Since 2008, Bryn Mawr GSSWSR has recognized graduates for his or her outstanding contributions to the field of social work at the Annual College Reunion. This unique recognition celebrates exceptional, distinctive and innovative work in diverse communities. Graduates at all stages of their careers are considered for this award of distinction. The Awardees have demonstrated outstanding service or social innovation in one or more of the following categories: Lifetime Achievement, Exceptional Leadership, Emerging Leadership, and Collaborative Leadership.
Thaddeus Mathis, MSS '68
Carrie Jacobs, MSS '83
Ann O'Brien Schmieg, MSS/MLSP '03
Ruth W. Mayden, MSS ’70 our Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, was Dean of the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College from 1987 until 2002 when she joined The Annie E. Casey Foundation Director for the Program for Families with Young Children. After earning her MSS Ruth was Executive Director of the Montgomery County Day Care Association. Prior to becoming Dean, Ruth’s positions at GSSWSR included adjunct professor, Director of Field Instruction and Associate Dean. Among her numerous leadership positions have been President of the National Association of Social Workers, board member of Child Care Matters, consulting editor for Social Work, the journal of NASW, and commissioner of the Middle States Commission.
Carol Shapiro, MSS ’78 has been an innovator in the field of criminal and social justice. She was the founder and president of Family Justice and its pioneering work with families of the incarcerated. She was the recipient of an Ashoka Fellowship for social entrepreneurs who present innovative solutions to social problems and of the Maud Booth Correctional Services Award for her work in addressing issues of the reentry of incarcerated individuals back into the community.
Catherine Ormerod, MSS, MLSP '99 is the director of Vision 2020, Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership of the Drexel University College of Medicine. Vision 2020 is a national initiative to make equality a national priority through the shared leadership among women and men. Cathy was the founding Executive director of the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute of GSSWR, a position she held from 2004 through 2008. She also has been the Director of Education for Living Beyond Breast Cancer and the Director of Women’s Way’s 25th anniversary events.
Felice Davidson Perlmutter, PhD ’69, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Perlmutter, professor emerita of Temple University’s School of Social Administration, is an active researcher and prolific author in the areas of social administration, management of nonprofit organizations, and social policy. She was a pioneer in the field of social work administration, particularly in the area of preparing social workers to move from direct practice to administration.
Dolores G. (Dodie) Norton, MSS ’60, PhD ’69, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Norton is the Samuel Deutsch Professor Emerita in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Her fields of research include early child development and ecology, human development and diversity, and linguistic interaction. Norton serves on the Board of Directors of Zero to Three and the Ariel Education Initiative. Norton was the first African American to achieve tenure at Bryn Mawr College.
Patrick T. McCarthy, PhD ’81, received the Extraordinary Contribution to the Field of Social Work Award. In February 2010, McCarthy was appointed president and chief executive officer of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the nation’s leading advocacy philanthropy for at-risk children and families. As chair of the GSSWSR Board of Advisors between 2005 and 2010, McCarthy provided critical leadership at a time when the future direction of the School was being determined.
Nicholas C. Scull, MSS ’02, received the Emerging Leader Award. Scull earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Interculturally sensitive practice has been a core aspect of Scull’s clinical work and of his research on cross-cultural relations in Guatemala and in the Middle East. Scull currently resides in Kuwait and has been developing the infrastructure of the Fawzia Sultan Rehabilitation Institute’s department of psychology.
Nancy Kirby, MSS '65, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 30 years of service at the GSSWSR as Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions, and advisor to the School's chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers. She was a founding member of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Admissions of Graduate Social Work Programs and continues to serve on their steering committee. In addition, Kirby's commitment to the human services through participation of boards of directors is legend: in 2008, she was honored by the Inglis Foundation, with the Annie Inglis Gold Coin Award, the highest honor given by Inglis to individuals who have provided distinguished service for the benefit of the organization. In 2010, at the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Greensboro, North Carolina, Sit-ins, Nancy Kirby was honored as one of four unsung heroes.
Elizabeth Werthan, MSS '73 received the Exceptional Leadership Award. Werthan, the former executive director of Choice (Concern for Health Options: Information, Care and Education), for almost four decades has advocated for women and their families and their communities through public service and participation on numerous boards. She is a founding member of the GSSWSR's Board of Advisors.
