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
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