Sheena High, MSS/MLSP '13
One Step Away: A worldwide search for family pays off
After 30 years estranged from his family, 82-year-old Sam Foster, known affectionately as “Mr. Sam,” is soon going to be reunited with them in England. His journey of homelessness and dedication to finding his family seemed stalled in a series of Philadelphia shelters and on the city streets, until Mr. Sam came to RHD Fernwood, where a dedicated staff found his long-lost relatives and worked to get him home. “I am a believer that true family is key in support, whether it be the ones we are born with or the ones we create,” Sheena High, MSS/MLSP ’13, Mr. Sam’s Case Management Supervisor, said. “If we all have the opportunity to reconnect to it after whatever amount of time and after whatever reason that separated us we should all do it while we are alive.I always want to help those who are willing to help themselves first and he is that type of man, so it made it easy for me to be an advocate on his behalf at every level of this journey with him.” Click here to read the full article.
Aging in American, 2014 Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging, San Diego, CA. March 12, 2014 American Society on Aging, “Starting, Funding and Sustaining Age-Friendly Communities: Tools you can use” with John Feather (Grantmakers in Aging) and Cathy Boyer-Shesol (Mid-American Regional Council)
All Ages, One Region (Phoenix), “Data-Driven Change: Evaluating Success in Age-Friendly Work.” scheduled March 27, 2013.
“Building Resilience: Older Adults, Disasters and Philanthropy”
February 24, 2014 with Mark Gorman (HelpAge International), Grantmakers International
Published web-article, “Disasters, Older Adults and Philanthropy,” http://www.giaging.org/issues/disasters/
When Trapeta B. Mayson came to the U.S. as an eight-year-old child with her family in 1975 from war-torn Liberia in sub-Saharan West Africa, she could not have possibly imagined that she would become a social worker and award-winning poet. Trapeta is a 2002 Pew Fellow in poetry and winner of a 2007 Leeway Foundation Transformation Award as well as two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grants. Read more.
Page Buck was appointed Program Director and Department Chair of Graduate Social Work Department at West Chester University in May 2013. She joined the West Chester University faculty in 2007 and serves as Assistant Professor in the Master of Social Work program. She brings her vision and energy to the department with a deep commitment to social justice and the profession of social work.
The University of Iowa School of Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences announced the winners of the first annual National Poetry Contest for Social Workers. An advocate, organizer, and writer, Forbes has worked in HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and outreach since 1985 and on women's health and rights since 1977. Now an independent consultant with an international client base, her work centers around women, HIV, gender, health, and rights.
Elissa Goldberg, and Martha Davis who were at the Boston Marathon were interviewed for a Philadelphia Inquirer article, April 21, 2013. (link)
Assistant Professor at the American University of Kuwait. Scull participated in establishing the first Engligh Psychology major in the country at UofK. He continues working as the Clinical Director of the Psychology Department at FSRI.
Khary M Atif, also a doctoral candidate at GSSWSR, was recently promoted to Director of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services University. DHS University provides resources and technical assistance to meet the learning needs of all DHS divisions, provider agencies and their respective employees. The unit offers consultation, facilitation, instructional design, team building and traditional training.
Concern for Health Options: Information, Care, and Education, (CHOICE) awarded Liz Werthan the seventh annual Louis Gerstley Community Health Advocate of the Year Award. Liz is the former Executive Director of CHOICE and long-time advocate for Pennsylvania women and their families in need of information, care, and education in the realms of reproductive and community health.
Campell's recently published article, What's Brewing on the Disaster Preparedness Front, in the American Society for Aging's bimonthly newspaper, Aging Today following the recent Hurricane Sandy disaster, reminds all that the frail elderly often need more than the help of family and friends. She was recently quoted in the New York Times Aging Blog on an article she wrote post Hurricane Katrina, Caring for Elders During a Natural Disaster: We Can Do Better-but Are We?, “being old, being frail and being unconnected turned into a terminal condition”. A 30-year professional advocate for senior citizens, Campbell has led the evaluation of numerous aging-demonstration programs, including ones funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts and the Administration on Aging. Her experience includes developing new service delivery systems to support seniors remaining in their communities; utilizing nurse practitioners to deliver primary care for homebound seniors; training long term care staff to detect and respond to issues of elder abuse; and building coalitions to address the needs of seniors. Jennifer Campbell is currently a consultant with Grantmakers In Aging, and served as their Director of the Hurricane Fund for the Elderly which brought over $5 million in funding to rebuilding services for older adults in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama after Hurricane Katrina. She also teaches at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College.
