Karla Turner, House Director
Karla Turner is a single mom of three grown sons and Nana to two adorable little girls. Karla’s passion for working with pregnant single moms comes from her own experience of having lived in a maternity home during the pregnancy with her first son. She lived the experience first – hand and wanted to be able to pass on the benefits she received from the experience to others.
Karla has lived and worked in the Grapevine – Colleyville community for more than 30 years and brings her knowledge of the community and its resources to the position she holds. She attends, serves and works for Covenant Church where she is a small group leader, doing life with ladies ages 30 to 75 years old. A Freedom Group leader, providing biblical based healing to life’s hurts, habits and hang ups and Next Steps Coordinator helping new believers get connected to their next step in Christ. All of which help to give her a unique perspective to and for the clients Mercy House Serves. Karla lives her life by the motto – “Love God, love people”.
When originally asked if she saw herself in the position, she laughed and said no. Then God reminded her of a request she had made when she was in a maternity home herself. She told God that if she ever had the opportunity to, that she wanted to run a maternity home to give back because it was such a blessing in her life. Little did she know that 38 years later God would answer that unspoken prayer. ”I see myself in their eyes, I hear my life in their stories, I know how it feels to not be at home surrounded by family and not know how you are going to take care of the life growing inside you. I’ve been there and just wanted to help another young mom the way I was helped.” Karla says.
Karla also says that she is glad she said yes to God and the opportunity to change lives that Mercy House provides and looks forward to seeing lives of the mothers and babies forever made better.
Loraine Newsome, Client Care Manager
Loraine Newsome was a single Mom at 17 and because she had such a supportive family, she was able to raise her children in a loving environment. She always knew she wanted to give back and support single Moms as she understands the importance of having a strong support system and the necessary tools to tackle life as a single parent.
She has a passion to help women navigate life both personally and professionally. She is a certified Life Coach and a published author. She had a successful career in Healthcare for over 21 years, the majority of those years in account management and market development. She currently works in financial services as a licensed Life Insurance Agent. She is a Senior at Abilene Christian University studying Psychology with hopes of obtaining her Masters in Counseling with a focus on trauma.
Loraine volunteers with several organizations, is on the Women’s planning committee at her wonderful church, The Well Church Keller, and is a member of several women empowerment groups in the DFW area. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking and traveling.
She is California born but Texas-raised and currently resides in Northlake. She has three beautiful daughters and a fur baby named Cookie.
Traci Haney, Program Director
Traci Haney was born in Phoenix, AZ to a mom and dad that lived together, but never married. In less than a year, they separated. Traci wouldn’t meet her father again until 3 days before her wedding, which was also her 18th birthday. He walked her down the aisle to marry Kevin in the summer of 1987.
As a mom, her desire to give her kids the security of a loving home caused her to seek God for wisdom. He was faithful to answer those prayers and more. As her children got older, other moms sought parenting advice from Traci. Eventually, she began mentoring women and realized her ministry calling.
Traci has served in the local church for 30 years. The majority of her time was spent as a Parenting Small Group Leader. The parenting skills she received were so valuable, she became a Parenting Coach and grew from facilitating one group to between eight to ten.
Traci oversees, implements, and coordinates the strategic objectives of our organization through curriculum and programming. She utilizes her dynamic teaching skills to facilitate Christian discipleship and Life Skills programming from start to completion.
The programs at Mercy House teach those same parenting skills to the women in her care. Through biblical principles, they learn skills to effectively create loving, respectful relationships in families. Traci has implemented other programs that teach about finances, preparing for employment, and a program called Overcomer’s, which provides a spiritual plan of recovery for those who struggle with life-controlling problems.
Through her training in Freedom Ministry at Gateway, she has learned how to lead women in dealing with past issues and inviting God into the process of healing. She is thrilled to see women grow emotionally and spiritually as they are set free so they can live out the abundant life that Jesus promised in John 10:10.
She is currently in the process of getting her Biblical Counseling Certification.
Traci has lived most of her life in Texas. She is a happily married mother of two adult children and one granddaughter. She and her husband, Kevin, have been married 33 years. DIY projects, entertaining and cooking are great loves and she makes a mean blueberry lemonade. She also enjoys her creative side as a singer/songwriter and musician.
Brittany Ruiz, Executive Assistant
Originally from Texas, Brittany Ruiz spent the formative years of her life in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In October 2000 Brittany’s parents, prompted by the Lord, moved the family to New Mexico as a church plant from their home church in Midland, Texas. Spending the next 19 years in New Mexico, Brittany served in almost every ministry in her parents’ church and eventually was on staff as the worship leader before the Lord called her to move back to Texas in October 2019.
Since being back in Texas, Brittany has found a local church to serve with the gifts the Lord has given her and has become a part of a community with amazing people that she loves. In her free time, you can find her drinking iced lavender lattes, buying too many plants, and spending time with her boyfriend.
Brittany has a heart for helping others. It is her desire to help young women discover who they are and whose they are in the kingdom of Jesus. When the opportunity came for her to do just that at Mercy House, she was all in.
It is her hope that through her own story, that she can help the residents at Mercy House discover their identity in Jesus.
Janis McAdoo, Marketing/Media Manager
Janis McAdoo has been a long-time supporter of Mercy House. As a member of Grace Community Church, she remembers when Susan told the congregation about her dream of creating a home for single, pregnant women.
Working with cash strapped single moms needing a way to pay for team sports ignited her passion to help women. When her kids were young teens, she became a single mom herself and gained a new appreciation for how difficult it is to parent children alone.
When Janis established a marketing business, she learned Mercy House needed help with their website and social media accounts. She sent a proposal and got the job! That was in 2015. She now acts as our Marketing/Media Manager handling donor communications, website management, social media accounts and other fundraising activities.
She loves to celebrate the women in our program by telling their transformation stories. She still cries every time she watches one of their testimony videos, even if she’s seen it a hundred times.
Her children grew up and started families of their own. Her grandchildren, Waylen and Hudson, call her Nonnie. She shares her home with a couple of pups named Harley and Jack Henry.