Speaker * Author * Founder * CEO

Lesia Stockall Cartelli is a sought-after speaker and author. She is the founder and chief executive officer of Angel Facesa national nonprofit providing healing retreats and ongoing support to adolescent girls and young women with severe burn/trauma injuries.

Cartelli endured serious burn injuries at the age of nine in a natural gas explosion. Her grandparents’ home was destroyed yet her spirit survived. For the past 30 years, Cartelli has launched and directed aftercare programs for burn and trauma patients. In 2003, she founded Angel Faces.

Resiliency and courage motivated Cartelli to face her fear of fire at age 33. She suited up in firefighting gear and entered a burning building known as a “control burn.” Her fear conquered, she married the fire captain who led her into the fire to face her fears.

Cartelli transformed her pain into a life of passion and purpose. Thousands have been deeply impacted through her programs and her talks. She inspires all who are in her path.

Cartelli was selected as “Hero of the Week” by People Magazine, featured on CNN’s Human Factorwith Dr. Sanjay Gupta, HLN, ABC NEWS 20/20, MSN, PBS, and other national media. She has received many prestigious awards for her leadership and inspiration including the “Heart of a Woman” Award on the Dr. Phil Show and an EMMY for Angels Faces mini documentary.

Cartelli is often interviewed on Doctor Radio and Sirius Radio and has been written about by the Associated Press, Reader’s Digest, Woman’s World and many other national and international publications. She is a dynamic, captivating, nationally-known motivational speaker. Her life story is shared in her book, Heart of Fire, and available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Author & Speaker * LesiaCartelli.com

Lesia@LesiaCartelli.com (760) 846-6280



Dana Kuhn, Program Manager

I am thrilled to be a part of the Angel Faces family. I’m a creative individual who is accomplished in support focused programs. My passion is facilitating a safe environment that contributes to the healing of individuals who have experienced a traumatic event.

I have spent five years with the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office implementing NFPA’s statewide fire and burn prevention programs statewide. I worked with the Fire Safe Council of San Diego before spending over 10 years with the Burn Institute, where I proudly developed and implemented programs and services for people with burn injuries as well as fire and burn prevention programs.

I’m married to a firefighter with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, we have a beautiful son, Bodie.

Ashley Sammons, Administrative Assistant

Ashley Sammons has been with us for awhile now as our part-time Administrative Assistant, and boy am I grateful for her talents. Her passion is keeping our paperwork in order and the documents flowing. Her other passion is helping people find their highest, truest self through teaching yoga. Ashley lives in Encinitas, California. She and her beau, Marty, recently traveled to Europe to celebrate her 30th birthday.