Social Work Services Provided At Mission Hope Santa Maria And Arroyo Grande


Ashley Hahn | Mission Hope Santa Maria | 805-346-3402

Nell Bennett, MSW, LCSW | Mission Hope Arroyo Grande | 805-474-5303


Oncology Social Workers…

are licensed professionals who counsel people affected by cancer, providing emotional support and helping people access the many services available to them. They can provide individual counseling, support groups, locate services that help with home care, transportation, financial concerns and guide people through the concerns brought on by a cancer diagnosis Social Work Services provided at Mission Hope Cancer Center Santa Maria and Mission Hope Cancer Center Arroyo Grande.

Ashley Hahn, LCSW

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

Ashley Hahn, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, joined Mission Hope at Marian Cancer Care in 2019. Ashley graduated from San Jose State University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. After a few years working in adult day health care Ashley pursued graduate school at California State University Bakersfield and graduated in 2009 with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Ashley completed her License in Clinical Social Work in 2015. She has been a well-respected and beloved social worker at Dignity Health for seven years.

As a Social Worker and Patient Advocate at Mission Hope, Ashley is available to provide short term counseling, offer referrals to essential community resources, facilitate support groups and educational programs and coordinate the availability of other resources for cancer patients, their families and caregivers as needed. She is also always willing to provide a caring and listening ear and offer encouragement to those who are living with a cancer diagnosis and needing support on their cancer journey.

Jenni Davis

ONCOLOGY COUNSELOR & PATIENT ADVOCATE

Jennifer Davis, Oncology Counselor and Patient Advocate, joined Marian Cancer Care in 2007, and has been at Mission Hope Cancer Center since opening in 2012. She has lived on the Central Coast, and worked in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties since 1971. Jennifer graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and has advocated on behalf of the senior population, injured workers, and cancer patients throughout her career.

Jennifer is available to provide short term, one-on-one counseling, information and referral to community resources, and to coordinate and facilitate support groups, educational programs, and other resources for cancer patients, their families and caregivers. She can also provide a caring, listening ear, and encourage those who are living with a cancer diagnosis.

Well known to Mission Hope patients in Santa Maria, Jenni has been responsible for starting and facilitating many of our popular support groups. You can now find her and her expertise at our new Mission Hope Arroyo Grande site.

nell bennett

Nell Bennett, MSW, LCSW

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER & PATIENT ADVOCATE

Nell completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development, with a concentration in Family Studies from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1992. She completed her Master of Social Work at University of Washington, Seattle in 1997, specializing in Health and Mental Health settings. After many years of working in the field of medical social work, hospice, bereavement and family caregiver support programs, she attained her License in Clinical Social Work in 2015. Prior to joining Dignity Health, Nell worked in a private psychotherapy practice, counseling patients adjusting to both unexpected and chronic health challenges. She was trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through the Beck Institute and completed her trauma training via the EMDR Institute.

As a Medical Social Worker and Patient Advocate at Mission Hope, Nell is available to provide short term counseling, offer referrals to essential community resources, and facilitate support groups and educational programs. She is also able to coordinate other related resources for cancer patients, families and their caregivers. She is always willing to provide a caring and listening ear, offering encouragement to those who are living with a cancer diagnosis and needing support on their cancer journey.

Kiersten Arnaudin

Kiersten Arnaudin, MSW, LCSW

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER & PATIENT ADVOCATE

Kiersten Arnaudin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, joined Mission Hope Cancer Center in 2021. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in sociology, Kiersten pursued her master of social work degree, graduating from Salem State University with a special emphasis in health and mental health. She is a native of the Central Coast and has worked in both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties since 2012. During this time Kiersten has worked with patients and families facing a broad range of medical and health challenges in diverse settings such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and community based agencies.

As a Medical Social Worker and Patient Advocate at Mission Hope, Kiersten is available to provide short term counseling, offer referrals to essential community resources, and facilitate support groups and educational programs. She is also able to coordinate the availability of other resources for cancer patients, their families and caregivers as needed. Kiersten is always willing to provide a caring and listening ear and offer encouragement to those who are living with a cancer diagnosis and needing support on their cancer journey.