Alumni & Giving

Alumni Hall of Fame Recipients

2014 Recipients

DISTINGUISHED CAREER AWARD

Awarded to College of Social Work alumni for exceptional professional achievements, initiatives,  or leadership in one or more of the following areas: practice/clinical excellence, community development, advocacy, education, or administration.

judy_braunJudy Sillince Braun, MSW ’76, BSSW ’71, recently retired after 32 years of service as the founder and President/CEO of COVA (Center of Vocational Alternatives for Mental Health, Inc.). Created to provide community supported employment opportunities for persons with mental illness, COVA grew into an organization offering an array of innovative and client-driven psychosocial, vocational and peer support services.  Prior to founding COVA, Mrs. Braun worked in direct service and leadership positions in child welfare and mental health.  She has served as an adjunct faculty member of OSU’s College of Social Work, as well as an advisory and governing board member of other nonprofit organizations.

ClappDr. John Clapp, PhD ‘95, is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at The Ohio State University College of Social Work. Most recently, Dr. Clapp was also named Director of The Ohio State University Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Recovery (OSUHEC). The center is funded through a $2 million grant awarded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Dr. Clapp returned to Columbus after a distinguished faculty career at San Diego State University (SDSU), where he served as Professor and Associate Director of Research in the SDSU School of Social Work. Dr. Clapp has made significant contributions to the academic literature in his area of study, and is regarded as a national expert on the subject of alcohol and drug prevention in higher education settings. He has authored more than 90 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals. His work has also received international media attention from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Daily Telegraph, and ABC National News, among numerous others.  In 2012, he was appointed to the National Advisory Council of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration‘s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. From 2009-12, he served as the Director and Distinguished Scholar for The U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug and Violence Prevention. Over the course of his research career, Dr. Clapp has been awarded in excess of $32,000,000 in research, evaluation, demonstration and technical assistance funding from a wide variety of funding sources.

 alan_gillAlan Gill, MSW ‘77, is the CEO of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).  Mr. Gill has three decades of Jewish communal service and forged partnerships on the local, national and international level.  During his 20 years with the JDC, he has played a central role in expanding humanitarian services offered through the JDC to people in over 70 countries, including Israel.  During Mr. Gill’s reign as Executive Director of the JDC’s International Relations Department, its philanthropic revenue increased tenfold with significant growth in foundation, major donor, governmental, and general support, bringing its total annual budget to $350 million.  This growth has enabled the JDC to expand its critically needed humanitarian assistance and Jewish community development activities in post-communist countries and to address growing social gaps in Israel.  One of these programs, Parents and Children Together (PACT), is internationally recognized for education and cultural integration of Ethiopian/Israeli preschool children and their parents.  As Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Gill’s leadership mobilized the community and enabled the annual campaign to increase its fundraising by 76 percent.  Under his leadership, the Government Affairs Committee of Ohio Jewish Communities was created, thereby allowing Ohio’s eight Federations to garner state funding for their communities’ needs.  He was instrumental in the creation of the Ohio Consortium of Jewish University Students which led to the establishment of the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana Hillel Consortium several years later.  Mr. Gill also helped establish The Ohio State University’s graduate training program for Jewish communal service and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Ohio State’s College of Social Work. 

john_hamilton_picJohn Hamilton, MSW ‘79, a current AmeriCorps VISTA member, has enjoyed an extensive career of more than twenty years with Big Brothers Big Sisters. His roles there have included Vice President of Programs for Central Arizona, Program Director and Director of the Mentoring Center for Central Ohio. Between the two Big Brothers Big Sisters program positions in Columbus and Phoenix, Mr. Hamilton created nearly 40 new mentoring programs and guided the Central Ohio agency to become the largest of more than 500 Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliates.  Mr. Hamilton spent nearly six years with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as Associate Director of Agency Development. Mr. Hamilton also worked as Academic Counselor and Staff Assistant for The Ohio State University College of Social Work. Mr. Hamilton began his social work career in public welfare as a caseworker and then as a hearing officer with the Ohio Department of Public Welfare. Mr. Hamilton has a long history of involvement with the College of Social Work and leadership in its Alumni Society. Mr. Hamilton has received various awards for his work with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Ohio State’s College of Social Work.

