MEET OUR TEAM
Senior Leadership Team
President & Chief Executive Officer
Jon Morris grew up in Pearisburg, VA, where he graduated from Giles High School in 1990. Jon went to Ferrum College, where he received a BS in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. After several years in the workforce, Jon returned to school and received his MA in Management from Regent University in 2008, with a concentration in Non-profit Leadership.
After graduating from Ferrum, Jon’s first job was at the Virginia Baptist Children’s Home, where he worked in Emergency Care. Jon then moved on to positions at the Roanoke City Health, Department and Total Action for Progress (TAP), where he led programs for young fathers and ex-offenders. In 2001, TAP received one of six national demonstration grants from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which allowed The Reaching Out to Adolescent Dads (ROAD) and the Fathers at Work programs to grow to be the largest fatherhood program in the state of Virginia. As a result of this work, Jon’s first book, “The ROAD to Fatherhood,” was published by Morning Glory Press in 2002.
In 2004, Jon was hired as the Executive Director of Support to Eliminate Poverty (STEP), Inc. STEP, Inc. provided a wide array of services for Franklin and Patrick Counties’ low-income residents. Programs included Head Start, Early Head Start, Project Discovery (college access programs for first-generation students), ex-offender services, homeless programs, Section 8, Housing and Weatherization services, Meals on Wheels, Indoor Plumbing, and Rehabilitation programs, a Private Day School named LIFES Academy, and more. During Jon’s tenure, STEP doubled the number of employees, annual revenue, clients served and increased their service area to include 3 more counties and two more cities.
In late 2013, Jon went to Family Preservation Services as an Assistant State Director and was named CEO/State Director in June 2014. Family Preservation Services, one of the largest private providers of mental and behavioral health services in the state of Virginia, provides programs such as Therapeutic Day Treatment (TDT), Mental Health Skill Building (MHSS), Intensive In-Home Services, Autism Services, Psycho-social Rehab, Therapeutic Mentoring, Outpatient Therapy, and much more. FPS provided services to more than 5,000 unduplicated clients annually through more than 700 employees serving 85% of Virginia localities through 21 regional offices.
Jon is very active at Shiloh Baptist Church in Salem, VA, where he has served as a Deacon since 2003. In addition to his role as a Deacon, he also teaches Sunday school and the weekly Men’s Bible Study, and serves as Chairperson of the Budget Committee and the Personnel Committee.
In his spare time, Jon enjoys playing golf, watching the Washington Nationals and the Virginia Tech Hokies, and spending time with his family. He’s happily married to his wonderful wife Katrina and they are the proud parents of Ameer, Nina, and Lyla.
Vice President & Chief Operations Officer
Phone: (540) 389-5468
Mr. Nash currently serves as the Vice President for Programs at HopeTree Family Services. He is responsible for providing leadership and supervision for the Childrens’ and DDM ministries. Mr. Nash has also held several other management positions since joining the HopeTree staff in 1983. Mr. Nash holds a Master’s Degree in Human Services Administration and serves on local FAPT teams.
Mr. Nash lives in Roanoke with his wife and two children.
Chief Advancement Officer
Ms. Coleman serves as Chief Advancement Officer. In this role, she is responsible for providing leadership to the Advancement Department which includes fundraising, special events, and agency communications, as well as church and public relations.
Most recently she served as the director of development for North Cross School. Ms. Coleman previously served in a variety of advancement positions at Ferrum College, including director of the annual fund, director of alumni relations, major gifts officer, and director of development.
Ms. Coleman holds a BA in English from Roanoke College and resides in Roanoke with her husband John and two daughters.
Chief of People
Ms. Guerrant currently serves as the Chief People Officer for HopeTree Family Services. In this position she not only oversees the Human Resources Department but she is responsible for developing and executing HR strategy in support of HopeTree’s overall mission and vison.
She comes to HopeTree with 10 years of Human Resources experience and over 20 years of management experience. She holds a BA in Business Administration from Mary Baldwin University and is currently pursuing her MBA in Human Resources Management from Averett University.
