Mercy Staff Members

Kelsey Afonso, Nurse Manager

Biography

Sonia Alvarez, MMAP Coordinator

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Jamie Arieta, Patient Rep

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Lean Brannon, Dental Coordinator

Leah Brannon has been Dental Clinic Coordinator at Mercy Health Center since March 2007. She graduated from Athens Technical College with degrees in Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene. She works part-time as a Registered Dental Hygienist in Athens in addition to her work at Mercy Health Center. A life-long resident of Athens, she is active in her church, Prince Avenue Baptist Church. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends and family, reading, and singing.

 

Jennifer Carranza, Social Worker

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Karina Drake, Intake and Eligibility Coordinator

Karina is originally from Chihuahua, Mexico and graduated from high school in McAllen, TX. She went on to attend Seminario Teologico Bausista Mexicano in 2008 and in 2009 she studied pastoral ministry at World Reach Bible Institute. In 2011, Karina obtained her CNA licensure at New Horizons Medical Institute and was subsequently endorsed as a Chaplain in 2012.


Kristi Gilleland, Whole Person Care Director

Kristi is originally from Gainesville, Georgia and graduated from North Georgia College and State University in 2004 with a B.S. in Psychology. After earning her Master’s degree in Social Work from UGA in 2009, Kristi worked in rural Georgia as a Social Worker for children and families prior to joining the Mercy team in 2010. Kristi is passionate about whole-person care and bringing patient-centered behavioral health to the uninsured in our community. Kristi lives in Athens with her husband, Brad, their son, Asher and dog, Chai. The Gillelands worship at Classic City Community Church.

Bryson Greenwood, Staff Physician

Dr. Bryson Greenwood, a North Carolina Native, started working at Mercy Health Center in 2015. After earning a liberal arts degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, Dr. Greenwood traveled internationally to Budapest, Hungary, where he worked at an international cellular neuroscience laboratory; and to Lima, Peru, where he studied Spanish and met his wife Katie. Along the way, he found his calling in family medicine, where he could combine his interests in science and social justice. He attended medical school and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and stayed to complete his residency in Family Medicine.

 

Karina Fuentes

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Ansley Hardin, Pharmacy Technician

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Angie Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator

A Kentucky native, Angie has spent the 20+ years in the world of college athletics. The former University of Louisville player has been blessed with multiple coaching stints at the University of Wisconsin, Florida State University and the University of Georgia. By HIS grace, her years of coaching have equipped and prepared her well to work with many diverse groups of people. Through her involvement with the university, her local church and its mission, she has fallen in love with the Athens community. She has a passion to serve others and is excited to be Mercy’s volunteer coordinator.

Michele Johnson, Executive Director

Michele joined Mercy in October 2018. She came from St. Mary’s Health Care System where she served in the respiratory therapy department for approximately 20 years and in leadership for 8 years over the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and the Respiratory Therapy Departments. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Behavior. She also received an Associate degree in Respiratory Therapy from Athens Area Technical Institute and a Master of Health Administration from Walden University. Michele and her family live in Jefferson and attend The Jefferson Church.

Rory Mathisen, Assistant Director

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Laurel Murrow, Medical Director

Dr. Murrow is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership, where she teaches community health to first year students. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College, her M.Sc. from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and her M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Emory University and holds Board Certification in Internal Medicine. She serves on the boards of the Athens Health Network, UGA HEROS, and the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy. She lives in Bishop with her husband, Dr. Jonathan Murrow, and their three daughters: Madeleine, Ella and Sophie. The Murrows are active members of Ashford Memorial Methodist Church, where they teach Sunday school to the lower elementary class.

Gale Nyseth, Office Manager

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Emily Pursley, Wellness Coordinator

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Missy Sennowitz, Staff Pharmacist

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Tracy Thompson, Development Director

Tracy is originally from Huntington, WV. She has been married to her husband, Chris for XX years and they have two adult children and four grandchildren. She served as the Executive Director of Mercy Health Center for 13 years and previously served as the Director of Athens Pregnancy Center for over 10 years. She also participates as a member of the Athens Health Network.

Mauree Whitaker, Nurse Practitioner

Mauree is a native Athenian, and married her high school sweetheart, Adam. They have two amazing boys and one daughter. She was a Mercy triage volunteer for 6 years prior to joining the staff in February 2012. She received her BSN from the Medical College of Georgia, worked as a RN in CVICU for 7 years, and then went on to complete her MSN, FNP at MCG. The Whitakers attend Watkinsville First Baptist Church.

Tyrone Whymss, Facilities Manager

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Deb Williams, Care Coordinator

Deb recently joined the Mercy team as the Care Coordinator and brings over 30 years of nursing experience. She raised her children (now grown) in Watkinsville Ga. She attends Alps Road Presbyterian Church and serves as an active elder.