Board of Directors
Chairwoman of the Board
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.
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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!
Judy grew up in West Virginia and graduated from Marshall University. After moving to North Carolina and working in the Charlotte area, she then moved to Chapel Hill to continue her education and graduated from UNC with a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. She worked in various school systems, private clinics and then retired from Rex/UNC Healthcare working in the home health field. Judy is a member of Highland Baptist Church and has a heart for serving. She has been a volunteer in the COHM food pantry since 2020. She is married to Jackie and has a step-daughter Amanda (Scott) and two grandsons, Bryson and Parker.
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
Brittany is a graduate of NC State University where she double majored in Political Science and Sports Management. She received her paralegal certificate from Meredith College and has been working in the legal field since 2009. She is active member of her home church, First Baptist of Garner as well as serving on the Board of Directors for Community of Hope, a local charitable organization. Brittany is married to her husband of 10 years, Lee, and is mother to their 2 very active boys, Jackson (4) and Jamie (2). In her free time she enjoys traveling to the NC mountains with her family and bargain hunting at local yard sales.
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.
Max grew up in western North Carolina in the small town of Bostic, about 60 miles west of Charlotte. He graduated from East Rutherford High School, Isothermal Community College, and North Carolina State University receiving a BS in Textile Technology with an option in Computer Science. He worked for several companies in the textile industry for more than 40 years mostly as an Industrial Engineer, Controller, and finally Director of Cost. Much of his career he was very involved with computer systems. While at NCSU he married Susan Harrill Miller of Forest City, NC. After graduating from NCSU they moved back to their home area in Rutherford County. They moved several times and landed in Shelby, NC raising their 3 children. After all of the children graduated from Gardner-Webb University in nearby Boiling Springs, NC, each child re-located to the Raleigh area and married locals. In 2017, after the company Max was working for was bought out and he was eliminated Max and Susan moved to Garner to be near their children and now 7 grandchildren. They joined Highland Baptist Church and Max became active teaching Adult Sunday School and becoming an active member of the Missions Team. In 2020 Max became Treasurer of Highland Baptist Church. As part of the Missions Team he serves as liaison to the several area ministries Highland partners with. In this way he met Amy White meeting with her several times. He also started assisting in the Food Pantry of COHM on the 3rd Thursday night of each month. He joined the COHM board of directors in 2022. Max has a heart for missions helping others with needs. He has participated in several mission trips with his churches in Shelby and Garner, and is very active with the Ramp Ministry of Highland Baptist Church. He enjoys time with family and participating in missions, while using his God given gifts as Treasurer of HBC.
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.
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.