Meet the Staff

Karla Brookreson-Owens, L.M.S.W.

Karla Brookreson-OwensGraduated from UGA in 2004 with a master’s degree in social work. Karla began her career as a child and adolescent counselor, but now works with adults and seniors as well. "Children who are grieving can teach us so much– I am proud that we offer school groups and Camp Braveheart during the summer months."


Jill Crunkleton, L.M.S.W.

Jill CrunkletonWorked with survivors of abuse and violence for seven years before receiving her master‘s degree in clinical social work from UGA in 2008. She serves a dual role at the Hospice of NGMC working both with Heart Mender Bereavement as well as providing Creative Interventions (music and art) to patients.


Laura Haisten, L.M.S.W.

Laura HaistenReceived her master's degree in Clinical Social Work from Savannah State University in 2005. Laura is the newest member of the NGMC Heart Mender Bereavement team. She has previously worked in acute mental health settings with adult and senior adult populations.


Jen Sorrells, L.C.S.W.

Jen SorrellsReceived her master‘s degree from UGA in 2000 and has been part of the Heart Mender team for the past 5 years. "I feel it is a true privilege to be allowed to companion a person as they heal from the pain of grief."


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