 

2014 Recipients

DISTINGUISHED RECENT ALUMNUS/A AWARD

Awarded to an alumnus/a who graduated from the College of Social Work within the past ten years whose accomplishments exemplify outstanding professional achievements, initiatives,  or leadership in one or more of the following areas: practice/clinical excellence, community development, advocacy, education, or administration. Only one award may be presented annually

kelly_knightKelly Knight, MSW ‘07, BSSW ’03, is an Associate Director at Franklin County Children Services (FCCS).  Ms. Knight started her educational experience with The Ohio State University-Newark Campus. Upon completion of her core requirements, Ms. Knight transitioned to the main campus to continue her social work studies. During her senior year, Ms. Knight became one of the first social work graduates to complete the University Partnership Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program (UPP).  Upon graduating, Ms. Knight began her career (11 years) with FCCS. Within that same year, Ms. Knight became one of the first students to participate in the OSU MSW/FCCS collaboration. During her tenure at FCCS, Ms. Knight has served as a Child Welfare Caseworker, as well as Child Welfare Supervisor in the agency’s ongoing, alternative response and screening departments.  Most recently she transitioned to her current role as administrator of the FCCS’ 24 Hour Screening Department. In her current role, Ms. Knight oversees the daily operations of the child abuse and neglect hotline and the agency’s response to crisis cases.   Throughout her time at FCCS, Ms Knight has been dedicated to ongoing professional development. For 9 year, she was actively involved, as either a task or field instructor, with UPP. She has completed Tier II and Tier III of FCCS’ Leadership Academy.  She supports the implementation of Differential Response through her presentations for child welfare professionals from all over the United States. Ms. Knight’s career demonstrates a commitment to children and families in the Ohio child welfare system.

2013 Recipients

DISTINGUISHED CAREER AWARD

Awarded to College of Social Work alumni for exceptional professional achievements, initiatives,  or leadership in one or more of the following areas: practice/clinical excellence, community development, advocacy, education, or administration.

Icenhower2013Dr. Kathryn S. Icenhower, BSSW ’77, is the CEO and Co-Founder of SHIELDS for Families in Los Angeles. Under the administration of Dr. Icenhower, SHIELDS has become the largest family-centered service provider in South Los Angeles. In the past 23 years SHIELDS has created 35 programs with 380 staff that provide child welfare, mental health, substance abuse treatment, and other services to over 7,000 families a year. Dr. Icenhower has been involved in shaping local and state policy, serving as a State Commissioner for the California Children’s and Families Commission and as a member of the California Child Welfare Council. In L.A. County, with the largest foster care caseload in the nation, Dr. Icenhower developed an innovative program called the Point of Engagement, which is making a real impact in the areas where children have the greatest challenges and needs. Dr. Icenhower and SHIELDS have been recognized for their work nationally including: Recipient of the California Governor’s Hope Award; Innovator Award, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award; special Recognition from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; Listed in Los Angeles Magazine’s, Game Changers: 50 Women Who Make a Difference; and many more.

alfred joseph2013Dr. Alfred L. Joseph, Jr, PhD ’95, MSW ’89, at the time of his death on April 1, 2012, was an Associate Professor of Social Work at Miami University of Ohio.  He was employed with Miami University of Ohio for 20 years. He maintained a classroom where anyone could feel free to participate, to disagree, to question without fear of censure.  Dr. Joseph began his social work career with Franklin County Children Services, where he worked with families struggling to manage their lives and those of their children.  Dr. Joseph was committed to social justice and eliminating racial discrimination, and was known to have stood on many picket lines and marched in many rallies.   Dr. Joseph has been published in several books and journals and has presented at several national and international conferences.

