Rachel Cox, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Rachel Cox, a Rogers native, joins the team of Compassion House bringing more than a decade of nonprofit experience with a proven track record of increasing revenue, building community programs, and expanding services to the local community.  Her former roles include Executive Director of Healing Gardens of NWA where she launched a $5.5 million dollar campaign and helped the organization through its first major campaign milestones and phase work. She also served as CEO/Executive Director of Souls Harbor NWA where she led its campaign for the Mustard Seed building, greenhouse and dorm renovation. Rachel also served as Director of Development and Marketing at Havenwood, Program Director of the Teen Action and Support Center, and Director of Communication at United Way of Northwest Arkansas. 

“To be back in a role where I will be working alongside young women who are entering a phase of life where they need direction, guidance, and life skills excites me at a soul level.  Having been a young single mother myself, and having the love and support of programs such as, Single Parent Scholarship Fund, I firsthand understand the importance of education, and how housing, mentoring, and life skills play a role in breaking cycles.  I was able to then finish school, have a successful career, and go on to becoming a foster mom myself, and later adopting children more of my own.  Our community needs strong programs that support the needs of parents who are trying to finish school, break cycles of poverty, and learn life skills that will help them become self sufficient.  Compassion House is a beautiful organization that has been in our community for many years, and I am blessed to join their team and mission and work to expand the great work they have been doing in the community.”

– Rachel Cox, Executive Director

Rebecca Semsrott, LPC Client Care Team Director

Rebecca graduated with a Masters in Counseling from Webster University. She brings with her a decade of experience in working with vulnerable populations and adolescent youth in need. She spent twenty years traveling the country as an Airforce wife raising her two sons. She moved to Northwest Arkansas to be close to her sister and niece. She is overjoyed to be working with young moms and walk alongside of them while working to break generational patterns of poverty, neglect, and hopelessness.

Renee Carr, House Mom /Residential House Director

Renee has worked for Compassion House since 2004. She also works as a daytime pharmacy technician at Walmart. She serves as our onsite evening care coordinator for our moms and their children providing our in-house residential evening care. “I love working at Compassion House because I was a teen mom. The girls just need someone to come along side of them to teach and show them the love of Jesus. It is good to see the seed planted and to see them change while they are here.”

Carol Goss, Direct Care Support Staff

Carol is originally from California, and moved to the Ozarks after 9/11.  She moved to Arkansas to be closer to her daughters.  She is semi-retired and has led the bible study here at Compassion House with the moms for the last year, and recently joined our staff.  Carol’s heart for Compassion House and our young moms is sparked by seeing the direct results this program is making in offering moms and babies an opportunity for a lifetime of success.