Mighty Crow took flight in 2011, providing grant writing and project management services. Over the past 10+ years, the business has grown to provide a wide array of services that meet the needs of organizations in the public and private sector. We have worked in the Clintonville/Worthington area of Columbus, OH since 2016 and moved into our current location on W. Cooke Rd. in May of 2021.
Most people want to know how we got the name, “Mighty Crow.” The inspiration began with a poem written by Michael Kocinski, II and a character named “Keigh the Mighty Crow.” This resonated with Jake Hammond, an amateur birder, who loves crows and appreciates their unique abilities and habits throughout the world. Here’s a link to learn more from Cornell University.
We connected with several crow characteristics:
- Crows are smart and can recognize faces, make and utilize tools, and figure out complicated situations.
- Crows are loyal and typically have one mate their entire life.
- Crows are very social and often help one another.
- Crows can soar in the air and see the “big picture” and also be comfortable foraging on the ground.
Our work reflects many of these crow characteristics – we work toward strong and trusting relationships with our clients, we strive for collaboration and cooperation, and we are comfortable with big picture thinking and boots-on-the-ground work.
The People of Mighty Crow
Gretchen Clark Hammond
Gretchen Clark Hammond, PhD, MSW, LSW, LCDCIII, TTS is the CEO of Mighty Crow, a professional services and evaluation firm in Columbus, OH. Prior to launching Mighty Crow in 2012, she was the Director of Research and Grants Administration at a long-term treatment center for women and their dependent children. She is a Community Lecturer in the College of Social Work and in the Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. She was inducted into the College of Social Work’s Hall of Fame in 2020 with a Distinguished Career Award. She received the Outstanding Community Lecturer Award in 2012, the Randall M. Dana Award of Excellence in 2011, the Ernest E. Hayden Award in 2008, Outstanding Doctoral Student Teacher in 2008, the Edward H. Schmidt Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Toledo in 20007, the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate Award in 2006 and 2007 and was the MSW Graduate of the Year in 2000. Her areas of research include the treatment of and recovery from substance use disorders, the impact of adverse childhood experiences on individuals and communities, and compassion fatigue in professionals. Dr. Hammond received her PhD and MSW from The Ohio State University and her BA from The University of Toledo. She is a licensed social worker, licensed chemical dependency counselor, and a certified tobacco treatment specialist.
Rebecca J. McCloskey has a PhD from the The Ohio State University College of Social Work. As a licensed social worker since 2002, she has worked with children, their families, and perinatal women via case management, advocacy, and counseling services and as a clinical professor at Monmouth University’s School of Social Work. Her dissertation, sponsored by grant funding from The Ohio State University and Postpartum Support International, investigates the links between mothers' adverse childhood experiences and postpartum depression, anxiety, physical health, and breastfeeding challenges. It also examines the potential role of social support, material hardship, and discrimination in moderating these associations. Rebecca joined Mighty Crow in February 2019 and assists with grant writing, evaluations, and data analysis projects.
Brieanne Beaujolais, PhD, MSW, MA, LSW, has a background in social work research, teaching, and direct practice that has been driven by her passion for racial and gender justice. Her research has focused predominantly on gender-based violence—both strategies for prevention and strategies to improve outcomes for survivors. With her love for travel, she has taught courses and workshops to students and faculty in Moldova, Turkey, and China on topics such as gender-based violence, leadership and service for social justice, cross-cultural education, and personal safety and empowerment. She began working at Mighty Crow in 2022 where she enjoys making contributions to research and evaluation projects.
Mandy McGlone, MS is a seasoned Project Manager and Project Director in the human services field. Over the last 25 years, Ms. McGlone has worked for the Franklin County Department of Jobs and Family Services, Amethyst, Inc., a local non-profit addictions treatment center for women, and most recently, for Mighty Crow since 2012. Ms. McGlone is currently the Associate Director at Sam's Fans, a non-profit that supports and enhances music and art therapy for seriously ill children and their families.
Ms. McGlone received Business First’s 40 Under 40 Award in 2010 for her accomplishments in human services, including her volunteer work and community involvement. Her experience in systems-level collaboration and project management, combined with her familiarity with the mental health social service system and child welfare make her a skilled Project Manager and Director.
As the Associate Director at Sam's Fans, Ms. McGlone helps to strategize, fundraise, implement projects and run the day-to-day operations of the organization.
Ms. McGlone has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Denison University and a Masters Degree in Human Services Management from Franklin University.
