Anna earned a B.S. in Business Administration: Accounting from Meredith College in 1986. Anna is the Controller at an independent broker-dealter firm in Raleigh where she is responsible for its accounting functions and pension plan. She also coordinates the appointments for client reviews and service needs. She joined the firm in the fall of 2015. Prior to that, she was the Resource Analyst-Accountant in Surgical Services at Rex Healthcare where she worked for 22 years with a concentrated focus on the revenue cycle, expenditures, budgeting, and cost accounting. Originally a native of Edenton, NC Anna claims the Garner community as her home since 1991.
Philip Dail, known to people around the world simply as “PDail”, has been living in the
Garner area since 1982. Previously he lived in Edgecombe County where he taught and
worked on his family farm. After moving to Garner, he taught at Garner Senior High School
from 1982 until 1994 where he taught chemistry and physics and coached Science
Olympiad teams to national level competitions. In 1994 he left to join the faculty at NC State
University. He taught chemistry there before becoming full time as an administrator in the
College of Textiles. In 2006, he married Sara, a high school classmate, who according to
him has made him a far better person!
Sara and PDail are members of Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh where
they are involved in several different activities. Before he retired, he taught for more than
forty years; first in high school and then at North Carolina State University, where he served
as the Director of Advising and Admissions in the College of Textiles for over fifteen years.
In 1985, he was selected as the Teacher of the Year (K-12) for the state of North Carolina.
In 2010 he was chosen as a Distinguished Professor by the student body at NC State
University. He retired from NC State in January of 2012. In February 2015, he was
honored to receive the Tarheel of the Week Award sponsored by the News and Observer.
He continues to be involved in education as a tutor for high school chemistry and physics
He has been traveling around the world for more than forty years and has visited over fifty
countries. He has also traveled in all 50 states in the USA! While traveling, PDail has been
intentional in meeting the people where they live in their communities. This has resulted in
relationships that have been key to connections making serving his friends in these
countries more meaningful and relevant.
In September of 2009, he recognized a need to form a nonprofit to facilitate the service he
wanted to provide people he was meeting in his travels. At this time, Together We Can, Inc.
was formed. He serves as the Executive Director overseeing partnerships locally and
Before this, PDail and his wife, Sara, had been serving families and small coops in about
twenty countries working with them in a fair trade relationship by selling their products in
Beleza, their fair trade store located in Cameron Village in Raleigh, NC. This store operated
from November 2005 to January 2015. Now Philip and Sara are continuing this work with
their online store, Crafted by Friends. Philip was featured by WRAL-TV for their work.
PDail is an avid gardener with almost 100 rose bushes with about 85 different colors. He
enjoys photography, cooking, fishing and does some writing as well.
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The Triangle became Lesa’s home in 1984 after she finished up her graduate degree in Business and headed to Wake County for a career within the desk top computer industry. During this time, Lesa worked with her church youth group and with several Christian nonprofits. Her desire to work more closely with Christian nonprofits began to grow.
After 14 years within the computer industry, Lesa transitioned into the nonprofit sector working as the Grant Director for the A.E. Finley Foundation. During this time, God gave opportunity to work with many Christian and faith-based organizations and to see opportunity for the church to engage deeper in community and for nonprofits to network for increased capacity.
In 2017, Lesa began to work as a nonprofit consultant in the areas of capacity building and strategy. Currently, she is working solely with Jobs for Life (JfL) a Christian nonprofit whose mission is creating pathways to meaningful work and entrepreneurial opportunities through community engagement. JfL vision is for all to know their God given dignity and how He desires to use their talents and skills within the realm of meaningful work and relationships. The foundation for this vision is the JfL curriculum and other products being delivered within a community engagement model.
Lesa volunteers with the Jfl class held at Community of Hope Ministries and within North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women. She also serves on several nonprofits’ boards and advisory committees. She is very thankful to the Lord for allowing her to join Him in His work as she partners closely through meaningful work and passionate volunteering with Christian nonprofits and church. He has continued to answer her prayer from many years before.
Lesa lives in Garner and Is a member of The Summit Church. She and her husband have two grown daughters and one son-in-law. We enjoy all of ACC basketball and football, but are loyal and loud (not obnoxious) NCSU fans. Go PACK!
Chairman of the Board
Jim was present in the meeting when Community of Hope Ministries was birthed in the minds of the leadership of the First Baptist Church of Garner. He whole-heartedly agreed that not only was there a need for the original ministry (the after school program for at-risk students in the Garner community) but that this was a great example of the Lord inviting us to join Him in the work that He was doing in hearts and lives all around us. Eight years later he joined Community of Hope Ministries as the Vice President, later shifting over to serve as a board member then board chair. Jim moved to Garner 35 years ago when his bride Beth accepted the call of the church to serve as the Worship Leader. Jim and Beth have been married for 40 years and are the parents of James (Shauna), Jack, Jenny (Kyle) and Mary Beth (Bruce), and the best part…grandparents to Jamie, Riley and John.
