Meet The Team

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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 >

Alexandria Means

Alexandria Means, SaveFirst Director

Alexandria Means was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, where she also attended and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. During her time at UAB she was inducted into Alpha Phi Sigma, the Criminal Justice Honor Society. She later attended Liberty University for her Professional Counseling graduate program. 

Prior to joining Impact America, Alexandria contributed over 20 years working alongside  marginalized communities through her work with the state childcare management and welfare programs and in the state certified domestic violence services programs where she received national certification as an advocate and forensic counselor. She believes through compassionate education, training and empowerment, we all can contribute to positive change resulting in long-term impact in our communities. 

Miranda Taylor

Miranda Taylor, 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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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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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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Ruth Allison

Ruth Allison, Fiscal Manager

Ruth Allison is originally from the Houston, Texas area, but has been in Alabama for nearly 30 years. Ruth graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering and obtained a Masters of Business Administration from Western Governors University in 2013. Ruth has spent her career working for various industries in many different roles, most with an emphasis in Accounting. Ruth is looking forward to helping to make a difference at Impact America.

What do you like to do for fun?
I have several interests. I am an avid reader of all genres, I love to cross stitch, and I enjoy gardening. I make a wicked homemade pickle.

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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Channing Kennedy Bethke

Channing Kennedy Bethke, Director of Strategic Projects

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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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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Micah Furtick

Micah Furtick, AmeriCorps Member

National Media Coordinator

Raised right outside Chicago, Illinois, Micah Furtick graduated from Anderson University in 2023, where he majored in communications with a concentration in digital media. As an undergraduate, he served as the publicity coordinator for the campus chapter of the International Justice Mission and a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Currently, he is pursuing his M.A. in Digital Content at Liberty University Online. After serving with Impact America, Micah plans to pursue a full-time position in video production.  Read More >

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Cammie Wolfe

Cammie Wolfe, AmeriCorps Member

FocusFirst National Coordinator

Cammie Wolfe is from Conway, SC, and in 2020 graduated Magna Cum Laude from Coastal Carolina University. Receiving a Political Science major with minors in Women's and Gender Studies and Philosophy. While in college she… Read More >

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