The HLC Team

Meet Our Dedicated
Staff and Board who make 
Hope Loves Company possible.

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Jodi O'Donnell-Ames

Interim Executive Director

Jodi O’Donnell-Ames is a mental and physical wellness empowerment coach, speaker and tireless advocate for those affected by ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). She is also the founder of Hope Loves Company and author of, "The Stars that Shine" and "Someone I Love Has ALS." She lives with her husband, Benton in Titusville, NJ.

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Linda Sermons

Program Manager

Linda Sermons is a mission delivery professional, specializing in program development, delivery, and evaluation. She has a passion to serve others, and to be a part of a mission bigger than herself. Linda has worked with both national nonprofits such as Girls Inc. and the American Cancer Society, as well as local organizations, like Project Morry and Dream Factory Brooklyn. With over 15 years of experience in the field, Linda brings her extensive knowledge in both community service, volunteer management, and leadership to Hope Loves Company.


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Sarah Trott

Fundraising and Marketing Director

Sarah is a journalist, podcaster, 'The Bachelor' contestant, and ALS advocate. Sarah's father, Tom, was diagnosed with ALS in 2016 and passed away on October 15, 2021 after an incredibly inspiring and courageous battle. Sarah shares her family's experiences, as well as her reflections and advice on her social media platforms, podcast, and Sarah's Caregiver Community Facebook group. Sarah leads weekly, virtual small groups for young, female caregivers, and she works with various local and national ALS organizations to advocate for research and caregiver support. Sarah is also an associate editor and contributor at, an industry-leading, digital media platform for all things relating to caregiving support, wellness, and mental health resources.

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