Who We Are

Marisa Cornell
Marisa Cornell, EdD
Executive Director

Marisa Cornell, EdD

Executive Director

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.
Lindsey Allen
Lindsey Allen
Lindsey Allen serves as the Juvenile/Adult Mediator and Sentencing Circles Coordinator in Avery and Mitchell Counties. 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.
Ruby Boisclair
Ruby Boisclair
Ruby Boisclair joined MRJC in 2021 as the Youth and Family Mediator for Ashe County. She recently graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in Psychology with a concentration in Social Science. She is passionate about the unique culture of Appalachia and providing services for its community members.
Joey Caudill
Joey Caudill
Joey Caudill joined MRJC in 2019 works as a District Criminal Court mediator in the counties of Ashe, Wilkes and Yadkin. Joey holds a Bachelor of Arts from Appalachian State University as well as an M.Div from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He resides in Wilkes County.
Valerie Fitch
Valerie Fitch
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.
Vanessa Henley
Vanessa Henley
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
Dale Kirkley
Dale Kirkley works as the Aftercare Support Specialist for the 24th 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.
Mackenzie Laney
Mackenzie Laney
Mackenzie Laney joined MRJC in 2020 and serves as the Sentencing Circles Coordinator for Watauga County and also manages MRJC’s Watauga Workforce Reentry Planning Project. Mackenzie earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied and Public History and a Master of Social Work with a Communities and Organizations concentration from Appalachian State University.
Mollie Mellishrencken
Mollie Mellishrencken
Mollie Furman joined MRJC in 2020 and serves as the Program Coordinator for the Watauga County Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program and the Recovery on the Inside Program housed in the Watauga County Detention Center. Mollie holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Social Work from Appalachian State University and is a Watauga County native.
Dan Slate
Dan Slate
Dan Slate joined MRJC in 2020 serving Yancey and Madison Counties as a Juvenile/District Court Mediator/Sentencing Circles coordinator. He holds a BS in Criminal Justice, Auburn University, MS in Management, Lesley College, and Emergency Services Chaplaincy Certification. Dan is retired USAFR and a 20 year resident of Avery County.
Ashley Wurth
Ashley Wurth
Ashley Wurth joined MRJC in 2020 and serves as the Outreach and Support Specialist for the Watauga County Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program. Ashley holds a B.S. in Psychology from Appalachian State University and is a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist.

MRJC Board of Directors

Sgt. Casey Miller
Chair

Mr. Tyler Hite, JD
Vice Chair

Ms. Joan Zimmerman, LMFT, LCAS
Secretary

Ms. Debbie Broome

Ms. Melanie Ellis

MRJC Advisory Board

Dr. Cameron D. Lippard, PhD

Mr. Jim Merchant

Mr. William Ireland

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Mediation & Restorative Justice Center, Inc.

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
About MRJC
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.