Letty Thall, M.S.S. ’74, honored with Philadelphia Leadership Awards by Women’s eNews. The awards are given to those who have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of women. They received recognition at a Gala held on Oct. 23 at Bryn Mawr’s Thomas Great Hall.
Thall has held many positions during her career as an advocate for women and children in Pa. She was a member of the Philadelphia police force, vice president of the Pa. Women’s Campaign Fund board, and chair of the mayor’s Commission for Women.After enrolling in Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Thall helped Women Organized Against Rape write its first grant proposal to secure funding. She co-founded Women’s Way, the leading funding, advocacy, and education organization for women in the Greater Philadelphia region. For the past eight years, she has been working for Maternity Care Coalition, overseeing the development of community education campaigns, public policy recommendations in maternal health, and the monitoring of prenatal care services for low-income families.
Women’s eNews is an award-winning nonprofit news service covering issues of particular concern to women and providing women’s perspectives on public policy. They have a writer and reader base from across the globe. Board Chair of the Women's eNews is Betsy Chandler, MSS '98.
The Board of Directors of Friends Home in Kennett is pleased to announce the appointment of Renna Van Oot as Executive Director.
Renna, a Delaware native, is a University of Delaware graduate, and also holds master’s degrees in social services from Bryn Mawr College, and a law degree from Widener University. She has over 20 years’ experience in social services, serving as executive director of other non-profits as well as for the state of Delaware. Prior to accepting a position at the Friends Home, Renna had left the practice of law to provide non-profit management consulting with the Leland Leadership Group. Renna resides in Kennett Square.
Dr. Steven M. Becker is a professor of Community and Environmental Health, College of Health Sciences, at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Prior to joining the faculty at Old Dominion University, Dr. Becker was a Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health, a position he held from 1997 to 2012, and has been an invited faculty member at Harvard’s’ School of Public Health course on Radiological Emergency Planning. In 2011, Dr. Becker was a member of a three-person Assistance Team that was invited to Japan in response to the earthquake-tsunami and accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. He has also served as a Member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements since 2005. Dr. Becker was a Kreitman Scholar and post-doctoral fellow at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel from 1996 to 1997. Dr. Becker received a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from George Washington University, an M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Research in Bryn Mawr College’s Occupational and Environmental Health Program.
Main Line Times newspaper featured Judy Green as Volunteer of the Week.
Children and Families Affected by Armed Conflicts in Africa (NASW Press, 2012) aims to enhance the awareness and knowledge of helping professionals who work with children and families who have experienced armed conflict in Africa. The book draws on the experiences of working practitioners with populations affected by armed conflicts, specifically in Uganda and Rwanda.
The Maclean Faculty Awards recognize emeritus or very senior faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to teaching and to student life on campus. The awards were given for the first time in 1997 and are named for Professor Norman Maclean (Ph.D.,’40), who taught English at the University for 40 years. Norton, Samuel Deutsch Professor Emerita in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, graduated from Temple University in 1952, then went on to earn her MSS and PhD from Bryn Mawr College, has published on early linguistic interaction and school achievement, diversity, early socialization, temporal development in children, and black family life patterns. Career honors include the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Award for Family Support Programs, the National Association of Social Workers Mentor Award, and Chicago YMCA Outstanding Achievement Award in Education.
Beth Tomlinson has been hired as educational outreach director by Fizika Group LLC, a Lancaster-based firm that provides active learning solutions to schools. She is responsible for promoting the use of Fizika's products and services to schools in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.
Since August 2010, she has served as co-chairwoman of the Vision 2020 Pennsylvania State Initiative Committee. Vision 2020, directed Cathy Ormerod, MSS, MLSP '99, is a national project of the Drexel University Institute for Women's Health and Leadership which focuses on advancing gender equality and women's leadership.
Travelers Aid Family Services of Philadelphia has hired Gloria Guard as Executive Director. Travelers Aid Family Services is a nonprofit that assists stranded travelers and large homeless families in Philadelphia. Gloria served as president of the People’s Emergency Center for almost three decades.
Dr. Daniel Liechty promoted to Professor at Illinois State University effective August 16, 2012.
CSWE Board of Directors has appointed Darla Spence Coffey, MSW, PhD '99, as their first president.
Darla currently sits on the CSWE Commission on Educational Policy and has previously served on the executive committee of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors as the elected secretary and as president of the Pennsylvania Association of Undergraduate Social Work Educators. In addition to administrative duties she is the campus liaison with the office of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
Dr. Ilene Warner-Maron, president of Alden Geriatric Consultants, Inc. and of the Institute for Continuing Education and Research at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, has been inducted as a Fellow in the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
Based on twenty years of intense qualitative research, the authors Bea Hollander-Goldfein, Nancy Isserman and Jennifer Goldenberg and contributors, present an integrated model of coping and adaptation after trauma that incorporates the best of recent work in the field with the expanded insights offered by Holocaust survivors.
