Executive Staff

Andrea Bridges – Executive Director
But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31

Andrea has served as the Executive Director of The CARE Center since 2018. She collaborates with area churches, corporate foundations, local schools, and community stakeholders to provide crisis services, education initiatives, and workforce development to the rural, under-resourced areas of Southeastern Madison County.

Previously serving as The CARE Center’s Education Coordinator for 9+ years, Andrea developed, implemented, and managed educational programs in the five schools assisted by The CARE Center, including four 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants and United Way Community Partnership funding. Andrea has served on the Alabama Community Education Association (ACEA) Executive Board since 2015. She is honored to be chosen as one of only fifteen leaders across the country to serve as the 2018-2019 Ambassador for the Afterschool Alliance. In addition, she serves as a Regional Hub Director for the Alabama Expanded Learning Alliance and President of the United Way Executive Director Association.

Andrea and her husband, Kevin, are empty nesters and enjoy spending time with their adult children and spouses. However, the light of their world is their granddaughter, Evie. Andrea and Kevin attend Owens Cross Roads Church of Christ, where they are involved with Lads to Leaders and mission work locally and abroad.

Aneisha Nolen – Director of Career Development and Adult Services
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

Altogether, Aneisha has over 15 years of experience in the social service arena and volunteering in her community; this includes counseling, program development, community programming, career development, life coaching, and nonprofit networking. Aneisha possesses a BS degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama, a BS degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama Huntsville, an MS degree in Human Services, and a specialization in Community and Social Services from Capella University. She also became a Human Service Board Certified Practitioner in 2019. Finally, Aneisha has served on the Business Medical Industry Career Advisory Board, as the fundraiser chair for the AOYP foundation, and developed many other programs and fundraising campaigns for universities and the greater Huntsville/Madison County community. 

Aneisha is married to her husband, Corey, and they have three wonderful children, Timothy, Cenayah, and Ale’ah. She resides on the Executive Board for Open Heart Leaders based in California and the Youth Services Council of Madison County. Currently, Aneisha serves as the Relationship Council Leader for Madison Mission SDA Church in Madison, AL.

Amy Parker – Director of Operations
Being a kind, sensitive soul in a troubled world is not weakness; it is strength. – Kristen Butler

Amy develops and manages all facilities and oversees the operations of our three thrift store locations now in New Hope, Gurley, and Guntersville. Amy began working with The Care Center in 2014 as a Sales Associate and, next, the Thrift Store Manager. She enjoys working with her teammates to create a welcoming atmosphere and the best possible experience for shoppers, volunteers, visitors, and donors. Amy is passionate about helping others and feels her current role is an excellent opportunity to share the creativity and compassion God has given her with others.

Amy is married to her husband, Keith, and they have three wonderful children, Kade, Kolbie, and Kassie. 

Molly Mullinax – Education Coordinator and 21st CCLC Program Manager
What we know matters, but who we are matters more. – Brene Brown

Molly manages the after-school and summer programs at New Hope Elementary and High Schools, Owens Cross Roads Elementary School, and Madison County Elementary School. She also oversees The CARE Center’s school-based tutors, scholarships, Bags of Blessings program, CARE Packs, and annual Christmas Store. She possesses a BS degree in Elementary Education from Athens State University, where she completed her internship at Albertville City Schools, and holds a teaching certificate in Elementary Education with a status of highly qualified in the state of Alabama. Molly has had various training in classroom management, STEM, and social-emotional learning and is AMSTI certified; additionally, she has four years of classroom teaching experience in Marshall and Madison County. 

Molly and her husband, Aaron, currently reside in Guntersville with three children; Noah, Makayla, and Tatum. Being from New Hope, Molly has seen first-hand the positive impact made by The CARE Center over the years in the community and its schools.

Sharon Criswell – Director of Outreach
Look for Christ, and you will find Him, and with Him, everything else thrown in.C.S. Lewis

After twelve years of vocational church ministry, Sharon joined The CARE Center staff in August 2021. She is passionate about pleading the cause and sharing our mission across various communication platforms, including social media, radio, television, and the monthly newsletter. In addition, she gives oversite to our men’s and women’s Bible study groups and outreach events like the annual Blue Christmas experience. Sharon’s favorite part of her job is connecting with our mission partners, their fantastic leaders, and supportive volunteers. 

For fun, Sharon teaches yoga and ballet. She is married to a tractor “fixer-upper” from Snead, AL, and mothers two stellar daughters, Bailey Grace and Madison. 

Annie Harris – Director of Finance and Human Resources
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence. – Vince Lombardi

A New Hope native, Annie began working with The CARE Center in 2022 after an extensive banking and administrative career. She holds an AS degree in Business and is pursuing a BS degree in Human Resources. Annie enjoys working with our neighbors to educate them on financial stewardship and especially loves working in the community where she grew up.

When not working with numbers, Annie can be found watching her boys play sports, reading, cheering on college football (Go, DAWGS!), and crafting. Annie is a member of Owens Cross Roads Church of Christ and has been married to her husband, Tren, since 2014. They have two sons, Riggs and EJ.

Lauren Stapler – Executive Assistant
For with God, nothing shall be impossible. – Luke 1:37

Before becoming part of the staff at The CARE Center in June of 2022, Lauren worked at Huntsville Hospital as a surgical technologist, during which she developed a passion for the community she served and the patients she helped. However, after becoming a wife and mom, she decided to pursue a career path that would allow her to be more directly involved in the community where she was raising her family. When Lauren is not in the Business Office, you can find her spending time with her kids and husband, making memories in the kitchen, cheering at the ball field and dance studio, or reading.

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