Staff

Richard Gary, MA, Executive Director
(336) 229-0881, Extension 101
rgary@alliedchurches.org

A resident of McLeansville, Richard has more than 16 years of experience serving the community. Most recently he served ResCare Community Alternative in Winston-Salem, NC as Operation Manager for Periodic Support Services. He has also held leadership positions with organizations serving communities in VA and TN. Richard earned a Master of Arts in Executive Leadership and a Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling/Business from Liberty University, and a Bachelor of Education from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has also earned a Duke Nonprofit Management certificate. When not at work, Richard is an avid family man, and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters. 

Jai Baker, Housing Director
(336) 229-0881, Extension 113
jbaker@alliedchurches.org

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women are merely players: They have their exits and their Entrances.” Jai came to Allied Churches with 20+ years of service with The Department of Corrections.  Jai has a passion for helping others better themselves by providing a “Hand UP” to those in need.  Jai is a leader in many Local and National Fraternal and Civic Organizations. He is a true believer that all things will get better in time and that every day is a new day and we should be glad in it.  Jai is a Husband, Father and mentor to many that he meets. When you come to the shelter, you never know where you’ll run into Jai, has a knack for being everywhere at once!

Thadeous Carr, Operations Director
(336) 229-0881, Extension 114
tcarr@alliedchurches.org

Thad comes to Allied Churches with extensive experience as a minister, mental health services provider, coach, and leader in both the community and church settings. His passion is supporting and building community-based programs that can be offered to a broad group of men, women, young adults and children in our community. In his role at ACAC, Thad is responsible for not only the overall operations in our facility, but managing external relationships with vendors and community stakeholders. In addition to being an avid family man, Thad is a music artist and serves as the president of a record label in his spare time.  If you can’t find Thad in the building, don’t worry – he runs around the facility so much that if you stay put, he’ll come back around!

Russ Alvis, Finance Director
(336) 229-0881, Extension 109
ralvis@alliedchurches.org

Russ is a seasoned accountant with over 22 years of accounting experience, over 15 of those years as a Corporate Controller. He holds degrees in Accounting and Religious Studies. Along with his knowledge and experience in finances, Russ brings a heart and passion to help and serve people where they are in life. When not working, he is often found riding tractors, fishing, or enjoying family time.

Caitlin Vatikiotis-Bateson, Community Relations Director
(336) 229-0881, Extension 103
cvbateson@alliedchurches.org

Caitlin comes to Allied Churches after working with and for the community at Company Shops Market for 5+ years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and has been in the food service industry in one way or another for over 15 years. Coupled with her past experience in event planning and extensive experience in sales, she brings a unique set of problem solving skills to the position of Community Relations Director. Caitlin’s passion lies in identifying and solving problems in food security, community food systems, and the issues they stem from, making Allied Churches a perfect place for her to serve. After growing up abroad and living all over, she is happy to be settled in her family’s hometown where she fiber farms with her family in her 'spare' time.

Sabrina Corbett, Case Manager
(336) 229-0881, Extension 102
scorbett@alliedchurches.org

After moving from South Dakota, Sabrina welcomed a place to call home where winter truly begins in December. With years of Case Management experience, she’s excited about joining the ACAC team and helping our guests become self-sufficient and maintain self-sufficiency!  If she’s not traveling or working in her flower garden, you’ll find her spoiling her 5 grandkids—her greatest joy! 

Emily Stevens, Transitional Case Manager
(336) 229-0881, Extension 104
estevens@alliedchurches.org

Emily Stevens started here at Allied Churches in late 2016, and has experience in Case Management and Court Room proceedings. Emily loves to read and go running with her three dogs daily. Her passion and drive lies in helping families become self-sufficient and sustaining. There is no task too large for her to tackle. While she may be of few words, her words definitely make an impact!

Shannon Smith, Food Services Coordinator
(336) 229-0881, Extension 107
ssmith@alliedchurches.org

Shannon Smith joined Allied Churches in September 2013.  A mother of 3, Shannon has a passion for helping others.  Her background includes dental assisting, massage therapy, and working for Loaves & Fishes as the distribution manager.

Beverly Jones, Outpatient Therapist

Beverly Jones is a Licensed Behavioral Health Professional with RHA and joined the Allied Churches team in April 2015. Beverly is originally from Rocky Mount, NC and moved to the Piedmont area to pursue higher education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, V.A. Beverly is licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Associate and has 10 years of experience working in the mental health field.  She has a passion for helping people overcome obstacles to reach their full potential. Beverly enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Stella Abugo-Simeona, Shelter Advocate
(336) 229-0881, Extension 108
ssimeona@alliedchurches.org

Stella is a dedicated and enthusiastic professional with experience working in the social work field. Her hobbies include cooking, playing drums/music and travelling. Stella is called to serve because it’s fulfilling to help others realize their potential.

Harris Hawks, Shelter Advocate
(336) 229-0881, Extension 108
hhawks@alliedchurches.org

Harris was born and raised in Alamance County, and describes himself as a bit “Hokie in more ways than one”. After graduating from Virginia Tech, Harris returned to Alamance County bringing his infectious energy with him. “As member of this community, I wish to see all of our neighbors thrive. By serving with ACAC, I am able to provide a smile to our community members, residents, and volunteers; and sometimes, that just the push we need to get through the day”. Outside of VT athletics, Harris spends his time golfing, hiking through the Appalachian Mountains, and volunteering with the Special Olympics.

Harvey Knowles, Shelter Advocate
(336) 229-0881, Extension 108
hknowles@alliedchurches.org

Harvey is a dedicated and energetic professional and comes to Allied Churches with military and corrections experience. He has an AS in Business Adminstration, and is currently pursuing his B.S. in Criminal Justice. Harvey enjoys making other people’s lives better through service – “I serve because I feel it is my duty to help those that are in need of help”. Harvey can often be seen everywhere in the shelter at once, but always with a smile (and a large iced coffee)!