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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Audrey Pitonak-Goff

Office Administrator

Audrey holds an MBA with a focus in management from Grand Valley State University and has experience in both nonprofit and for-profit companies as well as at all levels of education. She has acquired a unique global perspective having lived and worked around the world  before settling in Charleston. She brings with her a plethora of experience ranging from grant writing and fundraising to operations and project management. She is looking forward to the opportunity to support volunteer services to seniors in the community.

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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.

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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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.

Andy Richardson

Board Member

Andy was an original founding Board member of FIAGKV, and we are thrilled to welcome him back. In his work life, he serves as Senior Vice President of SmartCasualtyClaims, but service to others is the real passion in his life, as demonstrated by his deep commitment to the community through the work he performs for his church, in public service, and through education outreach. His interests are many: he is one of Charleston's proudest sons and biggest cheerleaders; he is a vocal ambassador for his alma mater, West Virginia University; he is a devoted family man; and he works tirelessly to advocate and raise funds for organizations close to his heart.

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Amy Boggs

Board Vice Chair

Amy is a Grants Program Manager for the WV Governor's Highway Safety Program. Her experience runs the gamut from non-profits and government agencies to radio and retail.  She volunteers with a small group of organizations in the Greater Kanawha Valley and began working with FIAGKV planning the first Sweet Charity event. What better combination than helping people and dessert! Besides dessert, Amy truly believes in the mission of FIAGKV and is looking forward to being more involved in the growth of the organization.

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.

Emily Hensley

Board Member

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.

Virginia Slack

Board Treasurer

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.

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Donna Edmondson

Board Member

Since moving with her family to Charleston from her native Nashville, TN, Donna has been a force for good in her adopted community. When her daughter left for college all the way across the country, Donna discovered Faith in Action and quickly became a champion volunteer, logging countless miles on behalf of those she serves. Our care receivers adore her quick wit, ready smile, and bountiful heart. We look forward to Donna's assistance and stewardship of our volunteer effort as a member of the Board.

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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.