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Melanie Jacobi Rhodes

Melanie Jacobi Rhodes, Executive Director

Melanie Jacobi Rhodes is a native of Pensacola, FL and graduated from Stetson University, in 2004 with a B.A. in sociology and Spanish.  While in school, she was the captain of the rowing team, volunteered with… Read More >

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Ty Jackson

Ty Jackson, National Program Director

Ty Jackson, born in Birmingham, AL and raised in Demopolis, AL since the age of five, graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arizona Global where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management… Read More >

David Beutel

David Beutel, SaveFirst Training and Operations Manager

Born in Alabama but raised in Calhoun, Georgia, David graduated magna cum laude from Samford University with majors in History, Spanish, and Global Studies and completed the University Fellows program of study. Read More >

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Mackenzie Fazenbaker

Mackenzie Fazenbaker, Fiscal Office Manager

Mackenzie Fazenbaker is from Franklin, Tennessee. She graduated magna cum laude from Samford University in 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. Read More >

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Kaitlin Nobles

Kaitlin Nobles, Development Manager

Kaitlin Nobles, a native of Pinson, AL, graduated cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in economics. Read More >

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Grace Standridge

Grace Standridge, Director of AmeriCorps & Federal Grants

Grace Standridge, a native of Gadsden, Alabama, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2018. She majored in Nonprofit Management with a double minor in legal affairs and gender studies. Read More >

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Miranda Townsend

Miranda Townsend, FocusFirst Director

Miranda Townsend, a native of Live Oak, FL, graduated with honors from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in American Studies and a minor in politics. Read More >

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Brendan Mitrisin

Brendan Mitrisin, National Operations Manager

Brendan Mitrisin hails from Flower Mound, Texas. At the University of Alabama, he was a member of the STEM Path to the MBA program. With that program, he spent two summers abroad in India. Read More >

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Sarah Allison

Sarah Allison, National Program Manager

Sarah was born in Houston, Texas, but grew up in the Birmingham area. Read More >

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Keyy Broadnax

Keyy Broadnax, Recruiting Manager

Born in Anchorage, AK, and raised in Smiths Station, Alabama, Keyy Broadnax graduated from Samford University where they majored in Political Science and completed a minor in Sociology. Read More >

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Fanta Mitchell

Fanta Mitchell, Alabama Office Manager

Fanta Mitchell, originally from Sumter, South Carolina but moved to Austell, Georgia 9 years ago, graduated from Mercer University with a double major in International Affairs and Global Health in May of 2020. Read More >

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Claire Kendall

Claire Kendall, AmeriCorps Member

Media Team Lead

  Claire Kendall, born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts degree from Birmingham Southern college. As a Visual Art major she studies Painting and Graphic Design. At BSC Claire… Read More >

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Laurel Holmes, MPH

Laurel Holmes, MPH, AmeriCorps Member

Focus First Team Lead

AmeriCorps Member, FocusFirst National Team Lead Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2020, Laurel Holmes graduated summa cum laude from The University of Alabama, where she majored in Public Health. Following this, she moved… Read More >

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Channing Kennedy Bethke

Channing Kennedy Bethke, Special Projects Manager

Channing Kennedy Bethke, a native of Athens, Alabama, graduated magna cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College in May 2009 with a B.A. in history and political Science and a Distinction in Leadership Studies. Read More >

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