JACSW Alumni Updates

Robert Motley Jr., MSW ’14, has received a two-year $60,936 grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and a $5,000 grant from the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation for his dissertation study entitled Racism-Based Trauma, Emerging Adults, and Substance Abuse.

Wonbin Her, PhD ’19, has received $30,000 a year for 2 years from the Korean National Research Foundation for her proposal, “Adolescents’ electronic cigarette use, initiation of smoking? – A mixed-methodology using “Catalyst Model”. The funding is awarded to persons who received their doctoral degree abroad.

Kelley Kitley, MSW ’04, has been awarded the 2019 George Goodman and Ruth P. Brudney Social Work Award by Mental Health America, and will be honored at their 2019 Annual Conference.

Camille R. Quinn, PhD ’14, will serve on the Ohio Supreme Court Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice, which focuses on policies regarding juvenile justice issues in Ohio. She says she is “both honored and excited to have this opportunity to represent our College on this important effort.”

Samantha Lasky, MSW ’18, is contracting as a consultant with Illinois Collaboration on Youth with the trauma department.

Dr. Richard Harris, MSW ’65, is the author of the book, “Growing Up Black in South Madison” (WI). He describes his life experiences in Madison from 1937 to present day, including the men and women, movements, and litigation of historical importance to the fight against racial discrimination in Madison. Dr. Harris can be reached at Dr.Harris@genesissocialservices.com.

Marc D. Smith, MSW ’97, has been named by Gov. J.B. Pritzker to assume the position of Director of Illinois DCFS.

Shonda King, MSW ’97, MPH, LSW, has received the UI Health 2019 Social Worker of the Year Award. She also authored “Scientific/Modern Medical and Traditional Medical Care for Sickle Cell Disease: Implications for Social Work Intervention” in White Paper: Pathways to Progress in Newborn Screening for Sickle Cell Disease in Sub-Saharan Africa, Journal of Tropical Disease and Public Health. 2018, 6(2).

Kelley Kitley, MSW ’04, was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune in a story about serendipity in finding a career. She has also written the book MY self: An autobiography of survival.

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Jeff Levy, MSW, ’94, recently left his role as CEO of Live Oak, Inc. in Chicago where he was also one of the co-founders after a tenure of almost 15 years. He left Live Oak for his own private psychotherapy practice in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. In addition to his practice, Jeff founded and is the Executive Director of The Wingspan Project (TWP). TWP is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to make mental health and related services available to underserved, marginalized, and/or disenfranchised people through organizational and individual capacity building. TWP is most notably dedicated to supporting services to people who have experienced discrimination and stigma and to those whose identities and communities are particularly vulnerable to systems of oppression.

Camille R. Quinn, PhD ’14, was appointed to the Ohio Governor’s Council on Juvenile Justice, a community program of the Ohio Department of Youth Services.

Cleopatra Watson, MSW ’11, announced her candidacy for alderman of the 9th Ward of Chicago. The SunTimes published a detailed look at her positions on many issues, including her stated priorities of affordable housing, equitable school funding and food insecurity.

Gary Kenzer, MSW ‘84, has been appointed as the Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Health, NAMI Cook County North Suburban.

Kenny E. Miller, MSW ’85, recently published a chapter in a book that deals with models of treatment for developmental trauma entitled Attachment Theory in Action. The title of the chapter he authored is “Delight In Me: Repair of Developmental Trauma and the Birth of the Self.”

Dr. Anna McPhatter, PhD ’88, is the Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD). The Division of Academic Affairs supports and promotes innovative teaching and learning (face-face and online), cutting edge research, scholarship and creative activity and collaborative community engagement.

Steven Narowetz, MSW ’02, relocated to Minnesota after graduation. He recently started working as an LGSW at Global Healthcare in Minneapolis.

Sheila Sewe, MSW ’14, has been working in the United Kingdom as part of a Child Protection Team for Dorset County Council. She primarily works on the front lines with children in need and looked-after children, as well as presenting children in court alongside their solicitors and preparing assessments and court reports. She says, “I feel like my education and field placements at UIC were an added advantage to help me succeed in my field of work here.”

Sylvia Margolin, PhD ’01, retired from Governors State University where she had been teaching social work courses to masters degree students. After retirement, she has continued her involvement in the field by volunteering as the book review editor of the “School Social Work Journal.” After her husband suffered a spinal cord injury, they moved to Washington DC to live near their daughter.

Tuka Rachid, MSW ’17, moved to Peoria, IL and has been working at Human Service Center as a Team Lead for the new First Episode Psychosis team.

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Krista Woods, MSW ’04, was elected to the Board of Directors as the NASW-IL Calumet District Chair and is proud to serve Illinois social workers for the next 2 years. She founded Integrity Clinical Consulting and Training in 2011, as an LCSW in IL and more recently in TX, where she opened a second clinical therapy practice, with the main location in Homewood, IL. Her practice focuses on providing high-quality clinical therapy services with a special focus on communities of color, LGBTQ and persons receiving Medicaid, and helps people with histories of complex trauma find healing and recovery. She is also a national speaker/trainer on topics relating to ethics in social work, racism, oppression, discrimination, and how social workers must work to eliminate discrimination while helping those impacted to find healing and recovery.

Jules E. Beuck, MSW ’83, retired from State of California Patton State Hospital in 2014. He now works two days a week doing outpatient therapy for Inland Psychiatric Medical Group. He is also in a band called Gallows Humor, which has recorded two albums.

Dayna Guido, MSW ’84, has published the book The Parental Tool Box for Parents and Clinicians.

Marci Morrison, MSW ’88, moved to Phoenix six years ago.

Christina L. Erickson, PhD ’05, has published a book by Oxford University press titled Environmental Justice as Social Work Practice.

Emily Keesling, MSW ’17, works for Brinton Woods Health and Rehabilitation Centers in Washington, D.C. She reports that she is “lobbying for all kinds of social justice bills on Capitol Hill” with the organization Women’s Information Network.

Jessica LeBeau-Richman, MSW ’14, moved to her home city of Philadelphia and is now teaching Mental Health First Aid courses through the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services.

Margaret Miles, MSW ’13, recently started a new job as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Work at Concordia University Chicago.

Staci O’Neal-Robinson, MSW ’14, LCSW moved to Los Angeles in April of 2017 and now works as an intake therapist at a community mental health center.

David Simpson, PhD ’11, is an Assistant Professor at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, where he recently co-led a course that took eight students to Rwanda to study genocide and memorialization.

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