Meshelemiah2013Dr. Jacquelyn Meshelemiah, PhD ’95, MSW ’91, BSSW ‘90, is an Associate Professor at the Ohio State University, College of Social Work.  Dr. Meshelemiah began her social work career as a substance abuse counselor for Maryhaven’s Exploring Sober Alternatives (MESA) Program in Columbus.  She then later worked for the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic (VAOPC) Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program (DATP) and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Dual Disorders Program.  Most recently, she worked in Emergency Shelter Care  (ESC) as a Treatment Coordinator for vulnerable and homeless youth.   Dr. Meshelemiah has authored and co-authored more than two dozen publications addressing disparities and advocating for the disenfranchised.  She has traveled throughout the state, country, and world to places such as Uganda, England, Canada, and Ghana speaking about prostitution and human trafficking.  Dr. Meshelemiah has been a member of the Lower West Side Congress Prostitution Task Force in Buffalo, New York, and has served as board chair for Rehab’s Hideaway (a safe haven for survivors of human trafficking) in Columbus, Ohio.  She has also worked with and assisted agencies, student groups, and other interested citizens in the fight against human trafficking.   While at Ohio State, Dr. Meshelemiah has taken OSU students abroad to Africa on three occasions and established the Kenneth E. and Lynette O. Hoehn Endowed Scholarship to provide assistance to underrepresented social work students.

MorrisRobyn C. Morris, MSW ‘01, is the Clinical Director for Group Living with the National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP).  As the Clinical Director for two Emergency Shelter Care residents along with three group homes, Ms. Morris engages in both face-to-face clinical practice as well as administrative practice.  The program that she administers is no-eject/no-reject meaning that NYAP places in care every adolescent youth in need, at any time, with any identified issues. Ms. Morris began her social work career at the Ohio Youth Advocate Program as a social work intern and was employed after graduation as a mental health intake coordinator and clinical services program treatment coordinator.  She regularly provides graduate level field placements for interns from the College of Social Work and has pro

richardschiraRichard Schira, MSW ’72, is retired from Franklin County Children Services as the Director of the Referral Department.  Mr. Schira worked for Franklin County Children Services for 20 years serving in various roles including:  program director of Group Homes, associate director for Substitute Care & Group Living, and director of Referral & Assessment.   He began his social work career in the Peace Corps as a community development volunteer among the tribes of Sierra Leone, West Africa.  Mr. Schira has also held positions as a recreation specialist at Harding Hospital; social work specialist in the United States Army; adult parole officer for the Adult Parole Authority; social worker and then clinical director at the Training Institution of Central Ohio (TICO); executive director of Advocacy & Protective Services, Inc.; area services director for VOCA; and program director of Guardian Services.   Guardian Services was the first Corporate Guardianship program for developmentally delayed adults in institutions (developmental centers).  When Mr. Schira started at Guardian Services, there were zero clients and by the time he left, there were 6,000. He served as a field instructor for the College of Social Work and the Department of Human Development and Family Science for the majority of his career.   Mr. Schira has co-authored and presented many papers at professional conferences.

2013 Recipients

DISTINGUISHED RECENT ALUMNUS/A AWARD

Awarded to an alumnus/a who graduated from the College of Social Work within the past ten years whose accomplishments exemplify outstanding professional achievements, initiatives,  or leadership in one or more of the following areas: practice/clinical excellence, community development, advocacy, education, or administration. Only one award may be presented annually.

scott2013Lori Scott, BSSW ’04, serves as the Director of the NASA Science, Engineering, Mathematics & Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, OH.  The academy provides enrichment and out of school programming for underserved, underrepresented minorities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Recognized as a national leader in K-12 STEM education, the academy is a best practice and has received recognition from Harvard and the U.S. Congress.  Supporting Cleveland’s program, Ms. Scott facilitates programming which annually impacts over 1500 students and 500 plus parents.  Under her direction, Cleveland’s program has exceeded national standards for student recruitment and retention for three consecutive years.  Ms. Scott also writes and manages grants and federal contracts to support program operations.  In addition to SEMAA, she serves as adjunct faculty for Cuyahoga Community College where she provides curriculum development and instruction to students in the Human Services Department.  Ms. Scott is also a Certified Trainer with Families and Schools Together, Inc. (FAST), a member of NABSW, a board member and Vice President of Progressive Arts Alliance, a mentor with Cleveland State University’s Cleveland Transfer Connection, and a member of Regional Steering Committee for TECH Corps.  Ms. Scott has presented at many professional conferences and was recently recognized in the award class of the 2013 Northeast Ohio Top 25 under 35 Movers & Shakers.


