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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.

 Robert Feller, Chair of the Board

Africa, and the children in our homes held a special place in Bob’s heart after his first trip in 2013. Bob served on the Chariots team as President & CEO from 2014 to 2020. Bob led the organization through a time of transition into a season of stability and growth. Before coming to Chariots, he successfully led a global financial services subsidiary of General Motors Corporation with 3,000 employees, and holds a Masters from Harvard Business School with an emphasis in finance and general management.

Bob is married to Monica, has 4 grown children, and is a devoted Purdue sports fan.

Paul Keisling

Paul Keisling was a founding board member of Chariots For Hope. He joined 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-Kulp

Jim 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 underserved 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.

In Memory

JR Ketterer, Board Member 2020-2021

While JR’s time serving on Chariots’ Board of Directors was short, his investment into the work of Chariots for Hope was not. JR’s love for the work of Chariots for Hope ran deep. He was a faithful man of God, an encourager, advocate, and passionate supporter of the work happening in the lives of our children and staff. JR has left a lasting legacy both here and in Kenya and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.