Dear Fellow Hamm Clinic Supporters,

Effective May 27, 2022, Angie Lewis-Dmello will be resigning her position as Executive Director of Hamm Clinic. On behalf of the Hamm Clinic Board of Directors, we are saddened by Angie’s departure, but overjoyed with the work she has accomplished and the amazing work that is yet to come in her new endeavor. Angie will be transitioning to the role of President/CEO of Northeast Youth and Family Services at the start of June. The Board has selected Linda Ewing to serve as the Interim Executive Director, starting May 23, 2022, while the board conducts a national search over the next three to six months.

The COVID pandemic created acute and novel challenges for Hamm Clinic, and I have so much gratitude for Angie and the Hamm Clinic staff in how they have responded to the increased mental health needs of our community. Maintaining services during the pandemic would have itself been an accomplishment, but Hamm Clinic grew and improved programming to become a stronger organization through it all.

In her time as Executive Director, Angie sought to focus on creating a clear vision for the future, improving our programming, and investing in our infrastructure/operations. With the support of the Hamm Clinic staff, I am tremendously proud of the following accomplishments during Angie’s tenure:

Vision for the future:

  • Re-established the organization’s mission, vision, values and created a strong 3-year strategic plan
  • Identified and designed a new trauma informed clinic location which is now being built, and created a successful capital campaign exceeding our funding goals
  • Built deep, collaborative relationships with other agencies and associations, including co-locating with the Minnesota Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Improving programming:

  • Created the Healing Together™ Model of Care and integrated it into the agency and our training program, including implementing trauma informed care across the agency
  • Ensured equitable and efficient access to care for clients and developed new and deeper services focusing on Groups and Assessment Programming, launching Asylum Assessment Services
  • Began to truly serve the diverse and high acuity populations in need of care in St. Paul, receiving positive feedback from community stakeholders on the “significant turnaround” they have seen at Hamm

Investing in Operations/Infrastructure:

  • Developed needed infrastructure: moved finance internal, created a human resources department, and built a development department with donor engagement practices
  • Made significant adjustments to our clinical and employment practices to align with our culturally responsive and anti-oppressive values
  • Analyzed our business model, cut expenses, diversified revenue, increased overall earned and contributed revenue, and moved to a value-based budgeting model

Hamm Clinic has progressed by leaps and bounds since 2019, and I know that with our talented staff and dedicated board of directors, we will continue our role as a leader in the mental health community. I am so grateful for Angie’s contributions towards ensuring that everyone in the East Metro has access to high quality, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive mental health services.

Thank you,

Henry Stokman, Board President

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