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

Tim 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

Jacki Ezell, Transitional Housing Program Case 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

Donnette 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