2012 Recipients  

DISTINGUISHED CAREER AWARD 

alumni_denniseDr. Denise A. Goodman, PHD ‘93, has been a Child Welfare professional for over 35 years. She began her career working with emotionally disturbed teens in a residential treatment facility and has held positions such as a protective services social worker, residential treatment coordinator, research/education specialist, training specialist, and foster parent in Ohio. In addition, as an independent consultant, Dr. Goodman conducts workshops and provides consultation throughout the United States and Canada on topics related to foster care, adoption, and kinship care. She has written many curricula for staff and resource parents, co-authored a section of The Field Guide to Child Welfare, and published numerous articles and tools on foster care/adoption issues. Dr. Goodman has been a senior consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation since 1992. She has received several awards for her training from the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program.

alumni_jamesJames N. Miller, MSW ‘55, has 57 years of active practice and still counting. Mr. Miller is currently the administrator of the Beej Business. He was the president of Family Services of Central Indiana for 20 years. He opened a consultation practice in 1993 following his retirement from family service. Mr. Miller fulfilled 10 temporary executive assignments in nonprofit organizations in transition. He has been published in newsletters and journals and has also taught part time at several universities including Indiana University, Purdue University at Indianapolis, Marian College, Butler University, Lincoln Land Community College, and Hope College. Amongst Mr. Miller’s awards and achievements, he was named “Sagamore of the Wabash” by the Governor of Indiana in 1993, received the Governor’s Voluntary Action Program Community Service Award in 1980, and was awarded the United Way of Central Indiana Leadership Award in 1980.

alumni_josephDr. Joseph R. Palmer, PHD ‘70, BSSW ‘56, is the owner of Mediation Services of Ohio, where he continues to practice. Dr. Palmer served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, and later was in the U.S. Airforce Reserve, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Dr. Palmer has been a former parole officer, director, deputy director, and administrator. He has had position appointments from Governors and U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese. Dr. Palmer was a member of the Ohio Parole Board, a chairman for the Ohio Parole Board, a fellow for the National Institute of Corrections, and President of the National Academy of Corrections.

 

RohrerDr. Glenn E. Rohrer, MSW ‘73, BSSW ‘66, is a tenured professor and recently served as director of the School of Justice Studies and Social Work at the University of West Florida. He is currently serving as professor and executive director of the Florida Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project. In June 2012, Dr. Rohrer was honored by being selected to receive a five-year $5 million grant from the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Incident court settlement. He has held university appointments at East Carolina University, University of South Florida, Florida State University, Florida Southern College, Franklin University, and The Ohio State University. Dr. Rohrer was also a former social worker in corrections, a deputy superintendent for a youth center, and a psychiatric hospital superintendent. He has been published in many journals and books and has presented at several national conferences. Dr. Rohrer was admitted to the University of West Florida Million Dollar Research Hall of Fame in April 2011. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and is a licensed clinical addictions specialist and a licensed clinical social worker.

2012 Recipients

DISTINGUISHED RECENT ALUMNUS/A AWARD

alumni_angelaAngela K. Stoller-Zervas, MSW ‘05, is the supportive services manager for Community Properties of Ohio, where she develops and manages programs for resource residents living in project-based Section 8 housing in Columbus’ central city neighborhoods. Ms. Stoller-Zervas volunteered to develop the Housing Assistance Task Force in collaboration with the Community Shelter Board and the College of Social Work. The task force oriented volunteer alumni, students, faculty, and staff in a process to quickly house Hurricane Katrina Evacuees in 2005. Ms. Stoller-Zervas has held positions such as assistant director, school stability coordinator, volunteer consultant, graduate research assistant, advocate, case manager, therapist, and home-based specialist. She is a licensed social worker in the State of Ohio.


2011 Recipients

DISTINGUISHED CAREER AWARD

clarkJames Clark, MSW ‘81, is president and chief executive officer of Daniel Memorial, the oldest child-serving agency in the State of Florida. A strong children’s champion, Jim started the Jacksonville Kids Coalition, an advocacy group for children’s causes. He is a licensed social worker and a national speaker on such topics as children’s mental health, diversity, teamwork, and raising positive children. He has served on many community groups, including the 7th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission and the State Advisor Group for Juvenile Justice.

