Alumni Board Updates

JACSW welcomes two new Alumni Board Members

Susanna (Susie) J. Bohun BSW ‘03, MSW ‘04, began her employment with the UIC College of Nursing this past fall as Clinical Medical Social Worker in the Institute of Healthcare Innovation. She has been an adjunct faculty member at JACSW since September 2014 and a field liaison for MSW student interns. “I have always been interested in remaining connected with the College,” says Susie. “I worked at West Suburban PADS for nine years and almost exclusively took UIC interns every year as a way to remain close and give back to the College.” She is interested in remaining engaged, particularly around the ideas of development and assisting the College in growing and moving forward. “The more we can get alumni to invest back in the College the better off we will be,” says Susie. She hopes she can bring her significant training in the Strategic Planning Framework to the board, and is interested in working on collecting data on alumni and alumni engagement to help create a clear data driven plan to continue to obtain new supporters as well as retain current alumni support.

Jose L. Avalos BSW ’00, MSW ’03, is the Program Director for the Direct Resource Unit at the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities in Chicago. He has over 15 years of experience in nonprofit, state, and city government positions. His special interests include community engagement and working with violence prevention and the disability community. Jose says this about serving on the alumni board, “As an alumni of the University of Illinois at Chicago, I have always had an interest in participating in some capacity with both the university and the program I was a part of. This is the best of both worlds. Also as a social worker in these moments of state financial instability, it is important to be a pillar of support to the students of Jane Addams.” Jose serves on other nonprofit boards, including as Associate Board President for Chicago’s Erie Neighborhood House, and brings this experience to JACSW. He also says, “I feel as a Mexican, male social worker I can provide a different perspective to the board.”

(l-r) Dean Creasie Finney Hairston with alumni board members Nicole Milano, Joel Rubin, Kenneth Horace.

From left, Dean Creasie Finney Hairston with alumni board members Nicole Milano, Joel Rubin and Kenneth Horace

Alumni board members also include: Nicole Milano BSW ’00, MSW ’01, President; Miller Anderson MSW ’84, Vice President; Joel Rubin, MSW ’83, Treasurer; Kenneth Horace, MSW ’82, Illinois Connection Liaison; Kenya Butts MSW ’10; Gary Kenzer MSW ’84; Judith Rocha BSW ’01, MSW ’05. Josephina Frankovich, current MSW student, is the student liaison to the board.

Alumni Board Holds Successful Continuing Education Event

CE Event Hosted by Alumni Board: Alumni enjoy reception prior to CE Panel Presentation

Alumni enjoy a reception prior to the continuing education panel presentation hosted by the alumni board

Attendees of the November 4, 2015 event, titled “Protecting and Supporting Children…In Homes, Schools, Communities, and the Juvenile Justice System” learned about issues of child welfare from the latest research being conducted by professors from Jane Addams College of Social Work. Dr. Cassandra McKay-Jackson spoke about youths conducting community service learning projects as a valued resource for supporting critical social emotional learning and social political development. Dr. James Gleeson highlighted results from his study on kinship care that suggest ways that policies and practices designed to enhance family resources may enhance the effects social support and family competence have on kinship caregiver parenting stress. Dr. Henrika McCoy’s presentation analyzed data from her study that explored the question: What is the relationship between feelings of anger and irritability and traumatic experience for detained juvenile offenders? Dr. Von Nebbitt discussed the history of public housing and how public housing can once again be used as a policy solution to the well-being of youth in these communities.

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