Jacqueline Deitch-Stackhouse, who has more than 13 years of experience in counseling, advocacy and violence prevention, will oversee the office's victim/survivor-centered approach to sexual harassment, assault and relationship violence throughout the University community, with a primary focus on the well-being of students. She will provide emergency response and immediate advocacy to students affected by sexual harassment and violence, and facilitate consultations to mental health, medical, legal and other resources as needed.
Jill B. Jones, Ph.D. ’97, co-authored a study of women who work in the gambling industry. Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places, published by Cornell University Press, is based on “extensive interviews with maids, cocktail waitresses, cooks, laundry workers, dealers, pit bosses, managers, and vice presidents.”
So Far Away gives us an intimate view of a person interacting with and reacting to her parents at the ends of their lives. In a richly detailed, poignant story of family members' separate yet interwoven journeys, it underscores the complexities and opportunities that life presents each one of us.
Merin Wexler's paper, "Acculturation and the Spinning Compass", was an outstanding presentation of clinical work in a University Counseling Center. Merin, whose extraordinary writing skills stood out, emphasized the complexity and critical nature of cross cultural issues and demonstrated unusual sensitivity and self awareness in her work. Kathleen Kamen's paper, "Establishing a Therapeutic Alliance with a Challenging Client", also demonstrated acute self awareness and a willingness to reevaluate her assumptions in working with a male domestic abuser who faced multiple crises.
The PSCSW Awards for Clinical Excellence were established by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work to acknowledge outstanding students in the areas of clinical practice and leadership. The Awards are presented annually to second year graduate students who submit a paper for review by distinguished judges. The program is open to all graduating Masters of Social Work students in Pennsylvania. The Awards program is dedicated to four distinguished PSCSW leaders who have provided inspiration for future clinicians: Patricia Burland, Mary Montague, Judith Kasser, and Anna Wiggins. Papers are judged by a panel including professors, supervisors, and experienced clinicians. The winners will also receive free membership in PSCSW for a year following graduation. All winners were honored at the PSCSW Annual Dinner in the fall.
Nobel Prize in physics won by Saul Perlmutter, son of alumna, Felice Davidson Perlmutter, PhD'69
Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 launched the New Congressional Social Work Caucus on Capitol Hill with the help and support of member Rep. Allyson Schwartz, MSS '72. The Congressional Social Work Caucus (CSWC) is an authorized Congressional Member Organization (CMO) inaugurated in the U.S. House of Representatives during the 111th Congress. Schwartz has long been considered an advocate for children and her focus in Congress has been on healthcare issues ranging from the expansion of the federal SCHIP program, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and providing increased benefits to seniors. (read more CSWC) (read more Schwartz)
Social Work Honors Its Own at Reunion
Christina M. Molieri, a local community activist and freelance photographer exhibited a selection of images from her time spent in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans in March, 2007. The show, The Lower Nine: A Post-Katrina Odyssey, featured black and white photographs Molieri took while rebuilding parts of the ravaged city with Common Ground, an organization that formed in the days following Katrina.
Molieri spent almost two weeks with Common Ground tearing down and building up while enrolled in a Dual Master program at Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Molieri, "My camera came along for the ride and this is what was.”
Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Patrick McCarthy as the Foundation's next President and CEO. Patrick is a 1981 alum of our doctoral program and is married to Cate McCarthy, a 1980 MSS alumna and adjunct faculty member. Patrick also chairs the GSSWSR Board of Advisors, a group of highly renowned individuals committed to doing their part in ensuring our School continues to live into its mission--- locally, nationally, and across the world. Patrick's exquisite leadership abilities are grounded not only in his deep knowledge and rich experiences, but also in his steadfast commitment to the very best quality of life for all.
Millicent CarvalhoMillicent Carvalho, MSS/MLSP '84, PhD '00, spoke at "Responding to Financial Crisis and Building a Harmonious Society" forum held in Chongqing, China in October 2009. Her paper outlined her experiences working on urban conflict in Philadelphia, using her "Seven Effective Steps for Transforming Conflict" method. Millicent has been a practicing mediator for more than 25 years and is now the host of the Internet radio show, "Wy Can't We Get Along?" on Web Talk Radio. She is the former chair and associate professor of social work at Virginia Union U. Millicent serves as president of the PA Conflict Resolution and Mediations Services, Inc. (PCRMS), which she founded in 2002. Visit http://www.donthatemediate.com/ for more information.