 

ellsworthWilliam Ellsworth, MSW ’81, is a school social worker for Lexington Local Schools and a community lecturer, field instructor, and education coordinator for The Ohio State University Mansfield Campus.   He is a licensed school social worker and licensed independent social worker in the State of Ohio.  He has served on many committees and boards including the Crawford County Family and Children First Council, Galion Youth for Tomorrow Advisory Committee, and Comprehensive School Health Advisory Committee.

 

geibSteven Geib, BSSW ’81, is the executive director and founder of Agape for Youth, Inc., in Dayton, Ohio.  He is a licensed social worker and certified T.A.P.S. trainer in the State of Ohio.  He has served on the Warren and Clinton County Board of Mental Health Recovery Services for many years.  He was the recipient of the Blue Ribbon Award in 2009 and Better Business Bureau Eclipse Integrity Award in 2010.

 

 

shildhouse

Ruth Shildhouse, BS, Social Admin ’49, was the executive director of the Columbus International Program for 29 years.  She served as president of Metropolitan Columbus League of Women Voters from 1965 to 1969.  She was appointed as charter member of the Central Ohio Transit Authority Board, served on the Governor’s Youth Advisory Committee, and chaired the Urban Education Coalition.  She was appointed to the Ohio State Board of Education by Governor John J. Gilligan and then was elected twice, serving on the state board for a total of 10 years.

 

2011 Recipients

DISTINGUISHED RECENT ALUMNUS/A AWARD

villioSue Villilo, MSW ‘05, is the executive director of Faith Mission, a homeless shelter servicing men and women on an emergency walk-in basis in Columbus, Ohio.  She is also a community lecturer for The Ohio State University College of Social Work.  She is a licensed independent social worker in the state of Ohio.  She has served on many community planning committees including the Central Ohio HIV Care Services Consortia, Columbus Regional HIV (Prevention) Advisory Group, and HUD-mandated local Continuum of Care Committee.

 


2010 Recipients

DISTINGUISHED CAREER AWARD

RothmanJack Rothman, MSW ‘51, is a professor emeritus of social work from UCLA. Dr. Rothman is senior editor of Strategies of Community Intervention, now in its 7th edition, the longest standing text in community organization. He is recognized nationally and internationally for “Three Models of Community Organization Practice,” the leading conceptualization of community intervention. He, and his University of Michigan colleagues, designed the most comprehensive community organization curriculum and influenced the profession to accept social action and political advocacy as a legitimate practice in social work.

CheungMonit Cheung, MSW ‘82, PhD ‘86, is a professor of social work and associate director of the Child and Family Center for Innovative Research at the Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston. Dr. Cheung has written over 400 articles, books, book chapters, and research reports on child protection and parenting issues in English and Chinese. She specializes in play therapy, family counseling, child/adolescent counseling, child protection, sexual and domestic violence, and incest survivor treatment.

 

LeungPatrick Leung, BSSW ‘81, MSW, ‘81, PhD ‘86, is a professor of social work, director of the Office of International Social Work Education, coordinator of the Social Work Research Center, and evaluator for the Child and Family Center for Innovative Research at the Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston. Dr. Leung has developed computer software products for the Children’s Protective Services Institute, published nearly 70 research reports, and delivered over 160 presentations at the national and international level. He is the author of Making Sense of Statistical Analysis: A prerequisite for social workers, and coauthor of Multicultural Practice and Evaluation: A case approach to evidence-based application and Call to Competence: Child protective services training and evaluation.

2010 Recipients

DISTINGUISHED RECENT ALUMNUS/A AWARD

EasterShannon Easter, MSW ‘00, is the director of clinical and supportive services for Faith Mission/Faith Housing, Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio. She is responsible for overseeing all client services including case management, employment, housing, 44 units of supportive housing, and a free medical clinic. Easter is the former vice president of the YWCA Family Center and the former case manager with Franklin County Adult Protective Services.


