JACSW Alumni Updates

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.

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

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

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

Shonda King, MSW ’97, MPH, LSW, has received the UI Health 2019 Social Worker of the Year Award. She also authored the 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 athe book MY self: An autobiography of survival.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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