Our Board of Directors hold fiduciary responsibility for the Tifton Judicial Circuit Shelter, Inc., DBA Ruth’s Cottage and The Patticake House. Their service as volunteers is critical to the sustainability of the organization and its services as they are responsible for ensuring financial stability and a high standard of service delivery in its programs through policies and procedures which reflect best practices.

RCPCH board members serve three year terms and are required to serve on at least one standing committee. They pledge to support the organization financially and with their time and talents. Board members represent all the service area of the organization and by-laws mandate at least one law enforcement representative and one judicial system representative. Care is taken to target new board members for diversity and broad community reach and resource level.

The board of RCPCH meets at a minimum of five times per year and board training is a component built into each board meeting. New board members attend a “boot camp” designed to prepare them for the responsibility they undertake and to give them the understanding they need to make informed and sound decisions for the organization. 

The Board Development Committee is tasked with recruitment of new board members. If you would like to be considered for board membership, please contact our Board Development Chair or Executive Director. A prospective board member document will be provided to you and reviewed by the committee. New board members are voted in at the September meeting each year.

The 2022 RCPCH Board of Directors are listed at the bottom of this page.


RCPCH board meetings are open to the public. If you would like to attend a board meeting, we do ask that you let us know in advance so that we may be prepared. All board meetings will have a Zoom option but will be held in person. Call 229.387.9697 for more information.

Board of Directors – 2023 Meeting Calendar

Thursday, February 23:   Board of Directors @ 5:30 PM  /  Board Meeting  /  Audit Presentation

Thursday, March 23:   Board of Directors @ 5:30 PM   /  Annual Business Meeting  /  Board Training – RC Legal Advocacy/Latino Outreach

Thursday, May 25:   Board of Directors @ 5:30 PM   /  Budget Approval   /  Board Training – RC Sexual Assault Advocacy    

Thursday, September 21:   Board of Directors @ 5:30 PM   /  Annual Electoral Meeting / Board Training – RC Shelter Advocacy

Thursday, November 30:   Board of Directors @ 5:30 PM   /  Board Training – PCH Child Advocacy/Hope for Kids


Tammie Harper

Board President

Executive, Finance, Board Development, Sustainability, Personnel, Strategic Planning, Champions of Hope & Suitcases for Kids Committees

Rachel Elizondo

Board Vice President

Executive, Finance, Domestic Violence, Strategic Planning, Sustainability & Champions of Hope Committees

Sarah Cook

Board Treasurer

Executive & Finance Committees

Kaylar Howard

Board Secretary

Executive, Personnel & SANE Program Committees

Jim Laycock

Former Board President

Executive, Finance, Board Development, Sustainability, Personnel, & Strategic Planning Committees

Donna Webb

Board Development & Personnel Committees

Abbey McLaren

Board Development & Sustainability Committees

Melody Cowart

Board Development, Sustainability, & Champions of Hope Committees

Reginald Phillips

Board Development & Personnel Committees

Paul Webb

Strategic Planning Committee

Jaki Johnson

Board Member

Sherry Ellis

Sustainability & Strategic Planning Committees

Craig Matthews

Personnel Committee

Toni Reid

Sustainability Committee

Cody Youghn

Sustainability & SANE Program Committees

Jo Windom

Executive, Champions of Hope & Sustainability Committees

John Jordan

Personnel Committee

Roger Dill

Strategic Planning Committee

Cindy Evers

Board Development, Personnel & Sexual Assault Committees

Shaundra Clark

Finance & Domestic Violence Committees