Speakers

Mandi Pierson, LISW-S

For the last ten years, Mandi Pierson LISW-S has personally counseled hundreds of individuals suffering from addiction and trauma. She specializes in serving vulnerable populations that suffer from complex trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. Her decade of experience has led her to become one of Central Ohio’s leading experts on trauma; her seasoned clinical perspective is regularly requested for presentations and expert counsel. Ms. Pierson has shared her experience with a wide range of audiences, teaching them to identify victims of trauma, best practices in counseling victims of trauma, and creating trauma-informed work places. She also works as a consultant, provides LISW supervision, and has served as a Community Lecturer at the Ohio State University’s College of Social Work. She has headed up family programming at an addiction treatment agency, counseling women, children and families. Currently, Mandi works at Mount Carmel Crime and Trauma Assistance Program in Columbus where she is able to provide trauma-specific treatment at no cost to the clients.

Gretchen Clark Hammond, Ph.D., MSW, LSW, TTS

Gretchen Clark Hammond, Ph.D., MSW, LSW, TTS, has worked in human services and addiction treatment since 1999, specializing in quality addiction treatment services, counseling skills, and resource procurement. In 2012, Dr. Hammond became the CEO at Mighty Crow. Her company provides grant-writing, development, training, project implementation, evaluation, and other management services to organizations working in human service and public health. MCM has worked with non-profit organizations across the state to secure over $10 million dollars.

Her career has involved working at Amethyst, Inc., as the Director of Research and Grants Management. During her tenure at Amethyst, Dr. Hammond secured over $5.4 million in new funds and managed several new initiatives and service programs, including the nationally-recognized Integrated Tobacco Treatment Program. Dr. Hammond’s insights on addiction and tobacco dependence treatment led to national consulting work with Pfizer, Inc. Additionally, providers throughout the state of Ohio have utilized her clinical and teaching skills to assist them with addiction treatment, quality care, and program implementation. MCM recently completed a five-year Children’s Bureau Cooperative Agreement grant with Franklin County Children Services. The Gateway CALL project focused on addressing trauma and behavioral health needs in children who come to the attention of child welfare. Dr. Hammond is often called upon to facilitate training and education in the areas of trauma-informed care (TIC), addiction and recovery, Motivational Interviewing (MI), and grant-writing and evaluation. She is a community lecturer in the College of Social Work and in the Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.