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Meet the Team

Mary Ludtke

Mary Ludtke Mary Ludtke is the manager of Innovative Services with the Department of Health and Human Services, Mental Health Services to Children and Families. She is an active member of cross-system planning and implementation workgroups to ensure access to and behavioral health services for infants, toddlers, children, and their families (MIECHV Workgroup, Great Start Operations Team, Children’s Core Team, Suicide Prevention, etc.).

Mary supports the development and implementation of programs and policies for children with a focus on young children and their families. She has partnered with the University of Michigan to evaluate the Infant Mental Health Home Visiting Model as an evidence-based model. Mary directs the Behavioral Health’s Children's Trauma Initiative which provides training and technical assistance to Community Mental Health Services Programs (CMHSP) in trauma screening, assessment, and evidence-based models.

Mary also directs the implementation of the evidence-based model, Parent Management Training—Oregon, as it is implemented in the CMHSP system as well as the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Initiative. She is active in the development and implementation of integration of behavioral health in primary care models for children and youth, and she works closely with the University of Michigan in the implementation of the Michigan Child Collaborative Care model in Michigan.

Amy Cowper

Amy Cowper Amy Cowper, LMSW is the State Coordinator of the MDHHS Children’s Trauma Initiative (CTI). She oversees the day to day functioning of the Initiative. This includes developing and monitoring project implementation, including program development, planning, fidelity monitoring, continuous quality improvement, and evaluation activities. Amy manages the program budget and contracts, develops project work plans, and reports on program accomplishments and activities. She collaborates with MDHHS, national and in-state training consultants, to develop and execute implementation and evaluation activities. Prior to her role as Coordinator, Amy served as the CTI Training and implementation Specialist. She is a trained Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy clinician. Amy has been an educator for Trauma Informed Parenting classes and assisted in the creation, development, and instruction of a Trauma Adult Group. She has also provided both individual and group Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and two children as well as relaxing in northern Michigan.

Holly Cranmer-Fosdick

Holly Cranmer-Fosdick Holly Cranmer-Fosdick, LMSW is the Children’s Trauma Initiative (CTI) Training and Implementation Specialist. Holly has worked with children and families for over 15 years in various roles including; juvenile justice, foster care and as a home based mental health clinician. She is a graduate of Michigan State School of Social work. In her current work she supports clinicians and supervisors across the state of Michigan during their participation in the various CTI Learning Collaborative trainings.

Jolene Briggs

Jolene Briggs Jolene Briggs is the Program Support Secretary for the Children’s Trauma Initiative. She coordinates and assists in managing the conferences and events for the Learning Collaborative trainings for the state of Michigan, including tracking CEU’s for clinicians, supervisors, and participants.

Jolene has worked in Community Mental Health for over 25 years and enjoys watching the amazing things that can be accomplished when people invest in their communities through the various programs provided by CMH’s. She enjoys gardening and being outside. But most of all, she enjoys sports; all Detroit teams of course--Go Tigers, Go Lions, Go Wings!!!!!

Rachelle Hawley

Rachelle Hawley Rachelle Hawley is a LMSW who has worked with families and children for the past 28 years. Rachelle has been trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has been providing care to children who have experienced trauma and their families. Rachelle also completed Caregiver Education training and led Trauma Informed Parent Groups for about 10 years. Rachelle began providing outpatient and individual therapy to parents of the children receiving Community Mental Health Services. Rachelle became trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to provide additional support to parents in their journey to improve their own mental health. Trauma Informed Care is a priority for Rachelle, and she began working with Children’s Trauma Initiative in the winter of 2021.

Rachelle is a proud mom of two sons, 1 step daughter, 4 step sons, and she loves her role as Nana to her grandchildren.

Paul Dripchak

Paul Dripchak Paul Dripchak is a licensed clinical social worker and has been working with children and families since 2007. He initially worked with CEI-Community Mental Health as a home-based family therapist and then in emergency services with children and families. In that role, he was trained in TF-CBT and implemented it with families and children. He was then stealthily ripped away from CMH by Michigan State University for 5 years during which time he acted as academic advisor and fixed-term faculty in the School of Social Work. He taught clinical social work courses, supported MSW students, and supervised field placements and student groups.

Paul has been with the Children’s Trauma Initiative since January 2022 and is excited to be working in a macro social work position to continue to support trauma training and implementation across the state!