Rhonda Rhodes has served as the President of HRC since it incorporated as a Non-Profit in November of 2008. She is NCHEC-certified in home ownership counseling, homebuyer and post-purchase education, and is a Housing Counseling Executive with a professional certificate in home ownership and community lending. Rhonda’s background is in healthcare, but most recently before beginning at HRC, she worked for the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce. Under the direction of the Chamber, she created and managed the Hancock Community Development Fund. She currently serves on the Boards for the Hancock Community Development Foundation, St. Stanislaus Booster Club, American Red Cross of Southeast Mississippi Advisory Board, and is an active member of the Rotary Club of Bay St. Louis. She is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Hancock County and a 2014 graduate of Leadership Mississippi. Rhonda has lived in Hancock County for 27 years, is married to Rocky Rhodes and has three children.
Bryan Taylor has been our Finance and Office Manager since 2008. He has a business degree and 28 years of accounting experience in financial institutions, non-profit organizations and manufacturing. He has lived in Mississippi for the past 20 years. Bryan has been married to a photographer for thirty years and has three daughters and five grandchildren. Bryan enjoys many sports, such as basketball, golf and tennis.
Kelly Kowalski is a Program Manager/Housing Counselor. She works with the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program and assists Homeless Veterans in securing safe and stable housing while addressing the multi-faceted issues surrounding independence and overall stability. She has completed training through NeighborWorks in Public Speaking, Human Resource, Foreclosure Intervention and Default Counseling, Home Ownership Counseling, Financial Counseling/Coaching and Credit Counseling. She is NCHEC certified in Home Ownership Counseling for Program Managers and Executive Directors, Foreclosure Intervention and Default Counseling and Financial Capability. She has also received training in domestic violence, suicide prevention and Critical Time Intervention. Kelly is a graduate of the 2013-2014 Hancock County Leadership Class through the Hancock Chamber. She has been with Hancock Resource Center since September 2008. Her background is in Finance. She has been married for 19 years and has two daughters and a grand-daughter.
Jane Stock is HRC’s Construction Coordinator who predominately works as a Rehab Counselor. She holds NCHEC Certification in Housing Counseling. Before coming to HRC, she worked 10 years at 84 Lumber and was a project coordinator for a General Contractor for 2 years. Jane is married to her husband, Eric, with whom she shares two children.
Lisa Campbell, an NCHEC certified housing counselor in foreclosure intervention and default counseling, works with the OVW program and assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in securing safe and stable housing while addressing the multi-faceted issues surrounding independence and overall stability of families in the program. Lisa is trained in SOAR and also works with the Hancock County Family Advocacy Collaborative as a navigator, in addition to working with extremely low-income families who require rental assistance. She holds an associate's degree in early childhood development and is certified to teach pre-school nationwide. She and her partner of eleven years, Henry, share three children together.
Melanie Humphries is a Housing Counselor and is NCHEC certified in foreclosure, home ownership, and financial counseling. She works with rental assistance, foreclosure, and family advocacy programs. Before coming to the HRC, she sold State Farm Insurance and worked on the Homeowner’s Grant for the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) after Hurricane Katrina. Melanie was born and raised in Bay St. Louis and has a huge family in the area. Melanie loves being a mom to her three children.
Bobbi Jo Gilbert is our Receptionist/Data Entry/Program Support/Intake Coordinator. She was an Administrative Assistant for 8 years before coming to us in 2012. Bobbi Jo has lived in Mississippi for 39 years. She has been married for 23 years and has one son, who is 16. Bobbi Jo graduated from South University in October 2014 with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. Bobbi Jo completed the home ownership counseling certification by NeighborWorks in August 2015. She is also a Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist (CAOHC) who does hearing tests for the military.
Kelli Billups has served as Administrative Assistant since November 2010. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Education. She came to HRC after teaching History and Religion at Our Lady Academy. She was born and raised in Bay St. Louis and is mother to a 19-year-old son.
Paige Lundgren has served as Executive Assistant to the President of HRC since April 2012. Paige has a Bachelor of Science in Finance and worked in the insurance industry for 15 years. She is actively involved in her children's activities in the community. Paige is married to her husband, David, and has three children.
Shane Nixon is HRC’s Veterans Employment Coordinator. He provides employment training and placement services to qualified homeless Veterans. Before coming to the Hancock Resource Center he worked at Stennis Airport for 1 year. He is retired from the United States Marine Corps after serving 23 years on active duty. He completed a Financial Coaching class and Financial Education for Today’s Consumers class since working for the Hancock Resource Center. Shane enjoys sports and spending time with his kids.
Amy Bush is the Veteran Employment Counselor for the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program. She works closely with providers to stablize Veterans in housing and provides case management to homeless Veterans by assessing their needs in order to implement an individual employment plan. She received NeighborWorks training in foreclosure basics and intervention and obtained NCHEC Certification in Financial Capability. Prior to HRC, she was a credit and housing counselor for 8 years. She and her husband of 23 years enjoy boating, traveling, and visiting with familly.
Brittney Perkins is the Project Coordinator for Hancock County Community Coalition’s Drug-Free Community Coaltion, housed at the Hancock Resource Center. Brittney majored in Child and Family studies at the University of Southern Mississippi, and has worked in the human service field since 2009. She was born and raised in Waveland, MS. Brittney is married and has a 12 year old daughter.
Cathy Pitalo, a lifetime resident of Hancock County, is employed as a case manager at Hancock Resource Center. Before joining the HRC, she was an educator in the Hancock County School District and Bay-Waveland School District. She recently retired after 26 years. Cathy is married to David Pitalo and has three children, Anthony, Ryan and Hannah.