RACHEL GUNTER SHAPARD - REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT
Rachel Gunter Shapard is the Regional Vice President for Together for Hope, Black Belt. She is also a co-founder of Pastors for Florida Children, a public education advocacy group in the Sunshine State that was formed in 2019. Previously, she served as the Associate Coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida from June 2012 - March 2020; as an Eldercare Advocate at Baptist Health in Jacksonville, FL from 2009-2012; as a Hospice Chaplain for VistaCare Hospice in Lubbock, TX from 2006-2009; as Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Outreach at FBC Gainesville, GA from 2000 - 2006; and as an Admissions Counselor at McAfee School of Theology from 1998 - 2000.
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KATIE FLETCHER - ASSISTANT TO THE VICE PRESIDENT
Katie Fletcher is the Assistant to the Vice President for Together for Hope, Black Belt. She is currently working to support Together for Hope, Black Belt by recruiting potential partners, managing existing partners, and implementing systems and structures. Katie also serves as the Director of City Ministry at her local church. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Mississippi College and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Alabama. Katie is currently a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). In 2019, Katie served with Together for Hope in an intern role with the Delta Region. She also has previous experience in working in mental and spiritual health with children and families in both the school and church settings. She is passionate about seeing communities thrive through holistic and strengths-based approaches. Katie considers it a privilege to work alongside incredible individuals and communities for the flourishing of the Black Belt region.
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