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.
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.
Amy Fenstemaker is the juvenile mediator serving Wilkes, Ashe and Yadkin counties. Originally from Ohio, she earned a B.A. from the University of Mount Union before relocating to North Carolina in 2003. With a background in child protective services and foster care/LINKS, she advocates for empowering youth to generate their own resolutions through authentic dialogue.
Valerie Fitch serves as an Juvenile/Adult Mediator, primarily in Watauga County. Originally from San Antonio, Texas she earned her Bachelor of Arts, as well as her Juris Doctorate, from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. She enjoys helping others find peaceful and productive solutions to their conflicts.
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.
Marcus Roberts 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 Western Carolina University, M.Div from Oral Roberts University, and a Master's in Leadership from Pfeiffer University. He resides in Yancey County.

MRJC Board of Directors

Mr. Joshua J. Teague, JD

Mr. Tyler Hite, JD
Vice Chair

Ms. Joan Zimmerman, LMFT, LCAS

Mr. Evan Q. Handy

Ms. Debbie Broome

Ms. Melanie Ellis

Ms. Sandy Hayes

Mr. William Ireland

MRJC Advisory Board

Dr. Cameron D. Lippard, PhD

Mr. Jim Merchant

Mediation & Restorative Justice Center, Inc.

Professional Mediation Services
133 N. Water Street, Suite B
Boone, NC 28607

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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..
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
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