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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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Channing Kennedy Bethke

Channing Kennedy Bethke, National Program Director

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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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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Sydney McHugh

Sydney McHugh, Staff Support

Born in Florida but raised in Woodstock, Georgia, Sydney graduated summa cum laude from Wofford College in the spring of 2020 with degrees in both Accounting and Political Science.  Read More >

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Catherine McIntyre

Catherine McIntyre, FocusFirst Director

Catherine McIntyre, raised in Anderson, South Carolina, graduate Clemson University in 2017 with a major in psychology and a minor in legal studies. Read More >

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Kaitlin Nobles

Kaitlin Nobles, Grants 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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Rebekah Nordine

Rebekah Nordine, Director of AmeriCorps & Member Development

Rebekah Nordine is from Marietta, GA and graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in African American and Diaspora Studies and Child Studies. In 2017, she graduated from Samford University with a M.S. in Secondary Education with a concentration in Mathematics. 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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James Sutton

James Sutton, SpeakFirst Director

Born and raised in Pearl, MS, James graduated from Mississippi College with a B.S. degree in Communications. He also earned a Master of Divinity from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. Read More >

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Miranda Townsend

Miranda Townsend, AmeriCorps Member

FocusFirst Team Lead

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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National Advisory Board

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