2009 Recipients

DISTINGUISHED CAREER AWARD

BehlingJohn Behling, BSSA ‘54, MSW ‘57, has served the social work profession for over five decades in a variety of roles such as a community organizer, mentor, researcher, student recruiter, and educator.  He is the author of the following research books: Research Methods, Statistical Concepts and Research Practicum; Guidelines for Preparing the Research Proposal; and, Practice of Clinical Research: The Single Case Design Method.  John is a recipient of the Outstanding Teaching of the Year Award in 1986 and 2002, the 1981 and 1986 Distinguished Service Award, and the 2001 Office of Disability Services Award.

 

StephensonSandra Stephenson, BSSW ‘74, MSW ‘75, is director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health, appointed by Governor Ted Strickland in 2007.  Sandra provided stewardship to Ohio’s behavioral health community for decades, giving service to, but not limited to, the Ohio Association of Behavioral Health Care Management and the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health Care Providers as a board member, and as chairwoman of the Mental Health/Chemical Dependency/Mental Retardation Advisory Committee at Columbus State Community College.

 

mooreWayne Moore, MSW ‘75, is professor of Social Work and Sociology at North Carolina A&T State University.  He has served the profession as an emergency in-take worker, clinical coordinator, medical social worker, educator, author, and researcher.  Wayne has served as co-investigator of twelve research grants and has been published in numerous journals such as the Western Journal of Black Studies,  Journal of African American Studies, Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, and Clinical Gerontologist.

 

SaffranEileen Saffran, BSSW ‘74, MSW ‘76, is the founder and executive director of The Gathering Place, a nonprofit, community-based cancer support center for the Cleveland, Ohio area.  The Gathering Place has provided social, emotional, physical, and spiritual services free of charge since its opening in 1998, and served over 18,000 individuals with cancer as well as their family and friends.  She is a former clinical social worker and community medicine coordinator, public educator, and  private practice therapist who specialized in individual, marital, and family counseling of people with chronic illness.  Eileen is the recipient of several awards that include the 2007 Woodruff Price Award for excellence in mental health programming, 2003 Visionary Award and Pillar Award for executive director of the year.

2009 Recipients

DISTINGUISHED RECENT ALUMNUS/A AWARD

Dabelko_SchoenyHolly Dabelko-Schoeny, PhD ‘02, is an associate professor of social work at The Ohio State University.  She has devoted her career to the field of aging as a colleague, mentor, educator, and researcher with a focus on improving the quality of life for older adults and their caregivers.  Holly is a 2004 Hartford Family Scholar; has published nine refereed journal articles, given 12 refereed conference presentations at the state and national level, and conducted four externally funded research studies.  She is recipient of the 2008 Mortar Board Senior Honor Society Teaching Award and the 2002 Merriss Cornell Distinguished Researcher Award.


2008 Recipients

DISTINGUISHED CAREER AWARD

Alvin-HadleyAlvin Hadley, MSW ’59

Executive Director, Columbus Metropolitan Area Church Council, 2000-2008.  Retired administrator of Franklin County Children Services (29 years of service).  Served on 30 human service boards and religious organizations, and as chairperson of 15 organizations.

 

James-WardJames H. Ward, Sr., PhD ’74

Retired Dean and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of School of Social Work, Portland State University.  Former Dean and Professor of School of Social Work, University of Alabama.  Former Associate Dean of Mandel School of Applied Social Science, Case Western Reserve.

 

McCummingsLeVerne McCummings, PhD ’75

Past President of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, the nation’s oldest historical Black Institution of Higher Learning.  Former Dean and Professor of Graduate School of Social Work, Denver University.  Past President of the National Conference of Graduate Deans and Directors.

 

Sandra-CannonSandra F. Cannon, MSW ’78

Manager and Chief of the Office of Forensic Services, Ohio Department of Mental Health.  Former Chair of the National Association of State Mental Health Directors Forensic Division.  Co-chair, Supreme Court of Ohio’s Advisory Committee on Mental Illness in Courts.

