Stories of changed lives


Fred B. Clayton

President / CEO

Freddy Clayton is a fifth-generation Floridian who joined the Board of Directors of the Mission in 2010. He served as Vice Chairman until he became President and CEO in 2015. He began his professional career as a lawyer, handling litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and left the practice of law to enter business. He co-founded and sold two successful businesses, the first of which manufactures systems that generate and dispense fragrances for commercial applications. The second company creates and distributes interactive, online training programs for medical personnel. He received his A.B. from Davidson College and his J.D. (with honors) from the University of Florida College of Law. He and Susan, his bride of 37 years, raised their two grown sons in Orlando. Freddy and Susan are members of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Orlando, where they have been active in leadership roles and various ministries since they joined the church 28 years ago.

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2016 Board of Directors

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Mary Olson

Board Chairman

Mary Olson is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees in Speech Pathology. She has served on the Orlando Union Rescue Mission’s Board of Directors since September 2006. Prior to joining the Board, Mrs. Olson contributed to Orange County Public Schools as a speech pathologist, as well as an officer for many Parent-Teacher Associations. She has also been a member of the Dow Jones Investment Club for 40 years, holding the offices of President and Treasurer. Currently, Mrs. Olson is the Beta Lambda House Corporation Treasurer at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and is very active in events and activities that take place with the university’s Tri Delta Sorority. Mrs. Olson also finds time to serve as Board Secretary for Aquafiber Technologies Corporation. Her diverse experience also includes 30 years of association with Olson’s Investments, which deals with private portfolios and real-estate transactions.

J. Don Phillips

Board Vice Chairman

President, Certifine Fruit Company

Michael W. Smith

Board Secretary

Certified Public Accountant

Maylinda Detweiler

Board Treasurer

V.P. Financial Operations, Central Meridian Corporation

David Satcher

Board Assistant Treasurer

CPA, Senior Partner, Scearce, Satcher and Jung, P.A.

Joan B. Clayton

Board member

Owner, JBC Properties, LLC

Pearl Ings

Board Member

Orange County Public Schools, Energy Conservationist

Ralph Meloon

Board member

Retired president, Correct Craft Corp.

Albert W.
Todd, Jr.

Board member

Certified Public Accountant

Donald E. Moody

Executive Director Emeritus

Donald E. Moody served as Executive Director of the Orlando Union Rescue Mission between 1978-2010. Mr. Moody began his service to the homeless over 40 years ago and has faithfully served at a variety of rescue missions along the east coast including: Union Mission (Charleston, WV), City Rescue Mission (Jacksonville, FL), and Huntington City Mission (Huntington, WV).

Since Mr. Moody began his work at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission, the following milestones have been reached:

  • Renovations completed for the Men’s Division—The new shelter includes 44 dormitory beds, chapel facility upgrades and dining room expansion.
  • Launching a 16,000-square-foot Bargain Store—Although a major fire destroyed the original facility, the store was rebuilt with 6,000 additional square feet.
  • New family shelter opened—As the population of homeless women, single mothers, and families increased, the Mission built a special facility dedicated to meeting these needs in 1988. An additional wing was opened in 1993.
  • Family Life Center built in 1998—This facility provides literacy and job training, daycare while parents go to work or attend school, Bible studies and other support to help families get back on their feet.
  • Acquisition of a 3,468-square-foot Donation Center—The additional space allows the Mission to accept more gifts in kind and provides a centralized location where they can be efficiently collected and distributed to each facility as needed.

Mr. Moody resides in Clermont. He has two daughters and six grandchildren.

Through Mr. Moody’s faithful leadership and stewardship at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission, thousands of men, women and children have not only found refuge in a place to call home, but have also come to know the hope that Jesus Christ has to offer.