Our Team

John James 

Executive Director 

James began his career in Mobile, Alabama in 1993 and worked in several different capacities in Alabama over the next twenty-five years.


He spent his last three years in charge of Alabama’s nationally recognized foster care and CPS systems.


He retired from the state of Alabama and was hired by the state of Mississippi to serve as the Field Operations Director for the eleven coastal counties. During his tenure, Mississippi implemented many reforms and has received national recognition for the reduction of over 1,200 children in foster care in his regions alone along with a record number of adoptions.


Mr. James has extensive experience working with Child Advocacy Centers throughout Alabama and

Mississippi as well as the National CAC in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Lorraine Werner

Lorraine Werner is Hope Haven's Administrative Assistant and program manager for the Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children Prevention program.  She became a facilitator for the program in February of 2013, and along with six volunteer facilitators have trained over 600 adults on how to protect, react and respond to child sexual abuse.


Lorraine was recently awarded the Biloxi Regional Medical Center 2014 Caring Women distinction for her promotion of the Stewards of Children training throughout the three coastal counties. 


Assistant Executive Director

Victim Advocate Coordinator 

Debra Foster

Family Advocate Supervisor


Ms. Foster is a graduate from The University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and a Minor in Psychology with an emphasis in Family and Child Development. Ms. Foster has also completed Family Advocacy/MDT training required by the state. 


Ms. Foster has several years of experience involving Advocacy for neglected/abused children and high-risk populations in the community. In addition to counseling each family before and after a Forensic Interview, Ms. Foster is responsible for guiding each family through the investigative and legal process, connecting families with resources in the community, and maintaining contact with the families to ensure healing and empowerment.


Ms. Foster is working to  develop the Family Advocacy program by implementing classes and prevention programs that will best serve families and their particular needs.

Kaitlin Jewell

Forensic Interviewer


Kaitlin Jewell is a forensic interviewer and has been serving the children of Hancock and Pearl River Counties since 2017. Kaitlin is a gulf coast native and is passionate about giving back to her community. 


Ms. Jewell holds a B.S. from William Carey University in Psychology with a minor in Biology (2016) and has been trained in ChildFirst Protocol, certifying her to conduct forensic interviews. She is also trained in presenting evidence and conducting expanded interviews. Kaitlin is certified as an expert witness in the court system, allowing her to provide expert testimony during court cases.

Laramie Turner

Forensic Interviewer

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Laramie Turner is an Alabama native and a 2012 graduate of Auburn University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Mrs. Turner spent the last three years as a Forensic Interviewer and Outreach Coordinator, conducting forensic interviews and presenting child abuse prevention material to the judicial district in which she worked. Laramie serves Hope Haven as a trained Forensic Interviewer, certified through the National Child Advocacy Center. She is also certified in evidence presentation and conducting extended forensic interviews.

Mrs. Turner formerly worked as an Alabama CPS investigator and a domestic violence advocate operating under multiple judges. She brings with her ten years of experience working with members of Alabama Multidisciplinary Teams in several capacities.     

Mrs. Turner serves her community as a first responder as a certified dispatcher and public safety diver. She is also a volunteer analyst and advocate for multiple human trafficking organizations that assist law enforcement with locating missing children across the nation.

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Kimberly Thomas

MDT Coordinator