Stephanie Keck, River of Refuge Program Director

Stephanie Keck, Executive Director
Stephanie joined River of Refuge in early 2016 as the organization’s first Program Director. She will be responsible for program development for all members of the Transitional Living Program at River of Refuge, as well as overseeing donations, fundraising, staffing, curriculum development and partnerships. Stephanie earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and completed her master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in non-profit leadership in 2014 from UMKC. Previously, Stephanie served as a Prevention Specialist for First Call (Formerly the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency), as a Foster Care Case Manager and as a Case Manager for Hillcrest Transitional Housing. Most recently she was employed at Cerner Corporation as a Solutions Results Manager. Both her corporate and nonprofit professional experience enable her to take on the strategic challenges of this new position at River of Refuge. Contact her at

Ron King, , River of Refuge Chief Operating OfficerRonald King, Chief Operating Officer
Ron joined River of Refuge in 2011 as Chief Mechanical Officer and was named Chief Operating Officer in 2012. Ron graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri School of Science and Technology) with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and worked as a controls engineer for Lentech and Automatic Systems Inc. He attended Word of Faith Bible College and holds ministerial licenses from the International Gospel Assemblies and the Foursquare Church. Ron’s civic and community leadership includes volunteering as the Construction Supervisor for the building of River Church Family (2006-2008). Ron has served on the Board of Zoning Adjustment for the City of Raytown since 2006, and was honored with the Paul Harris Fellow award from the Rotary Foundation for his civic involvement in 2009. Contact him at Ron[at]riverofrefuge[dot]com.

Tim Hensel, River of Refuge Accounting ManagerTim Hensel, Accounting Manager
Tim joined the River of Refuge staff in 2012. He graduated from LIFE Pacific College in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and was ordained in the Foursquare Church in 2005. While attending school, Tim started his professional career in retail at J.C. Penney and went onto a 12-year career in banking for Washington Mutual, World Savings, Wachovia Bank and Wells Fargo. Tim has volunteered at the River of Refuge as project coordinator, events planner, grant writer, and tax credit specialist. He has worked at the River Church Family as a small group leader, youth leader and assisting minister for the past six years.  In addition, Tim serves as an Assistant Pastor at River Church Family and assists in the financial, management and administrative aspects of the church. In addition to his position at the River of Refuge, Tim is the Operations Manager for Hilary Franklin, LLC, a local real estate investment company. Contact him at Timmy[at]riverofrefuge[dot]com.


Amy Corn, River of Refuge Office ManagerAmy Corn, Office Manager
Amy joined the staff of River of Refuge as office manager in March of 2013.  Amy studied Illustration at UCM (1999-2002), and Graphic Design at UMKC (2003-2005).  She began her post college career as an intern at Indicia Design in 2005. After the birth of her son, she started an airbrush t-shirt business which she co-owned and operated until 2008. Amy then became a kitchen designer at Home Depot where she worked until January of 2013.  Amy not only handles much of the office work at River of Refuge, but does design work, coordinates volunteers, and helps oversee the fundraising gala. Contact her at Amy[at]riverofrefuge[dot]com.


20160128_131456Jacki Ezell, Family Assistance Program Manager

Jacki joined River of Refuge as a volunteer, after retiring from DST Systems as a Client Relations Consultant in 2013. Her thirty years of business experience, dedication, and shared vision quickly lead to a staff position at River of Refuge. Jacki studied management and human relations at MidAmerica Nazarene University, graduating in 2003. Today, she oversees the River of Refuge Family Assistance Program, a new program for which she developed and created automated processes. Jacki also works closely with the River of Refuge program director to coordinate efforts on fundraising and program development. Contact her at Jacki[at]riverofrefuge[dot]com.


Donette Siems, River of Refuge Family Care CoordinatorDonnette Siems,  River Church Liaison (Volunteer)
Donnette works with homeless families caught in pay-by-the-week motels, assessing their needs and providing them with counseling and guidance. She graduated from Mobile Baptist College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology and went on to get her Master’s degree in Education, Therapeutic Recreation, with an emphasis on counseling from The University of South Alabama.  Her counseling career began as a Program Director and Counselor at Mobile Mental Health Center in Mobile, Alabama, where she worked with emotionally disturbed adolescents. She has also worked at the Crisis Pregnancy center in Kansas City, Missouri. Donnette is a substitute teacher in the Raytown, Missouri school district. Donnette is a Pastor of Congregational Life, a House Church Pastor and a staff member at River Church Family. Contact her at Donnette[at]riverofrefuge[dot]com.