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Alexey Ferrell | Executive Director 
Phone number: 336-342-5238 ext. 13

It has been said that most people do not end their careers in the same field
in which they started and this is certainly true of Alexey. Her first career
was that of a high school English teacher. However, it was when she 
became a volunteer for the Humane Society that she found two things 
she really enjoyed: one was working to help animals and the other was 
working in the nonprofit sector. 

She started working in the nonprofit sector prior to coming to work at 
ReDirections in 1994 as Executive Director when the agency was just 
beginning and left after three years to work for the Humane Society. After
ten years she returned to ReDirections again as Executive Director to find
a larger agency with many more programs than when she left. Today she
serves as treasurer for Triad Golden Retriever Rescue and spends a lot of
her free time either walking Casey, her rescue Golden, or vacuuming up his hair.

Bonnie Dickens | Mediation Program Director 
Phone number: 336-342-0882 ext. 14

 Bonnie began her career as Program Director for Mediation Services in
1995. At that time Mediation Services was a new program and its primary
 focus was on community and district court mediation. Since then she has
 been instrumental in identifying needs in Rockingham County which could
 be met by mediation, e.g., children with attendance problems through 
 truancy mediation.

 Bonnie enjoys volunteering and currently serves as treasurer and assistant pianist for her church. She is also  a member of the Reidsville Elks and was their first female Exalted Ruler. She also was a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of Cherokee Council and received the Silver Beaver and Allan "Doc" Lewis Award. However, one of her most favourite experiences was the 18 years she worked the NASCAR circuit as a scorer for a variety of teams. Not only did she get to see all the races but also she got to travel all over the country and made lots of friends with whom she still communicates.

Joe McKinney | Intern
Phone number: 336-342-0882 ext. 12

Joe McKinney is a current B.S.C.J. student at Appalachian State
University. He is interning with us for the spring semester to finish 
up his bachelors and will begin the M.S.W. program at Appalachian
Joe McKinney is a dedicated, persistent individual who is working
his way into the field of juvenile services. His goals are to promote 
preventive interventions in young people before they face criminal 
sanctions. As a mediation intern he strives to learn how different
community organizations interact to face a multitude of social 
problems, and to better understand the implications of local policy 
on the court system. His studies have concentrated on drug offenders and rehabilitation services from a criminal justice perspective.
Diane Purgason | Mediation Manager
Phone Number: 336-342-0882 ext 10

Diane started volunteering with ReDirections several years ago. 
Today, she mediates district court, school truancy and business cases
and teaches conflict resolution classes at Rockingham High School.
During court mediation she acts as a neutral third party in order to 
resolve the types of conficts that tie up the court system and which
are better solved by the parties themselves. Diane taught school for 
a number of years and that is one of the reasons why she appreciates
the value of our Truancy mediation program. Not only does it help parents understand the importance of regular school attendance but also it sometimes reveals problems like bullying that make a child not want to attend school. She also teaches Conflict Resolution classes to high school freshman in order to teach them ways to prevent as well as resolve conflicts they may encounter at home, school or in the community.

Volunteering comes naturally to Diane as she began volunteering with her Irish Setters, collies and now her retired greyhounds doing pet therapy at local nursing homes and hospice many years ago. She and her three legged greyhound, Sampson, started the pet therapy program at Hospice Home in High Point four years ago.

Diane likes to share a couple of quotes that she says speaks for why she enjoys what she does at ReDirections:

         You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for 
          other folks, you are a pretty rich man.          .
                                                                                                    - Seth Parker -

          It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.
                                                                                                     - Tom Brokaw -

We have a dedicated board of directors with vast and varied experience including the law, business, and human services. The board and staff work closely together to create organizational policy and to ensure that ReDirections fulfills its mission.

Elliot Cardwell, Board Chair                                                      Patricia Lizotte
             Attorney-at-Law                                                      Assistant Manager, Wal-Mart

Wardell Williams, Vice President                                              Kelly Meador
                 Probation Officer                               Customer Service Rep., Home Savings Bank

Ruth Mitchell, Secretary                                                        Felissa Ferrell
Director, Center for Active Retirement                               Adult Services Manager, DSS

John Morris, Treasurer                                                   Debbie Gibson
                Attorney-at-Law                                               Deputy Clerk, Superior Court

   Pat Foeller, Executive Committee
      Retired Social Worker & Community Volunteer

Our Board of Directors