MEET THE TEAM
MEET THE TEAM
DAVE KUNTZ, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
In 2018, Dave took over the leadership R3. Prior to joining the team, Dave served as a pastor in North St. Louis County for 10 years where he was active in community service and development. From pastoring to implementing school programs to serving as a police chaplain, Dave and his family spent 10 years investing in the St. Louis communities of Ferguson, Florissant & Hazelwood. Dave was a restaurant manager for 8 years, spent 5 years as a middle and high school teacher and coach, and has many years of experience in construction through home rehab and real estate investment. Dave has been married to his high school sweet heart, Danielle, since 2004. They have 4 kids, 2 biological and 2 adopted out of foster care. Dave is an ordained minister and holds a bachelors degree in Theology. He has a deep passion for the marginalized of society and want to be a part of the change to bring racial healing and hope to our city.
ANDREW PANEK, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS AND
Andrew comes to R3 with a wide breadth of knowledge and experience. He obtained a Bachelors of Science in Marine Engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy and a license to sail on ships from the U.S. Coast Guard. After a stint at sea with Military Sealift Command, he spent the next five years with the American Bureau of Shipping as a Senior Mechanical Engineer in Washington, D.C., and as a Marine Equipment Surveyor based in Haan, Germany. He spent five years in Germany with his wife on military orders. While there, they grew their family, having two daughters. In Germany, Andrew transitioned from Engineering into coaching and teaching at the local DODs school. He then obtained a Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum from the University of Oklahoma, finishing with a 3.98 GPA. His family returned to the U.S. in 2018, and he started teaching at the Montessori Adolescent Program of St. Louis as Lead Guide of Science and MakerSpace. When COVID hit, Andrew volunteered to open a center for Emergency Care for Essential Workers in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis. In his first year as Head of school, Andrew managed a whole-school renovation, launched a Spanish Immersion program, and grew the program to almost 100 students and over 30 staff. In the Fall of 2021, Andrew branched off from Education Administration and started a family business in Property Management and Community Development. Andrew enjoys novel challenges, bringing people together, instructing, and working with his hands.
AMY TAMBLYN, PROGRAMS MANAGER
Amy has a background in organizational leadership and building community. As a military spouse for 24 years, she has traveled extensively and enjoys learning about new cultures. Her travels have allowed her to work with diverse cultures and various underserved communities throughout the United States. Amy loves to create a family environment for the students of R3 and
is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the people of East St Louis.
Loreal was born and raised in East St. Louis. She graduated from SIUE Charter High school in East St. Louis IL in 2018. She has been a part of the R3 team since 2016. Loreal began working for R3 as a Construction Worker intern in 2016, she then progressed to a Project Management intern in 2017, and most recently gained the role as the Office & Administrative Assistant in the staff office of R3 in 2019. She also volunteers around her community in various areas. She is passionate about bringing change to her community with Jesus Christ as her foundation and motivation. She’s on her way to becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and her goal is to conquer life as a lifesaver.
DJ MERNICK, GENERAL CONTRACTOR
D.J. joined R3 in 2017. He owns his own construction company and serves as a construction advisor on the board as well as a general contractor for the organization. His business-minded service brings such value to R3's operations and mission. He has a deep love for the Lord and a humble heart to use his gifts to make a difference in the lives of others.