If You Suspect A Child Has Been Abused, Contact
Mississippi Division of Child Protective Services
1.800.222.8000 or 601.432.4570
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.
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 this year 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.
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.
Sarah joined Healing Hearts CAC staff in February 2017 as the Mental Health Therapist. She was born & raised in Sikeston, Missouri, and graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Sarah has worked at MSU’s Department of Health Promotion and Wellness where she planned awareness, prevention and educational programs for students, faculty and the Starkville community. She has also worked with children in community counseling centers and a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center for women. Sarah is excited to serve and support the children and families of DeSoto & Tate Counties by providing counseling sessions that can help children who are victims of abuse begin to heal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sarah Barbour joined the staff at Healing Hearts CAC in November 2018. She has 4 years’ experience working in child welfare with TN CPS. She is excited to work with families in Desoto and Tate Counties to provide local resources and help for children in our community.
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.