Just One More Foundation is dedicated to inspiring hope and providing opportunity for individuals who have experienced hardships and the organizations that serve them. We “give help and give hope” to those who have a constructive plan to overcome the obstacles that have left them feeling defeated. With hard work and support, people in need will rise to new heights!
VALUES The Foundation’s values are at the center of everything we do, especially the financial assistance we provide. Our key values are:
- Hard Work
- Mental health
- Drug misuse
- Health challenges
Our Board of Directors
Richard Rogers, Founder
Richard Rogers has on many occasions received just one more chance.
In 1979, Richard and his brother, Steve, faced a dire family crisis. Following their father’s suicide, they confronted the overwhelming challenge of trying to save their family’s multi-generational business, United States Stove Company (USSC). Together, they brought the company from the brink of bankruptcy to profitability.
In 1992, Richard went on to become the sole owner and take USSC to new heights.
In 1995, Richard received the ultimate second chance…at life when he was struck by lightning. The strike stopped his heart and caused severe burns. A 14-year-old family friend who had learned CPR from a flyer posted on a refrigerator brought Richard back. The two years it took Richard to recover, the unspeakable physical and mental pain he had to overcome, led him to a place where he made a deal with God. If God would see him through, he would spend his life giving back to others. This Foundation is Richard’s attempt to make good on that prayer.
Much of this is documented in the book Richard and his relatives wrote about their family history, “Resilience, Tragedy, & Tenacity: 150 Years of the U.S. Stove Story & the Family of S.L. Rogers, Sr.“.
August Jones, President
August S. L. Jones is the President of United States Stove Company, and also the fourth generation of ownership and leadership at USSC. He started working for the company as a factory worker in 2004 following his graduation at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga gradually working his way up through the organization.
August helped support the development of Just One More Foundation for the purpose and understanding that giving second chances is something that has not only been afforded him in his life, but also strongly influenced by the second chances that United States Stove Company has had throughout its 150 plus years.
August is the proud father to three wonderful children Ayden, Austen and Autumn. He values his strong connection to his children and family. He views the company as family which only further supports his motivation for giving back.
Will Clegg, Treasurer
Will Clegg’s life is about numbers.
By day he is a partner at HHM, a public accounting firm in Tennessee.
He provides small and medium businesses the guidance they need to manage complex tax challenges.
He volunteers his time and services to more than 10 non-profit organizations in Chattanooga including the Hospice Foundation of Chattanooga, Memorial Health Foundation, Autism and Behavioral Services and March of Dimes.
This significant journey of giving back brings him to Just One More Foundation. He says, “Oftentimes, people face hardships for which they don’t have the resources or funds to overcome. Given the right resources, support, and encouragement when facing obstacles, their life trajectory could take a vastly different and more positive path. I am looking forward to working with JOM to help support members in need find ways to change the course they’re on.”
Will and his wife have two children, with the third due to arrive in May.
Finally, there is his love for his beloved University of Tennessee Volunteers football team. Will’s passion for his alma mater is infinite knowing no bounds.
Kaye Stafford, Secretary
Kaye Stafford has the superpower connecting people. She’s made a career and life of making sure the right people meet each other building powerful relationships that help bring about change.
For much of her professional career she worked in the liquor wholesale business. She was the first woman hired at Athens Distributing selling spirits and wine to on-premise accounts, eventually becoming the Department Manager.
She’s now dedicated to forging relationships and connections for Just One More Foundation, making numerous second chances possible for those ready to put in the hard work.
Kaye lives in Tennessee where she raised her two daughters and delights in the company of her current favorite person, her first born grandson.
Stephanie Esper, Board Member
Stephanie has 23 years of pharmaceutical experience advocating for patients in Psychiatry, Cardiology, Neurology, and Hematology/Oncology therapeutic areas.
Over the years, Stephanie has enjoyed volunteering as a Cuddler at the UNC Children’s Hospital Newborn Critical Care Center, supporting and fundraising for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, March of Dimes and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband. They have three grown sons between the two of them.
Stephanie strives to live her life according to Matthew 5:16: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” She views the Just One More Foundation as a way to shine a light on those who need one more chance.
Daryn Kagan, Executive Director
You might remember Daryn Kagan from her more than 12 years as an anchor on CNN.
It’s one chapter in a career spent storytelling across multiple platforms.
Today, Daryn is the host of the upcoming “HopeLine” podcast.
She’s a syndicated newspaper columnist for Cox Newspapers. Her weekly, “What’s Possible!” column inspires readers in newspapers across the country.
80 of her most popular columns make up her latest book, “Hope Possible: A Network News Anchor’s Thoughts On Losing A Job, Finding Love, A New Career, And My Dog, Always My Dog.”
She is the creator and host of DarynKagan.com, an inspirational, online website featuring stories that, “Show the World What is Possible.”
Daryn is also a contributor to national platforms like “CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley,” and a busy content creator and public speaker for multiple companies.
Daryn lives on a remote section of the Georgia coast with her husband. They have two grown daughters and a favorite child, their 5-year-old rescue hound mutt, Butter.
Cyndi Weingard, MBA, Program Director
Cyndi Weingard has 35 years of experience securing funding for nonprofits dedicated to youth development, hunger, and access to higher education. Before joining the Just One More Foundation, she was Executive Director of Foundation and Corporation Relations at Samuel Merritt University.
Prior to that, Cyndi was the Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations at Dominican University of California, Development Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay, Sterne School in San Francisco, and Los Angeles Regional Foodbank.
Cyndi earned her BA in Communication Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, and her MBA at Dominican University of California. She enjoys volunteering for nonprofit agencies in San Rafael, California where she raised her two daughters.
Dakota Shepherd, Administrative Manager
Dakota Shepherd comes to Just One More Foundation from the sales department of the United States Stove Company.
Dakota holds our foundation’s values close to her heart as she understands what it is to need and receive a second chance. Born to a single mother, Dakota had amazing grandparents who did everything they could to make sure their children and grandchildren had everything they needed.
She watched her grandmother work two jobs until she was diagnosed with dementia and forced into retirement. This taught Dakota that if you want something done you have to set your goals and never stop working to accomplish them.
She has taken what her grandmother modeled as a mother and a wife, working hard and volunteering extra time, giving back to the community.
Dakota believes that God put us here to help one another every chance we get.