Founder & Executive Director
Ramona Petrella Cummings. Even as a young child Ramona had a heart for orphans, but it wasn't until she was 23 that she was able to do something with that passion! After working in a small orphanage and later the Pediatric Hospital in Oradea, Romania she was finally able to fulfill that longing from childhood to make a difference. Because of her experiences in Romania she was later hired as a Parent Educator through Cornell Cooperative Extension and was introduced to the foster care system here in the States.
Through this job, Ramona was spurred into becoming a foster parent herself and was certified in 2007. Since her marriage to Jack in 2008, they have had many children pass through their home. They have two children now- one biological and one adopted! Currently, they are doing respite and short term placement for babies. Ramona keeps active at home with her babies, traveling and fundraising for the the ministry, and extra curricular activities when she has the time!
My name is Debbie King and I am married with three children and three grandchildren! I work as a legal secretary and am pleased to be able to use my skills here on the Board!
Member at Large
My name is Rick Stout. I have 5 grown children and now 9 grandchildren. For 2 years my wife and I were foster parents for one child. I have had a passion for Ramona’s ministry from the very first time meeting her 3 years ago and have contributed to Alina's salary since then. I see this new role as a way in becoming even more involved in helping Ramona maintain and even grow her ministry so that it will continue to be all that God wants it to be.
Pamela B. Houck. I've lived in the village of Fabius, NY for last 42 years with my husband, Havener Houck. I am a Registered Nurse presently working as a RN Clinical Instructor for OCM BOCES Certified Nurse’s Aide Program in Cortland, NY. I love gardening, reading, crafts, baking, and spending time with the three and four year-olds at the A Time To Grow Nursery School and with my family.
My name is Mary Mandigo and I came to know about Project Hope for the Children through Ramona when she spoke at the Lafayette Alliance Church. I am excited to assist in this ministry in whatever way God chooses. I moved to Lafayette, NY upon my marriage to Brian and we just recently celebrated our second anniversary. Between the two of us we have 9 children, 17 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren! I like to stay active and enjoy walking/hiking and photography.
I'm Larry Petry and my wife and I have lived in Syracuse for 40 years. We have two adult children and 3 grandchildren. I am a retired bookkeeper so the Treasurer position is right up my alley. I also am the Treasurer for my church, Lafayette Alliance. I became familiar with Project Hope for the Children through Ramona's presentations at church. I'm excited to use the skills God has given me to help the team and the ministry!
Member at Large
My name is Ashlea Gray and I work in child welfare as a therapist. I received my Masters in Social Work from Syracuse University and am passionate about child welfare and the foster care system. I am excited to bring my passion to Project Hope for the Children. I enjoy traveling, yoga, kickboxing, art, and my 2 dogs.