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Teresa Castronuovo

Teresa is has a deep love for Jesus and Chariots for Hope. Teresa’s passion for this work has grown through her 3 trips to Kenya where she has had the opportunity to build relationships and pour into both children and staff members. Teresa has been married to her husband, Ian, since 2001 and they have three children. Teresa earned a BS in Civil Engineering and is a University of Delaware graduate. She previously worked for many years as an Airport Engineer. Choosing to stay home with her children, Teresa also earned her Masters of Education from Temple University and has used this degree to work both full and part-time in the local school district.

In addition to her work with Chariots for Hope, Teresa serves in her local church through children’s ministry and as a women’s ministry leadership team member. She also mentors high school girls at International Christian High School and is a coach Odyssey of the Mind, a children’s problem solving competition.


Sherri Dewalt, Chair of the Board

On the board since Chariot’s founding in 2009, Sherri is currently serving as Chairperson of the Board. She has been married since 1993 and is the mother of two teenage children.  She serves in the women’s ministry of her church, teaching inductive Bible study, encouraging prayer, and advocating for the poor.

She previously served six years on the board of Bethany Christian Services, Greater Delaware Valley.  For several years, she managed a private law practice and was a Public Defender in Hastings, Minnesota. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a duel degree from the College of Arts and Sciences and Wharton.  Earning her J.D. from Temple Law School, she served on the Law Review and was honored for her trial advocacy skills.

Paul Keisling

Paul Keisling was a founding board member of Chariots For Hope. He has join the Board for a second term in 2017. Paul has traveled to Kenya several time, providing leadership training and encouragement to the staff of the Children’s Homes. Paul has had the opportunity to serve on a number of non-profit boards in addition to Chariots for Hope.

Paul is the co-founder of Project Transition which operates psychiatric rehabilitation programs in Pennsylvania and Tennessee. For over thirty years, Paul served as the CEO of Project Transition.  He has now transitioned into the role of Training and Development as he seeks to support a new generation of leadership in his field.

Paul holds a BA in Behavioral Science from Messiah College and a Masters of Social Work from Temple University. He is a frequent presenter on mental health topics, program development, and Servant Leadership. Paul and his wife, Dorothy, reside near Philadelphia, PA. They have three children and nine (& counting) grandchildren. Paul has served with various roles in local churches including Elder, Church Planting, Small Group Ministry Leader, Young Adult Ministries, and teaching at various levels within the church. Paul enjoys any activity that takes him outdoors, especially if it involves his grandchildren.


Jim-KulpJim Kulp

Jim Kulp has served in several charitable organizations and community sports programs over the last forty years with an emphasis on the welfare and development of children and the unborn. Beginning in his twenties he did volunteer work for Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Philadelphia and for Lakeside Youth Services in Chalfont, PA. As his children were growing up he coached youth baseball and refereed youth basketball games in his local township and also taught and mentored teenagers in a church youth group. After raising a family he volunteered as a lay counselor for soon-to-be-fathers at Source One Pregnancy Center in Lawrenceville, NJ and more recently served on the board of directors of Bethany Christian Services (GDV) for six years while also providing financial counseling at a local Christian counseling center.
Jim grew up in the Philadelphia area, graduating from Abington High School then attending Elizabethtown College and Temple University. He graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of in Business Administration degree. While working in the food industry for over thirty years, with executive positions at Campbell Soup Company, Tasty Baking and Philadelphia Macaroni Company, Jim provided employers with financial and procurement expertise in the areas of supply chain, grain trading and milling operations.


Stella Mugambi Tai 

Stella Mugambi Tai joined the board of Chariots in April, 2017. Currently she is a small business lender at FINANTA, a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution in Philadelphia, PA that serves the greater Delaware Valley. Stella has a passion to serve children specifically in children’s homes, a passion which led her and others in 2006 in the creation of a non-profit called Fruit of the Vine International (FVI) which helped support several children’s homes in Kenya from 2007 – 2015. She has previously served on the board of Esperanza Health Center, a multi-cultural ministry providing holistic healthcare to the Latino and underseerved communities of North Philadelphia.

Stella holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University Of Nairobi and a master’s degree in Economic Development and Finance from Eastern University, St. Davids. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband Ken, where she continues pursue growth in the worship, the word, witness, love and service of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.



Rich Smyth

Rich served as the Chief Executive Officer at Christ’s Home for Children for 20 years, before his retirement in 2013. Under his leadership, Christ’s Home saw vast growth, as they expanded their children’s department and retirement community. He still serves part-time as Director Special Projects. Before coming to Christ’s Home, Rich spent 24 years with SmithKline Beecham, and also served in the U.S. Air Force.
Rich has been married to his wife Jeanie since 1967. They have 5 children and 8 grandchildren.