RSVP Director, Traci Pondick
Mrs. Pondick has been employed full time since 1986, 20 of those years were at Sears in the Gadsden Mall, working mainly in the office and Children’s Dept. She has been with RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) of Etowah County since January, 2006 as the Secretary/Bookkeeper until October 2007 when she became Director.
Traci currently lives in Rainbow City and is married to Marc Pondick. They have one son, Thomas. Mr. and Mrs. Pondick have owned Sutton Bridge Exxon since 2000. As the RSVP Director, Traci manages grant funds and the RSVP budget, supervises staff, recruits volunteers and agencies for the program, and performs various public relations duties. You can contact Traci by email or by calling our office at 256-549-8147.
RSVP Administrative Assistant/ Reading Buddy Coordinator, Samantha Snow
Mrs. Snow returned to RSVP in January of this year. She had left us in 2014, but this is where her heart is, so she is back to stay. Mrs. Snow is the one that keeps our office running smoothly. She records all of our volunteer hours, helps with organizing events, and she is more than likely the voice you hear when you call our office. She is also the reading buddy coordinator. She helps recruit volunteers and gets them assigned to our local elementary schools. She lives here in Gadsden with her husband, Jermaine Snow. They have two children whom are very athletic, which means they don’t have much down time. If you do catch Samantha doing something leisurely, she will probably have a book in her hand. You can contact Samantha by email or by calling our office at 256-549-8147.
Volunteer Coordinator/Van Driver, Faye Russell
Mrs. Russell has been employed with RSVP since September, 2005 and is RSVP’s “Face” in the community. Mrs. Russell can often be seen with the Friendly Nursing Home Volunteers on the road in our RSVP van, visiting area nursing homes and assisted living homes. Faye also is in charge of the Tele-Check volunteers, the Etowah County Courthouse Information Desk volunteers, Community Service volunteers, and recruiting volunteers for special assignments and one-time-only events. Faye lives in downtown Gadsden with her husband, Tommy Russell, and is very active in her church, Emmanuel Missionary Baptist, on Forrest Avenue. You can contact Faye by email or by calling our office at 256-549-8147.