Guard, recipient of the prestigious Philadelphia Award (2004), has also received the Sower’s Seed Award from Trinity Washington University (2009) in recognition of devoting her life to social justice and the public interest. Guard is a relentless advocate for awareness of the problems faced by indigent inner city residents and for services needed to integrate them into the mainstream of our economic and social fabric. She believes that Philadelphia's most vulnerable citizens should have the best possible housing, education, jobs, social services, health care and technology. To this end, she builds partnerships, shares resources and provides leadership and encouragement to national political officials, business leaders, neighborhood groups, and social service agencies, local and--perhaps most important to her--students and young people, who will embody the principles of equity, opportunity and social justice well beyond her lifetime.
Backus-McDaniels, MSS '74, receives honor from the Cumberland County Black Hall of Fame after earning a master's degree in social work at Bryn Mawr College in 1974. She worked for several area hospitals and has worked in Nursing and Public Health for the Vineland Health Department since 1988. McDaniels is a member of at least seven organizations and committees. Among them are the Hospice Care of South Jersey Ethics Committee, the Breast Cancer Coalition and the Home Health Assembly of Social Work Committee.
Mariah Fenton Gladis was named one of “Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business” in 2009 by Gov. Edward G. Rendell and five Pennsylvania business journals for her work as an international psychotherapist, Gestalt trainer, workshop leader, motivational speaker, ALS advocate, author and champion for women.
Governor Edward G. Rendell called the winners terrific examples of Pennsylvania's brightest business minds and role models for anyone who aspires to succeed. "Pennsylvania and the communities in which these award winners work are better because of them,” the Governor said. “I encourage Pennsylvania's young people to follow their lead."
Mariah Fenton Gladis, MSS, QCSW, is the founder and clinical director of the Pennsylvania Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training and is on the faculty of Esalen Institute. She serves on the Board of Advisors of Camp Dreamcatcher—a camp for children affected/infected with HIV/AIDS, and is faculty and trainer for Center for a Healthy World, a volunteer-driven psychotherapy cooperative. Mariah also counsels people with life threatening illnesses and their families, hoping her personal story will serve as an inspiration.
Carvalho was selected as outstanding African American social worker by NASW in honor of Black History Month and asked to tell why they chose the social work profession and to describe the unique challenges facing our African American community.
The Inglis Gold Coin was awarded to Nancy Kirby, MSS '66 and Director of Admissions at the GSSWSR, in recognition of her many years of devoted service on the Boards of Inglis Foundation and Inglis House, her wise counsel as Board Liaison to the Inglis Consumer Advisory Committee and as a member of the Inglis Awards for Continuing Excellence Committee.
Jennifer Bromwell Antinoro, '04 MLSP, promoted to Executive Director/CEO of Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley. She is responsible for overall daily management and leadership of CISLV and its varied activities. CISLV works in and with local school systems to help at-risk children succeed in school, finish high school and prepare for life. Antinoro most recently served as chief operating officer for CISLV. Her duties in that role included overseeing the organization's day-to-day activities and managing all CIS project sites in Lehigh and Northampton counties. In addition, Antinoro will continue to work with CIS and school district administration and staff, community agencies, parents and families, and the students to coordinate the community's services that benefit students and families in the CIS program.
McCulloch was an invited speaker at the 3rd Annual Social Work Action Network (SWAN) Conference "Social Work: A Profession Worth Saving?" at Liverpool Hope University (UK) on Sept 12th & 13th, 2008.
Ms. McCulloch's workshop, “Reconnecting with a Passion for Justice: Social Work Ethics as an Avenue to Revitalizing Practice”, was well received. The workshops were thematical sessions dedicated to Radical aspects of International Social Work.
Social Work Action Network (SWAN) is a loose network of social work practitioners, academics, students and social welfare service users united in their concern that social work activity is being undermined by managerialism and marketisation, by the stigmatization of service users and by welfare cuts and restrictions.
SWAN is committed to the notion that good social work can make a real, beneficial difference to people’s lives. In the present political climate, SWAN believes that social work academics, service users, practitioners and students need to stand together to defend social work as an 'ethical career' - one that puts people first.
Jennifer Stotter, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice, was recognized for her outstanding teaching at Bloomsburg University undergraduate spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 10. Winners were nominated by the May graduates.
Stotter was nominated for her "motivating and strengths-based" teaching style, which inspires her students to "take a stand, make a difference and have a voice." As a social work professor, Stotter is recognized for her ability to engage her students in critical thinking, to encourage them to "complete assignments professionally and with pride" and to become "involved with community and national events." According to one nomination, Stotter "explains difficult theories in a way that everyone can understand and pushes students to think outside the box. This professor is a true believer in what she teaches and is an inspiration to everyone she encounters."