Kathleen Gallant has worked in human services administration and management for more than 10 years. She has extensive experience in planning trainings and conferences in a variety of focus areas, including addiction and recovery, trauma, and mental health.
Ms. Gallant is currently the Project Manager at Mighty Crow Media, LLC. In this role she coordinates multiple statewide conferences a year, heading up tasks such as establishing project time lines, coordinating a slate of speakers, implementing and monitoring registration and all other conference logistics.
In her previous work, she has created and managed a yearly in-house training calendar for up to 80 non-profit employees that incorporated requirements from multiple accreditation bodies, emerging practices in the field, and particular needs of staff.
She secured speakers versed in best-practices, maintained agency provider status for continuing education credits, and oversaw all training logistics, including location and advertisement details and budget management.
Robert Santucci, RPh. worked as a pharmacist for Harborview Medical Center (Seattle,
WA) from January 2001 until January 2021. There he enjoyed providing pharmacy services to
the most vulnerable residents of King County. He specialized in HIV care and worked as a clinical
pharmacist for the Madison Clinic (the largest HIV provider in the Northwest). Bobby has
experience mentoring interns and students and speaking nationally and internationally,
engaging audiences on the latest treatments and breakthroughs in HIV care. Bobby has collaborated with social workers, physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, and dieticians to educate patients on their treatments and provide seamless care encompassing all of the patients’ needs. These experiences have attuned him to a greater understanding of the needs of both patients and the providers.
Throughout his career Bobby worked on various projects that helped broaden his professional
experience. From 2003 until 2014 he managed NIH grant funded research projects for the
Seattle HIV Vaccine Trials Unit, AIDS Clinical Trials Unit, Primary Infection Clinic, AND Virology
Research Clinic. There he developed and implemented site-specific procedures based on
various trial protocols. As well, he managed the inventory, prepared the vaccines, prepared the
medication, administered the vaccines, and dispensed medications. As a research pharmacist he
learned the importance of funding research, grant writing, protocol site-specific procedures,
safety, and protocol implementation.
After moving back to Ohio, he joined the Mighty Crow team in March of 2021.
Michael Kocinski, II holds a bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Toledo and is a certified Peer Support Specialist. His experience includes working as an entrepreneur in restaurants and as a curator of community arts, poetry, and education. His experience in creative writing and workshop development resulted in numerous projects focused on using this medium as a tool for healing from trauma and other challenging situations. He is a published poet with works in the the Mid-American Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Wrap Around South among many others and can uniquely claim credit for the inspiration behind the name Mighty Crow. His focus at Mighty Crow includes grant writing, curriculum development, and project management.
Justin Koralewski, M.A. is a Data and GIS Analyst at Mighty Crow providing a geography perspective, with an interest in social equity and environmental justice. His master's thesis used a GIS approach (Geographic Information System) to identify possible transit deserts of mobile dependent populations in underserved transit service areas in Toledo and Columbus, Ohio. Benefiting from high-resolution, geographically referenced exposure and environmental databases, he utilizes GIS technology in many aspects of his work, including data cleaning, spatial analysis, model diagnosis and data visualization. Because of his passion for helping vulnerable communities, he believes that the data mapping capabilities of GIS can help policymakers both understand issues more clearly and address situational realities in areas of need, while also supporting the narratives required for sustainable funding.
Jake Hammond, MBA is an accomplished IT professional, entrepreneur and volunteer. He created Mighty Crow as a vehicle to make our communities stronger, richer, and more enjoyable for all people, from all walks. Having worked long hours in management, technology and ecommerce, he currently serves as CFO and Director of Technology, bringing a broad perspective that emphasizes possibility, connection and optimism. His passions include the arts, education and the core belief that non-profits should create ways to leverage the same premium tools and business models used by the world's most productive companies. Mr. Hammond holds a liberal arts degree from the University of Toledo and a Masters in Business Administration from Franklin University.
Mary brings over 40 years of organizational experience to Mighty Crow, having worked in higher education, lean manufacturing, commercial real estate, and financial services. Her expertise in project management, process implementation, process redesign, and fiscal operations lends itself well to the diverse client base at Mighty Crow. She previously oversaw financial aid processes and applications at a liberal arts college, worked in accounting on process improvements in a global manufacturing setting, and managed an accounts payable department for a commercial real estate firm where she implemented procurement processes and efficiencies. Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership from West Liberty University.