Our Ministry Team

Heather Norvell
Executive Director


Debbie Rutland
Program Manager/ Volunteer Recruiter & Trainer


Debbie oversees the satellite program directors as well as the volunteer recruiter/trainer to enhance their programs, improve efficiencies, and provide problem solving processes to ensure that our students and volunteers have a meaningful experience with Begin Anew. Debbie has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University in Psychology. She worked for the American Red Cross for 29 years serving on the state as well as southeast regional leadership teams.

Elaine Gordon
Development Director


Kristian McIntosh
Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director


Kristian was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from Trevecca Nazarene University.  She also serves as the Adult and Youth Choir Director for Grace United Missionary Baptist Church (both locations: Columbia and Nashville).

Satellite Program Directors

Julie Russell
Nashville Program Director


Julie Russell and her husband, Tom, moved to Nashville 20 years ago from their home state of Ohio.  Julie is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BA in Early and Middle Childhood Education and worked as a first grade teacher for six years.  Julie’s belief in the empowerment and importance of education brought her to Begin Anew 10 years ago as a tutor and encourager, while staying at home with her two children during their school years.  In January 2019, she took on the new role of program director of the Nashville site, which Julie says was a transition she felt led to do through her passion for the program and the students. 

Andrea Waters
Madison Women’s Program Director


Andrea graduated from University of North Florida with a BA in Psychology and a MAOM in Organizational Management. Her past employment experience includes a role as Career Placement Specialist at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, Nashville TN and a role as Employments Specialist with Jacksonville Urban league, Jacksonville, Florida

Scott Payne
Madison Men’s Program Director


Scott has dedicated his life to Mission work.  He graduated in 1985 with his Masters in Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary after attaining his Bachelor of Science from Austin Peay State University in 1982.  He was a Missionary for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention to Thailand for 17 years.  Prior to going abroad he served in campus ministry for East Tennessee State University and Motlow State Community College.

Angela Good
Williamson County Women's Program Director


Angela holds a Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership & Ministry.  She also has experience as a Certified Microsoft Trainer.  Previously, she was employed with Graceworks non-profit agency as the Home Ministry Director and with the People’s Church as Benevolence Director.  In a collaborative effort with other non-profits, she developed the Senior Transportation Program in Williamson County.

Mark Varner

Williamson County Men’s Program Director

Shane Hitchcock
Woodbine Program Director