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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 in 2018 from Samford University with a triple major 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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Julia Giggie

Julia Giggie, SaveFirst Team Lead

AmeriCorps Member

Julia Giggie, a Tuscaloosa, Alabama native, graduated magna cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College, where she majored in Psychology. Read More >

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Honour McDaniel

Honour McDaniel, Staff Assistant

Honour McDaniel, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, completed a Bachelor's in public health with a certificate in health communication at the University of Kentucky. While at UK, Honour spent most of her time conducting research… 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, SpeakFirst Manager

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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Eddie Randall

Eddie Randall, FocusFirst Team Lead

AmeriCorps Member

Edwin Randall, native of Hoover, Alabama, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama  with a degree in psychology in 2018. As an undergraduate, Edwin served as a Lead Volunteer for the Every Move Counts chess and mentoring initiative and worked with Housing and Residential Communities as a Resident Advisor for three years. Read More >

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Grace Standridge

Grace Standridge, Recruitment Manager

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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Jake Webb

Jake Webb, Media Fellow Team Lead

AmeriCorps Member

A well-traveled New Englander, Jake Webb grew up in New Hampshire and graduated in 2019 from the University of Puget Sound with a BA in English (emphasis Creative Writing) and Communication Studies with a minor in Chinese Language. Read More >

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