The staff’s friendliness put me at ease.
Brandy Rea, LPC-SClinical Director
Brandy is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Qualified Supervisor. She has a wide array of professional experience working with both children and adults, conducting over 1,000 forensic interviews, testifying as an Expert witness in various courts and providing trainings and workshops to professionals in the fields of counseling and child advocacy.
Brandy is married and has three children. She recently received the Dr. Larry Leflore JJ Advocacy Award by the MS Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. Brandy says that she is excited to be at Wesley House and enjoys helping the children and families from our area on their journey to hope and healing.
Andy HodgesPreschool Director
Andy Hodges is a graduate of Samford University with a B.S in Elementary Education with a minor in music. He has worked at Wesley House Community Center for the past 20 years as Preschool Director and in Christian Relief using our clearing house with many local churches and utility companies to help clients to the best of our abilities.
Andy has one sister Debra, one brother Robbin and one nephew Zachary. Zachary grew up coming to Wesley House having his birthday parties for the preschool as a child and volunteered here.
Melanie StuckeyLead Teacher
Melanie joined the Wesley House staff as lead teacher in the Preschool in January 2017. She has 34 years of experience in preparing children for kindergarten and is certified to serve as director since 2000.
Melanie has three grown daughters and three grandsons. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and traveling. Melanie belongs to The Evangel Temple where she makes a joyful noise in the choir.
Renee is a wife, mother and grandmother who has lived in the Meridian, Ms. area all of her life. After owning and operating a florist business for over 20 years, Renee came to Wesley House Community Center as Bookkeeper in 2004.
Renee is a member of New Hope Baptist Church where she is the church clerk, sings in the choir and serves on other church committees.
Shaletha OnyekwulujePrevention Educator, Sexual Assault Advocate, and Forensic Interviewer
Shaletha is a graduate student at Mississippi State University-Meridian,completing her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is a member of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International. Shaletha has been mentoring and teaching children for the last seven years.
Shaletha is ecstatic about having an opportunity to be a part of the staffat Wesley House. She is ready to help the people of her community and all of its surrounding areas.
Ashley WeatherspoonPreschool Teacher
Ashley Weatherspoon received her Associates Degree in Early Care and Education and has been teaching children for 11 years. She is fascinated by her kids' wonder and imagination.
Ashley is also the mother of a beautiful 4-year old and a little dog.
Deana Weems, NCC, CCMHCTherapist & Forensic Interviewer
Deana is a National Certified Counselor as well as a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Deana is a member of Mississippi State University’s Society of Scholars.
Deana and her husband of 28 years, have three grown children and look forward to having many grandchildren in the future. Deana is a Therapist and Forensic Interviewer for the Child Advocacy Center and Sexual Assault Crisis Center at Wesley House. Deana is dedicated to helping children and adults overcome traumatic experiences and have happy, healthy relationships.
Deidra Stewart, Ed.SFamily Advocate/Therapist/Prevention Educator
Deidra Stewart currently holds a Bachelors in Psychology, a Masters in Counseling Studies and an Education Specialist in Counseling. She has detail knowledge in Family and Victim Advocacy. She has experience in individual, group, family and crisis counseling. She is certified in Community Green Dot Bystander Training. Her past work history included working with children and women in crisis and mental health. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family.