 

 

2008 Recipients

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Nancy-SidellNancy L. Sidell, PhD ’98

Professor and Chair of Department of Social Work, Anthropology and Sociology, Mansfield University.  Item writer for the Association of Social Work Board (ASWB) and former Examination Committee Member of ASWB.  Consulting Editor for the Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work.

 


2007 Recipients

DISTINGUISHED CAREER AWARD

StanEichenauerH. Stanley Eichenauer, MSW ’70

Retired Senior Advisor Administrator, Mental System Transformation, US Department of Health and Human Services.  Master’s of Divinity, United Theological Seminary.  Served as Deputy Executive Director, New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.  Retired President and CEO, Eastway Community Mental Health Center, Dayton, Ohio.

 

Samira_Beckwith_03aSamira Beckwith, MSW ’77

President and CEO, Hope Hospice and Community Services, Ft. Myers, Florida.  Former Director, United Hospice Grand Forks, North Dakota.  Consultant and Surveyor, Accreditation Program for Hospice Care.  Former Oncology Social Worker, United Hospital Grand Forks, North Dakota.

 

CCoulton2006Claudia Coulton, MSW ’72

Professor, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University.  Co-Director, Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University.  Associate Dean for Research, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University.

 

BevWatkinsBeverly Watkins, PhD ’88

Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Savannah State University.  Associate Professor and former Chair of Department of Social Work, Savannah State University.  Former Assistant Professor and Director of Field Instruction at The Ohio State University College of Social Work.  Former Coordinator of Clinical Services, Family Counseling and Crittenton Services.

 

2007 Recipients

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AlfordKeith Alford, PhD ’97

Associate Professor, Syracuse University College of Human Services.  Principal Investigator of large training grant to promote healthy marriage and family formation.  Former graduate investigator in evaluation of state-wide RITES of Passage Program for adolescent African American males.  Former Treatment Foster Care Supervisory, Search Light C.A.R.E., Inc.


2006 Recipients

DISTINGUISHED CAREER AWARD

VarlarieJusticeVanceValarie Omega Justiss Vance, PhD ’49

Post-doctoral trainings at Hanswoerker Skolen in Sanderberg, Denmark, University of Vienna in Austria, Howard University School of Social Work, and the Columbia Union College American Institute of Foreign Study.  Wrote California’s social work provisions that were included in the War on Poverty.  First African American world-wide to write extensively on the subject of unmarried fathers.  Past Associate Director of the first Black radio show, AMERICANS ALL, at Station WOOK, Washington, D.C..  Former consultant and grant writer for the Council of Affiliated Negro Organizations (CANO) and member of the National Association of Colored Women’s Club, Inc.

MikeSeeligJohn Michael Seelig, MSW ’76

Dean of Caudill College of Humanities, Morehead State University.  Fulbright Research Scholar Distinguished International Lecturer, Slovak Academic of Sciences American Council on Education Fellow.  United Nations Volunteer in Ethiopia where he assisted in conducting an accurate consus of Somali refugees.  Former Executive Assistant to the President of Morehead State University.  Former Dean of College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Morehead State University

MargueriteTurnbullMarguerite Turnbull, MSW ’68

Past Director of Girls Work at Pillsbury Settlement House.  Former President of Iowa City Chapter of the League of Women Voters.  Past volunteer Job Training Partnership Program for Ohio Bureau of Employment Services.  Past Board Member, Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio.  Past volunteer with Open Shelter Board of Columbus

JohnFordJohn “Jack” Marshall Ford, BSSW ’69

First African American Mayor of Toledo.  Former Ohio House of Representatives (1994-2001).  Past Democratic Leader of the Ohio House of Representatives.  Past Toledo City Council Member (1987 – 1993).  Past Council President (1993).  Adjunct Professor at University of Toledo and Bowling Green University.

 

2006 Recipients

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KenYeagerKenneth R. Yeager, PhD ’99

Assistant Clinical Professor, OSU College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.  Co-Director of OSU Collaborative for Integrative Behavioral Healthcare Education.  Past Director of Quality, OSU Harding Hospital.  Former Clinical Director, OSU Hospital East Talbot Hall.  Editorial Review Editor and Book Reviewer for Oxford University Press.  Fellow of American College of Mental Health