Making Lives Whole.

Palmer Home for Children is a faith-based organization that provides a family and community to children in need regardless of race, gender or background.

Palmer Home’s Mission

Palmer Home provides superior care for children while introducing the love of God through our service to each individual child. Palmer Home ensures restorative environments where children feel safe, connected and supported. Whether on campus or off, each child served by Palmer Home has a safe place to call home with trustworthy, supportive adults to guide them as they grow and develop into all that God created them to be. Palmer Home provides holistic care to each child based on their unique physical, emotional, spiritual and educational needs.

Whole Child Initiative

Our proprietary approach to care provides a trauma informed, holistic, and relationally centered foundation and guides all that we do. We seek to help vulnerable children overcome trauma and position them to thrive in home, school and community life. Whole Child Initiative operates through four core principles:

Whole Story

Children’s needs are best understood and met in the context of their history and the impact it has on their life. Taking into account their full story allows us to insightfully respond to the effects of early life adversity.

Whole Child

Children with a history of trauma have unique physical, emotional, social, educational and spiritual needs. Each of these must be addressed for the healing process to begin.

Whole Team

A collaborative team of caregivers, staff, community professionals, and the child’s family members come together to develop a trauma responsive plan of care.

Whole Caregiver

Healthy relationships with children require healthy caregivers. We equip our caregivers with regular training, relevant resources, respite and ongoing support.

Leading By Example

Each member of the Palmer Home family plays a vital role in ensuring each child’s needs are met. Our staff and volunteers receive Whole Child Initiative training.

Meet Our Family

Drake Bassett

President And CEO

Drake Bassett, President and CEO of Palmer Home for Children, joined our family in 2012. For more than 20 years, he has worked with organizations to improve performance and achieve goals. In addition to his experience as CEO, he has held leadership roles as Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Human Resources at Nielsen Corporation. Drake thrives on building great relationships with staff, community, and clients. In his time at Palmer Home, Drake has launched a number of innovative programs, and he is constantly evaluating how we can better rescue and restore the lives of vulnerable children. Drake has been married to his wife, Kelley, for 32 years. They have four children and four grandchildren.

Sarah Hollis

SVP, Engagement

Sarah Hollis joined the Palmer Home team in 2015 and serves as Senior Vice President of Engagement overseeing development, marketing, and community outreach efforts. She previously worked in health care marketing with Baptist Memorial Health Care and higher education fundraising at the University of Mississippi. She holds degrees in public relations from the University of Alabama and a master’s in journalism from Ole Miss. Sarah has a heart for foster care and adoption, which drew her to Palmer Home’s mission of serving children. Sarah and her husband Jeffrey live in Oxford, Mississippi, and have two sons, Hayes and Sloan.

Anna Brooke Warren

VP, Children's Services

Anna Brooke Warren joined the Palmer Home team in 2018 and serves as the Vice President of Children’s Services overseeing the day-to-day operations within Palmer Home’s four service lines: Campus Care, Family Care, Foster Care, and Transitional Care. She holds a Bachelors degree of Social Work from the University of Mississippi and a Masters degree of Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is licensed by the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists. Anna Brooke has been in the social work field for 15 years, primarily serving in the area of child welfare. Anna Brooke says, “I joined Palmer Home due to a strong conviction to utilize my education and experience to serve children and families through a Christ-centered organization.”

Jessica Corley

VP, Development

Kristin Budzak

VP, Marketing

Lauren Waites

VP, Communications

Chris Dickey

Director of
Human Resources

Jeremy Beavers

Director of
Campus Care

Susan Moffitt

Director of
Family Care

Natalie Turner

Director of
Foster Care

Kiona Pharr

Director of
Transitional Care

Raven Ponds

Director of
Social Services

Board Members With a Mission

Meet our board members and see why the mission of Palmer Home is the same no matter who you ask.

Board Members

Board Members

Trip Hairston


Nephrology Associates, PC

Columbus, MS

Karen Carlisle

Vice Chairman

Carlisle Corporation

Memphis, TN

Alan Walters


First Commercial Bank

Jackson, MS

Robert H. Clark


Clark Beverage Group

Starkville, MS

Dolph Bryan

Retired Law Enforcement

Starkville, MS

Harold Clark

Clark Beverage Group

Starkville, MS

Larry Edwards

Real Estate Development

Jackson, MS

Gray Flora, III


Oxford, MS

Melinda George

IMC Companies, LLC

Memphis, TN

Charles Guest


Starkville, MS

Dr. Daryl Guest

Starkville Surgical Associates

Starkville, MS

Dr. Andrew Martin

Martin Oral & Facial Surgery

Starkville, MS

Tom McCann

Retired USAF Pilot

Peachtree, GA

Rick L. Powell

Harris, Madden & Powell Insurance

Memphis, TN

Dr. Russ Russell

Russell Orthodontics

Columbus, MS

Board Emeritus

Board Emeritus

Charles Berry

Columbus, MS

Dr. Robert R. Black

Tupelo, MS

Jack Forbus

Starkville, MS

Dewitt Hicks

Columbus, MS

Rev. Thomas Kay, Jr.

Aliceville, AL

Charles McElroy

Starkville, MS

Everett C. Owens III

Aliceville, AL

Jon Reeves

Olive Branch, MS

Donald Sanders

Aliceville, AL

Lee Tyner

Oxford, MS