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Staff & Board of Directors

This group of people came together with the common goal of putting their faith into action to serve their communities. Each of them brings a unique perspective, talent, skill, and passion for leaving the world a better place than they found it. We are lucky to have them as part of our team, and try to tell them so as often as possible.

Does our mission speak to you? Do you believe you have unique gifts, special skills, untapped talents that could help make Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley stronger, better, more efficient? We would love to hear from you! Send us an email and let's talk!

Jennifer Waggener

Executive Director

Jennifer's work with the Alzheimer's Association was the spark that ignited the passion to do something to fill the gaps in service that often exist and to help enable people to remain independent, in their own homes, as long as possible. She is thrilled beyond measure to be working with so many dynamic and respected people to help build and grow Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley.

Morgan Young

Volunteer & Communications Manager

Morgan was our first staff hire and is a wonderful asset to our program. She is a Marshall grad and a gifted graphic artist, but the talents she brings to her new position with us are many. She is already helping to streamline some of our processes, and is making improvements to the way we measure the impact of the work we do. She is a also skilled organizer and event planner. But her most valuable contribution to our organization is the way she works directly with our care receivers with such immense kindness, grace and compassion.

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Carrie Jones

Board Chair

Carrie is the Corporate Communications Manager for HealthNet Aeromedical Services. The desire to give back to her native state lead to her discovery of FIAGKV. The ability to volunteer after work has allowed her to set up a monthly routine with two clients who need transportation to the grocery store. Carrie has seen first hand how important FIAGKV’s services are to our community and is honored to have the opportunity to advocate and volunteer for the organization.

Emily Hensley

Board Treasurer

Emily grew up in Wayne County and attended WVU Tech in Montgomery. After graduating with a degree in accounting in May, 2014, her career led her to Charleston, and she currently serves as a Financial Specialist for HealthNet Aeromedical Services. In her spare time, Emily recently achieved Master Gardener certification. She has fallen hard for this little pocket of West Virginia and is proud to call the Kanawha Valley home. She is excited to be part of the FIAGKV Board, bringing her talents to the organization while making a positive impact in the community.

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L.J. Fairless

Board Member

After graduating from Marshall University and a brief career in broadcasting, L.J. soon began working in the family business. He was named president of Snodgrass Funeral Home in 1992, and after the deaths of his grandmother and mother in 1995, he became the 4th generation owner and operator in 1996. L.J. is married to Lia DiTrapano Fairless and they have two children, Ben and Francesca. Service has always been first and foremost in the Snodgrass family, and with over thirty years in this profession, L.J. inherited the desire to give back to his community. He loves the Kanawha Valley and is very proud to be actively involved in a leadership capacity for a variety of civic and community organizations.

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Michael Raymo

Board Member

Mike is the Director of Engineering for West Virginia American Water and oversees numerous water and wastewater related construction projects across the state.  As an Army Veteran, Mike values selfless service and sees FIAGKV as a way to put that into practice. He strongly believes in the sanctity of life, regardless of age, and wants to be a part of giving our older neighbors the respect and dignified support they deserve. While he wasn’t born in West Virginia, Mike got here as quickly as he could and currently resides in Charleston with his family. 

Virginia Slack

Board Vice Chair

Owner of Virginia C. Slack, CPA, Virginia has been in tax preparation for over 40 years.  She recently served as the President of the West Virginia Society of CPA’s and a member of their Board for over 7 years. She has been an active member of Christ Church United Methodist, which has included serving as the treasurer for the women’s group for over 25 years.  She is excited to serve as Treasurer for Faith in Action to lend financial advice to such a worthy agency.  Virginia, a native of North Carolina, proudly claims to be a “West Virginian by choice” since 1978.

David Campbell

Board Member

David Campbell retired after spending 39 years as Vice President of Sales with MRC Global/McJunkin Corporation. Since retiring, David and his wife Sandy have found many volunteer opportunities with several of them involving First Presbyterian Church in Charleston. They learned about Faith in Action and eventually worked on several “Honey Do” projects leading to expanded growth in that direction. David enjoys playing tennis and golf. He resides in Charleston with his wife Sandy. They have two sons and one very special granddaughter, Julia.

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Janet Flanagan

Board Member

Janet is a retired educator and clergy member, having served in several United Methodist Churches in West Virginia. She has vast experience working with people of all ages and backgrounds through her many years of service in the church at local, state and national levels. She has also been able to utilize her teaching background in several creative ways, most recently by leading workshops in areas of interest to Older Adults. Her work as a hospice chaplain helped her recognize the needs of the whole person. By calling on her studies and teaching on issues of aging, she has a much-needed voice to add to Faith in Action.

Catherine Gerichten

Board Secretary

Catherine, better known as Kitten, is a Senior Account Executive with the Hilb Group of WV, Inc. and has more than 40 years of experience in the insurance industry. For the last 10 years, she cared for her aging parents, and was the primary caregiver for her mother as she navigated dementia. These days, Kitten looks forward to giving back to her community and assisting our older neighbors through her work with Faith in Action. 

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Orlando Craighead 

Board Member

Orlando is the current Executive Director of the Kanawha Coalition for Community Health Improvement. This organization was founded in 1994 by Kanawha County hospitals working in partnership with other local organizations. The mission of KCCHI is to identify and evaluate health risks and coordinate resources to measurably improve the health of the people of Kanawha County. He is also engaged with the Wild Wonderful Healthy Westside, Healthy Communities Smithers/Montgomery, and the Spotted Owl Healthcare Association. Orlando’s passions are public health, coalition building, and community equity – all of which make him a valuable resource to Faith in Action.

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Whitney Humphrey

Board Member

Whitney Humphrey is Communications Administrator for the West Virginia Housing Development Fund. She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Marshall University and is currently pursuing a master's in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University. In addition to work and school, Whitney stays busy with her two young daughters and serving in the nursery at River Ridge Church in Charleston. She and her family currently reside in Marmet. Whitney is excited to serve on the Board of Directors and play a role in the continued growth of this amazing organization. 

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