second child, born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate, changed her life forever. She felt an intense need for a support group in the Charleston area to address the needs of other parents who also faced the mental, physical, and emotional challenges of a cleft-affected child.

Vice President - Heather

Heather is the mother of two children, Amanda and Kyle. Kyle was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. She also invented and patented a brand new pediatric arm restraint for children who have cleft surgeries, called SnuggleWraps. She has a generous heart, always willing to help others who are going through the same thing that she has experienced with her son.

Chief Financial Officer - Ric

Ric is a cleft-affected adult, who is a magnificent asset to our group. It is very encouraging for parents of a newborn to see a grown man, also born with a cleft, who enjoys a very normal life, has a good job, and has a wonderful attitude. Ric's desire is to help others who will have to undergo the same treatment he faced as a child. Ric has a BS degree in Accounting and fourteen years of experience in that field. He is also the Chairman of the Supervisory Committee for a local credit union.

Secretary - Kristi

Public Relations - OPEN

Resource Coordinator - Celia

Celia is a willing worker and wonderful mom to Bryce who has a submucous cleft palate and Casey, who was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate.