At the Bryn Mawr College Reunion dinner on May 30, we honored our first Alumnae/i Achievement Award winners. These recipients are recognized for a lifetime of contributions to the field of social work. Their work has been a vital part of maintaining and extending the tradition of excellence and commitment that are central to the mission of social work
From left to right: Khary Atif, Jean E. Campbell Moore, Patricia Burland, JoAnne Fischer, and Nina Wall-Cote.
Jean E. Campbell Moore, MSS ’49, is associate professor emerita at the School of Social Administration at Temple University. Her career highlights include developing the New Career Ladders in Social Work Program which provides access to undergraduate professional social work education with support systems for adult students. She also has served as a chairperson of the Board of the Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia. Finally, Dr. Moore is the creator, host and executive producer of University Forum, WRTI 90.1 FM, public affairs program, also carried on RFPI (Radio for Peace International) and broadcast from Costa Rica to 120 countries. The award winning radio program addresses issues such as health, discrimination, violence, history, and women's issues – and it never backs off from controversy.
Patricia Burland, MSS ’56, was a member of the School’s clinical faculty in the 1960s and through her own professional practice, supervision and mentoring, earned a reputation for excellence within the clinical social work community. In 1971, Pat was a founding member of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work. The state societies joined to form a national group charged to ensure the highest standard of clinical practice. As a result, the National Registry of Health Care Providers, the forerunner of today’s American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work, was established and Pat served in the initial credentialing process of the National Registry. She was a member of the education committee of the Clinical Society that created the first society-sponsored three-year post graduate institute of its members.
JoAnne Fischer, MSS ’73, has served as the Executive Director of Maternity Care Coalition since 1989, and has overseen that agency's growth from a neighborhood project to a statewide organization, from a staff of 3 to a staff of 70, and from a budget of $116,000 to over $4.5 million. In addition to her work at MCC, JoAnne is a member of the Forum for Executive Women and the Community Advisory Board of WHYY. Over more than three decades, JoAnne has earned a reputation as someone who not only cares deeply and passionately about issues of fairness and social justice, but also makes change happen.
Nina Wall-Cote, MSS ‘00, is the Director of the Bureau of Autism Services in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW). She was a founding member and past president of the Pennsylvania Action Coalition for Autism Services (PACAS), a statewide board of autism advocacy chairs and directors whose mission it is to advocate for services for Pennsylvanians diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. In addition, she has served as a board member of Pennsylvania Protection and Advocacy (PP&A) and as one of three Managing Co-Chairs of Secretary of Public Welfare Estelle B. Richman’s Autism Task Force of Pennsylvania.
Khary Atif, MSS ’97, MLSP ’98, works for the Department of Human Services in Philadelphia as the Program Administrator in the Staff Development Support Center. Khary is a member of the School's Board of Advisors. He is also a Senior Candidate at the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis (PSP) and he has served as an associate member of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP). In addition, Khary is the author of The Distended Tear. The nine chapters, preface and epilogue meditate on the psychological, spiritual and philosophical aspects of social relations.
Alice Muludiang, MSS’05, MLSP’06, is Ugandan by birth but Sudanese by rite of marriage. Widowed in 1990, Alice sought asylum status in the United States. The war in the Sudan ultimately claimed more than 1.5 million lives and displaced more than 4 million people including Alice and her sons. Alice founded the Southern Sudanese Relief Fund to help displaced women and she also was a foster mother to some of the “Lost Boys of the Sudan,” a group of orphans who lost their families because of the war. Today she spends much of her time working in the Sudan focusing attention on the plight of the millions of displaced Sudanese and helping to build the infrastructure in the country.
Social Work award winners were honored at a dessert reception in the Thomas Quita Woodward Room