Meet The Team
Board of Directors
Executive and Administrative Staff
President -Bekah Smith
Vice President - Ashley Wilson
Secretary - Nykki Boersma
Treasurer- Ashley Wilson
Board Member- Joey Roberts
Board Member - Ben Tylka
Board Member- Michele Holtkamp
Board Member - Sherell Scott
Board Member - Tricia Burkhart
Executive Director-Kelly Wampler
Case Manager- April Richards
Youth Educator - Lily Grimes
1993- A small group formed a team of 23 volunteers who referred to themselves as the D.R.E.A.M. Team. This team worked to provide new services and support for domestic violence survivors and set the ball in motion for what is now the only domestic violence facility in Decatur County.
1998- The D.R.E.A.M. Team chose a new name, established a Board of Directors, and became a newly incorporated, non-profit service provider for victims of domestic violence---known as New Directions.
2000- New Directions Domestic Violence Shelter opened its doors with a full-time Executive Director, part-time Counselor, and two part-time Victim Advocates. New Directions depended heavily on volunteers to help staff provide 24/7 coverage while families were in residence.
2018- New Directions purchased a new shelter location that would allow for up to 9 residents to be sheltered simultaneously.
2021- New Directions continue to change the dynamic of the shelter as we improve how we serve our community. We work diligently to expand our programming for residential and non-residential services, to educate victims and the general public, to improve community perception, and to provide ongoing support for victims aspiring to live a successful life of survivorship.
New Directions of Decatur County strives to increase social consciousness about domestic violence and to assist individual victims by helping them break free from the cycle of physical and emotional abuse.
New Directions of Decatur County envisions a community where every individual feels safe, empowered, and free from domestic violence and abuse.