Who We Are

Who We Are

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.

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Mollie Furman, MSW

Program Coordinator

Mollie has served as Program Coordinator for Recovery on the Inside since 2018. She joined MRJC in 2020 and now also serves as the Program Coordinator for the Watauga County Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program. Mollie holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Social Work from Appalachian State University, is a Watauga County native and received the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 4 Under 40 Award for Non-Profit Business Professional for 2021.

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Ashley Wurth, LCMHC-A

Clinical Case Manager

Ashley joined MRJC in 2020 and serves as the Clinical Case Manager for the Watauga Detention Recovery on the Inside Program and Watauga LEAD. Ashley holds a B.S. in Psychology, M.A in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Certificate in Addictions Counseling from Appalachian State University and is a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist.

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Mackenzie Laney, MSW

Program Associate

Mackenzie joined MRJC in 2020 and is the Project Director of MRJC's Watauga County Workforce Reentry Plan. Mackenzie also serves as the Sentencing Circles Coordinator for Watauga County. 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. 

Dale Hudler, LCSW-A

Clinical Case Manager

Dale joined MRJC in 2021 and serves as the Case Manager for the Watauga LEAD Program. Dale received his Master of Social Work from Wayne State University and is a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist. A long time resident of Ashe County, Dale served as Mayor of West Jefferson from 2008 - 2012.

Tripp Taylor, BS

Peer Support Specialist

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Giovanni Llibre, MBA

Peer Support Specialist

Giovanni joined MRJC in 2022 and serves as a Peer Support Specialist for the Watauga County Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program. Giovanni holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He trained as a professional Health Coach at Duke University and he is a certified SMART Recovery Facilitator. 

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Sydney Styron, BSW

MSW Intern

Sydney joined MRJC in 2021 and serves as an intern from Appalachian State University for both the Recovery on the Inside and Watauga LEAD programs. Sydney received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from East Tennessee State University and is a Watauga County native. 

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Caroline Johnson, BSW

MSW Intern

Caroline joined the MRJC team in 2021 and serves as an intern for MRJC and the LEAD program. Caroline received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Appalachian State University and is from Rockwell, North Carolina. 

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Contact us with any questions or to get help for yourself or someone you care about. 

Email: wataugalead@gmail.com

Phone: 828-406-8069

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