Executive Director

Chris Gillespie

Education: BA - North Carolina A&T State University

                         MA - High Point University

Hire Date: April, 2007

Favorite Quote: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of trial and controversy."  MLK Jr.

Something about me: I am married to the lovely Charlisa with three children Ayanna, Byron and Shakira.


Leslie's House Director

Dana H. Bentley

Education: BA - American University

                                     Paralegal Certification, National Center for                                          Paralegal Training

Hire Date: February, 2009

Favorite Quote: "Fear can keep us up all night long, but Faith makes one fine pillow."  Author Unknown

Something about me: Being a member of the WEM staff has been a positve and life changing experience. For me, my connection to WEM is infinite and strong.


Program Director

Brad Bowers

Education: East Davidson High School/Western Carolina University

Hire Date: October 2014

Favorite Quote: "Don't give up, don't ever give up."  Jim Valvano

Something about me: First and foremost I am a Christian and I am the father of two sons, aged 25 and 27. I love people and animals. When I am not at work, you can find me at the golf course or at a ballgame.


House Manager

Cynthia Waller

Education: Associates Degree, Human Technology - Substance Abuse

                         Bachelor's Degree, Human Relations

                         Master's Degree, Non Profit Administration

Hire Date: August, 2011

Favorite Quote: "What you are is God's gift to you; What you make of yourself is your gift to God"

Something about me: I have been working for West End/Leslie's House Ministry for over four years. I love this population because I love giving back what was so freely given to me.


Office Manager

Markeda Bullard

Education: Associate Degree, Business Administration

Hire Date: September, 2015

Favorite Quote: "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."  Maya Angelou

Something about me: I am always lending a helping hand, a word of encouragement or be an ear for someone to be able to vent to. I love to cook and am always willing to give a big smile to someone that needs it.