Rev. Melanie Conner
Chief Executive Officer
Coming to Rainbow Village in 2017 truly was a “God thing.” Melanie has always had a passion for doing work that empowers women. As CEO, Melanie wants to ensure that families experiencing homelessness have the confidence to take the first step on their journey to self-sufficiency. But that’s not all she wants. Melanie wants all families to have access to affordable childcare, health care, and economic independence to break free from poverty and pursue their dreams. Her focus is on helping the families and the organization evolve and be purpose-driven. Drawing on her extensive experience obtained through her work with corporations, government, and nonprofits, Melanie brings a broad perspective to the table and works to impact lives by providing a safe place to live, a caring, supportive, and qualified staff, and the resources and training that they need to improve their quality of life.
Melanie values spending time with her family and is keenly aware it is a privilege she should never take for granted. She has been married to the love of her life for 30 years. She is the mother to two tall, dark and handsome adult sons and her fur baby, Jack Jack.
Melanie has previously served as the Social Services Program Manager at the Governer’s Office of Transition, Support & Reentry as well as as the Executive Director of the Zion Hill Community Development Corporation.
Chief Strategy & Philanthropy Officer
Randy learned about Rainbow Village more than 20 years ago and feels as if he has come full-circle. He is passionate and dedicated to help families through the provision of housing and programs. As Chief Strategist, he will help to identify ways to expand Rainbow Village programs and serve even more families. Randy is a visionary of leadership and is immersed in Gwinnett County Community engagement, he will serve the organization well.
Outside of his time at Rainbow Village, Randy spends time with his family.
Randy previously served Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society and United Methodist Children’s Home over the course of a combined 15 years, Redner is perhaps best known in the nonprofit realm for his most recent seven-year turn as President & CEO for the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia (CFNEG)
Special Projects Coordinator
Cheryl learned about Rainbow Village after being invited to tour the facility and learn about our mission. She was inspired by Rainbow Village’s comprehensive and innovative approach to help families end the cycle of experiencing homelessness and finding ways to expand that impact. As Special Projects Manager, she hoping to enhance and expand the impact of the current work being done at Rainbow Village and to use the information learned to increase impact in the community.
Outside of her time at Rainbow Village, Cheryl spends time with her family. She has been happily married for 40 years. She is a mother of 6 and Nonna of 5.
Cheryl received her Master’s of Education at the University of GA as well as her Bachelor’s of Arts from Mercer University.
Chief Development Officer
Joy comes to Rainbow Village with a professional background in nonprofit fundraising and executive volunteer management, she has worked with nonprofit organizations for 20 years. Joy’s passion for community all began with a 5-gallon bucket of water she received from her host Russian family during a student exchange program she participated in as a teenager. Upon deeper reflection, Joy recalls that moment as pivotal in her own desire to give back. Since that time, she has dedicated her life to the service of others and various nonprofits, both local and national.
Joy graduated from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia with a degree in Communication Arts and in English. She’s held multiple leadership and fundraising roles at various local and national nonprofit organizations.