Our Ministry Team

Heather Norvell
Executive Director
heather@beginanew.org

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Debbie Rutland
Program Manager/ Volunteer Recruiter & Trainer
debbie@beginanew.org

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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
elaine@beginanew.org

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Kristian McIntosh
Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director
info@beginanew.org

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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
nashville@beginanew.org

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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
madison@beginanew.org

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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
madisonmen@beginanew.org

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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
williamson@beginanew.org

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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.

Williamson County Men’s Program Director
williamsonmen@beginanew.org

Sandra Hunter
Woodbine Program Director
woodbine@beginanew.org

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Sandra comes to Begin Anew from serving as an Instructor and Adjunct Faculty Member of Heritage International Bible College & Seminary (Mt Juliet TN) as well as from her Mental Health Private Practice. Sandra and her husband have lived in the Nashville area for the past 23 years, prior to both having positions with the US military. They have one daughter who is married and also lives in the Nashville area. Sandra has a serving heart and joined Begin Anew after returning from a mission trip to Puerto Rico this past spring. She shared that she felt the Lord was leading her to serve those from different cultures and backgrounds here in her home community.