Kelly Fortmann - State Founder
Inspired by the good work that organizations like Fairy Godmothers of Pennsylvania doing around the country, Kelly contacted founder Joyce Jesko and asked about tips for starting her own organization. Kelly coordinated the first local prom fair in 2005 and continued to coordinate Fairy Godmothers of Virginia until the Navy took her family out of state in 2013.
Wendy Baylor - Event Coordinator
Wendy joined Fairy Godmothers as a volunteer shopper at the first Prom Fair. She was so inspired, that she asked to become more involved in the program year round. Wendy graduated with a BS in Education from Mary Washington College, and received a
MS from Virginia Commonwealth University. Wendy has worked in the Virginia Beach School System for 14 years, and currently works at Independence Middle School as their Student Activities Coordinator.
Beth Bailey - Director
Beth joined in as a Godmother in 2016 after volunteering at several dress fairs. She has lived in Virginia Beach since the age of two and is still working and living there. She currently works for the Virginia Beach School System and thoroughly enjoys volunteering her time with local schools, Grace Bible Church, and the Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission. She has been married for 20 years and has two wonderful children who she is incredibly proud of!
Deidre “Dee” Bailey - Godmother
Dee is a mother of two adult children and a proud grandmother of two and has been happily married to Larry for 29 years! She has a BS degree from Virginia State University (1984). She is currently employed with The Department of Social Services and has been for 25 years! Dee has been volunteering since the third Prom Fair and loves being a Godmother! She also serves in a number of leadership positions including being a Youth Leader in her church and serving as a VHSL Cheer Official for the past nine years. Look out for Dee - she is usually the one with the camera! Dee believes that you NEVER lose when you help others.
Joyce Jesko - National Founder
Joyce got the idea for the Fairy Godmothers program after reading an article in 2000 about an Arizona woman who collected and donated lightly used evening gowns. Jesko got the woman's phone number, took her to lunch and then took her idea back to Pennsylvania where she hosted the first prom dress event the next year. Word quickly spread and eventually many "sister branches" were created across the country to continue her mission.