Rachel Cox, Executive Director
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
Laura Young, Development Coordinator
Laura joined our team in August to help lead case management efforts while our daytime case
manager was on maternity leave and helped us institute our new case management programming rollout.
She is now transitioning into her new role in fund and resource development. Laura brings with her years of experience working with youth as the former Lead Juvenile Probation Officer for Benton County where she worked for eight years. She and her husband volunteered for many years with Key Point Church youth group, and has her degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas.
Laura is a Rogers native, raising two children with her husband, and is very excited to continue to serve the area’s under-served youth.
Kimberly Velasco, Case Manager
Kimberley fell in love with the non-profit field in 2010. Since then, she has used her passion to help teenage mothers break the cycle of abuse and poverty by focusing on thriving rather than surviving. She worked at the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter as a supervisor for three years on the teenager wing and realized how underserved this population was and how they needed a hand up. She is a volunteer with Saving Grace, Samaritan Shop, and Saint Joseph in Fayetteville. She and her husband, Edwin, live in Fayetteville and are excited about the upcoming birth of baby Sophia. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” -Albert Einstein
Renee Carr, 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.”
Cindy Barnett, Relief House Mom
Cindy began as a volunteer at Compassion House in 2015, and then moved to a relief staff member in 2018. She has been married to her husband, Mike, for over 41 years. They have two daughters and one granddaughter.
Jacquelin Davila, Case Manager - Volunteer Specialist
Jacquelin is a senior at the University of Arkansas studying International Studies and History with a minor in Latin American and Latino Studies. She is passionate about helping others, and hopes to enter law school after completing her undergraduate studies.