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Mary Grant

Mary Grant is the Social worker for Sharon Senior Services Assisted living and adult day care centers in Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tennessee. She provides extensive and intensive services for clients and caregivers, such as counseling to achieve goals and reduce stress related challenges during life changes, advocacy for service procurement, medical and psychological interactions with community based agencies to increase the wellbeing of clients’ mind and body. 


Mary is a graduate of Southern Adventist University with a Bachelor degree in Social Work. She then matriculated to The University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she achieved her MSSW with a concentration in clinical Social Work. Mary enjoys working with all population and is passionate about the mentally challenged.  Mary’s knowledge, skills, and abilities extends to crisis intervention, family issues, emotional and behavioral problems, child and adult abuse and neglect, parenting issues, anger management, and group processing, as well as domestic violence focusing on coping and intervention, animal social work; helping individuals deal with the lost or ailment of a pet. Mary has over 5 years experience of working with children, adolescent, and adults who are experiencing emotional, behavioral, and mental retardation. Mary is committed to culture and identity diversity. She is a certified crisis and disaster intervention specialist.


Her most valued experience is that of been a parent to an adolescent which has provided great experiences to work with other parents, children, and adolescents. Mary believes that each individual possesses the ability to achieve their goals through self will, opportunities, and resources.

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Lorri Merchant


Lorri received her Bachelors degree in Social Work from Southern Adventist University in 1994 and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1996 with her Master of Social Work degree. She has been a Clinical Social Worker for over 20 years.

Lorri’s knowledge, skills and abilities extend to crisis intervention, grief and loss counseling, and overall mental health (particularly depression and anxiety). She utilizes multiple therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and is a trained EMDR therapist (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing).

Lorri is the Master of Social Work Program Director and an Associate Professor for the School of Social Work at Southern Adventist University


Married for over 20 years, Lorri has two college age children. She is passionate about helping people. She enjoys time with her family, her dogs and interaction with her students.