Karnes Kids Staff

Co-Founder and Child Advocate
Community Relations and Charity Projects Coordinator


Celana Allen has dedicated most of her life in helping children and families.  She uses her Degree in business management, and experience in business ownership along with her compassion and empathy to find needs and do whatever it takes to assist others.

A few of her other accomplishments are:

Former Member of CASA Board of Directors

Alumni of Leadership Jackson 2009

Sweetie Pie award from The Jackson Sun

Business owner

Certified C.O.P.E trainer for high and low courses(bungee, repel, rock climbing, zip lining), marathon runner, Baseball coach, president of North Side Baseball Booster Club, Boy Scout leader, Sunday School teacher, Children’s Church leader, praise team leader, missionary, home school teacher, fundraiser, speaker at various events

CO-FOUNDER AND Children’s Lawyer

Lanis Karnes has handled many child abuse and dependency and neglect cases, represented innocent parents, conducted scores of terminations of parental rights when in the best interest of the children, and handled many adoptions. She continues to have an active practice of law representing children in part so she can assist Karnes Kids.

Child Advocate

Lanis strongly believes that our duty does not end when we secure justice for the child and family. Equally important is learning from the prevention lessons of the case and formulating a public awareness campaign to help prevent abuse and neglect and future injuries and deaths.  Lanis is involved in various committees to push for legislation and regulations.

 Loretha Karnes, 1930 – 2018, was very active in the community as a business woman and mother to 4 children, grandmother to 6, Great grandmother to 7 children.

She is the founder and a Director of Calvary Ministries, a Tennessee nonprofit organization and co-founder of Karnes Kids.

It would be impossible to describe the many ways in which she served and volunteered. She was an encourager and mentor to all ages both within and outside the church.

Loretha served in a number of professional roles throughout the years including teaching in the public schools and doing artwork for local schools and colleges.

Loretha was employed for years at Karnes Legal Services as Receptionist and Clerk.

Through the years she was a minister, Sunday School teacher, Children’s Church Director, Missionette leader, pianist, choir director, minister’s wife.  She gave to others through her time money and talent through counseling, Bible studies, encouraging, letter writing, providing food, clothing, transportation and educational supplies to the needy in the community.  She was a servant leader in the community.  She maintained closets and pantries and given clothes and food to the needy for over 80 years. She was instrumental in starting several churches throughout the world.  A wing of a Mexican Orphanage is named after her, as “Lo’s Ladies”. She regularly communicated with Missionaries encouraging them and helping with their material needs. 

Loretha is a lovely picture of the Proverbs 31 woman. She exhibited confidence and strength of character.  She was a beautiful and rare gem inside and out.  Her family and friends trusted in her. Her life and deeds were constant blessings to others.  Her godliness was marked with consistency. She used wisdom and discernment in how to meet the needs of those with whom she is in contact.  She left a wonderful heritage to those around her.