meet our team

Board of Directors

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Renee Arnett
Founder and President of the Board

Renee Arnett has ten years of experience with faith-based recovery through Christian 12 Step Ministry, a jail/prison ministry. She began leading recovery groups in January 2011 and has taught in churches, the Marion County Jail, and Lowell Correctional. She worked as one of Christian 12 Step’s program directors from March 2015 to April 2020. In that time, she branded the ministry, created their social media, revised its study guide, Walking the 12 Steps with Jesus Christ, revised two of their three correspondence courses, developed facilitator training, and built relationships within the community. Renee is certified by SMART Recovery as a group facilitator and by the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling for Creation Therapy, an evidence-based, biblical model for Christian Counseling.

Renee is passionate about helping women heal and empowering them to discover and pursue their God-given gifts and purpose. Renee shares, “I am a better wife, mother, sister, friend, and Jesus follower because of the personal healing I pursued.”

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Jen Argus
Secretary of the board

Jen has always been drawn to jobs where her work helps others. As a provider with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities for 13 years, she helped provide Behavior Analysis services to the developmentally disabled in the Central Florida area. Her love for all things organized, planned, and scheduled led her to start an event planning business. Fundraising became a natural part of that business, providing yet another way to help others. When Jen crossed paths with Renee, the founder of His House For Her, she knew there was something special about their common desire to help others. Jen assisted Renee with fundraising and social media at Christian 12 Step Ministry and has now joined in the efforts at His House for Her. “There are so many important details that have to happen behind the scenes for any business, ministry, or event to be successful. I’m thankful that God has brought together this team of women, each with the perfect combination of experience and gifts, to share the love of Jesus through His House for Her.”

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Virginia Kilmer
Vice President/Treasurer of the board

Virginia has an MBA in finance and nonprofit administration and over 25 years experience as a Chief Financial Officer, Chief Development Officer, and Executive Director for nonprofit organizations with budgets of $100K to $95M. Virginia started her own consulting firm in 2017 that provides strategic planning, financial management, and nonprofit tax reporting services to nonprofit organizations.

Virginia is passionate about His House for Her because of her volunteer work with Christian 12 Step Ministry. Virginia shares, “It was a revelation for me that the 12 Step program could help people not only with addictions, but with all of the emotional strongholds and dependencies everyone experiences in life. I also came to understand the importance of housing and supporting women as they transition out of a life chained to pain and suffering and learn to live healthier to become strong members of the community.” Virginia’s passion in life is helping nonprofit organizations like His House for Her with a mission to help people and save lives.

Staff Members

Melissa
Melissa Casto
Executive Director

Melissa holds a master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Business Management and an undergrad degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Sociology and Substance Abuse/Addiction. Melissa has over sixteen years working in case management, addictions, and social services as a child welfare social worker, protective investigator, guardian-ad-litem, and more recently as a Community Director and Case Management Lead in the area of Community Programs for at-risk populations; she is also a free-lance writer with published articles and various blogs.

Following her heart for art in June 2022, Melissa is also an Artist Practitioner. She successfully completed the Arts in Health Intensive Course through the University of Florida’s Arts in Medicine Program.

Melissa desires to see women live a life of passion, purpose, and self-love; a life free from addictions, pains, and wounds. She wants to help women create lives they are passionate about and love.

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Angie Rodriguez
Program Assistant

Angie brings over six years of experience working in ministry and fulfilling administrative roles. She holds an AA degree in Ministerial Leadership and is graduating in December with her BS Business & Professional Leadership degree.

She is the worship leader at Ignite Ministries and is passionate about leading people into the presence of God through worship. She has a servant’s heart with a desire to see women and young people free from destructive habits and lead fulfilling lives full of purpose and worth.

Cindy
Cindy Falta
House Monitor

Cindy is a former resident of His House that worked hard and was very successful in her program. She has a gift to lead the broken with compassion and empathy which makes her the perfect fit for her position. Because of the way she excelled throughout her program, she was offered this full-time position upon graduation. Cindy has used this opportunity to serve, mentor, and positively influence our residents towards Christ; she also shares the love of Jesus with our volunteers, visitors, and residents’ families. Cindy provides direct supervision and is a familiar, front-line resource for our residents with recovery program questions. Cindy’s goal is to bring hope, support, and encouragement to women who are hurting, and she is actively pursuing her State of Florida Peer Support Specialist Certification. Cindy holds an AS in Paralegal Studies.

Ariana
Ariana Burkowske
Engagement Specialist

Ariana’s primary responsibility is the successful planning and execution of our social media strategy across all platforms and channels. Ariana is also responsible for our website and works hard to drive brand awareness, reputation, engagement, preference, and conversations. She plays an important role in directly engaging with key target audiences and communities, elevating visibility for all HHFH brands. She is also responsible for graphic design and assists with brand direction. Ariana is an experienced photographer and has media and media relations experience in film and film editing with a local production company. Ariana also has experience in managing social media for her church and for the worship group she is part of. She has felt a pull to helping women in need since being a leader in middle and high school ministry in 2012. She is very excited to use her gifts and talents for The Lord and for an organization that she believes in. She is currently completing her BS in Business and Professional Leadership.

Summer
Summer Dossey
Educational Programs Coordinator

She has been a resident of Marion County for most of her life along with her husband and three adult children. Her passion is to equip women to see themselves through the lens of forgiveness and beauty, and to discover that they are valuable. It is her wish to extend the healing of Jesus to every part of a woman: her spirit, soul, and body. In the early 1990s, she felt a burden from the Lord for the healing of His people, not just the physical body, but also the mind, will and emotions. Although she did not know what that meant at the time, as time passed the Lord taught her what that looked like, through difficult and rewarding circumstances. Summer is certified through SMART Recovery as a group facilitator. She is a graduate of Rhema Bible Training College with a certificate in Pastoral Ministry. Her background includes the realms of education, training, and speaking. Her newest accomplishment is becoming a board-certified Mental Health Coach. Making a difference in our local community is important to Summer and it is her desire to use the gifts, talents, and her experiences to help bring healing to every part of a woman.