Social Work Speakers

Conference Speakers

Martha Gomez, LMSW 

Ms. Gomez is a license master’s level social worker and the therapist for the VOCA HOPE Project at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She completed her undergraduate coursework at the Limestone College on December 2013 and her Master of Social Work from the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina in May 2017. Ms. Gomez completed her generalist practice internship at the Project Rex at MUSC Department of Psychiatry and her advanced practice internship at the MUSC NCVC. Ms. Gomez has been trained in evidence-based treatment of trauma related mental health issues. Ms. Gomez worked as a Bilingual Patient Navigator for the MUSC Children’s Care Clinic for 12 years; assisting families and providers to communicate and problem solve situations for the benefit of their children. Ms. Gomez worked at MUSC Hospital for 9 years as a Spanish Medical Interpreter.


Kesha Graham, LISW-CP, ACM-SW, NHDP-BC

Kesha Wall Graham, a North Carolina native, graduated cum laude earning a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), and a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of South Carolina (Advanced Standing). She is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Accredited Case Manager with over 16 years social work experience. Kesha has worked extensively in the field of geriatrics and gerontology (in long term care facilities and mental health) a large emphasis of her career was in the field of hospice care. She currently works as the Manager of Social Work in the Case Management and Care Transitions Dept. Prior to her promotion she has worked as a medical social worker at MUSC in the Adult intensive care units and on the Gynecology/Oncology, ENT and Urology service lines and as an Adult Outpatient Bone Marrow Transplant social worker.


Kacey Schmitt MSW, LISW-CP/S, Director of Social Work, Office of Social Work/Community Health Services, S.C. Dept. of Health & Environmental Control

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Kimberly Tissot, Executive Director, Able South Carolina Hannah Coyne, Chaplain, MUSC

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Hannah Coyne, Chaplain, MUSC

Hannah is a native of western Massachusetts, and after spending time in Washington DC and Vancouver, Canada, has lived in Charleston for almost 9 years. She holds a Masters in Applied Theology and completed her year-long residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston. She enjoys the challenge and beauty of palliative care chaplaincy, and the gift of working with a robust interdisciplinary palliative care team.


Tara Walker, Grief and Bereavement Coordinator, MUSC

Tara Walker is currently the Grief and Bereavement Coordinator for Pediatric Palliative Care at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.  Prior to this role, Tara has worked as a Certified Child Life Specialist for many years at several children’s hospitals in North Carolina.  She has a passion for end of life care in the pediatric population and ensuring that families have access to the grief resources they need.  Her work as a Certified Child Life Specialist also makes her incredibly passionate about sibling grief and ensuring that they have the necessary supports to process and cope with loss.


Tenelle Jones, MFT, LAC, Human Services Coordinator II, MUSC

Tenelle O. Jones LMFT, LAC, currently works full-time at MUSC’s National Crime Victims’ Research & Treatment Center as a Human Service Coordinator II. Tenelle chose to be one of the dedicated therapists who share in the experience of faith, hope, strength, and healing of the survivors and the impacted communities of the Mother Emanuel AME church shooting tragedy that occurred on June 17, 2015. She also provides private counseling/therapy for individuals, couples, and families through Low Country Pastoral Counseling Center; and she is a Professional Development consultant for School Specialty Inc. She serves as Board Chair on the Board of Directors of PAR (People Against Rape). For the past 21 years, her professional & personal life have been centered around promoting overall mental, physical, and spiritual health of all communities. She remains enthusiastic about showing others that they matter and have a place in this world through counseling, consultation, mentorship, training/education and friendship. She believes that as long as she lets her light shine and remains true to herself, it will give others the courage to do the same. Alex Russell, MSW, Executive Director, Tri-County S.P.E.A.K.S.