Ms. Guerrant is a native of the Roanoke Valley and in her spare time she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Challen Mabry
Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Challen Mabry is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Virginia. She holds a BA from Hollins University in Psychology and Sociology, a MA.Ed in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech. Her professional experience has been focused on providing community based behavioral health services to predominately Medicaid populations. Dr. Mabry has served in various leadership roles to include Director of Quality Assurance and Clinical Director for over 5 years. She has significant experience working alongside regulatory bodies throughout the transition to managed care in Virginia. Dr. Mabry has additional focused training and certifications in Applied Behavior Analysis, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. She also serves as an Assistant Professor in departments of Psychology & Human Services and Counseling Education at Bluefield College. Dr. Mabry is passionate about training behavioral health professionals to provide empathetic, evidenced-based, trauma and culturally responsive interventions. Her research interests include issues of social justice and furthering counselor competencies of evidenced informed practice.
Dr. Mabry is a wife and mother to two small girls who keep her on her toes. She is an avid outdoors enthusiast and is most happy when spending time with her immediate and extended family on their shared family property. Additionally, she enjoys ministering to others through acts of kindness, often through preparing a meal.
Dr. Mabry is very excited to join the team at HopeTree! The mission of the organization deeply resonates with her personal goals of serving others first in all that she does. The opportunity to be a servant leader for an organization that also values service to others through exceptional clinical services, is an ideal fit. She is eager to meet staff and clients over the next several months and be a resource for the remarkable work that is already occurring.
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Mullen serves as Chief Financial Officer. In this position, she oversees the Business Office, Risk Management, and the financial operations of the Agency.
She has many years of experience within the local non-profit community and has extensive knowledge of financial reporting, financial analysis, and audit management. Prior roles include Easter Seals, Family Service of Roanoke Valley, and New Horizons Healthcare where she served as Controller and Director of Finance and Administration.
A Roanoke native, Ms. Mullen earned her BA in Accounting from Mary Baldwin University and her MBA from Liberty University.
Carla Warner, LCSW, CHP
Chief Compliance Officer & Privacy Officer
Phone: (540) 389-5468
Ms. Warner serves as the Chief Compliance Officer and Privacy Officer for HopeTree Family Services. In this role, she provides leadership and oversees the activities of regulatory and legal compliance, privacy, quality assurance, and accreditation.
She has over 20 years of experience serving in a leadership capacity for mental health agencies in Virginia. Ms. Warner has successfully led agencies through JCAHO, COA, and CARF accreditations. She has a passion for integrating technology as a tool to create efficiencies for mental health staff and increase the quality of client care. She used this passion for managing the integration of electronic health records to multiple agencies, where she was responsible for the development, implementation, and optimization of EHRs to workforces of over 800 clinicians and support staff.
Ms. Warner received her BS in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and her Masters of Science in Social Work from The University of Tennessee. She resides in Roanoke with her husband, Wes, and their son, Cameron. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, kayaking, traveling, and riding her Peloton.
Board of Trustees
Rev. George Fletcher, III
Chairman of the Board
Rev. George Fletcher retired as pastor of First Baptist Church, Winchester, Virginia in 2016. He pastored four Virginia Baptist churches for a total of 38 years. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served on two other Baptist boards, GraceInside and the former Religious Herald. George is active in Virginia Baptist Disaster Response, most recently serving in Virginia Beach following the mass shootings in 2019. He is a past President of the Baptist General Association of Virginia and President of the BGAV. He and his wife, Peggy, live in Zion Crossroads, Virginia, and are members of Beaver Dam Baptist Church in Troy, Virginia. They have two sons and three granddaughters.
Mr. R. Wayne Brockwell
Mr. Brockwell is a contract attorney with Wells Fargo, specializing in compliance and securities fraud. A graduate of Ferrum College and Golden Gate University School of Law, his background includes, serving as a director for the Rockville Youth Baseball Association, affiliation with the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, and coaching youth programs. Mr. Brockwell is a member of the Lawrenceville Baptist Church and currently attends Swift Creek Baptist Church in Midlothian. He lives in Midlothian.
