Brent W. Jones is director of service & outreach at StoneBridge Church Community in Charlotte, North Carolina. He received his BA in international relations from the University of California, Davis, and his MDiv from Western Theological Seminary in San Jose, California. Prior to 2001, he spent a number of years in software sales in California's Silicon Valley. Following a call to ministry in 2001, he has served in various ministerial capacities in the San Francisco Bay Area and Charlotte. Brent also lived in Taiwan for three years and he and his wife, Mary, speak Mandarin Chinese. They reside with their two boys in the University City area of Charlotte.
Richard Yercheck is a local Financial Advisor and business consultant. He speaks throughout region on the Economy, the Stock Market, and all things financial, (business and personal). He is a nationally published author and frequent guest on talk radio. Richard has assisted the Alzheimer Association for many years as a guest speaker on Legal and Financial issues and works personally with many of their clients. He is active in his church, volunteers with Union County Public Schools, and serves on multiple local nonprofit boards. He has a BA in Business and Economics from St Andrews University and an MBA from Montreat College. Richard is married to Dr. Brenda Yercheck, DVM and has two teenage daughters to keep him busy. When people ask him what do you do? He smiles and tells them that he goes to work so they won’t have to.
Retired in 2009 as Executive Director of F.I.E.S. (Fullerton Interfaith Emergency Services) now known as Pathways of Hope, located in Fullerton, CA. Serving in this position for four years, my responsibilities included the following:
Provided overall management of a nonprofit agency where duties included personnel and fiscal administration; supervision of staff; fund development; special events coordination; grant writing; program development; public/community relations; recruitment and training of volunteers; assistance with quarterly newsletter; collaboration with community congregations, synagogues, and agencies; working closely with the President and Board of Directors. Programs included: a transitional living center for homeless families; Interfaith Shelter Network for single, homeless adults; a Distribution Center (DC) where services included emergency food supplies, assistance with rent, mortgage, utilities or prescription medications. The DC is also the site of the annual collaborative Holiday Clearing Program through which 800 low income families in the Fullerton School District are assisted with toys, food and gift certificates.
12/99 – 10/02 Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, Inc., Long Beach, CA
Provided overall management of a nonprofit foundation where duties included the following: personnel and fiscal administration; supervision and training of staff and volunteers; special events coordination; interaction with patients to develop and provide short-term financial assistance to meet critical care needs; collaboration with community agencies; program development and implementation; public/community relations and marketing; Board development; fund development and grant writing.
09/92 – 08/98 Women’s Transitional Living Center, Inc. (WTLC) Orange County, CA (Comprehensive services for abused women and their children)
Executive Director (05/98 – 08/98)
Provided management of a nonprofit agency with 52 employees, plus volunteers, which included the following: Business office; residential shelter for abused women and their children; walk-in resource center for women, children and teens in the Orange County area; and additional counseling site for Latina clients; victim advocates at four police departments; community education/training programs on issues related to domestic violence and teen dating violence.
Director, Women’s Walk-In Resource Center (WWRC) (05/96 – 05/98)
Founding Director, providing administrative responsibility for multifaceted programs at WWRC and Community Outreach sites, focusing on domestic violence prevention, education, intervention, advocacy and support. Developed and presented over 500 community educations presentations/trainings to over 13,000 individuals throughout Orange County, including medical and mental healthcare providers, attorneys, law enforcement agencies, military, incarcerated youth, high school, college and university students and staff. Collaborated with community agencies; coordinated conferences and special events. Chaired WTLC’s Multicultural Advisory Board from 1993-1998. Responsible for Board development.
Outreach Coordinator / Community Educator (05/93 – 05/96)
Administered and implemented WTLC’s Community Outreach Programs which included support groups for battered women in Orange County and the Outreach Community Education Program. Established the first Latina battered women’s support group. Developed and provided educational presentations/trainings to culturally diverse populations throughout Orange County.
Career Development Counselor (09/92 – 05/93)
Provided program orientation, career and education-related group and individual counseling and assessment to current and former shelter residents. Supervised and trained career counseling interns and volunteers.
Volunteer Community Service
RITI – (Room In The Inn) – St. Luke Catholic Church (12/12 – 03/17)
Provided Saturday morning breakfast for up to 12 homeless people during the months of December through March, whether male, female, with or without children.
HOPE (Helping Other People Endure) – St. Luke Catholic Church (2012 – present)
Provide food and hospitality to parishioners/families who’ve lost a loved one and are having a funeral and reception at our Family Life Center. We also provide prayers for those who’ve requested St. Luke “Prayer Warriors” assistance.
PFAC – (Patient-Family Advisory Committee)- Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte, NC (2016 to present)
Provide input on a variety of topics to Administration and Program staff from a patient’spoint of view. Areas of input include marketing, signage, programs, patient care/concerns, design.
P.E.O. – Philanthropic Educational Organization – Charlotte, NC (2006 – present)
The mission of P.E.O., which is a national organization, is to promote educational opportunities for women through six different philanthropies. For the past four years, I served as the Project Chair for the Program for Continuing Education.