If You Suspect A Child Has Been Abused, Contact
Mississippi Division of Child Protective Services
1.800.222.8000 or 601.432.4570
Mary Lee Walker Brown of Hernando, DeSoto County, received her Bachelor of Science from Mississippi University for Women and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Mississippi College. She has practiced law in Hernando with her husband, Bill Brown, since 1981. Mrs. Brown’s practice focuses upon Family, Estate and Real Estate law. Mrs. Brown served as past president of the Hernando Area Chamber of Commerce, past chairman of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, is a member of the DeSoto Council, and served the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyer’s Project since its inception. She also served as past Treasurer of the DeSoto County Bar, past president of the Young Lawyers Section of the DeSoto County Bar, and past secretary of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar. Mary Lee is a Fellow in the Mississippi Bar Foundation and has an AV Rating with Martindale-Hubbell. Mary Lee and Bill have two sons, Will and Rob.
George is retired from DeSoto County Schools after a career of teaching, coaching, school administrator and central office administrator for 32 years. His career began in Lee County Mississippi at Saltillo Attendance Center and continued in DeSoto County at Olive Branch, Horn Lake, Center Hill Schools and he completed his career at the central office. George was named DeSoto County administrator of the year in 2003 while Principal at Horn Lake Middle School. George and his wife of 31 years Jamie, attend Goodman Oaks Church of Christ in Southaven. Having been a coach early in his career George is a sports enthusiast.
He loves cheering on his Mississippi State Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves. George and Jamie have two grown sons Taylor and Blake.
When I was asked to be a part of the Child Advocacy Center Board it was an easy decision for me to say yes. Having been in the children business for 32 years this gave me a chance to stay attached after retirement. Children are our most precious commodity and our greatest resource. We must protect them at all costs from abuse and mistreatment by those who prey on them. Being able to support and guide the work being done at the Child Advocacy Center is very fulfilling.
Cheryl is retired from the DeSoto County Schools after a career of teaching Home Economics, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Health for 33 years. Her teaching career began in Fulton, MS, and continued in Tupelo, Batesville, Horn Lake, Southaven, and Olive Branch. A National Board Certified teacher, Cheryl was named Teacher of the Year for the state of Mississippi in 2007 after being named TOY for DeSoto County Schools. Child development and child care were always a focus of Cheryl’s classes, where she instilled parenting and caregiver skills to her students as well as wise decision-making for the individual and family. She enjoys volunteering where needed at HHCAC, DeSoto County Jail Ministry, Hernando United Methodist Church or keeping grandkids. Her husband, David, retired from BancorpSouth after 43 years, during which he was very active in community work. Both of their children, Neal and Corrie, are teachers in DeSoto County Schools.
It has been an honor and privilege through the last 7 years to be a part of the creation and growth of Healing Hearts Child Advocacy Center. Helping children reach their potential is a lifelong mission for me whether in the classroom or in the community. Being able to invest time and resources in an agency which gives struggling children the ability to feel safe and heal from the past is time very well spent. I get to witness many, many positive outcomes for the families and kids that are served at HHCAC.
Shirley joined Planters Bank in June of 2017, as a First Vice President. She has over 25 years of commercial real estate experience in Shelby and DeSoto County. Shirley has worked with the March of Dimes, Susan G. Komen, Lion’s Club, St. Jude and Ronald McDonald House over the past years on fundraisers and serving on finance committees. She has lived in DeSoto County for over 30 years and is a native of Tupelo, MS. She is a graduate of Memphis State. She is an active member of Colonial Hills in Southaven. Shirley and her husband, Mark, have a daughter and son along with 2 grandchildren. She enjoys reading, Bible studies, traveling and spending time with her family.
Jennifer is a Vice President with Community Bank of Mississippi. In addition to managing the Hernando branch, Jennifer is a Commercial and Retail Lender. She has been with Community Bank over 20 years and was formerly the leader of the Loan Operations Department for Northern Mississippi. Jennifer has volunteered with several non-profit community organizations in DeSoto County. She is currently active as an Ambassador with the Hernando Chamber of Commerce. She and her husband Brad are both native to DeSoto County and attend Longview Point Church. They have two children, Garrett and Lauren. Jennifer enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Andrea is a Vice President with Commercial Bank & Trust in Memphis, TN. She is a commercial lender and manager of the Private Client office located in the bank’s Raymond James branch at 50 N. Front Street. Andrea is a native of Dallas, Texas, a graduate of the University of Mississippi as well as Mississippi School of Banking, Southeastern Schools of Consumer and Commercial Credit, and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. She has over 25 years of banking experience. Andrea is a graduate of Leadership Desoto, the former treasurer for the House of Grace, and is a life member of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries. She is currently also serving as a board member for the Risk Management Association’s Memphis Chapter. She and her husband, Tom, are members of Christ Presbyterian Church in Olive Branch. They have one daughter, Mary Morgan Gladney. Andrea enjoys reading, traveling and attending Ole Miss sporting events with her family.
