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.



Karen Pillis

Executive Director

Karen is a lifelong Roanoker and joins the West End Center after a long volunteer and work history with children and their families. She graduated from Roanoke City Schools, The University of Virginia and Radford University. She and her husband have 3 daughters and a number of pets including 2 turtles who live in her office!!

Please come by her office and introduce yourself!



Deseree Stanfield

Director of Education

Deseree attended West End as a child and has been a long-time partner, providing mental health services at West End for almost 15 years. She is a graduate of Roanoke College and is passionate about our students receiving the highest quality educational services possible. "Miss Des" will be leading our homework, literacy, and enrichment programs.



Jason Rowe

Literacy/STEAM Coordinator

His background in teaching High School English combined with his love for reading, writing, and games make his groups engaging and fun.

He graduated from SUNY Oswego in New York, and then spent over twenty years helping kids achieve their goals. His experience ranges from teaching High School English, assisting in Special Education programs, and working as a day treatment counselor.

Mr. Rowe would like all of the kids to set goals, and go beyond the boundaries that they may think are impassable.