Board and Staff


 The mission of the Hugh Edward Sandefur Training Center is to lead individuals in developing their selfworth and independence through quality training and rehabilitative services.


The daily activities of the Sandefur Center are comprised of person-centered programs, focused on the individual goals of each of our participants:  Goals to help gain independence, to live and work in our community, to serve others, and to explore and develop unique talents and gifts, as we create an atmosphere of support, empowerment, and sustainability for everyone we serve.


We also integrate our family into the Henderson community, through service to groups like the Salvation Army  and Christian Community Outreach.  We have visited Accuride and Audubon Park as groups, and work with individuals by supporting them as they learn how to budget, cook, shop for food and living essentials, and learn how to be a productive citizen in our own neighborhoods.  


Grounded in the history of Hugh Edward Sandefur’s dream, the Sandefur Center is the only adult day training center in the area that offers on site prevocational training through employment.  That dream has evolved into a comprehensive program that incorporates daily living skills and educational opportunities into the work day for all of our participants.  


Board of Directors

Tracy Belfield

Spencer Bloodworth

Thomas Boone

Brucie Farris

Emily Hamilton

Lisa Kellen

Buzzy Newman

Keegan O'Daniel

Ty Rideout

Aleisha Sheridan

Rob Toerne (Emeritus)

Buddy Utley

Mackenzie Utley

Terry Wheeler (Emeritus)


Executive Director

Julie Wischer

Director of Finance and Facilities

Amy Thomas

Program Director

Melanie Pinkston

Person Centered


Amber Johnson

Day Training

Payton Cox