Dr. Bert Browning
Dr. Browning is a retired Virginia Baptist pastor, having served churches in Southampton County, Bedford County, Culpeper, and North Chesterfield over a period of 37 years. A native of Chesterfield County, he and his wife, Rose, have three grown daughters and four grandchildren. Bert is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Union Presbyterian Seminary. He is a past president of the Baptist General Association of Virginia and a past moderator of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia. He has served on the board of trustees of Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and of LifeSpire of Virginia (Virginia Baptist Homes, Inc.). Bert and Rose are members of River Road Church, Baptist, in Richmond.
Mr. Ron Clark
Ron J. Clark is a nationally recognized authority on community engagement, fatherhood outreach services, and community health issues. He has served as lead consultant on numerous private foundation and federal grant projects.
He holds a M.A. in Public Policy and a MBA Executive Education Certificate. He is a published author with numerous research and print media outlets to include, but not limited to: American Humane Association, American Bar Association Center for Children and the Law, National Healthy Black Men, and Jet Magazine.
He recently served on special assignment as Statewide Supervisor for the Virginia COVID 19 Inquiry Center. This center responds to the critical health and social needs of Virginians related to the coronavirus pandemic. Today, he serves as a trainer, consultant, and organizational development specialist to over 4,000 employees with the State Department of Health.
Ms. Stephanie P. Cook
Ms. Cook is a solo practice attorney whose practice focuses on elder law, estate planning, guardianship, and estate and trust administration. Stephanie is certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia to serve as a Guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults and regularly serves as court-appointed fiduciary to incapacitated adults. Stephanie is a two-time graduate of Radford University (B.B.A., 1993 and M.B.A. with honors, 1996) and a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School (J.D. with a Business Concentration, Cum Laude, 2002). Stephanie also served as a Personnel Officer in the United States Army Reserves from 1993-2003. Stephanie lives in Roanoke with her two children and is a member of Melrose Baptist Church.
Mr. Bill DeWorken
Bill is the President and CEO of Epoch Properties, Inc., in Richmond, VA, and manages several affordable independent apartment communities for Seniors. He is married and has four children and three granddaughters. He and his family worked with HopeTree in supplying the flooring and appliances for the Mary Louise Kelly Home in Fredericksburg, VA. His daughter, Leigh, currently lives at the group home and was one of their first residents. Bill and his wife, Mary T., have been members of Huguenot Road Baptist Church for over 30 years where he currently serves as Chairman of the Trustees.
Mr. Mike Elmore
Mr. Elmore has been employed by Roanoke City Department of Social Services for the past 28 years and currently serves as Family Service Supervisor – administering a low-income federal subsidized child care program for people to attend work and school. He holds a BS in Psychology from Bluefield College and an MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University. A significant part of his experience has been working with children in foster care, child protective services, visitation and custody in court, etc. He and his wife, Carol, have been members at the Oak Grove Church of the Brethren in Roanoke for the past 30 years. Carol is employed by the church as the minister of nurture and music. They have 2 children.
Mr. John M. Garnett, III
Mr. Garnett is the recently retired President of Garnett Refrigeration in Spotsylvania. A graduate of Richmond College/University of Richmond with a BA in Economics, he also served on the Spotsylvania County School Board for 16 years. Mr. Garnett is a lifelong member of Fredericksburg Baptist Church, where his service includes that of Usher and Deacon. He lives in Spotsylvania with his wife Elizabeth. They have two children.
Ms. Ann M. Green
Ms. Green is an attorney with Anderson, Desimone & Green, P.C. focusing on elder law and estate planning, guardianship, estate and trust administration, and Medicaid and Special Needs Planning. She received her BA in Economics and JD in Law from the University of Virginia. Ms. Green served on the Board of Good Samaritan Hospice from 2003-2008 and is a member of the Bonsack Baptist Church where she has held positions of Coordinator of Special Needs Ministry, Youth/Special Needs Teacher, and Kindergarten Teacher. She and her husband, Barry, live in Roanoke. They have two children.
