Who We Are

Marisa Cornell
Marisa Cornell, EdD
Executive Director

Marisa Cornell, EdD

Executive Director
Program Director, Drug Treatment Courts and District Court Mediation, 24th Judicial District

Marisa Cornell joined the staff of MRJC in 2008 and now serves as Executive Director, as well as Program Director for Drug Treatment Court Director/Watauga Coordinator and all-purpose mediator. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling (Expressive Arts Therapy), a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, and an extensive history of advocacy around restorative processes, community-building, peaceful conflict resolution, and experiential learning.
Fawn Roark
Fawn Roark
Program Director

Fawn Roark

Program Director
Juvenile Mediation and District Court Mediation, 23rd Judicial District

Fawn Roark has been with MRJC since 2000 and currently serves as Program Manager for Adult (23rd JD) and Juvenile Mediation. Fawn studied Radio and TV Broadcasting and worked for a local newspaper prior to joining MRJC. She has specialized training in the field of Restorative Justice as well as Critical Incident Stress Management.
James Acuff is the Juvenile Mediator serving Yancey and Mitchell counties and the District Court Mediator in McDowell and Madison counties. He retired from the US Navy in 2003 and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a member of the Spruce Pine Town Council. James and his wife are foster parents.
Sandra Buchanan serves as a District Criminal Court Mediator in Mitchell, Yancey, and McDowell Counties. She has a BS in Education (Business) and is retired from the NC Employment Security Commission. She believes strongly in peaceful resolution of conflict and service to her local community.
Andrew Eastwick is the Juvenile Mediator serving Yancey and Mitchell Counties, and District Criminal Court Mediator in McDowell and Madison Counties. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Appalachian State University in 2015 and is a resident of Mitchell County.
Anne Hannibal began volunteering at MRJC in 2012 after relocating to Wilkes County from Cleveland, Ohio, and is now a Staff Mediator serving Surry and Watauga District Criminal Court. She also works in Registration at a local hospital and volunteers on the Vestry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, on the Board of Wilkes Senior Resources, and as a Guardian Ad Litem.
Vanessa Henley has been with MRJC since 2012, serving as Juvenile Mediator and District Criminal Court Mediator in Avery County. She is also the Avery County Drug Treatment Court Coordinator and Case Manager. She has a B.A. from Mars Hill University.
Dale Kirkley works as Co-Case Manager for the Avery Drug Treatment Court Program. Dale is a licensed professional counselor and licensed clinical addictions counselor. He is retired from Appalachian State Student Wellness Center as provider and manager of alcohol and drug services for the University.
Susan Walsh serves as a District Criminal Court Mediator in Wilkes and Yadkin counties. She has a B.S. in Psychology from Appalachian State University and a background working in child support and child protective services. Along with her fellow mediators, she is a strong advocate for peaceful conflict resolution.

Mediation & Restorative Justice Center, Inc.

Professional Mediation Services
133 N. Water Street, Suite B
Boone, NC 28607
828-264-3040

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Mediation Services to the Western North Carolina communities of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey counties..
828-264-3040
Providing Mediation and Restorative Justice Services within the Western North Carolina Communities of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey Counties.
Mediation & Restorative Justice Center, Inc.
133 N. Water Street, Suite B
Boone, NC 28607
We are looking to donors like you to help us provide these life-changing services. Every donation, no matter how small, helps. Thank you for supporting MRJC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.