Taralyn De Wese-Mitchell, Acting President
Ms. De Wese-Mitchell has been a Board Member since 2003 and brings a wealth of knowledge in regards to planning, implementing, and sustaining community-based programs for ex-offenders. She is presently the Forensic Coordinator for Circuit 3 & 8 Department of Children and Families Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office in Gainesville, Florida. She is presently a (ABD) Doctoral candidate pursuing a Ph. D. in Educational Leadership and Human Services at Florida A & M University. Ms. Mitchell has held many positions in mental health as well as law enforcement
Bob Edmunds has been a member of the House of Hope's Board of Directors since 2003. He is Executive Vice President of Jones Edmunds and Associates, Inc. and a member of Trimark Properties, LLC. He received his Bachelor of Engineering and his Master of Engineering degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. He married his wife and best friend, Donna, in 1983. They have three children- Sue, Amber and Rob and two grandchildren- Gabriel and Michael. He is active in his church, Trinity UMC, and in the Kairos Prison Ministry. He notes that, although society may have given up on incarcerated individuals, God has not done so. He loves seeing both formerly and currently incarcerated individuals walking humbly and victoriously with their God.
Genie White, Secretary
Genie White is a retired scientist who did researched on diseases of mosquitoes. She has lived in Gainesville, FL all of her life and now worships with the congregation at University City Church of Christ. This congregation helps support a prison minister and he invited her to join the House of Hope board in 2007. Currently she serves as the secretary for the board. Genie wants to see a women’s House of Hope be as successful as the men’s house has been. As with the rest of the board, she prays that each client who enters the House of Hope will receive the care and training necessary for them to reach their God given potential and become a shining light where they are planted.
Rita Lipsius, Board Member
Rita Lipsius, a resident of Gainesville since the late 1960s, was born and raised in upstate NY. She is married to Carl Lipsius and the mother to two adult children, and grandmother to a teenager, named Evan.
She served as an active volunteer with the Girl Scout Program at both the girl and adult levels for many years and most recently, participating as a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, serving the United Methodist Women through its ministries of fellowship and concepts of mission.