Executive Director


Joy, a graduate of Emory and Henry, taught English at Franklin County High School before beginning her adventure at West End Center in 1994. For Joy, one of the most rewarding aspects of being at West End Center for over twenty years has been the opportunity to participate in the Center’s growth and stabilization along with the revitalization of the surrounding community. She considers herself most fortunate that so many Center children have become successful adults and that she has had the privilege of working with so many extraordinary families, volunteers, and supporters.



Program Director​

“Mr. Danny” as the children affectionately call him, has worked in youth programs for over fifteen years. As the Program Director, Danny coordinates programming, facilitates community partnerships, and mediates parent involvement. 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.



Educational Director

Nathan began working at West End Center in 2009. He has worked with children for over sixteen years. Prior to working at West End Center, Nathan worked with the Boys and Girls Club and served as the Sunday School Director and assistant youth minister at his church. Nathan graduated from Roanoke College with a major in History. He earned his Master’s in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University in 2011. Nathan continues to work at West End Center because he enjoys teaching multiple subjects daily while using an array of strategies to meet the unique educational needs of each student.  Nathan is also the volunteer coordinator.



Leadership Coordinator

D'Angelo comes to West End Center from Roanoke City Schools, where he worked as an Assistant to the Librarian and as the wrestling coach. D'Angelo cultivated his leadership skills as a Deputy Sheriff and as a Site Director for the YMCA. He looks forward to using his experience to continue building the Leadership program.



Office Assistant

Jackie has been working at West End Center since 2017. She is part of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) through Goodwill and is a great helping hand around the office. When asked what her favorite part is about working at West End Center, Jackie responded that she likes data entry and administrative tasks.


Development Coordinator

Amanda, a graduate of Roanoke College, joined West End Center in April 2018. Bringing with her seven years of non-profit experience, she is excited to work with and for the children who are the future of this community. You can find Amanda either in the front office ready to greet you with a smile or sneaking out to enjoy a few minutes across the street with the kids.



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.



Group Leader

Theresa started as a parent at West End Center with two children enrolled in the program. She became a familiar face at the Center through her work as a parent volunteer. Theresa officially joined the staff at West End Center in August 2017, and it has been amazing having her help as a devoted staff member ever since.



Custodian: Ronald Harris

Summer Cook: Marcia Gunn

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