Christi Snyder

Support Services Manager Christi has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit industry with a majority of her experience at The Salvation Army and The Boy Scouts of America in several capacities including, event planning, fundraising, working with volunteers and organizing camps for special needs children. After growing up in the military with her family, and traveling all over …

Belinda Becton-McAbee

Director of Grants & Government Contracts Belinda brings 14 years of non-profit experience to RCS. Her career began as a fundraising volunteer at a private elementary school in Jersey City, NJ. That opportunity led to a grant writing position for a  community Development Corporation in nearby East Orange. During her time there she secured federal, state, and corporate grants for …

Kacie Short

Director of Special Events & Donor Relations Kacie Short holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Business Administration from Illinois State University and has over fourteen years of combined experience in event coordination, development, fundraising, marketing, and community relations.  She truly enjoys combining her talents with her knowledge in contribution to her personal mission of providing hope to others. …

Lauren Misa

Director of Communications and Executive Assistant to the President/CEO Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, Lauren is a proud Florida native. She has earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida and a Master of Science in Communication from Purdue University. For half a decade, Lauren has held several roles within the …

Erica Wiedemann

The Haven of RCS Executive Director Erica Fjerstad Wiedemann is the Executive Director for The Haven of RCS where she oversees The Haven of RCS’ programs, including the Emergency Safe House, Outreach, and the Permanent Living Program. Ms. Wiedemann collaborates in the community to enhance services for survivors of domestic violence. She provides training to community groups and professionals regarding …

Melvin Thomas

RCS Food Bank & RCS Thrift Store Executive Director Melvin brings decades of leadership and management expertise in the fields of transportation, information services, and logistics to RCS. His drive for success is demonstrated by his multiple achievements and awards he has received throughout his career. Melvin has managed multi-million dollar budgets and as many as 100 staff, in addition …

Robin Gipson

RCS Grace House Executive Director Robin first joined RCS in 2013 as a Homeless Prevention Case Manager located at Campbell Park Elementary School in St Petersburg, where she worked until 2014. She recently returned and now serves as the Executive Director at RCS Grace House. Prior to joining RCS, Robin worked for nearly 20 years serving Florida’s at risk children …

Scott Taylor

VP of Advancement & Communications Scott Taylor brings over a decade of leadership experience to RCS. Passionate about unifying individuals around a shared vision, Scott enjoys relationship building and engaging people through taking next steps and seeing them achieve incredible return on their investments. He most recently served as Executive Director for OneLife Church in Knoxville, TN for nearly four …

Phillip DeBerry

Phil comes to RCS most recently working for the YWCA of Columbus as their interim CFO/Controller. Prior to coming to the YWCA Phil worked for Action for Children in Columbus as their Director of Finance from 2013 – 2017. As the Finance Director he oversaw all of the financial information of the agency including all Federal, State, County, City and …

Melinda Perry

Chief Operating Officer Melinda Perry brings a decade of housing industry experience and seven years of executive level leadership to RCS.  Throughout her career, she has held various positions, starting from the ground up, which has given her keen insight into how an organization works. Her areas of expertise include operations management, process improvement, and strategic planning and communication. Previously …

Kirk Ray Smith, MHS, BHS

Kirk has been proudly married to his wife Venessa, MBA (Accounting Professional), for 26 years and they have three wonderful adult sons, and two beautiful grandchildren. Their oldest and youngest sons are now serving in the United States Army, and their middle son is a para-professional and college student, studying film production. Since 1989 Kirk has served in government and …