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 the 24th JD Drug Treatment Courts, Watauga DTC 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.
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 Ashe, Wilkes, and Yadkin 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 began with MRJC in 2012 as a Juvenile & Adult mediator. She now serves as Coordinator and Case Manager for the Drug Treatment Courts in Avery and Mitchell Counties. 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.
Lindsey Allen serves as the Juvenile/Adult Mediator in Avery County. She has been an active community member, teacher, and mentor in the High Country for over 10 years. She advocates for the right of every community member to have access to peaceful conflict resolution.
Angela Fox-Holtzapple joined MRJC in 2018 and serves as the Drug Treatment Court Coordinator & Case Manager for Yancey and Madison Counties. She is originally from York County, Pennsylvania, where she served as the Senior Treatment Court Attorney with the Public Defender’s Office since 2008. Ms. Fox-Holtzapple earned her B.S. in English Writing from Slippery Rock University (PA) and her J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law (OH.).

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

Sgt. Casey Miller

MRJC Advisory Board

Dr. Cameron D. Lippard, PhD

Mr. Jim Merchant

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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
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.