Staff

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 Stephanie@riverofrefuge.com


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, was ordained in the Foursquare Church in 2005, and attained a Masters in Strategic Leadership from LIFE Pacific College in 2017. 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 holding positions such as Operations Supervisor, Branch Manager and Business Banker. He left banking and was the former Operations Manager for Hilary Franklin, LLC, a local real estate investment company.  Tim has volunteered at the River of Refuge as project coordinator, events planner, grant writer, and tax credit specialist.  Tim currently serves as the Accounting Manager overseeing the finances of the nonprofit. In addition to being employed with River of Refuge, Tim has worked at the River Church Family since 2011 in various leadership roles including the financial, management and administrative aspects of the church.  Currently he serves as the Co-Lead Pastor with his wife, La’Tisha since 2017. Contact him at Timmy@riverofrefuge.com.


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 Jacki@riverofrefuge.com.

 


Dianna Poston, Case Manager

Dianna Poston joined River of Refuge in 2016 as a volunteer. In 2017, she became the Administrative Assistant for the organization.  Even in this role, she spent time with the families becoming a positive influence in their lives because of her passion for people in need.  She later became a Case Manager.

She previously worked at Salvation Army Crossroads Family Shelter and continues to volunteer there sometimes serving meals to homeless families.  She is the Founder and Lead Minister of Someone That Cares Int’l Ministry (S1TC).  She often works with others, going into the community to reach the hearts of people in hope they come to know genuine love.

She enjoys riding her scooter, spending time with family and friends, fellowshipping and supporting one another in prayer.  She loves a good cup of coffee with friends, a good laugh and sometimes a good cry, and traveling. And she loves being part of the heart of River of Refuge.


Jordan Boyd, Administrative Assistant

Jordan Boyd joins the River of Refuge as administrative assistant after working in various administrative and customer service roles, largely in the healthcare industry for the last 14 years. Attending the Graphic Design program at Johnson County Community College and working for Ogden Publications, she also brings a 5 years of graphic design and marketing knowledge that she will utilize within the organization. She has a heart for the homeless and looks forward to making a difference in the community as part of the River of Refuge team. You can contact her at Jordan@riverofrefuge.com.


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 Donnette@riverofrefuge.com.