Rev. Dr. Page Brooks is the founder and CEO of The Restoration Initiative for Culture and Community. He also serves as missional lead for the Missio Mosaic Network and teaching pastor for Canal Street Church. Page started The RICC as a community outreach and empowerment non-profit of Canal Street Church. As the CEO, Page serves on the board and works with the President to provide vision and strategy for The RICC. He is a graduate of the University of Stellenbosch, New Orleans Baptist Seminary, and has done post-doctoral work at Vrije University Amsterdam. He has served on a variety of non-profit and church boards in the New Orleans area.
Founder & CEO, The RICC
President & Founding Executive Director, The RICC
In 2012, Michael Hitch became the Founding Executive Director of The RICC. He continues to serve as the President and also serves the Missio Mosaic Network as the Community Development Lead where he directs, coordinates, and trains clergy and ministries on community development ministry that is focused on gospel-centered solutions. Michael is originally from Montgomery, Alabama. He has served in Philadelphia, Ft. Worth, and Miami and has two decades of experience working in community development, particularly with students from hard places. Michael completed his M.Div. at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is now pursuing a Th.M. in Black Cathoilc Studies at Xavier University of New Orleans’s Institute for Black Catholic Studies.
Vice President of Wholistic Services and Trauma-Informed Care, The RICC
Dr. Ashley Brooks is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been counseling for over 20 years with a specific focus on trauma. She is the founder of Restoration Counseling Center, a faith-based non-profit counseling center in New Orleans, LA. Restoration Counseling Center is a derivative of The Restoration Initiative for Culture and Community. Ashley and her husband Page have three amazing children through adoption. Her main passion is seeing people thrive in their connections with God, self, and others.
HR Director & Business Manager, The RICC
Jason Is a New Orleans native, raised in the East and the Ninth Ward areas of the city. He is the second oldest of six and was homeschooled from second grade through high school. Jason attended Stillman College where he studied business management. He is the father of two beautiful girls and serves faithfully at the Greater St. Matthew #2 Baptist Church. At The RICC, Jason works as the Business Manager and HR Director where he advises the directors of the social enterprises and helps plan and implement new strategies to further the mission.
Restoration Journeys Director, Director of Marketing & Development, The RICC, Managing Editor, The Restoration Institute
Sarah Barnett, a New Orleans native, has been a part of The RICC in various capacities since 2017. As the Director of Restoration Journeys, she works with volunteer teams that come to New Orleans to serve, and she also works to help The RICC grow through marketing and donor relations. She serves as the Managing Editor of The Restoration Institute, working with fellows and guest writers to help them approach relevant topics for the church through their writing. Her background is in English and education, earning a bachelor's degree from Loyola University New Orleans. Sarah also has a master's degree from New Orleans Baptist Seminary. She has worked in missions education and volunteer coordination for nearly 15 year. Sarah loves coffee, live music, and her beloved New Orleans.
Director, Fleurish Ecoscapes
David Rodas is the Director of Fleurish Ecoscapes, the landscaping social enterprise of The RICC. Fleurish Ecoscapes employs and empowers previously incarcerated individuals, and as director, David has the opportunity to mentor his employees, giving them encouragement and helping reduce the anxiety that comes along with reentry. He is passionate about helping his staff set constructive goals for their future and setting an example of how to live by Christ's teachings. David was born in Guatemala and has lived in Louisiana for the past 47 years. He is a member of Canal Street Church where he has served as a deacon for the past 2 years. He is excited about the future of Fleurish Ecoscapes and the plans God has for the program.
Crew Lead, Fleurish Ecoscapes
Mark Rodriguez is a native of Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans, and has lived in the
area for most of his life, also living in Honduras with his great grandmother and aunt. He started as a part-time employee at Fleurish Ecoscapes in 2018 and has since moved up to Crew Lead. He believes the work the company does will make a great impact on the lives within the community of New Orleans. He graduated from Bonnabel High School where he was a part of the wrestling team. Mark enjoys playing guitar, boxing and spending time with his family. He was raised in a Christian household and accepted Jesus Christ at the age of 14. Mark is currently a member of Canal Street Church where he is a part of the worship team and a volunteer in the youth ministry. He plans to go to UNO to pursue a degree in business.
Director, Fleurish Printing
Hannah Curry is the Program Director of Fleurish Printing. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in cross cultural studies and a master’s in business administration with a concentration in community and economic development. Hannah then worked for a nonprofit in Miami doing grassroots community development and empowering locals to start their own grass roots businesses. Before being led into ministry and business, she studied to be a teacher, and though her career path changed, her passion for working with students remains. She now gets to put her passions and degrees to use, running a social enterprise and working with students. Hannah loves her adorable puppy Miles, vegan food, and doing Christ-centered yoga in her backyard.
Graphic Designer & Lead Screen Printer, Fleurish Printing
Chris is the Graphic Designer and Lead Screen Printer of Fleurish Printing. After graduating with an associate’s degree in graphic design, he worked in various print shops around New Orleans, gaining knowledge and experience of different trades within the industry. He has an eye for detail, a creative mind, and a good understanding of his customers and what they want. He is happy to use everything he knows both to better Fleurish Printing and create a fun, educational environment for the student employees there. He loves electronics, designs, and complaining about his old age.
Founder & Director, Reunion Shoe Company
Dan Fowler is the Program Director of Reunion Shoe Company, one of The RICC’s social enterprises. He has worked in the homeless community in a variety of capacities, including advocacy, one-on-one ministry, and working alongside various systems of care. In addition to leading Reunion Shoe Co., he has also worked extensively with Fleurish Printing, another social enterprise of The RICC. Dan graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University New Orleans. He loves tacos, old cars, and his fiancée Audrey.
Clinical Director, Restoration Counseling
Dr. Sally Smith is the Clinical Director at Restoration Counseling. She started at Restoration Counseling as a student intern over eight years ago and has been blessed to grow with the organization to her current position. In her role as Clinical Director, she oversees the quality of care provided to clients, the regulatory compliance of the center, and the training of staff through our student intern and fellowship programs. Dr. Smith received her Master's and PhD degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and she currently teaches adjunct for the seminary at their extension center located within the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in Baker, LA. She loves outside time, game nights, reading, and traveling.
Interim Assistant Behavioral Health Director, Restoration Counseling
DeAron Washington is counselor at Restoration Counseling and the Interim Assistant Behavioral Health Director. He has worked in the field of addictions, academic advisement, and has experience in collegiate ministry. DeAron is pursuing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.