Annette Snider is the NETworX USA/NC Coach. She has been involved with initiatives to end poverty in North Carolina since 2009. Annette is a certified trainer of Dr. Ruby Payne’s A Framework for Understanding Poverty, and a certified trainer for Bridges out of Poverty. Annette received her B.A. from Metropolitan State University in Family Studies/Cultural Diversity Awareness. She received her M.A. from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Human Development with her focus on Understanding Poverty. Annette is currently enrolled at Pfeiffer University, Raleigh campus in the M.A. program for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Rev. Dr. Alan Rice
The Rev. Dr. Alan Rice is the Executive Director of RFD Community Development Corporation. NETworX USA is an initiative of RFD CDC. As the founding director Alan has served as a planning consultant, development consultant for multi-family and other projects along with being a presenter for churches, districts, annual conferences, regional ministries and not-for-profit entities throughout North Carolina, the Southeast and beyond. His undergraduate degree is from NC State in Civil Engineering with a minor in Construction. He has a Master of Divinity, a Theology Master’s Degree from Duke Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary.
Who We Are
Rev. Dr. Rob Jennings-Teats
Rev. Dr. Rob Jennings-Teats has been active in international poverty programs since 1974. He was Project Director of Human Development Projects in Indonesia and East Malaysia. He was Director for Development and International Program Support for the Institute of Cultural Affairs International. He has several publications in the area of International Development. He is an avid promoter of local community development efforts. Currently he is Senior Pastor of the Carson City 1st United Methodist Church since 2000. He is the Chair of the California Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church Committee on Children and Poverty, a partner with NETworX USA and Capital City Circles Initiative.
Dr. Debbie Rice
Dr. Debbie Rice is the director of NETworX USA. Dr. Rice has a PhD in social work as well as a master’s degree in social work. A licensed clinical social worker, Debbie has worked with a variety of issues, including child sexual abuse, family violence, at-risk youth and situational and generational poverty. Dr. Rice also taught social work at both the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of South Carolina. For almost 17 years, she was the founding director of a private, non-profit in Davidson County NC. In addition to overseeing NETworX, Debbie serves on the Core Faculty of the Social Work Program at Walden University.
Stephen A. Shaw
Steve served twenty years in human service positions, including direct services, administration, planning, and program development. Program areas include juvenile justice, child protective services, child welfare, children’s mental health, vocational rehabilitation, drug and alcohol programs. He has served in appointed positions by three Nevada Governors. For the past seven years he has been involved with the Capital City Circles Initiative as a volunteer Ally, Board Member and half-time recruiter. Steve holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Nevada where he received a teaching/research fellowship and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from California State University, Chico.
Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Brenda moved with her family to the United States when she was 6 years old. Brenda grew up in Carson City, attending Carson High, Western Nevada College and finally obtaining her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from University of Nevada Reno in 2007 with the goal of having a career in Juvenile Probation. Brenda worked as a Home Advocate with the Even Start Literacy Program with the Carson City School District for seven years and also taught adult ESL classes in the evenings to put herself through school. After seven years Brenda left Even Start to join Carson City Health and Human Services. Brenda served as the Work Force Case Manager with the City where she assisted clients with emergency assistance for rent and utilities. She also assisted clients with creating their resume’, conducting online job searches, and preparing cover letters to prospective employers.
In June 2010, Brenda accepted a part-time position as the Coach for The Capital City C.I.R.C.L.E.S. Initiative. For the next 6 months Brenda provided support to the Initiative, all the while continuing her efforts as the Work Force Case Manager. In December 2010 Circles “ventured out on its own” and Brenda accepted the full-time position as the Circles Coordinator/Program Manager. Brenda continues to provide leadership to the program. Currently Brenda serves as the Program Manager and Trainer, providing leadership and support to not only the local initiative, but also assisting other communities in starting up their own poverty alleviation initiatives. She organizes and co-facilitates orientation and trainings for local and out of state visitors/organizations who want to learn more about CCCI and its approach to building self- sufficiency.
Brenda’s passion is helping people to help themselves.