About Us


Our vision is to create opportunities for people in our community experiencing a housing crisis to find a place they can call home.

Mission Statement

ECHO’s mission is to break the cycles of homelessness experienced by individuals and families in our community.

Core Values

  • Commitment – To provide a positive impact for our community
  • Respect – Treating all people equally with the dignity and respect they deserve
  • Advocacy – Promoting awareness, education and understanding of the issues surrounding homelessness
  • Service – Providing innovative person centered approaches
  • Professionalism – Strengthening our team through personal and professional development

Our Team

Leadership Team

Joey Smoak

Executive Director

Briley Altman

Chief Financial Officer

Kyle Jenkins

Director of Administration

Dr. Ann Gowdy

Director of Programs + Innovation

Tammy Floyd

Administration & Compliance Officer

Supportive Services for Veterans and Families (SSVF) Team

Eric Owens

SSVF Program Coordinator

John Mention

SSVF Intake Coordinator

Ricky Prather


Kim Pike

GPD Case Manager

Dee Dee Pickering

Veteran Service Navigator

Betty Rutherford

Veteran Service Navigator

Nicole Howsare

Veteran Service Navigator

Alissa Rodriguez

Veteran Service Navigator

Veteran Bridge Housing Team

Scott Festejo

Bridge Housing Coordinator

Paul Stevens

Bridge Housing Case Manager

Timothy Toy

Bridge Housing Case Manager

HUD Team

Kimberly Alford

HUD Housing Coordinator

Taylor Sweat

Housing Case Manager

Alison Moen

Housing Case Manager

Heidi Mowder

Housing Case Manager

Josh McCoy

Housing Case Manager

Jason Critelli

Housing Case Manager

Sammi Ruesch

Rapid Resolution & Benefits Specialist

Jerell Wesley

Housing Case Manager

Kiarra Stephenson

Housing Case Manager

Intake & Benefits Team

Laurie Ensworth

Intake & Benefits Team Leader

Saphire McDonald

Intake & Benefits Assistant

May Orr

Intake & Benefits Assistant

Community Data Solutions Team

Julie Meaney

CDS Coordinator

Clint Johnson

HMIS Administrator

Sarah Chapman

CES Coordinator

Finance Team

Pat Ranalli

Grant Specialist

Patricia Powell

Grant Specialist Assistant

Maintenance Team

Daniel Huddle

Maintenance and Transportation

William Huddle

Housing Inspector

Board of Directors

Wayne Gray
Andy Graham
Vice President
Deidra Byrd
Molly Keen
Matt Wiseman
Adam Emrick
Kevin Grant



Housing and Urban Development


Horry County


Veteran Affairs

Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments

Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments


OneSC Fund

Wells Fargo

Walls Fargo


Office of Economic Opportunity

Newmans Own Foundation

Newman's Own Foundation

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