Sharon Bishop, MSS '70, also received an Exceptional Leadership Award. Bishop is co-founder of Calibre Associates, a consulting organization on human services and human resource issues. In 2005, when Calibre Associates was acquired by ICF International, Bishop became the senior vice president in ICF International's Caliber practice. Over the course of her 30-year career, Bishop has been responsible for more than 150 studies for federal, state and local government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
Sabina Neem, MSS/MLSP '07, received the Emerging Leadership Award. Neem, a former Ruth W. Mayden Scholar, served on the Mayor's Advisory Board on LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia, the LGBT People of Color Coalition, and the Mayor's Taskforce on Homeless Services for Sexual and Gender Minorities. She recently relocated to Seattle, Washington, where she is working for the City of Seattle Youth Employment Program and has been appointed to the Trans & Queer Health Working Group.
Bertha S. Waters, MSS '79 received her MSS degree in 1979 at the age of 56 – after, at the age of 54, having received her bachelor’s degree from Temple University, summa cum laude. But her story of leadership is not about college degrees and certainly begins long before that May 1979 commencement. Bertha, who has lived almost her entire life in Philadelphia, has for decades participated in community advocacy initiatives and been a real pioneer in the fight for economic and social justice and social change. She has committed words and actions to civil rights movements and anti-war movements, and was one of the very early supporters of gay and lesbian rights in Philadelphia at a time when few were willing to address that issue. She has been involved with the Parents’ Union for Public Schools in Philadelphia, set on the board of the Philadelphia Ethical Society, participated on the advisory board of the University of Pennsylvania Women’s Center, served on the Community College of Philadelphia’s Early Childhood Advisory Council, volunteered with Bread and Roses Community Fund, and has been a longtime member of the Belmont Community Improvement Association.
Bertha spent much of her professional career at Pennsylvania Department of Education where, not surprisingly, she was the equity coordinator. The rights of individuals – all individuals - has been and remains her passion. In 2005, the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization for Women honored Bertha as one of their local women leaders for her advocacy efforts for gender equity in education.
John G. Loeb, MSS '69, Senior Vice President at Public Health Management Corporation where he worked for 35+ years, has been a guiding force in the agency’s growth from a small, experimental, federally funded program to one of the largest and most successful public health institutes in the nation. He is specifically responsible for PHMC’s corporate development program, including proposal development and the identification and pursuit of new or expanded funding streams. In this role, he conducts research of new projects appropriate for PHMC’s involvement; oversees the development of program concepts; coordinates and supervises interdisciplinary professional staff; and consults with local, state and federal government and voluntary funding sources regarding direction.
Raheemah Shamsid-Deen Hampton, MSS '02 prior to entering our program, had worked for five years as a social worker at the Philadelphia Department of Human Services where she provided case management services to children and their families. Raheemah’s leadership in the classroom and the field were legend. All of her work was splendid – authentic, real, and stamped with her no-nonsense candid yet simultaneously sensitive style. Upon graduation, Raheemah was not surprisingly soon promoted as a supervisor in the court services at DHS. Within a few years she was named a special projects manager in the commission’s office of DHS, and most recently, she has been appointed to a position within the PA Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Children, Youth, and Families as Director of Children and Youth for the southeast region that includes Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.
Sarah Beth Hollister, MSS/MLSP '07 while at Bryn Mawr, demonstrated wonderful skills as a leader and at commencement in 2007, she received the McPherson Award excellence and service to the community. She was lauded for her work as the student representative to the Curriculum Committee. She not only worked with the committee on establishing the process and timeline for the ultimately very successful CSWE reaccreditation process, but also facilitated many meetings that brought together students and school administrators to dialogue around key student concerns. To Sarah’s enormous credit, these discussions occurred in a way that has led to very real and sustainable changes.
In her current position as Policy Analyst at the PA Department of Education, she has also emerged as a leader and was selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP), a professional development program for individuals whose work record reflects strong leadership abilities and a concern for issues important to children and education. This nationally recognized fellowship program was established more than 40 years ago by the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, DC.
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.