Ann Lamar a former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice who held the bench from 2007 until her retirement in 2017. Prior to her Supreme Court tenure, Justice Lamar served as a Circuit Court Judge in the 17th Circuit Court District, encompassing Desoto, Tate, Panola, Yalobusha, and Tallahatchie counties. Additionally, she served as the District Attorney in the 17th District until her appointment to the circuit bench in November 2001. “Having spent many years in the criminal justice system, I have seen firsthand the impact of child abuse and neglect on our children, their families, and our communities. The services provided by the Healing Hearts are extremely important to the victims of child abuse and to the community of law enforcement that work with our victims,” said Lamar. “I completely support the efforts of Healing Hearts in outreach, prevention, and intervention, which provide children a critical opportunity to recover and lead healthy, vibrant lives.” She and her husband John live in Senatobia where they enjoy their two adult sons, their wives, and three grandchildren.
Ben is an Owner and Agent at Boren and Hawkins, Inc. Boren and Hawkins is a licensed independent insurance agency with three locations in North Mississippi. Ben’s successful insurance career has spanned 14 years. His passion is being an agent to his customers and finding solutions to their insurance needs. Ben is a graduate of Mississippi State University.
In Ben’s spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and attending sporting events at his alma mater. Ben is also an avid outdoorsman that enjoys hunting and competition sporting clay shooting.
Ben and his wife Laura have been married for 15 years and have two daughters, Grace and Emma. They live on a farm just outside Hernando, MS with one dog named Gumbo.
I was invited to join the HH board by a business associate that I respect. Parts of me were reluctant to join the board but most parts of me were just ignorant of HH and what a CAC does. So due to some other board members I recognized and what I knew those individuals stood for I decided to at least go hear what it was about. When I went to orientation I was over whelmed by the magnitude of HHCAC and what all it does, I left there honestly believing that the cause was more Noble than I was able. I went home de-compressed from what I had heard, spoke to my wife and from there with much prayer I decided God doesn't call the qualified (and he didn't) but he does qualify the called! I now have a better understanding of what HHCAC does, I better understand the mission and what the board and staff do. So with that information its easy for me to talk and reach out as an advocate for children who do not have a voice sufficient enough that the world we created for them hears their needs. HH hears their needs and provides that voice for the voiceless and knowing I have just a minuscule role there creates a fire inside me that I like telling others about!
A graduate of James Madison University, Michael is the District Execution Manager for Home Depot, Inc -- N. Mississippi/Memphis market. He also serves as both the company’s Political Action Committee and Community Outreach Captain. Although Michael was born in Richmond, VA, he has embraced Desoto County as home, contributing to the community by lending them both his voice and his experience. He is a proud graduate of Leadership Desoto, a program meant to nurture and connect community leaders, and the Olive Branch Citizen’s Police Academy. Michael is the President of the Horn Lake Board of Directors and is a founding member of the University of Mississippi’s Career Center Advisory Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors for APELAH, Inc, a non-profit that supports special needs foster children and the elderly and disabled in Mississippi. A member of the Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. Fraternity, he has been recognized on a national level for his motivational oratory.
Husband to Deborah Cobbs and father of three daughters, Michael Cobbs takes great inspiration from his family. They remind him every day to remain humble, to work hard, and to always strive for excellence. Deborah is the principal of Coldwater Elementary School and her good humor and discernment have been a joy to him throughout their 25 years of marriage. His daughters are all academically gifted, morally conscious, and spiritually connected. He is exceedingly proud of each of them.
Michael couldn’t be prouder to be asked to contribute to Healing Hearts Child Advocacy Center’s mission. As the spouse of an educator, he is uniquely tuned in the concerns of children. He believes that children are our world’s future; we must invest in making sure that future is bright. Michael has the skill, knowledge, and most importantly, the drive to become a powerful opposition force toward those who wish to do children harm. He knows that working with the other members of the board will be extremely rewarding, professionally and personally.
Chuck attended the University of Mississippi and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Delta State University, where he was a member of the baseball team. He has also completed studies at the Barret School of Banking, conducted at the University of Memphis. Most recently, Jackson was affiliated with First Financial Bank in Senatobia, where he served as President. Prior to that, he served as a Loan Officer at Community Mortgage in Southaven, Mississippi. Jackson serves on the Foundation Board of Northwest Mississippi Community College and is a previous member of both the North Mississippi Home Builders and the North Mississippi Board of Realtors. He served as Chairman of the Como Methodist Church Pastor Parish Relations committee and is a member of Hernando Methodist Church. He also is a member of Business Network International in Southaven. Jackson and his wife, Rachel, have two daughters, Lizzie and Lee Taylor, who both currently attend Ole Miss.