Audra Martin, PhD, LISW-S

Dr. Audra Martin has extensive experience in the field of clinical social work extending over twenty years in various capacities such as non-profit organizations, public agencies, a private not-for- profit hospital setting, and mental health organizations. Dr. Martin is a knowledgeable leader in the field of care management and health and human services. She continues to be a voice for the voiceless, underserved, and marginalized populations. She has a heart and ministry for the communities she serves and has trained and presented on various topics including Crisis Intervention, Access to Community Resources; Urgent Care; Minority and Underserved populations; Wellness in the Workplace; Trauma and Loss; Cultural Competency; Program Evaluation; Bureaucratic leadership; Building Coalitions and Community-building. Dr. Martin has been awarded recognition in her work with communities and has certification in the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health. Dr. Martin has provided consultative work as a Clinical Social Work and Healthcare Administrator. She provided a broad perspective of micro practice and public administration in her former role as a Care Management Supervisor. She is also the Co-founder and CEO of House of G.R.A.C.E Residential Services, LLC, who work with and care for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. She is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Youngstown State University; and Adjunct Professor of Social Work at Malone University. She holds a doctorate degree in Public Administration and Urban Studies and a Masters degree in Social Work both from The University of Akron; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Ashland University. However, her greatest achievements are being a wife, mother and advocate and Dr. Martin has often stated “there is much (community) work to be done in my community and other communities where social policies are deficient and may my service and leadership motivate others in finding their passion to serve and give back to their community.”

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Haydee Thomas, RN

Haydee started her journey in healthcare advocacy at the age of seventeen as a Certified State Nurse Assistant. She has surpassed many trials and has proven that anyone can overcome adversity with  faith and the grace of God. Haydee obtained her degree in Nursing in 2004 as a Registered Nurse and  has over  twenty years of health care experience. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and  has dedicated the past twelve years of her nursing career working with the most vulnerable and underserved populations.  Haydee is well-versed in social service resources and has established meaningful partnerships with local communities for the betterment of  others.  Her previous work experience  include: Clinical Nurse Supervisor for  a Home Health Care Services organizationHealth Services Manager  of a non-profit organization serving children and families; Hospice worker; Case Management for Medicare and Medicaid eligible recipients, and Coordination of Training for a non-profit organization, which serves individuals seeking  aging and disability resources. Haydee has been a facilitator and developed trainings  on Care Management,Best Practices-Documentation,Person-Centered Planning, Cultural Competence, and Normal-Aging. She received certifications in Leadership and Training and Development through Kent State University. Haydee is also certified as a Peer Educator and Facilitator for Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (DEEP),  DODD RN Trainer for Medication Certification, and is an American Red Cross BLS CPR Instructor.  She received the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare, INA recognition award in 2016-2017. Haydee is the Co-founder and COO of House of G.R.A.C.E. Residential Services, LLC, which serves individuals with developmental & intellectual disabilities. She recalls her journey of advocacy in her own words “My passion is to help aide in creating a culture of excellence in quality within the most vulnerable and underserved communities to end disparities and increase overall health and wellness."