The Board of Directors were carefully chosen to represent the interests of HopeMatch. Each member is committed to the following standards in their dealings with HopeMatch and in their personal lives:

  • Keeping everything that is discussed at HopeMatch board meetings and dealings with HopeMatch confidential
  • Serving the interests of HopeMatch for at least 2 year
  • Practicing integrity in every area of his or her life
  • Being transparent and practice good communication skills with other Board Members and volunteers
  • Committing to grow spiritually
Erin Blackmore Erin Blackmore — Executive Director

Erin Blackmore is the Founder and Director of HopeMatch. She moved to the Charlotte area after getting her degree in Sociology from College of Charleston. Erin spent many years working as a Food Stamp Case Manager for the Department of Social Services.

She developed a heart for the people who often fell "through the cracks" and were in desperate need of hope in their lives, as they didn't qualify for many State or Federally funded services. Erin also spent some time as a Volunteer Coordinator for a local Hospice organization, and saw first hand the financial struggles that people often have when faced with a terminal illness. These life experiences led Erin to found an organization that helps support those people in our community who are overlooked and forgotten...a place where they can find HOPE.

Erin is humbled and amazed every day at how people from every walk of life come together to serve others through HopeMatch. The heart and passion of the people who work with us is overwhelming. Erin looks forward to many more years serving through HopeMatch and seeing how the vision of HopeMatch plays out over time.

Erin Blackmore Van Wade — Board Chairman

Van has been married to his wife, Cathy, for 23 years. They have one son, Greyson, who is a sophomore in college.

Van has been an educator for 30 years. He and Cathy love to spend time together in the mountains and attending musicals and the theater. Van and Cathy have worked as volunteers with Hope Match for the past five years.

They have enjoyed working with other volunteers during gift wrapping season, and he is now very excited to lend his experience and talents to HopeMatch.

Joy Shearer Joy Ferrell — Treasurer

Joy Ferrell is a CPA with a global accounting firm.  She has over 15 years of experience in the field of accounting and finance.  She graduated with a degree in Accounting from Bob Jones University.

Joy is excited about using her talents to be a good steward of HopeMatch's resources, but most importantly, sharing hope with those who feel hopeless.  As a native Charlottean, she is energized to see those in her community encouraged with the gift of hope throughout the year.

Shavon Sanders Shavon Sanders — Secretary

Shavon Sanders is an Underwriting Assistant for The Zenith Insurance Company. She has been employed in the commercial lines insurance industry for over 7 years. She is a native of Columbia, SC where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing from Benedict College.

Shavon enjoys giving back to her community and has been involved with several local organizations, including Hands on Charlotte. She is excited to use her skills and passion for volunteerism and leadership to assist in the overall impact of HopeMatch within Charlotte and surrounding areas.

Bryant Mende Bryant Mende — At-large Member

Bryant Mende has worked in the commercial real estate industry for over 25 years after graduating from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He has had a passion to help others starting with involvement in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program 25 years ago.

He is currently working on a startup food collection mission at Topsail Beach designed to collect leftover food from departing vacationers for donation to a local food pantry. Bryant is thrilled to add his efforts to the HopeMatch mission and is excited about the passion and energy throughout the HopeMatch clients, volunteers and leadership.

Senetra McDuffie Senetra McDuffie — At-large Member

Senetra is a Claims Examiner for Sedgwick Insurance Company, where she investigates and evaluates insurance claims for a range of commercial companies. She has been active in the insurance community for over 20 years. She learned about Hope Match from a coworker when she was researching outreach projects for her local office during the holidays.

Although, Senetra is not from Charlotte, NC she has adopted the Queen City as her home and is known for talking about how much she loves the city. Senetra has a heart to serve, motivate, and connect the local community to resources that can bless them and position them to one day bless someone else. Her motto is "You are a blessing, so be a blessing!"