OUR STAFF

No matter their role, our staff members take great pride in serving and giving to those in need within our community.

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

SHONDA SCHAEFER
Chief Executive Officer

Shonda was elected as a member of the GRACE Board of Directors in 2003. With the retirement of the agency’s founder in 2006, Shonda was asked to take on the role of Executive Director. She is responsible for strategic planning, program design, fundraising, community relations, board development, staff supervision, volunteer management, and financial planning.

Prior to joining GRACE, Shonda established a career in nonprofit leadership including positions with the YWCA, Captain Hope’s Kids, Contact Crisis Line and Children’s Cancer Fund. She is a certified Nonprofit Manager (CNM) and a graduate of Leadership Grapevine and Leadership Colleyville with over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.

Shonda is also involved in numerous community leadership roles including:  the United Way NE Tarrant County Campaign Cabinet, the Northeast Leadership Forum, the Metroport Cities Partnership, the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Division of the Grapevine Chamber, the Colleyville Chamber of Commerce, and the Southlake Chamber of Commerce.

Administrative Team

  • MELISSA SIMPKINS
    Director of Administration & Executive Asst. to the CEO

STACY PACHOLIK
Chief Programs Officer

Stacy joined the GRACE staff in 2013 as Director of Programs.  In this capacity, she oversees GRACE’s Client Services, Clinic, Food Pantry, Transitional Housing, and the Friends & Family program as well as seasonal events like Feed Our Kids and the Christmas Cottage.  Prior to her work with GRACE, she gained eight years of management experience with other social service programs, including The Parenting Center in Fort Worth, where she served for six years, and The Salvation Army in Kansas City.

Stacy and her husband, Rick, have two daughters, Mallory and Presley.  In the past, she and her daughters volunteered for GRACE through the National Charity League, working at the Food Pantry and Donation Station.

Additionally, Stacy served on several committees with GRACE representatives during her time with The Parenting Center. She is a graduate of Leadership Grapevine.

Programs Team

  • MARCELA MELENDEZ
    Client Services Manager
  • VALENTINA FUSTER
    Bilingual Caseworker
  • MARISOL LANDAVERDE
    Bilingual Caseworker
  • LORRAINE ROSALES
    Bilingual Caseworker
  • CHRISTINE SZYMASZEK
    Friends & Family Program Coordinator
  • NANCY POLLEY
    Bilingual Client Services Coordinator
  • MARCUS MIRANDA
    Pantry Manager
  • KYLE BUCHANAN
    Pantry Assistant Manager
  • DINA PESINA
    Clothing Room Coordinator
  • SHIRLEY ROBERTS
    Clinic Nurse Manager
  • LESLEY MITCHELL
    Bilingual Certified Medical Assistant
  • JULISSA RODRIGUEZ
    Clinic Front Office Assistant
  • ARACELI OLIVO
    Community Health Clinic Administrator
  • MARTISHA SMITH
    Transitional Housing Manager
  • RAVAN ANDERSON
    Transitional Housing Case Manager
  • BETH CHERNIK
    Seasonal Programs Coordinator & Special Events Assistant

MARK WOOLVERTON
Chief Development Officer

Mark joined GRACE in 2011 as Director of Development where he oversees fundraising, special events, marketing, and volunteers.  Prior to his work with GRACE, he served local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association, American Red Cross, and the YWCA. He also held a shared position with Cook Children’s Hospital and Children’s Medical Center Dallas on the Children’s Miracle Network campaign.

His work in not-for-profit organizations dates to the early 1980s when he served as the public information and development director for a public television station in Pensacola, Florida. During the same period, he graduated from the University of West Florida with a master’s degree in communications.

Here locally, Mark is a graduate of Leadership Southlake.

Development Team

  • CHRISTINA CATES
    Director of Community Engagement
  • KRISTINA DAVIS
    Grant Writer
  • BETH CHERNIK
    Seasonal Programs Coordinator & Special Events Assistant
  • MARY TEJADA
    Special Events Manager
  • NATALIE PODSEDNIK
    Marketing & Communications Manager
  • RYAN JACKSON
    Volunteer Manager
TERESA WILLIAMSON
Director of Finance & Operations

Finance Team

  • JILL NORVELLE
    Stewardship Manager
MELISSA SIMPKINS
Director of Administration & Exec. Asst. to the CEO
JENNIFER RAWLS
Director of Resale Operations

Resale Team

  • NICK VEGA
    GRACEful Buys – Grapevine
    Store Manager
  • KELLY PROND
    GRACEful Buys – Euless
    Store Manager
  • DORCAS HOLLOWAY
    GRACEful-e
    Resell Internet Sales Manager
  • KATHY MIZE
    Donation Station Manager
  • CHARLES BENSON
    GRACEful Buys – Grapevine
    Assistant Manager
  • FERNANDO TREVINO
    GRACEful Buys – Grapevine
    Assistant Manager
  • MANON KELLY
    GRACEful Buys – Euless
    Assistant Manager
  • TREVOR GREEN
    Donation Station
    Assistant Manager

JOIN OUR TEAM

GRACE employs many talented and hard-working individuals across multiple departments, both full- and part-time. These valuable professionals enable us to operate efficiently and effectively in service of our community. We’d love to have you join us!