Amanda graduated from Roanoke College with a degree in Sociology and has worked in the nonprofit sector for the last decade.
Her involvement with West End Center began as a parent, and her three boys attend the Center. Amanda served as Development Associate and Development Director prior to her selection as Executive Director. She is passionate about the power of West End Center to positively impact the lives of the youth and families the Center serves and approaches relationship building with the perspective of unconditional positive regard. Her enthusiasm is contagious and she excels at getting others excited about West End Center.
In her free time, she enjoys lifting weights, true crime documentaries, and chips and queso.
Director of Education
Makenzie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from North Carolina State University. She then went on to spend the next year as a Youth Development Specialist in Peace Corps Morocco. Throughout her collegiate career and various experiences with youth, she has cultivated a passion for fostering literacy and life-skills in the leaders of tomorrow. While working with the West End Center, she hopes to further her own skills and work, and develop meaningful, mutually symbiotic relationships with the students here. She loves animals, music, reading, and a whole lot of ice cream.
Program Director (Middle-High School)
D'Angelo Reynolds, Coach as the kids thoughtfully call him, has done a lot for Roanoke City Public School along with his community. D'Angelo coordinates middle and high school programs that help our students learn leadership, responsibility, and independence. Furthermore, teaching middle and high students to be role models for the younger students and a positive influence in the community. D'Angelo thrives on relationships with the students and enjoys seeing them grow and become leaders.
Director of Operations
“Mr. Danny” as the children affectionately call him, has worked in youth programs for over fifteen years. As the Director of Operations, Danny is responsible for overseeing and managing The West End Center's day-to-day operations necessary for our children's success and growth. Danny has been working with the West End Center for 10 years. He believes that working with children is a calling, and he is grateful to have the opportunity to impact the lives of children in a positive way.
Peacebuilders & Wellness
Ryan graduated from Roanoke College where he majored in Health and Human Performance, concentrating on Sports Management. After graduating, Ryan moved to Denver to pursue a career in sports media. Having grown up on the east coast, he decided to move back and began working at West End Center in June 2018. Ryan is most looking forward to using his knowledge of nutrition and wellness to help the kids at West End Center learn how to lead healthier lives.
Rashanda is currently attending Old Dominion University for a business degree in Marketing. When Rashanda graduates in 2022, she plans on helping numerous small businesses develop new marketing strategies. While working with the West End Center, she attends to help others by show patience and kindness so we can all get through this difficult time together. She is looking forward to learning new skills that she can use in the future.
Kiesha Preston comes to West End Center with 5 years’ experience working with nonprofits and over 17 years’ experience working with children and families. Throughout her career she has specialized in working with foster families, children on the autism spectrum, early learners, and helping military child-care facilities gain accreditation overseas. She has also served as a passionate community advocate, successfully fighting at State and Federal levels for families impacted by domestic violence. In her role as Development Director, she is responsible for marketing, public relations, and directing all of West End Center’s fundraising.
In her free time, she enjoys acting, cooking, singing, skating, being a mom, and playing the flute.