Refuge Memphis


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

Don Hardy


Don Hardy is a Fedex retiree. He worked for this global company for 25 years in numerous positions. As a managing director he and his team opened Fedex’s second national sorting facility in Indianapolis, IN. There they went from one employee to 2500 in just 19 months. Don was also a managing director facilitator in Fedex’s Leadership Institute for three years. His responsibilities were training Managers, Sr. Managers, and Managing Directors in leadership skills. His last assignment with Fedex was as the managing director of FedEx Australia / New Zealand and he was headquartered in Sydney, Australia.
Don has been married for 44 years and has one son.

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.

Nita Black

Assistant Director

Anita (Nita) Black has 30+ years of business experience which includes consulting, commercial lending, business development, cash budgeting, and strategic planning. A native Memphian, she is Past-President of the National Association of Women Business Owners (2009-2011) NAWBO Memphis Chapter. She previously served as Secretary/Board Director of The Lisieux Community which is a non-profit serving women surviving prostitution, sex trafficking, and addiction.

In 2013 she was appointed to the City of Memphis Minority Business Development Oversight Commission (MBDOC) and served as MBDOC Chair from 2015 to 2016. Since 2014, Nita has worked as a Business Consultant with Hylander CPA Firm to assist clients in business planning, cash budgeting, and record-keeping for preparation of taxes.

As Assistant Director for Refuge Memphis, Nita works closely with the President/Executive Director in strategy development and strategy implementation. She monitors grant opportunities and manages writing of specific grant requests, as approved, and is involved in a support role as needed in the various Refuge Memphis programs. Consistent with the 2017-2020 Refuge Memphis strategic plan, she is involved in volunteer education and team-building activities. Contingent on receipt of required funding, Nita will be responsible for establishing a social enterprise known as Refuge Thrift Store. Proceeds from the sale of Refuge Thrift items will be used to cover operating costs of Refuge Memphis ongoing.

Nita has three daughters – Angie, Chellye, and Jenny – and seven grand-children.

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.

Wayne Culbreth


Has a career covering a broad spectrum of entrepreneurial activities in technology and healthcare related companies.  He is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of OPS-FUEL Inc.   Prior to OPS-FUEL, he founded Advon Healthcare, LLC, a company he built from an idea on the back of a napkin to current operations in multiple countries around the world, with a depth of experience at the intersection of healthcare delivery and international security in both developing countries and long-industrialized nations. He was also a founding partner of the Marshall Fund, a post conflict private equity fund, where he led the first US private equity investment in Iraq as highlighted by both CNBC and The Economist magazine. He has served in a range of executive and entrepreneurial leadership positions including Executive Director of the Technology Resources Foundation, Associate Director of the Tennessee Technology Development Corporation, and as Entrepreneur in Residence at the FedEx Institute of Technology.

Wayne has served in a number of healthcare roles, ranging from healthcare services as Manager, Consulting & Audit Services for HCA Healthcare to medical devices as part of the executive team of iScreen Vision. Inclusive of his 25 years in uniformed service with the US military, he served a year tour with the US Army in Iraq initially as a Cavalry Troop commander with the 278th ACR, Tennessee Army National Guard, and ultimately as Economic Development Officer for eastern Diyala Province. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in Electrical Engineering and is currently completing an Executive MBA with TRIUM, a joint degree program between London School of Economics, NYU Stern and HEC Paris with expected graduation in 2016.

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


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." 

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