MORTICIANS OF THE YEAR

Helen L. Bratton

3839 Boulder Creek Road, Martinez, GA 30907

A native of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. The youngest of six children born to the late Rev. Henderson and Betty Jane Stover. Helen has been and is active with the funeral services industry and various civic/community organizations, especially in the field of emergency, disasters and mass fatality training and response. Recently retired from GA Department of Public Health, District 6, Augusta, GA.

Education

Aiken Technical College, Aiken, SC: Human Service Practitioner Certification
Augusta State University, Augusta, GA: Master of Public Administration
GEMA/FEMA Certified Emergency Management for the State of Georgia
Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Services, Decatur, GA: Associate Degree
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA/Brenau University, Augusta, GA: BS Public Administration

Employment

W. H. Mays Mortuary, Inc., Augusta, GA
East Central Health District, Public Health Office of Bio-Terrorism and Emergency Preparedness
(Mass Fatality), Augusta, GA
Aiken Technical College, Aiken, SC, Director of Student Placement Services

Relevant Experience and Involvement

Georgia Funeral Service and Practitioners Association, Inc., Eighth District, Assistant Secretary
Georgia Funeral Service and Practitioners Association, Inc., State, Member, Former State of
Emergency Committee, Chairperson
Academy of Graduate Embalmers Association, Member, Former Board Member (Chaplain,
Treasurer and Secretary)
Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, Member
Georgia Board of Funeral Services, Former Funeral Services CEU Provider (being reinstated)
Disaster Mortuary Operations Team (DMORT) Region IV, Former Member/Mortuary Officer
Good Shepherd Baptist Church, Augusta, GA, Grief/Bereavement and Funeral Preplanning
Facilitator

Civic/Community Involvement

Leadership Augusta Graduate
Augusta African-American Historical Society, Inc., President
Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT), Member and Train the Trainer Certified
Salvation Army, Emergency Response Team Member
Good Shepherd Baptist Church/Doyle Grove Baptist Church Mission and Deaconess Ministries
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Personal

Married to Rev. Stephen C. Bratton, Pastor of Doyle Grove Baptist Church. They have two sons, Joseph Jay (Joi) and Brian Cornell (Ashley) and five grandchildren. She is a member of Good Shepherd Baptist Church and actively affiliated with Doyle Grove Baptist Church, Blythe, GA.

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