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Meet The Team

Friendship house exists to serve our Roanoke neighbors through gospel centered ministries of mercy and empowerment in order to alleviate the effects of poverty, to evangelize and disciple our neighbors through the faithful teaching of the Word while guiding them into local gospel-centered churches, to engage and partner with local Christian churches in order to facilitate opportunities for them to be faithful to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40)

Board Members
Adam Triplett – President
Julie Pizzino – Vice President
David Peck – Treasurer
Megan Triplett – Secretary
Jamie Hatfield – Member
McKenzie Peck – Member
Faith Dowdy – Member
Aaron Dowdy – Member
Executive Director

Aaron Dowdy

For 20 years, Aaron has been committed to working in ministry.  After graduating from Carson-Newman College, Aaron got his start in Texas, working at Mission Waco in the inner city.  While there, he served as Adult Literacy Coordinator, homeless shelter monitor, and drug rehabilitation house monitor.

In 2004, Aaron and Faith were married and began an intentional journey towards a missional lifestyle together.  They spent five years in Central Asia with a Christian community development project working directly with marginalized farmers. In 2011, they returned to the United States and Aaron began working for Family Promise of Greater Roanoke, where he piloted the role of Housing Stability Manager.  For nearly 8 years he helped hundreds of homeless families to overcome barriers that were keeping them from securing permanent housing.

The Dowdys are members of Grace Church in Roanoke. They have 5 children, who are ever-present helpers around Friendship House.  In his free time Aaron likes to hike, kayak, and coach the Dowdy kids’ soccer team.

Refugee Housing Program Coordinator, Programs Director

Faith Dowdy

Faith graduated from Baylor University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies. She worked for Mission Waco until the Dowdys moved overseas. Upon their return to the States, Faith began working as the Site Coordinator for Friendship House.

For the past 10 years, she has faithfully managed the after-school program and food pantry at Friendship House. On top of that, she was also instrumental in adding new programs such as the Christmas Toy Store and refugee housing.

Faith is also the champion educator of the family as she oversees the homeschooling of the Dowdy kids. In the few moments of free time she’s able to squeeze out she likes to read, go for walks, and take in all things theater!

Food Pantry Coordinator

Katelyn Dilcher

Katelyn graduated from Liberty University in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Katelyn has a history with Friendship House, as she served as a social work intern during her senior year and volunteered after graduating from Liberty! During her time as an intern and volunteer, she has grown to love the neighborhood surrounding Friendship House. She is passionate about global missions and serving others.

Katelyn enjoys travel, volleyball and spending time with her friends and family. She is a member at Rainbow Forest Baptist Church.

Children's Program Coordinator

Donna Cummings

Donna is a native Texan that moved to Virginia 14 years ago with her family. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree. Donna has spent the last 30+ years teaching and coaching children in the public school system, churches, camps and as a homeschool parent.

Donna and her husband Chris have been married for 22 years and have 3 children. They are members of Calvary Memorial Church where they both volunteer with the youth group.

Ministry Assistant

McKenzie Peck

McKenzie graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, majoring in early childhood education. She has been working with children for 20 years at churches, after school programs, public schools and home schooling her own children.

She is a mom of 4 children at home and her step son is serving in the army. She and her husband David have been married for 17 years and love serving the community together. They are members of Waverly Place Baptist Church in SE Roanoke.