Lesia S. Cartelli, Founder & CEO
Lesia Stockall Cartelli is a sought-after speaker and author. She is the founder and chief executive officer of Angel Faces - a 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 Factor” with 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 Angel Faces mini documentary. San Diego Magazine’s Women of the Year, finalist.
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 book, Heart of Fire is available through Amazon, or visit her personal website.
Ashley Sammons, Program Manager
Ashley Sammons is a San Diego native with 15 years of corporate event planning experience. As the Program Manager, Ashley spearheads the implementation and expansion of our programs while supporting staff and volunteers. As an avid yoga practitioner and instructor with a passion for mindfulness, coupled with her event experience, Ashley cultivates a positive change for individuals with burns and traumatic injuries and their communities.