Justice isn't new to the Kanawha Valley. She grew up near Gauley Bridge and graduated from Gauley Bridge High School. Her father was a pharmacist in Montgomery, and Justice, her brother and her sister all worked at the pharmacy at some point in their lives.
"We learned our work ethic there," she said.
Justice went on to attend West Virginia University for her undergraduate and graduate education, graduating in 1980. She was part of the fifth generation of her family to attend WVU.
Afterward, Justice worked for a behavioral health center in Charleston for 21 years before working at Riverside Nursing Home, Highland Hospital and Thomas Memorial Hospital. Most recently, she worked at APS Healthcare, where she helped manage Medicaid waivers for the aged and disabled.
Justice's father died in 1994, but her mother is still living. Justice said having a personal connection to an older adult helps her in her position.
"What I see they need is people taking care of them," she said of older adults. "If people don't have family, they can come to us."
Justice is the third director of Kanawha Valley Senior Services in as many years. In 2011, the senior services board of directors fired Scott McClanahan. His replacement, Janie Hamilton, was fired in March. In both cases, the board declined to give a specific reason for the firing.
Justice said she heard about the Kanawha Valley Senior Services position from a friend.
"I had not really been looking for job change, but had always wanted to lead an organization," she said. "I'm always up for a challenge."
But Justice said she was looking to move the agency forward. She said she was enjoying her new coworkers and sees a bright future for the organization.
"I've been working since 1980," she said. "I've never not been energized to come to work. It's nice to get people who are excited about what they do."
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