Hope Clinic strives for each client, when visiting us, to experience their sense of value, to receive quality services with accurate truthful information, and to believe there is hope in their circumstances and in their lives. 

Our hope is that God WILL “empower individuals to choose life: life for the unborn baby, abundant life by making healthy lifestyle decisions, and eternal life by accepting a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.”

Our services:

  • Pregnancy Test

  • Decision Making Consultation

  • limited ob Ultrasound

  • material assistance

  • Ongoing support

Provided to our patients for free because of generous donors like you!


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Karen Sims
Executive Director

Karen Sims holds a Master of Marriage and Family Counseling degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.  Karen has been involved with helping those in unplanned pregnancies for over 20 years. She has had experience serving as an Executive Director for 11 years here in Hattiesburg as well as in Meridian, MS. She has been married to Allen Sims, Music Minister at FBC, Purvis, for over 25 years. They have two beautiful adult children, Katie and Cody experiencing their own life journey. Karen’s passion to serve those in unplanned pregnancies grew from her own infant adoption and her personal testimony as she struggled with some of the same decisions as those she serves... Read More

Drew Tikkanen


Staff Nurse

Drew is from Petal, MS. After high school graduation in 2004, she attended William Carey University and received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2008. Her heart for helping others and passion for infant care is what drove Drew to become a nurse, and since graduating, birth centers have been her main career focus. She has worked in newborn nurseries and neonatal intensive care units both in Hattiesburg and Jackson, also attending deliveries and caring for the mothers after delivery... Read More

Steffani Duckworth
Clinic Manager

Steffani has been the Clinic Manager/Sonographer since the doors opened in 2015.  She is a founding board member of Hope Clinic, formerly known as Pregnancy Choices. She received her degree as a radiology technologist from Copiah-Lincoln and her Sonography training at Jones County Junior College.

Steffani also earned her Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science and Ethics. Her experience includes working previously at Forrest General Hospital and Hattiesburg Clinic. She has two beautiful and very full of life children, Josiah and Lillian. Steffani never imagined the journey that God would take her on to help establish Hope Clinic. Even before she was born... Read More


Mary Ann Mordica


Care Coordinator

Mary Ann is from Hattiesburg and received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi with a minor in Counseling. She worked 15 years at Hattiesburg Clinic, where she served as their first Director of Human Resources. In 1994, she pursued further education at USM receiving her Masters in Social Work. Her emphasis since that time has been serving others. She helps them achieve their full potential by working through mental and emotional challenges... Read More

Liz Catalano

Administrative Assistant

Liz grew up on a small farm in Maryland. Even in high school, she felt compelled to stand up for unborn children who could not speak for themselves but struggled with how to use her skills and talents to make a difference.  In 2006 she received her Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from Evangel University in Springfield, MO. Liz has been married to Ben Catalano, General Manager at Green Bay Converting, for over 10 years. Together they have two rambunctious and dramatic children, Eisley and Cane.

While living in Ben’s hometown of Green Bay, WI, Liz prayed and asked herself what she would want to do if money were not an issue, trusting that God would supply all their needs. The answer was immediate. It was to support those facing unplanned pregnancies... Read More

Dr. Jennifer Bailey
Volunteer Medical Director

While originally from Texas, Hattiesburg is now home for Dr. Jennifer Bailey, husband Eric, and son Luke. They moved here to be in between the two sets of extended families, and it ended up being a perfect fit... Read More

Special Thanks to



Back Row, L-R: Pastor Phillip Roger, Bennett Sanderson, Dr. Eric Jordan

Front Row, L-R: Lauren Ethridge, Lynn Walton, Homer Daniel, Pastor Matt Olson, Karen Sims, Melissa Jones RN, Dee McDermitt, Tammy Smith