Our Founder and Principal Consultant is Mylonne Sullivan, MSW,LSW,LICDC. A licensed social worker and independently licensed chemical dependency counselor with direct experience working with returning citizens. Also, she has worked with agencies and systems who serve those in the legal system. She received her Bachelor’s in Arts (Criminal Justice) from Baldwin Wallace University and Master’s in Social Work from The University of Akron.
She has worked directly in the mental health since 2014 and indirectly in social services for almost a decade. Ms. Sullivan specializes in helping people with trauma, criminal thinking, mental health disorders, and alcohol and other drug addictions. She has experience within the addiction field in correctional settings, residential, ambulatory detox, and outpatient settings. Also, she has previously worked in mental health settings, including inpatient settings with youth and outpatient settings with adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Her clinical skills, include facilitating individual, group, and family therapy focusing on substance use, mental health, and trauma with men and women involved in the federal criminal justice system (Federal pretrial, incarceration/halfway, probation) .
In addition to being the Principal Consultant of Advocating For Change, LLC, she also collaborates with Sankofa Circle, LLC for consulting services. She was Workforce Development Chair at Ohio Association for Alcoholism and Other Drug Addiction Counselors (OAADAC) for four years and Treasurer for two years. She served the addiction professional community by focusing on financial and workforce development needs. She is on the African American Advisory Board Member of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and she is often found advocating for criminal justice reform and engaging in freelance writing for the Cleveland Observer. She can be found analyzing the policy and cases as the campaign researcher on local bail reform campaigns.
Ms. Sullivan has experience in advocating and assisting persons returning home from prison/jail, she has been successful in influencing other clinical and non-clinical professionals to make services more accessible to the community. One of her passions are developing the next generation of social workers, i.e. supervising master-level social workers as a field instructor at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University. She has been interviewed and been chosen to present at various conferences, including the Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare. She had obtained skills in supervision, collaboration, policy analysis and research, process development and design, attrition and retention, and strategic planning in almost 10 years in being in the social service field.
“The progress of the world will call for the best that all of us have to give” -Mary McLeod Bethune