Mona Makki to lead ACCESS health, research center as new director

Mona MakkiDEARBON —ACCESS appointed Mona Makki as director of its Community Health and Research Center.

Makki previously served as deputy director of the CHRC, overseeing the operations of more than 50 programs focusing on mental health, public health and the center’s medical division. Throughout her tenure, she has worked to streamline and enhance CHRC services to clients and build a network of service providers and caregivers, who are focused on meeting the needs of patients and clientele.

Makki began her career as a victims advocate in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office. She was promoted to supervisor of the Victims of Crime Program in 2007 and became the Mental Health Program manager in 2012. Her leadership over the years has contributed to the growth of numerous programs within the CHRC.

A proponent of rights for underserved members of the community, Makki has advocated against crime and domestic violence for more than a decade. Throughout her 10-year career at ACCESS, she has committed herself to improving and empowering the lives of individuals and families who suffer from domestic abuse and behavioral health issues. She has worked to collaborate with judges, faith leaders, schools and police departments in the fight against such abuse.

“Mona brings passion, knowledge and dedication to this position,” ACCESS Executive Director Hassan Jaber said. “She has a proven track record of delivering excellent results and unwavering commitment to underserved communities.

“We are excited to have Mona step into this vital role and we are confident that, under her leadership, she will continue her commitment to excellence and the further advancement of the center’s programs and services.”

In addition to her work at ACCESS, Makki serves on several community boards, including her most recent appointments to the Greater Detroit Area Health Council’s board and the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Institutional Review Board. She is also a member of the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and has served as a member of the Arab American Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Wayne County Council Against Family Violence.

Additionally, she has served on various consumer coalition panels and community resource committees.

Makki received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2004 and has been a member of the American Psychological Association since 2006. She has conducted research, in collaboration with local universities, on topics including cardiac arrest and trauma and loss among Arab American, American Indian and Alaskan Native youth.