A desire to learn Spanish drew Amy Scheuren, M.S.S. ’05, to Guatemala. Centro de Estudios Pop Wuj, a Spanish language and social work/volunteer program, introduced Scheuren to several indigenous Mayan communities. She regularly volunteered at La Guarderia, which provides child care, after-school and pre-school programs in a rural Mayan village near Xela (Quetzaltenango). She then signed on to be the La Guarderia coordinator, as well as to create a youth development program in Llano del Pinal.
During her tenure as coordinator, Scheuren co-founded Jovenes Juntos, a curriculum component that arranged for basic health care and led field trips to the natural history museum and the library. Curriculum highlights included environmental education and participation in the reforestation/ greenhouse project, and a language conference which included K’iche’, a local native language. Soccer, dance, and Capoeira classes were only surpassed in popularity by the computer classes.
Scheuren is the new treasurer of the Foundation Todos Juntos (todos-juntos.org), which funds various social, medical, and educational projects in western Guatemala. Jovenes Juntos write in their journals about their experiences following a tour of the Xela volunteer firefighters station, Xela, Guatemala.
Mariah Fenton Gladis MSS ’72 received the international Stevie Award for Lifetime Achievement, 2006. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run – worldwide.
Mariah Fenton Gladis, M.S.S., L.S.W., is the Founder and Clinical Director of the Pennsylvania Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training. She has over 35 years experience as a psychotherapist and Gestalt Trainer. Mariah, a 25-year survivor of Lou Gehrig’s Disease, carries a full caseload of weekly individual clients and 3 bi-weekly psychotherapy groups. She has trained hundreds of professionals in Gestalt therapy and conducted workshops throughout the United States, Europe, the West Indies and South America. She conducts four psychotherapy weekends a year locally, two ten-day workshops at Esalen Institute in California, and offers weekend and weeklong workshops and seminars in the U.S. and overseas.
Doris Schnee MSS ’83 / MLSP ’84, and her husband Carl Schnee, Esq., received the J. Thompson Award for their efforts to strengthen family life in Delaware from Children & Families First on Saturday, March 3, 2007. Doris Schnee, LCSW was the second social worker in the Delaware Department of Justice Victim Assistance Program. She assisted the prosecutor with interviewing child victims. Prior to the founding of the Children’s Advocacy Center, Doris advocated for joint investigations so that victims only had to tell their story once prior to a pending trial. She continues to be a wonderful role model for others, nurturing children and reassuring their parents. Her dedication has helped Deputy Attorneys General prosecute their cases because they had the support of the victims and their families.
Carl Schnee, Esq. is with the Wilmington law office of Bifferato, Gentilotti, Biden and Balick where he specializes in alternative dispute resolution and consultation. His long-term involvement in the community reflects his determination to promote justice through effective policy and leadership. These two wonderful advocates for children are the proud parents of two sons and one daughter.
Carol Shapiro, MSS '78, Executive Director of Family Justice in New York City, received the 2006 Maud Booth Correctional Services Award from Volunteers of America in recognition of her organization's work in addressing reentry of incarcerated individuals into society. This prestigious award is named for one of America's pioneer prison reformers, Maud Booth, and is given to a professional who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of Corrections.
Liz Werthan, a 1973 MSS graduate and member of the School's Board of Advisors, was honored on May 31, 2006 by the Supportive Older Women's Network (SOWN) with the inaugural Lois R. Fogg Memorial Award. Over 150 friends and supporters of SOWN gathered at PNC Bank's Philadelphia headquarters for a reception, silent auction, and the Fogg Award ceremony.For more than three decades, Liz has dedicated herself to improving the lives of women and their families. Her efforts have benefited countless women in the Delaware Valley . Liz served as the Executive Director of CHOICE, worked on the staff of Congressman Chaka Fattah, and provided support to a number of political campaigns locally and statewide. Today, Liz continues to fight for the rights of women by advocating for an increase in state funding to enable uninsured women to receive cervical cancer screening and treatment.
Created by friends and colleagues to honor former Dean Ruth W. Mayden, MSS '70, the first Mayden Scholarship was awarded to Allison Taite-Tarver, MSS '05.
Huizinga was one of the many voices belonging to a group of women at a protest in Philadelphia organized by Philadelphia Grannies for Peace, an offshoot of the nonprofit Grandmothers for Peace International, which sought to involved older women in political activism since the early '80s. Grannies for Peace trademark is its consistent attempt to enlist its members in the military. Nina was among the 11 grannies who attempted to enlist.