Board of Advisors

The primary purpose of the Board of Advisors is to advise and assist the Dean of the School and the President of the College in carrying out the School's strategic plans by ensuring there are the resources necessary to carry out its mission.

GSSWSR Board of Advisors

Ann Abbott, L.C.S.W. (PA and NJ), M.S.S. '69, Ph.D. '77

Social Work Educator and Program Administrator


Ann Abbott

Ann Abbott has spent her career as social work educator and program administrator for a number of academic institutions (Rutgers, West Chester University, Widener University). Currently, she advises PhD students at Yeshiva University and serves on four editorial boards. Throughout her career, she has been active in the National Association of Social Workers, including as national president. Dr. Abbott has an extensive publication and presentation history. In 2015, she was identified as one of 100 Distinguished Alumnae/i of the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research; in 2017 she received the NASW Lifetime Achievement award. She has served on the GSSWSR Board of Advisors since 2012.

Paul DiLorenzo, A.C.S.W., M.L.S.P.

Senior Director, Strategic Consulting, Casey Family Programs


Paul DiLorenzo

Paul DiLorenzo is a Senior Director for Strategic Consulting at Casey Family Programs. In that role, he leads the foundation's efforts in Maryland and Delaware. He also has been supporting the planning and implementation of numerous community based, family support projects. Paul has spent four decades in child welfare settings and addictions programs. He began his career in direct casework practice. Since that time he has held managerial and administrative positions in public and private settings at the local, state, and national levels. He has published numerous articles and served on boards, fatality review teams, and advisory panels.

Kary A. James, M.S.W.

Executive Director, The Child Information Gateway


Kary A. James

Before taking on her current role with The Child Information Gateway, Kary A. James served as the Executive Director of the Social Services Administration for the State of Maryland. Prior to that appointment, she led the Technical Assistance Unit for Casey Family Programs. She also worked for the Philadelphia Health Care Management Corporation as Coordinator of their Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program, and she supervised the Child Social Work Unit within the Albert Einstein Health Care Network/Crisis Response Center and worked as a social worker for the Portsmouth Department of Social Services Foster Care Unit in Portsmouth, Va. 

Anne Shenberger, M.S.S., L.S.W.

Strategic Director, CASA Youth Advocates Inc., Delaware and Chester Counties, Pa.


Anne Shenberger

Anne Shenberger has more than 30 years of executive-level experience in the development, growth and leadership of nonprofit organizations, with expert knowledge of public and private nonprofit services. She has extensive experience in federal, state and county financing and administration in diverse areas of child welfare and juvenile justice, and a talent for establishing and maintaining strong community relationships. She has served previously as executive director, CASA Youth Advocates Inc.; as President/CEO of Philadelphia Safe and Sound; as Director, Southeast Region Office of Children Youth and Families, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. She earned a B.A. from Gettysburg College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

Lorelei Atalie Vargas '94, M.A., M.P.P.

Deputy Commissioner, Child and Family Well-Being, City of New York’s Administration for Children’s Services


Lorelei Atalie Vargas

Lorelei Atalie Vargas is responsible for administering the Administration for Children’s Services' first division dedicated to using a two-generation approach to strengthen programs, leverage existing resources and build on the assets that are inherent in communities across New York City. She also oversees the subsidized early care and education system, where she has successfully led significant reform. She earned her AB from Bryn Mawr College in 1994 and holds two master's degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Patrick T. McCarthy, Ph.D. '81, Board of Trustee Liaison

President, The Annie E. Casey Foundation


Patrick T. McCarthy

A respected clinician and public sector leader, Patrick McCarthy joined the Annie E. Casey Foundation in 1994 to manage its Mental Health Initiative for Urban Children, a five-year, $20 million effort to provide high-quality community-based mental health services for children in four high-poverty communities. With a career serving in multiple capacities in the mental health and human services fields, McCarthy brought to Casey a broad perspective on what children, families and systems need to prosper. Throughout his tenure, he has led efforts to improve human services practices and policies to boost positive results for the nation’s most vulnerable kids and families. He held positions of increasing responsibility before being appointed the president of the Foundation, replacing Doug Nelson in 2010. Before joining the Foundation, McCarthy held positions ranging from psychiatric social worker and head of a school for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges to university professor and division director at the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families. He holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.