Executive Board Of Directors

Jeannette Cordor, Founder/CEO




SMerithewScott Merithew, CPA, Board Chair

Scott and his wife, Mary Virginia, have raised three children in Richmond over the past 18 years.  He is a CPA and provides professional services for EY.  In addition to his commitment to helping raise healthy families at The Faces of Hope, Scott is also the Board Chair at Girls Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  A graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond, Scott enjoys  spending quality time ’ with his family and friends.



CVogelChristian “Kirk” Vogel, Treasurer
Attorney at Law

Kirk Vogel is an attorney with the law firm of Vogel & Cromwell, L.L.C.  He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law.  Kirk received his undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee University, where he was a member of the swim team.  Kirk is originally from Roanoke, Virginia and moved to Richmond in 2004, where he now resides with his wife and two kids.  He has served on the board of the Faces of Hope of Virginia since 2014.



Jenn Cox, Secretary

A Realtor with Keller Williams Midlothian, Jenn is​ a graduate of Strayer University, majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis on Legal Studies; and the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies, majoring in Paralegal Studies.​ ​

Jenn provides​ excellent customer service and​ ​enjoys meeting new​​ people. Her passion is helping clients find the right house to call home. ​Her drive ​and​ dedication ​to ​help​ ​others ​is​ what motivate ​her​ the most.

In her free time she enjoy spending quality time with her two beautiful children.



Board Members

JAyersJohn Ayers

John is general counsel for the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and is their primary lobbyist.  Before joining VTLA, he was a trial attorney for the personal injury firm of Marks and Harrison for over 10 years and managed their Fredericksburg office.  He attended Virginia Tech and the T.C. Williams school of law at University of Richmond.  John lives in Hanover with his wife and three young girls.



Leigh Busby

Professionally, Leigh is the Director of Community Relations at YWCA Richmond where she focuses on building and fostering relationships to increase agency and program awareness, donations, and volunteer engagement.  She enjoys collaborating in a team environment and discovering unique ways to solve problems and accomplish goals that support the Richmond community.  Leigh is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the 2013-14 Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program through Nonprofit Learning Point and VCU. In her free time, you’ll find her outside running, biking, or hanging out by the river, checking out new Richmond restaurants and breweries, and listening to music.


Katisha Kersey

A resident of Richmond for more than 30 years, Katisha is passionate about enjoying and giving back to the thriving local community. Outside of the office, Katisha is active in her church, provides private in-home tutoring to middle and high school students, and volunteers with HandsOn Greater Richmond. In the Junior League of Richmond, she leads the committee that organizes the successful annual Touch a Truck fundraiser.

A University of Virginia alumna, Katisha was recognized as Teacher of the Year by the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce after her first year of teaching Spanish at Tidewater Academy. For the last eight years, she has served as the Training Coordinator for a privately held company that manages thousands of residential units around Richmond and several other states. As a regular at the farmer’s market and a recent convert to running, Katisha is thrilled to support Faces of Hope in their fight against childhood obesity.

TSmith Terry Smith






Dr. Paula Young

Paula Young works as a pediatric hospitalist and ethics fellow with Bon Secours Healthcare System of Richmond, VA. My educational background includes a Neonatal-Perinatal fellowship at Emory University, Doctor of Medicine from the University of Virginia, M.S. of Healthcare Ethics from Creighton University, and a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University. I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a current member of the Bon Secours Ethics Committee.

In my free time I enjoy travel, gardening, and cooking. My most memorial trips for exposure to cultural diversity include Buenos Aires, Egypt, Ghana, South Africa, and China. My gardening is linked to food. I only tend to edible items such as tomatoes, peppers, mint, and basil.  I exercise but not always for enjoyment, sometimes it’s a necessity!