Dedicated to building healthy, hopeful communities in South Africa.
Meet our Board
To accomplish our efforts to bring peace and hope in the Richmond region and beyond, we rely on the support and guidance of our dedicated Board of DIrectors.
Jessi Cates Bristol
President, BoarD of Directors
Mary is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in education. Her career is in workforce development and she has expertise in leadership and program management and is a Certified Facilitator and Trainer. Mary has traveled to South Africa four times and, since 2007 has served on the HISA Board of Directors as Secretary, Vice President and currently is the Hope in South Africa President. As a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, Mary has facilitated programs, presentations and marketing efforts to raise funds for HISA. Mary also has used her talents to assist in overall leadership and guidance for HISA program staff and activities. Mary lives in Frederick, Maryland with her husband Tony and is the proud Mom of five children and ten grandchildren.
Jessi Cates Bristol
Vice-President, BOard Of DIRECTORS
Jessi studied abroad in Kenya and graduated from Stetson University where she concluded her soccer career and obtained a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Maryland with a Masters of Social Work and a Juris Doctor, and is licensed in each. Jessi’s role as a teaching intern with Grassroot Soccer in Zambia, and her roots in Poolesville, Maryland led to her involvement with Hope in South Africa. Jessi’s expert knowledge of South African culture developed from working and living in Southern Africa many times over the past 13 years, under the auspices of GRS, HISA, Goals for Girls, and a University of Maryland Global Health Grant. Her social work and legal insight is invaluable to the overall management of HISA as Vice President and past Secretary of the HISA Board of Directors. Jessi currently lives in Washington, DC with her partner, Joe Schoenbauer, and twin sons, Nico and Leo. She works as a child mental health therapist for a local nonprofit, provides pro bono asylum legal services, serves on the Goals for Girls board and continues to be an active soccer player.
Jonathan Moore Warner
Treasurer, BoarD of Directors
Jessi attended Jonathan first went to Southern Africa in 1981 on a college rugby tour to Zimbabwe. His interest in Africa bloomed from there. He is a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Poolesville, MD and a member of the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek. Building partnerships with organizations such as Rotary International and Grassroot Soccer has been a central focus of Jonathan’s efforts. Jonathan liives on a small farm in Dickerson, Maryland with his three labs.
SECRETARY, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lauren Haney has been Secretary to the Hope in South Africa Board since September 2016. In her role on the Board, she helps ensure the Board is focused and accountable. Lauren has traveled extensively and has lived abroad in four different countries, including four months in Richmond, South Africa in 2014. During her time in Richmond, she championed a capacity building initiative to enable the community to be connected globally. As part of the initiative, Lauren led the creation and building of a computer lab with free Internet access and she supported the community center staff to learn how to use the equipment and worked with them to develop age appropriate curriculum for children. Lauren is passionate about inclusive development and improving digital literacy. As Secretary of the Board, she is excited to be able to continue to support local ingenuity and dynamism within South Africa. Lauren completed her Bachelor or Arts degree in Public Policy and Analysis and her Masters (with Honors) in Public Affairs and International Development both at Indiana University. She now lives in Washington, DC.
BOARD Member, COMPUTER LAB LIAISON
Eric is a small business owner with a passion for entrepreneurship. He has lived in five countries and has traveled the world extensively for both work and pleasure. Despite being the first to admit he has no fashion sense, Eric's most current endeavor is running a men's apparel brand that specializes in underwear, swimwear and activewear. Prior to that, he worked for a US-based consulting firm in the federal government sector; both in the US and UK. Eric joined the HISA team in 2012 and is responsible for the computer lab in Richmond. He currently lives in the foothills just outside Boulder, CO. When he is not working he spends his time volunteering with up and coming entrepreneurs, hiking throughout the Colorado mountains, DIY projects or just relaxing with friends.
Beth graduated from the University of Nebraska, Omaha with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. She first started with Hope in South Africa in 2008 as the first Grassroot Soccer (GRS) intern assigned to Richmond. She helped launch a new project of Grassroot Soccer in Richmond which included locating staff, staff training and setting up the first GRS School Interventions. Since the end of her internship Beth has returned to Richmond to provide mentoring to the Center Manager, Ovetin Ferris, and set up and executed HIV testing events. Beth recently became a member of the Hope in South Africa Board of Directors and is liaison to the GRS program. In that role, Beth assists in the coordination of Coaches' GRS training, World Aids Day Events and expansion of GRS HIV/AIDS education programs throughout the Karoo region of South Africa. Beth currently lives in Morris Plains, NJ with her husband and daughter. In her spare time Beth enjoys sports, working out and playing the Ukulele.
Joel Anderson is a principal in PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP's Public Sector Practice where he leads a team providing management consulting expertise to government clients. At Indiana University, Joel studied political science, public administration, and African studies, interning during his graduate program with the US Embassy in Brazzaville, Congo. After graduating with his Masters in Public Affairs, Joel moved to Washington DC and began working in international development, first on projects in sub-Saharan Africa and later worldwide. Joel lived briefly in Johannesburg in the mid-1990s and developed a fondness for South Africa while there. Joel has traveled to Richmond twice and has provided his organizational and personnel expertise to guide the HISA management and staff. Joel currently lives in Alexandria VA with his wife and son. In his spare time, Joel enjoys chess, motorcycling, and sports car racing.