Ms. Sydney Gustafson
Ms. Gustafson is an attorney with BrownGreer PLC, a settlement administration and litigation management firm in Richmond, VA. She holds degrees in political science from UNC-Chapel Hill and law from the University of Richmond. Ms. Gustafson has worked with children in various capacities, which include representing families in court matters, coaching youth basketball, and working at a residential facility for at-risk young women. She, her husband, and three boys live in Richmond, VA.
Mr. Derek Hicks
Mr. Hicks is employed as a Commercial Portfolio Manager for Union Bank & Trust. Prior to joining Union Bank & Trust, Mr. Hicks worked for several years in public accounting. He is a member of Melrose Baptist Church, where he serves on the finance committee and the counting committee. A graduate of Radford University (BBA, Accounting), Mr. Hicks lives in Roanoke with his wife, Morgan.
Dr. Melissa Jackson
Dr. Jackson works as an independent scholar of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). She preaches, speaks, researches, and writes on most all things Hebrew Bible and has authored a number of articles and a book. Dr. Jackson is also the Managing Editor of the theological journal Review & Expositor. She was on the faculty of BTSR for seven years. Dr. Jackson received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, her Master of Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (BTSR), and her Doctor of Philosophy in Theology (Old Testament) from the University of Oxford. She and her spouse, Brian, are foster parents for Henrico County, where she also serves on the FAPT team. Her church home is Grace Baptist Church in Richmond.
Ms. Edith M. Kennedy
Ms. Kennedy has worked at a number of colleges in Northern Virginia. She holds Masters and Doctorate degrees from George Mason University and a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Ms. Kennedy has held the office of VP Dressage with the Commonwealth Dressage Combined Training Association, has been a supporter of HopeTree Family Services for many years, and is a member of Haymarket Baptist Church where she has served on the Mission Committee (past Chair), Christmas Committee, and Personnel Committee. She has authored several plays and the narrative for a Live Nativity that have been performed at Haymarket Baptist Church. She lives in Gainesville, VA.
Dr. Kathy Matthews
Dr. Kathy Matthews is the Co-Director and Director of Family Services for Eli’s Village in Richmond, Virginia. She also holds faculty appointments at the University of Virginia and Longwood University. Kathy grew up in Richmond, Virginia and attended Virginia Commonwealth University for her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She completed her Master’s and PhD at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York where she also taught students with special needs from early intervention through high school. She returned to Richmond as an administrator at The Faison Center, helping to provide services to children, adults and families impacted by autism. She specializes in teaching using Applied Behavior Analysis and is a Licensed Behavior Analyst. Outside of her professional obligations, she and her husband live in Powhatan County with their two incredible little boys and two obnoxious, adorable dogs.
Ms. Morgan Meador
Ms. Meador is a Partner with BrownGreer PLC, a settlement administration and litigation management firm in Richmond, Virginia. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA and received her JD from the University of Richmond School of Law. Ms. Meador has supported HopeTree for several years and previously worked with at-risk children as a volunteer at a domestic violence shelter. She lives in Richmond with her husband and daughter.
Mr. John Mizell
Mr. Mizell is a partner and attorney with Spinella, Owings & Shaia PC. He is a past President of the Henrico County Bar Association and past Chair of the Senior Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar. He has served for many years as guardian ad litem representing children in custody, visitation, abuse, and neglect cases. He has served on the Board of Trustees for HopeTree Family Services for more than 30 years. He also served as Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2011 through 2018. Mr. Mizell is an active member of Grace Baptist Church, where he has served as a Deacon and currently serves as a Sunday School teacher and member of the choir. A graduate of the University of Richmond (BA, 1970 & JD, 1976) and George Washington University (MA, 1972), Mr. Mizell lives in Richmond with his wife, Anna Marie. They have two married sons and three grandchildren.