Jim recently retired from his career in HVAC sales and management. His hobbies are singing, reading, and following his Alma Mater NC State Wolfpack. His joy is found in studying and teaching God’s Word in small group bible studies.
Chris was born in Alexandria Virginia, graduated from Bertie High School and attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute, majoring in engineering. At the height of the Vietnam War, Chris volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army and spent two years in Natrang, Vietnam where he began his accounting and finance career as Chief of Civilian Pay for the Army. In this position he supervised a support staff of 26 and was responsible for paying 3,500 Vietnamese civilians who were employed by the U.S. Army.
After discharge from the Army, he resumed his education at Campbell University, where he obtained a degree in Business Administration with a specialty in Accounting. He worked 30 years in manufacturing accounting and another 10 years in various aspects of construction accounting and tax preparation. He has volunteered with many different service organizations including the Jaycees in Zebulon, N.C. Chris has served as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader. He has also volunteered with Christian Library International and is a supporter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
In 2005, Chris was asked to manage the accounting and tax preparation for a new 501c3 charitable organization in Garner. He agreed to join Community of Hope Ministries as a volunteer and has continued in that capacity for the past 11 years. He secured additional education and training in accounting for nonprofit agencies to supplement his knowledge and skills, and became an IRS Certified Tax Professional.
Chris currently is Treasurer for Community of Hope Ministries in a volunteer capacity. He manages all accounting, banking, payroll, and non profit tax preparation (monthly, quarterly, and annual tax reports, and their 990’s) for the organization.
Chris and his wife Ruth live in Garner and attend First Baptist Church where Chris sings in the Worship Choir. He volunteers in the Food Pantry and participates in work projects through the Carpenters Hand program which is part of COHM and N.C. Baptist Men. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking and gardening.
Andy joined McGuireWoods Consulting in November 2015 as a vice president of MWCAdvocacy. He has been involved in public policy work for more than a decade and most recently served as director of Intergovernmental Affairs for North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.
In his role as Governor McCrory’s director of intergovernmental affairs, Andy served as the political liaison between the governor’s office and state and elected officials and community leaders. In addition to his latest role in the McCrory administration, he had previously served on the governor’s transition team and as state political director of the gubernatorial campaign in 2012.
In 2016 he was honored by Governor Pat McCrory with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
Board member, Tryon Palace Commission
Jenny brings more than 30 years of experience in the world of marketing and advertising. Her passion for helping her clients and providing them with resources to achieve their goals motivated her to branch out and form her own agency, Martin Communications, in 2011. Jenny lives by the motto of “Good work for good people.” That motto, combined with her eye for detail, her sales mentality, and her hands-on approach has resulted in the success of Martin Communications and her team. While Jenny is a savvy businesswoman, she is first and foremost a wife, mom and grandmother. As often as possible you can find her playing with her grandchildren or heading to the beach! She loves boating, golf, traveling and crafting.
Keith Perry brings over 25 years of technology leadership to the Board at Community of Hope Ministries. Currently, Keith serves as Global VP, Professional Services at Docebo, Inc., a SaaS software company with the #1 LMS platform in the Learning & Development industry and headquartered in Milan, Italy.
Keith and wife Debbie moved from Charlotte to Garner with their 2 sons in 1994, and added a daughter in 1998. Keith and family have been members at First Baptist Church Garner since 1994, where he currently attends and has served as young couples teacher, high school boys teacher, member of the personnel committee, and as chairman and member of the deacon ministry.
Keith earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), Computer Information Systems at Appalachian State University.
When he’s not working or serving in ministry, Keith values his time with family, playing golf, walking and traveling.
Tim Stevens was a sports reporter for the Raleigh News & Observer for 48 years. He twice was named among the top 10 sports beat writers in the country. He wrote the initial North Carolina high school sports record book. Tim is a member of four halls of fame, including the National High School Sports Hall of Fame. He is the founder of Show N Tell Ministries, a non-profit Christian organization that presents events that show Jesus Christ's love of all people. He is married to Donna, has three children and one grand child.
Mr. Strach is a trial lawyer who regularly represents management in labor/employment law and related matters. A significant area of Phil’s representation of employers and management includes advising clients on covenants not to compete and litigating claims involving restrictive covenants, trade secrets, and other business-related litigation. Phil also regularly defends management and employers in employment discrimination cases and counsels management on how to prevent or reduce the risk of these lawsuits.
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Jessica is a native of Garner, North Carolina. Jessica graduated from Garner Senior High School in 2003. She worked as a summer receptionist for The Garner Chamber of Commerce from 2002-2006. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2007. She earned her Master of Arts in Education Degree from East Carolina University in 2011 while working as a full time classroom teacher. Jessica has 13 years of experience in Wake County Public Schools. Jessica is a member of First Baptist Church of Garner. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Matt Wrench and they have 1 daughter, Samantha. Jessica enjoys studying God’s Word and traveling with her family.