The staff is led by Laurie Whitworth, Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Laurie has served in this capacity since 2006. Laurie also serves as Victim Advocate, co-facilitates intervention programming, provides forensic interviews, and facilitates Mandated Reporter Training.
Wendy Risner serves as Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator. Wendy has served in this capacity since 2010. Wendy serves as a Victim Advocate, coordinates community outreach events and awareness projects, provides prevention and intervention programming and volunteer recruitment, training and management.
Adrienne Strickland M.S, APC, NCC – Adrienne Strickland serves as the Director of Forensic Services. Adrienne has worked with Harmony House since 2013. Adrienne coordinates and assigns all forensic services and is also a Trauma Focused Therapist providing therapeutic services for victims/survivors.
Kimberly Brewer serves as the Director of Family Advocate Services. Kim began her work with Harmony House in 2015. Kim serves as a Victim Advocate, Coordinates all advocacy services, offers case management and facilitates all group and in-home Family Nurturing and Enrichment activities.
Joanna Fleming serves as Victim and Family Advocate. Joanna began working with Harmony House in 2016. Joanna provides intake and follow up services as well as case management.
Mari Mateo M.A, APC – Mari Mateo serves as the Director of Therapeutic Services. Mari began her work with Harmony House in 2017. Mari provides trauma-focused therapeutic care to clients, coordinates and assigns all Therapeutic Care and also provides servicios en Español.
Jennifer Rainer is the Client Services Advocate. Jennifer began working in September 2017. Jennifer serves as victim advocate in the Elberton Office and Coordinates client services, provides community outreach and assist with parent education.
Beth Segars MSW, is the Sexual Assault Legal Advocate. Beth began work in June 2018 and works with Sexual Assault Response Team Protocol, as well as human trafficking resources and referrals. She is also the Sexual Assault legal advocate and coordinates the case management for victim survivors.
Julie Ridgway is the Madison County Family Advocate. Julie began work in June of 2017. Julie provides case management, coordinates and assists families in Madison County with ongoing services.
Andrea Reganato M.S MFT Intern is a contract staff member providing survivors with Trauma-Focused Therapeutic services in both the Franklin Springs and Elberton Offices.
Mechelle Collins is a contract staff member providing forensic interviews for 4 of the 5 counties in the Northern Judicial Circuit. Mechelle has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia in Child Psychology.
Tracey Roberts LCSW – is a contract staff member providing survivors with Trauma-Focused Therapeutic in-home services within the Northern Judicial Circuit.
Deborah Bartlett RN – is a contract Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner providing 24-hour-a-day, first-response forensic medical examinations and crisis intervention to assault/abuse survivors at both Harmony House sites and local medical facilities when/if medical condition requires.
Meredith Morris RN – is a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner providing 24-hour-a-day, first-response forensic medical examinations and crisis intervention to assault/abuse survivors at both Harmony House sites and local medical facilities when/if medical condition requires.