Board Members

Our Leaders

Board Members have a tremendous responsibility. Often times their dedication alone inspires others.
Board Members have a tremendous responsibility. They are stewards of all aspects of Ellie’s Elves: management, finances, and quality; set strategic direction, build community relationships; establish ethical standards, values, and compliance; and more importantly it is their example that sets the tone for the volunteers.

Board Members have a tremendous responsibility. They are stewards of all aspects of Ellie’s Elves: management, finances, and quality; set strategic direction, build community relationships; establish ethical standards, values, and compliance; and more importantly it is their example that sets the tone for the volunteers.

Meet The Board

Ellie’s Elves’ Board is composed of community leaders throughout the area that exemplify all of the qualities of great leaders. Their backgrounds are as diverse as the value each one of them provides to Ellie’s Elves and its volunteers. Meeting frequently, they discuss strategic issues and determine the best allocation of limited resources. When a new “need” arises, they work with the ever growing Ellie’s Elves community to step up and provide for those individuals and families. Through the board and its volunteers, Ellie’s Elves provides courage and a unique sense of empowerment to those individuals impacted by unforeseen circumstances as well as shining light during their darkest moments. Ellie’s Elves’ Board has shown their leadership and generosity by volunteering their time and numerous talents to shine their light on our community!

Ellie’s Elves’ Board is composed of community leaders throughout the area that exemplify all of the qualities of great leaders. Their backgrounds are as diverse as the value each one of them provides to Ellie’s Elves and its volunteers. Meeting frequently, they discuss strategic issues and determine the best allocation of limited resources. When a new “need” arises, they work with the ever growing Ellie’s Elves community to step up and provide for those individuals and families. Through the board and its volunteers, Ellie’s Elves provides courage and a unique sense of empowerment to those individuals impacted by unforeseen circumstances as well as shining light during their darkest moments. Ellie’s Elves’ Board has shown their leadership and generosity by volunteering their time and numerous talents to shine their light on our community!

Founder / Director, Joni Kanazawa

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Board Treasurer, Josette Smith

Josette Smith is the Treasurer of Ellie’s Elves and has been involved in the organization since very early in the founding. Josette enjoys helping with families in need and has a special interest in the Christmas program as Christmas is her favorite time of year.

When not serving with Ellie’s Elves Josette is the owner of Rappahannock Wealth Advisors and Rappahannock Tax Service in Fredericksburg. Josette has unique insight to many financial matters and brings a wealth of knowledge to the organization.

Board Secretary, Jen Surles

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Board Member, David Carpenter

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Board Member, Jessica Donelson

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Board Member, Cassaundrea Drews

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Board Member, Jennifer Hernandez

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Board Member, Minnie Lightner

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Board Member, Lee Peters

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Board Member, Melissa Reedy

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Board Member, Richard Renninger

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Board Member, Tina Renninger

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Board Member, Kathleen Shafer

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Youth Volunteer Coordinator, Windsor Kanazawa

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