Refuge Memphis


Imparting hope in times of need with food, clothing, emergency shelter,
and educational pathways

Donnie Wheeler

President/Executive Director

Donnie’s career has spanned decades of leadership in both the private sector and non-profit organizations.  He recently culminated 35 years of service in the automotive industry with over two decades of executive management positions.

His ability to develop a vision for growth, budgeting, and forecasting to acquire market share along with the interpersonal skills to manage banking and board relations resulted in unparalleled growth of all of the companies he led.  Donnie’s dependable track record of success was qualified through numerous sales achievement awards over the years, including the Blue Oval trophy given to top ten percent of Ford dealerships in nation for outstanding customer satisfaction.

nedra butler-ross


Nedra Butler-Ross is a native Memphian. A graduate of East High School and the University of Tennessee at Martin with a B.S. Degree in Biology.  Retiree of the Shelby County Health Department with over 30 years’ experience in the environmental, engineering and technical field. Her leadership skills on her job exposed her to coordinating numerous outreach activities for our community such as United Way and Operation Feed.

As the Christian Education Director of Keel Avenue Baptist Church, she enjoys planning, organizing, teaching and implementing various task for the development of the church membership.  An active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter.  In 2017, she was the recipient of the Graduate Mentor and Soror of the Year Award.  From 2015-2017 she was the Environmental Ownership Committee Chairman for the AKA 1908 Playground Project.  The Riverview Park playground areas were refreshed, renewed and made inviting for children in the community to play.  This initiative was showcased as Best of the Best in 2017 AKA Leadership Conference in Las Vegas.

She currently teaches CPR and has a passion to serve others.  She has been married to her husband Eugene for 34 years and have one lovely daughter.

Roderick E. Scott



 The Founder and Executive Director of Youth Dimensions, Inc. Youth Dimensions was founded April 2007. Youth Dimensions, Inc. is an outpatient mental health facility for adults and at risk teens. Scott vision was to develop an agency that will work youth and their families, but also provide parental and life skills to give both the youth and parents more life coping skills to become productive citizens.

In this capacity, Roderick is no stranger to the Memphis and Shelby County mental health community. His duties include managing the day-to-day operations and working with other agencies and school that contract with Youth Dimensions. He has also worked in a variety of mental-health related positions during a career spanning over fifteen years.  An experienced association executive, Scott previously was the Director of Crisis Services of Midtown Mental Health Center where he served and ensured that the organization was compliance within the TNDMHSA Licensure and BHO guidelines and managed a staff of 102 employees.

Mr. Scott has served on many local nonprofit boards for organizations serving people with mental illness, substance use disorders, and/or developmental disabilities. He is also since 2012 President of Better, the 2009-2012 past president of the Optimist Club of Memphis, the present vice president of the Voices of Raleigh/Frayser, a member of the Raleigh PJA and he is also a member of the 2010 Executive Program Class of Leadership Memphis.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management from Austin Peay University in Clarksville, TN and his master’s degree in Health Care Administration from St. Francis College in Joliet, IL.  Mr. Scott resides in Germantown, TN with his wife, Chantay and three kids Myles, Maya, and Morgan and English Bulldog Max.

Anthony Boyce Canada


Born in Memphis, TN. Co-founder, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Tennessee Preparatory Academy.  Founder and President, Ataboy Entertainment. Founding Member of LeMoyne Owen College Community Development Corporation. Partner of Canada Reeder Consultants. Anthony graduated from LeMoyne Owen College with a Business Administration Degree. Anthony attended and graduate from Southern University Law and A&M College with a dual Masters in Public Administration and Juris Doctrine Degrees. Anthony’s membership, awards and affiliations:

1968-78 Member of the Goodwill Boys Club, 79-83  Dean’s List LeMoyne Owen College, 82/83 UNCF President LeMoyne Owen College, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated Member 1983, ABA/Law Student Division Representative  Southern University Law Center 1985-1986, Student Bar Association, President, Southern University Law Center, 1986-1987 Board Member Goodwill Boys Club, 1987-1988 Lifetime Member of the Local and National Chapters  of LeMoyne Owen College Alumni Association  Since 1999  

Dianne Carter Brooks


Dianne’s career spanned decades of technology and healthcare in the corporate sector. She has worked at companies like, Dobbs International, Regional One Hospital, Accredo/Medco, and Express Scripts, she held the role as lead person in various companies. Her career has spanned over 30 plus years of experience in technology and customer service in the corporate industry. She has 15 years of experience in the health care industry, with 4 years in patient reimbursement and 12 in customer service.

She has received numerous “Excellent Customer Service Award” and promotions in her tenure at several of the companies she’s been employed with, because of her drive to adjust well in changing environment, and dependable track record many of her managers would say she has a great attitude and always willing to go the extra mile to help and assist others, she , had hands on with the implementation of upgrading the new computer systems at her company.

In her community involvement, she is on the board for Refuge Memphis, she has worked with Habitat for Humanity, Feed the Children, Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, and reaching out to others, by assisting or making monetary donations. She is a member of the Missionary Society at her church, donates clothes for the clothes closet, giving assist and clothes to Nami Memphis Neighborhood Clothing, active member of Silhouettes of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity where she has held positions as Vice President and President. She has assisted the Kappas in their Debutante Presentation (the young ladies attend a 6 month program, where they go through leadership training, etiquette classes, workshops, and community service involvement.)


Refuge Memphis is a local Community based 501( c) 3 charity whose vision is to continue to meet the need…develop the solution.  Our MISSION is "Imparting hope in time of need with Clothing, Food, Emergency Shelter, and Educational Pathways."