If You Suspect A Child Has Been Abused, Contact
Mississippi Division of Child Protective Services
1.800.222.8000 or 601.432.4570
Sally joined the staff of Healing Hearts CAC as the Executive Director in January 2019. She graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism emphasizing in Marketing and Public Relations. Prior to Healing Hearts CAC, Sally was a court administrator for Mississippi’s 17th District Circuit Court for over 14 years. She brings previous fundraising experience as a Community Director for the March of Dimes and an established marketing and communications skill set shaped through leadership positions in the financial, industrial and healthcare fields to her new role. Sally’s goal is to build on the success of what Healing Hearts has already accomplished by continuing to provide a supportive team approach when responding to child abuse through advocacy, treatment, education and prevention.
Misty is a Licensed Master Social Worker with a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi in Social Work and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Memphis. She joined the staff of Healing Hearts CAC after being a part of the DeSoto County MDT since 2013. Prior to Healing Hearts CAC, she worked as an Area Social Work Supervisor and Family Protection Worker for over eight years with DeSoto County Child Protection Services. She supervised frontline staff and investigated children who were abused, neglected and exploited. Misty’s desire is to continue to help children that have been abused or neglected through her new role at Healing Hearts CAC.
Darlene joined the staff of Healing Hearts Child Advocacy Center when it opened in 2013 after working for seven years as the Senior Program Director at the Olive Branch YMCA. Her role at Healing Hearts CAC as a family advocate brings her full circle from the work she did for 10 years at the YWCA Sexual Assault Services department in the suburbs of Chicago. Darlene worked at the YWCA doing prevention presentations to school-aged children in neighborhood resource centers and school systems. Also part of her job at the YWCA was to work the Rape Crisis Hotline. She is a native Memphian, and after her family was corporately transferred around the country for 15 years, she and her husband Mike moved home to live in Olive Branch 12 years ago.
Candace joined the staff of Healing Hearts CAC in May of 2017 as a forensic interviewer. In January of 2018 she became the MDT/Enhancement Project Coordinator for Tate County. She has been a part of the Multidisciplinary Team since 2015. Prior to joining Healing Hearts CAC, she worked as a Certified Police officer as an investigator at the Olive Branch PD. She began her career in law enforcement in August of 2008. During that time, she was involved in assessing the well being of children by completing investigations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Candace has been married to Tyler since 2007 and they love walks in the park with their puppies, Lance and Gwen.
Shawn joined the staff of Healing Hearts CAC in September of 2018 as a family advocate. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi in Social Work. Prior to Healing Hearts CAC, he worked as a Family Protection Specialist and a Special Projects Officer for over six years with DeSoto County Child Protection Services. While at CPS he worked with children who were abused, neglected and exploited. Shawn continues his passion of working with abused and neglected children as the Desoto County MDT Coordinator.
Lindsey graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work in August of 2012. She has obtained her LSW licensure. Before joining Healing Hearts CAC, Lindsey worked for Child Protection Services from 2013-2017. While at Child Protection Services she worked as a Family Protection Specialist, Licensure Specialist and Adoption Specialist. She conducted home studies on prospective foster and adoptive families, as well as, prepared parents and children for the adoption process. Lindsey and her husband Steven, who is a teacher and coach, have been married since 2011. They have two children, Makenzie and Eli. They enjoy spending time together as a family and attending Steven’s football and softball games at Horn Lake High School.
Jordan joined the staff of Healing Hearts CAC in October 2017 as a forensic interviewer. She was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Relations. Jordan loves working with children and families and enjoys being a part of the community.
Sarah is a mental health therapist with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. She has been providing counseling services since 2014. Sarah provides counseling services in DeSoto and Tate counties. She has previously worked as a case manager for a therapeutic foster care agency, and as a therapist for teenage boys in residential treatment. She most recently provided therapy services for adults in an alcohol and drug treatment program. Sarah is passionate about providing a supportive, compassionate space for children and families to feel empowered, to begin the healing process and to find hope for the future.
Tammy joined the Healing Hearts CAC staff as a Mental Health Therapist in August 2019. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Memphis. She also earned a Master’s in Education from Freed-Hardeman University. While studying for her clinical mental health degree, Tammy worked at treatment centers facilitating group sessions focused on domestic violence, anger management, and nurturing parents. She also has experience providing therapy to individual clients, adults, and children, who have experienced various types of trauma. Before choosing to serve as a mental health therapist, Tammy was an elementary school teacher with Shelby County Schools for 11 years. Because of previous experiences and motivation to help others, Tammy strives to make a more substantial impact on children and adolescent lives through mental health treatment.
Bria is a mental health therapist with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology with a concentration in Child & Family Studies from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She went on to receive her Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Memphis. Bria is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) with a background that includes working with adolescents and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, various types of trauma, eating disorders, and domestic violence. She is passionate about mental health advocacy and strives to make a positive and influential impact on the lives of her clients. Bria believes in fostering a safe, open, and compassionate space for clients to feel heard and do the hard work that it takes on the journey to healing.
Mallory joined the staff of Healing Hearts CAC as a Family Advocate in March of 2020. She graduated from Freed-Hardeman University with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies and is currently working on her master’s degree in Social Work through Boise State Universities online program. Prior to Healing Hearts CAC, Mallory was a Field Educator at the Family Resource Center where she provided education to the community from preschool age to adult as well as provided resources to families in need. Mallory is excited to continue working with families to provide resources to help put them on a path to success. Mallory and her husband Mac enjoy spending time with family and playing with their yellow lab, Bailey.
Rebekah joined the staff of Healing Hearts CAC in September of 2020 as a family advocate. She graduated from The University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She is currently working on her master’s degree in Social Work through Union University. From previous experiences, Rebekah is avid about advocacy, motivating, and empowering children. She is excited to use her new role as family advocate to encourage children and families through times of unknown or distress. When not working, Rebekah enjoys a good cup of coffee and spending time with her family. You can often find her outside enjoying some fresh air.