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, and provides forensic interviews.
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.
Shon Browner began work in March of 2019 and works as the Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator, as well as Human Trafficking Coordinator working with resources and referrals. Shon also works as the Legal Advocate coordinating and assisting those victim/survivors in need of protection orders.
Ashley Bowen is the Crime Victims Compensation Specialist Advocate. Ashley organizes and provides Crime Victim Compensation services and referrals for the children, adults and their families who visit the Harmony House Child Advocacy Center. Ashley also works to assist in serving families as they arrive at the center.
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.
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.