Board of Directors

Board of Directors and Staff

Home of Hope India-US (our official name; we became Homes of Hope as our work expanded) has an impressive, involved 12-member board of directors.  Each director has their own personal donation page, with the current project for which they are raising funds.

Miles Christian Daniels
Miles Christian Daniels
Board Treasurer

Miles Christian Daniels is a writer, video producer and public relations professional. He has worked on a wide array of corporate, non-profit, instructional, promotional and web-based videos, and produced Season 1 of the Emmy-Winning television series City of Churches. His writing has appeared in San Francisco Examiner, Seattle Times, Raleigh’s News and Observer, Atlanta-Journal Constitution, St. Petersburg Times and Surfer Magazine. He currently serves as an Account Director at LEWIS PR in San Francisco. He visited India and assisted at our orphanage in Secunderabad in 2011.

Robert C. Davis
Robert C. Davis

Bob Davis is the owner of Process Control Solutions, which sells and services industrial and life science equipment through the Northeast United States. He has been involved with Home of Hope since 2007 as a board member and mission appeal speaker. In 2008, Bob travelled to Cochin to visit and meet the young women and sisters of the orphanage there. He is married and has three children, all of which he hopes to bring to India to see our work.

Jemila Ericson
Jemila Ericson

Jemila Ericson is an actress / singer / storyteller, and former host on WHQR, the NPR station in Wilmington NC. She has many years of experience working with children with physical, emotional and intellectual challenges. She visited our orphanage in Kochi, India in 2010.

Brenda Marcoux

Brenda Marcoux is a 4th grade teacher in Shirley MA. She is married and the mother of two children and one exchange daughter from Seoul, South Korea. Brenda taught in our school in Warangal, India during the summer of 2010.

Patrick W. Marriott
Patrick W. Marriott
Board Secretary

Pat Marriott retired from the General Electric Company in 1999, after a 33-year career in management and senior executive positions, to devote himself to voluntary public service. He is a program producer and host at WHQR, the NPR station in Wilmington NC; the music librarian for Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery; and serves as an officer on several nonprofit boards of directors.

Stuart Padley

Stuart Padley is a software architect at Microsoft in Redmond WA. He has worked on various versions of Microsoft’s Windows. Stuart visits our various location in India frequently.

Vicky and Vince Smith
Vicky Smith / Vince Smith

Vicky Smith worked as a dental hygienist with her husband Vince before receiving two art degrees. She teaches ceramics at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and creates ceramic art. She has been to India twice and assists Vince in the dental clinic. She designed and fabricated the stepping stones. Vince Smith retired after practicing dentistry in North Carolina for 31 years. He has visited India twice and has done dental work in addition to assisting his wife, Vicky, in making the stepping stones for He was instrumental in obtaining, shipping and setting up our Bangalore dental clinic.

Glenn Warmkessel

Glenn Warmkessel has functioned in various roles in manufacturing and quality leadership in his twenty four years at General Electric. He is currently a supervisor with the Energy – Power & Water division in Wilmington, NC. His daughter Alison is a student at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Paul Wilkes
Board Chair & Ex. Dir.

Paul Wilkes is a journalist, writer and social entrepreneur. He founded Homes of Hope in 2006 after a visit to our orphanage at Kochi and meeting Reena, who had been blinded to make her a better beggar. He has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine and many other publications in addition to his work as a documentary film producer, director and writer. He is the author of over twenty books. His wife Tracy founded DREAMS of Wilmington, a character development program for at-risk youth that uses the arts to build self-esteem and discipline. They have two grown sons.

Janice O'Neill

Janice O’Neill leads North America Talent Management for Cushman & Wakefield, a global commercial real estate firm. She is married and has three children. Janice first visited India as a college student and knew she would be back. She visited our Kochi orphanage in 2014 with her daughter and hopes to bring her husband and other two children to visit in the future.

Joseph "Joe" Tallarico

Joe Tallarico joined the Homes of Hope Board of Directors in 2015. After meeting Paul in West Virginia in 2014, Joe, his wife and his generous daughter immediately began contributing in various ways. In 36 years with Unilever, Joe has held leadership positions in sales, marketing, training, and information technology. In his current role as Global Director of Business Operations, Joe focuses on driving global process model design, process simplification, and developing enabling technology.