Ms. Mia Pumo
Ms. Pumo is an Educational Consultant and President of Constructive Learning Design. She holds a BA in Radio, TV, and Film from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Master of Education from UNC Greensboro, and a Master’s in School Administration from High Point University. A significant part of her educational experience has involved work with at-risk students. She is a member of The Summit Church in Kernersville, NC, where she has been a preschool leader and a member of the Praise and Worship Band. She and her husband, Matt Pumo, station manager for WDBJ7, recently moved to Roanoke from North Carolina. They have four children.
Mrs. Ashley Reich
Ashley is the Director of Human Resources at CSE, Inc. located in Madison Heights, VA. She specifically assists with onboarding, benefits administration, marketing, and communications for the company. Ashley holds a BS in Religion, MA in Management and Leadership, and Ed.S. in Higher Education Administration from Liberty University. Ashley is active in her local community as a Board member of the Amherst County Chamber of Commerce and the Lynchburg Road Runners. Ashley lives in Lynchburg with her husband, Peter, and son, Theodore.
Mr. Pat Shaffner
Mr. Shaffner retired as the Chairman/CEO of Sherertz Franklin Crawford Shaffner, Inc. in 1998 but has remained a very active member of his community, serving on more than 30 various boards and committees in addition to the HopeTree Family Services Board of Trustees and the Virginia Baptist Children’s Home & Family Services Foundation Board. Mr. Shaffner graduated from Virginia Tech in 1961 with a BS in Civil Engineering. He served two years with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers before beginning his engineering/architecture career. Mr. Shaffner lives in Salem with his wife, Patricia Anne, where they attend the Church of the Holy Spirit. They have a son and two daughters. Mr. Shaffner is a member of Who’s Who in America and a member of the Virginia Tech Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni.
Mrs. Carla Shepherd
Mrs. Shepherd has been employed by Wells Fargo for the past 27 years and currently serves as a Vice-President specializing in Digital Payments. She holds a BA in Rhetoric and Communication Studies from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She is on the executive board of Ivies Incorporated of the Roanoke Valley and previously served as the past Vice-President. She has also served as board secretary for Mental Health America of the Roanoke Valley. She is a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Salem, VA, and is also the Financial Secretary. She lives in Roanoke with her husband William. They have one adult daughter.
Ms. Lauren Sherwood
Lauren is the Director of Talent Development and Change Management for Moms in Motion, a company providing service facilitation and advocacy for people with disabilities in Virginia. She also provides Resource Coordination for Medical Home Plus and is the Director of Special Families of the Roanoke Valley. She has a BA with Honors in Criminal Justice from Roanoke College and a MA with High Honors in Political Science with certification in Security Studies from Virginia Tech. She completed Partners in Policymaking through the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities in 2013. She lives just outside of Roanoke with her husband and three daughters.
Mr. Thomas M. Stover
Mr. Stover is a founding Partner of RE/MAX Valley Realtors. He received his BS in Business from Mars Hill College, and his community involvement includes former Board of Directors-Junior Achievement, Member Salem Rotary, and member and former Board of Directors for the Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors as well former Chairman and member of the Professional Standards Committee. A member of the Grandin Court Baptist Church, Mr. Stover has held positions of Chairman of Deacon, usher, and co-Sunday School Teacher. Mr. Stover lives in Salem with his wife, Ellen. They have two married children and three grandsons.
Rev. Peyton Wiltshire
Rev. Wiltshire is the Pastor of Two Rivers Baptist Church in King George, Virginia. He has been a minister in Virginia for 36 years and has served as moderator of the Fredericksburg Area Baptist Association. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond and of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Rev. Wiltshire and his wife, Gail, live in Fredericksburg. They have two adult daughters.
Mr. Richard W. Wright
Mr. Wright is semi-retired. He attended the University of Richmond, Dartmouth, and the American College, earning his Chartered Life Underwriter designation. He also received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Averett University. His community involvement includes Past Chamber President, U.S. Olympic Committee State Chair, the United Way, the Averett University Board of Trustees, and Board Member of the Virginia Colleges Fund. Mr. Wright is a member of Derbyshire Baptist Church where his service includes that of Trustee, Deacon, Personnel Committee, and past Finance Chair. He lives in Richmond with his wife, Jean. They have three children.