Nellie Burge Announces New Executive Director

February 06, 2012

The Board of Directors of the Nellie Burge Community Center proudly announces the appointment of Debbie Dobbins as the new Executive Director. Ms. Dobbins brings to this position 25 years experience with nonprofits and over twelve years in senior management. She directed an outreach office with the Methodist Children’s Home in Waco, TX, and was the COO for the United Methodist Children’s Homes in Alabama. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington and Master of Education from Texas Tech University. Ms. Dobbins is experienced in program development, working with at-risk families and children, working with nonprofit boards and initiating and fostering partnerships with state and community agencies.

Ms. Dobbins will lead the initiative to open Mary Ellen’s Hearth at the Nellie Burge Community Center. Mary Ellen’s Hearth will be a residential program for homeless women and their children. Mary Ellen's Hearth offers hope, help and healing to homeless women and children throughout the River Region. It offers hope by providing life skills training and providing transitional housing. It also offers healing through Christian love and support. The goal of Mary Ellen’s Hearth is for 80% of the families to leave within two years...their dignity and self respect restored...prepared for a life of independence. For more information about this program, call (334) 264-4108 or visit us at

Working Women’s Home Association Grant Presentation L/R Scott Key--NBCC Board President, Winnie Stakely—WWHA Board President, Susan Patton, Board Member, Debbie Dobbins—NBCC Executive Director.